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In the past decade, many cat cafés have opened all over the world and as a cat lover myself, I am pleased to tell you that the first cat cafe has finally arrived in Valencia, Spain! Did you know that the cat café concept originally started in Taiwan? Many Taiwanese love cats,…

I really couldn’t stand it anymore. I ran out of some decent Asian ingredients over 6 months ago and some things you just can’t buy in Carrefour! I was really missing some ingredients in my weekly cooking, such as; coconut vinegar, a decent bottle of soy sauce (that didn’t cost…

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…

This post is long overdue. I have been meaning to write up about our trip to Andorra just after Christmas. This trip didn’t take much planning and it was something that we and our friends have decided at the last minute. The idea came up when I mentioned to my…

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…

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…

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…

Just over a week ago we celebrated my husband’s birthday, with family coming over too, it was a great excuse to try something other than paella! Don’t get me wrong, I like the stuff, but it’s also nice to try something different other than Spanish food once in a while!…

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…

The more I visit Valencia the more I fall in love with the place. So it was no brainer when my husband and I decided to take another weekend break just 30 minutes drive from our home. I tend to visit the city often, but not to sightsee. I guess…

Over the weekend, we found ourselves child-free, thanks to my in-laws who came to visit last week from the UK. They kindly offered to take the children off our hands so that my husband and I can spend a little alone time together. 😉 We didn’t waste any time organising…

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…

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…

This 30 second timelapse video of Valencia hows you a little glimpse of this beautiful city, a place with a combination of traditions and modern architecture, from the rice fields of Albufera, beaches, Arts & Sciences,  port and of course the famous Fallas festival. Post by Comunitat Valenciana.

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