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Personal thoughts and experiences of a British family living in Valencia, Spain.

There is no easy way to say this but, after all, our hard work, on Monday our ninot did not make it out of the cremá. This year we had another good turnout at school, as expected parents and children created and delivered great artwork on the theme of film…

Excited! The first word that comes into my mind! I have finally organised my trip back to the UK for next month! Flights and hotels are booked the only thing left to do now is to look forward to seeing my much-missed family and friends! This trip will also be…

These past few days I’ve been occupied with my youngest son’s school project. Every year, the kids are asked to create a ninot for the cremá. This year’s theme is about films and music, and every year the students deliver impressive creations to celebrate the end of Fallas. The kids…

When you think about education, the first thing that comes to mind is probably not playing a game. However, some games are designed to increase a child’s learning potential. One such game is the thought-provoking and strategic game of chess. My 7-year-old have recently started to play chess at school…

This week has gone far too quick. I can’t believe that it’s already been a 7 days since our trip to Barcelona. Now, here I am again getting the usual things sorted for school tomorrow. I really need an extra day just to recover from the weekend! The boys have…

I wish I can tell you that I have adjusted to Spanish mealtime schedules, but two and a half years later, I’m sad to say that at times I still find it a struggle. It’s been a long process, and it’s not easy especially when there are about 5 parts…

With this cold weather hitting us lately I really wish I can hibernate until Spring. The past week have been colder than normal, with snow hitting many parts of Spain. Thankfully, we’ve not been affected, but the low temperatures are more than enough to make me really dislike the early…

When I tell people I get excited about the weekends, they can’t seem to understand why. Some friends back home like to remind me that I work for myself (and live in Spain), which to some can seem that my life is just one big holiday. Fair enough, were fortunate…

Raising kids in Spain is different, and it doesn’t matter how much research you put in to it, nothing can really prepare you until you experience it first hand. I certainly thought that I had a fair idea of what to expect, but I found out in time, some things…

The 7 year old graduated to his second bike this Christmas, according to him it’s the best bike in the world.. so far. I’m not quite sure what that means but we’re glad that he is finally able to replace his baby bmx to a more ‘grown up’ ride. So…

We are not short of sunshine here in Valencia, so even though my husband and I spend our time working during the week, we are certain that on weekends we can rely on the continuous sunshine to make family time with the kids.  It really depends what you’re into, we’re…

Anyone who has been to Spain would know how vast this beautiful country is, there are still a lot of hidden places to discover. Since we moved to Valencia I’ve been to amazing places with hidden caves, waterfalls, climbing areas and parts that are not widely available for tourists, places that only the Valencian…

Once in a while especially during spring and summer, we get a knock on the door from one of our neighbours, usually, they come laden with vegetables or eggs that are from their garden or small farm.  At first, we thought it was unusual but nice,  considering we hardly spoke any Spanish.…

The stress of work have been taking over our lives lately, for the past few months, it seems like that the husband and I hardly have time to do anything together. I guess one of the best things about living in Spain is that we do have a social life and…

It’s been a pretty normal week, nothing out of the ordinary apart from the other half leaving me solo with the boys while he took a trip to the States. Not an unusual situation, but this is the first time he has gone away since we started living in Spain.…

The weekend after the Fallas festival…. all I can say is that I don’t know whether I am more tired of being sick with the cold, or tired from the endless parties that we were invited too.  The sickness couldn’t have come at a worse time, just when the festivities…