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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.

Keep on top of the kid’s school holidays and Spanish public holidays with this FREE printable Valencian school calendar 2021! It comes with colourful reminders, this calendar is the perfect tool to keep you organised this year. I’m excited to share with you my new printable! I originally made this…

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Read my step by step guide on how we exchanged our UK driving licence to Spanish. Including a list of driving medical test centres in Valencia. I’m sure you can relate if you live in Spain that dealing with any documents of legalities is never straight forward. Unfortunately, most of…

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We have finally entered Phase One in Valencia. Here are just some of the first things our family has done since the lockdown started to ease. It’s been 10 weeks since Valencia began lockdown. Ten weeks of us following the rules and staying at home. Last week Valencia entered Phase…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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