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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.

HOMEWORK. One word that send chills into many expat parents in Spain. A subject that can guarantee a reaction in many expatriates gathering! If you’re an expat parent in Spain with young children, I’m sure you know what I mean! Since my 8-year-old started his new school in September, it’s been impossible…

So here we are another start of the new school year. After a busy and hot summer, I’m finally glad to be back to normality… well from next week anyway. Here is a helpful guide on when the school year starts and end in the community of Valencia. The dates…

We have decided to extend our house search a little more south of Valencia. Yes, sadly, we are still looking and after much thought we are in two minds whether we would like to stay around the city of Valencia or to venture further down as we have also heard…

From birth until they are between 14-16 years of age, all children have to be immunised. In Spain, it is no different. Once you have moved into your new home you and your family will need to visit the local clinic to be checked and assessed, more importantly if you…

It’s been a month since my son broke up for the summer holidays. And yes you read that right, we have 12 weeks of school holidays here in Spain starting from the 22nd of June. Long gone the anxiety that I use to face back in the UK, as I…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

While staying at home and spending time with the family on Christmas is always lovely,  it can be exciting to spend Christmas abroad.  We consider ourselves lucky to be able to celebrate the holidays interpreted by a different culture. Having experienced Christmas in the Philippines it is very much similar…

Autumn. The mellow season. Time for apple cider, scarfs and marshmallows. Well, that was back in the UK, here it does not feel like conker season at all!  Somehow, summer has been extended for another two months! That all sounds great and exciting but after the summer we’ve had I’d…

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