You see, starting a new school year in Valencia is more than just waving your child goodbye at the school gates. I found that different schools in Spain have their own way of doing things. To be an efficient parent; planning and understanding how the system works is the key.
La Xarxa de Llibres is an educative programme for the region of Valencia, Spain. That aims to provide free books and other materials to Valencian students. Save money by recycling school books.
What makes a family want to uproot themselves and move to a completely different country? There is nothing easy about giving up everything you know, especially when it comes to language, family, friends and all the things you grew up knowing and being comfortable with.
Hanging wall pots with geraniums have been associated with the Mediterranean since I can remember. But did you know that as well as making houses look pretty they also had a purpose?
There are many articles out there on how to work from home efficiently. But what about work at home mums who also need to keep their sanity? How do we function as a mum, wife and keep the business going at the same time without losing our damn minds!?! Here are some tips and tricks, in keeping myself focused. So I can enjoy a productive and happy balance between running a business and family life.
It was 1985. I was making mud pies and flying kites. Madonna’s ‘Like A Virgin’ was number one on the charts and that was also the time when I played my first computer game. Donkey Kong on the Game & Watch was my first introduction to technology and I LOVED IT!!! How times have changed. Don’t get […]
It’s been just over two years since my 8-year-old have visited the UK. With school to adjust to, I have prevented him from taking any unnecessary time off and of course, time flies, and before I knew it it’s been a few years! I feel a little guilty that it has taken this long for […]
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 of hard work needed to […]
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 all around the campo. Not […]
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 the one to complain, especially […]
The C Word Would you believe that we are only a little month over away until Christmas?! I started this month with good intentions, all planned out so that the ‘C’ word doesn’t creep up on me, but no. This month had been an eventful blur and chaos! Today I looked at the calendar and thought […]
I wanted to post something while the thought is still fresh in my mind. For the second time in a year, Paris was brought down to its knees again by terrorism. This time, affecting more innocent people as they go on about their normal Friday night. Looking forward to the weekend just like many of […]
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 to do anything. No, it’s […]
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 good things about this particular […]
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 have small children. Having your […]
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 recall dreading the upcoming 6 […]
Now that the summer is truly well upon us, we are spending a lot more time outside. With the temperature reaching up to 40 degrees on some days, to be exposed at those high temperatures even on a cloudy day can be very dangerous especially for younger children. During the summer, we are lucky enough […]
It’s true, I have not updated for over a month. April became a big blur as soon as I took my trip to the UK. With a lot of things going on, including our home moving plans, work and kids the month quickly passed. As if by magic it’s already June and I’ve felt particularly […]
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 and music. You can see […]
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 a little break for me, […]
Thank you to Linda for tagging me on this quite funky Liebster Award – you’re a star! I’ve only met Linda a few weeks ago through the blogosphere and so far she’s come across to be a really lovely person and I always look forward to reading her latest finds and thoughts. An expat like […]
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 (parents) are given two weeks […]