• Dina Vivan found returning to her native Italy was more difficult than she had expected

    “Even though I’m Italian, after many years of living abroad I found returning to live in Italy harder than I had expected. Once again many things were different. I felt the only familiar thing was the language. Anything else I struggled to understand or to make sense of. I had to learn to live in my own country.”

  • Our journey to ‘worldschooling’

    “Whether we’re learning about a famous local artist or an old monument, the kids see the look of curiosity and wonder in our eyes and they become instant students of whatever we’re learning. It’s honestly surprised me how much their love of learning has grown on this trip.”

  • Interview with Barcelona-based English-speaking women’s health specialist Dr Victoria Howe

    English-speaking women’s health specialist Dr Victoria Howe talks to MumAbroad Life about stress, hormones, the menopause, digestive health and a new diagnostics and prevention pack designed specifically for women at the new Turó Park Medical Centre in Barcelona.

  • Stunning New Homes for Sale in Barcelona

    Barcelona is widely promoted as an investment property ‘hotspot’ with newly renovated homes in high demand. Here is an amazing selection of stunning properties offered by our partners Lucas Fox International Properties.

  • Pirineu en Boca: a platform for the best producers in the Pyrenees

    Pirineu in Boca is a new concept in Barcelona: a multifunctional space combining a butchers shop, restaurant, delicatessen, take-away and a Romanesque art exhibition space. All products are hand picked from small, artisan producers in the Pyrenees.

  • Carolina Harboe – mother of 2, kinesiologist & nutritonist

    “When pregnant, a woman’s diet should be designed to provide the “building blocks” for the baby, to help her with all the changes her body is going through and to keep her balanced and harmonious.”

  • Kirstie Rowbotham in Bordeaux

    “Integration is difficult in the early stages and if your French isn’t good it’s even harder. Even though it can be deeply uncomfortable you simply have to throw yourself in at the deep end and try – you will be respected for it and find that you fit in, in no time at all.”

  • Ambika Kumar, founder of Barcelona Wine Tastings

    “I’ve always loved wine and innately understood it somehow, and then my years working in the fragrance industry in New York gave me a good basis for sensing different aromas and understanding why things smell the way they do.” Ambika Kumar

  • My year without you in Spain

    “A quote is affixed to my bathroom mirror with the reminder, “we must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” I am not there yet but each day here I am able to loosen my grip on “what should’ve been” a little bit more.”

  • All your Favourite British TV Programmes Abroad

    Want to watch all your favourite TV programmes from back home? One expat Dad found a way and set up a business offering the service to others.

  • Our story, our journey, our adventure

    “I dreamt of simplicity, less competition in every aspect of my life and more meaning in my day to day. I craved culture and more experiences, as our plan evolved I realized that I yearned for less stuff and more time without a plan.”

  • A Single Mother Moves To Florence: Emmy & Enzo’s Journey

    “I designed the company logo. I built a website, all the while settling Enzo in at school and taking Italian lessons and language exchanges and working. We began to make friends and Enzo started to be himself again. One morning he woke up and just started speaking Italian without even realising it.”

Note from the Founders

MumAbroad was founded by Rebecca Laidlaw, an Internet Marketing consultant & Carrie Frais, a Journalist and PR executive. Carrie lives in Barcelona and is Mum to Poppy (7) and Bertie (5) and Rebecca lives in Oxfordshire (UK) and has 3 children, Ollie (7), Sophie (5) and Theo (1).

“In 2007, we were both living in the beautiful city of Barcelona, having each just given birth to our first child. With no extended family to help with childcare, we looked for other resources to help guide us through this challenging period of our lives. We were surprised at how difficult it was to find easily accessible information about activities and services for parents. It soon became apparent that there was a growing niche for an English language website which would offer parents from the International Community valuable information such as child-related services, schools, family activities, shops, family holidays and restaurants. After extensive research and the help of scores of mothers, Barcelona Mum was born, offering a comprehensive and personalized guide to family life in Barcelona. Within a few months MumAbroad Spain was launched, incorporating the whole of Catalunya and subsequently Madrid, Andalucia, the Costa Blanca and the Balearics. As the site gained momentum, MumAbroad France, MumAbroad Italy and MumAbroad Germany were established and in 2014 the four sites were amalgamated under one roof.

We believe that, in the majority of cases, parents are the best judge of anything child-related, so that is why our site is based purely on recommendation. Every service, group or activity on our website has been recommended by at least one Mum or Dad. In our interview section, you can read about other mums’ experiences of living abroad as well as interviews with a host of childhood experts. In our Women in Business section, we’ve discovered some inspirational ladies, who have established successful businesses in and created a life for themselves, many of whom have had to juggle work and family life. Our forum allows parents to share concerns, offer advice, advertise services, buy & sell items and virtually meet others in an online community.”

Carrie & Rebecca

carrie@mumabroad.com
rebecca@mumabroad.com