Category

Expat Life

Category

Here you will find personal thoughts and experiences about a British family living in Valencia. From adjusting to Spanish life, languages, and raising a third-culture kid in this wonderful city.

A few days ago, though it seems like weeks already, we were just continuing with our mundane daily routine. Now we are in lockdown. If caught leaving my home I could be fined or even arrested for carrying out non-essential tasks. So weird how just in a few days our…

The difficulties and struggles of becoming moderately bilingual are REAL. Knowing if an item is male or female. Trying to keep up with a conversation that has 10 people talking over each other can really make my head explode. I have a bunch of phrases and words that I can…

There are many interesting and unique neighbourhoods in Valencia, and finding the best areas to live is not always easy.  Everyone has different preferences, and so everyone will have different criteria in terms of location, local amenities, and the price per square meter they are prepared to pay for a…

Putting your child in education in Spain can be quite an expensive affair. Unlike in the UK where the majority of school materials are free, in Spain materials such as books, notepads, papers and anything else that your child will use will need to be bought by yourself. During the…

In the early days, I felt like my head was going to explode with all the new information that came with living in a different country and I particularly found it tough adjusting to the Spanish education system. While there are many benefits for a child to be bilingual, the amount…

1. The smell of Azahar Valencia is named as the Orange Blossom Coast (Costa del Azahar). Every year you can literally smell spring in the air. These small white flowers on the orange trees are called Azahar and as they bloom during spring time you cannot mistake the smell that lingers…

Even though the calçotada is a long term Catalan tradition, you don’t have to be in Catalonia to enjoy this messy gastronomic gathering! Last weekend was my second calçotada experience with friends here in Valencia. To be honest, I think it’s just an excuse for another get-together, but, I’m not…

Pin It
-->