Andrea and her husband Tony found that by grabbing every opportunity as it passed, in their adopted hometown, has allowed them to live their dream and has given them the flexibility to spend quality family time with each other and with their twin daughters. Here she shares their journey with MumAbroad Life.
“The Harold Acton Library has developed a varied children’s collection over the years and we now have a children’s section in the library with picture books, patterned concept books, rhyming books, fables and books for kids and young adults which are kept in the cosy children’s room of the Library with a beautiful view over the river Arno.”
“It did become very important to me that my kids would learn my mother tongue and that they would spend part of their holidays back where I was raised so they can learn about the German culture and see where I grew up. Last summer we decided to take a trip with the kids to the Baltic Sea.” Ilonka Schäfer, Founder, The Little Voyager
“I didn’t relocate for love, for work or for money, or to be reunited with our long-lost family. In fact, in hindsight I still can’t fully explain the whys and the wherefores when asked, except that it was an urge that I knew I would always regret if I didn’t at least explore it.”
“We have had a really encouraging response. People welcome the fact that the site is offering an alternative to face to face classes – not everyone is comfortable in a class environment.” Louise Morrison
“The main challenge is finding the right bank to suit your profile. Bank products and eligibility criteria vary considerably and one bank may be appropriate for one client and totally unsuitable for another.” Kevin Monger of Mortgage Direct gives the lowdown on getting the best possible Spanish mortgage
“Choosing the right time of year can also be important, especially if your kids are of school age. They will find it much easier if they can start attending their new school at the start of the academic year, which is September in Spain.”
Amy Odaro spent 9 months in Marche, an eastern Italian region, with her husband and young son. Here she talks to MumAbroad Life about their positive experience and shares her favourite family-friendly services, restaurants and places to visit.
Formerly, part of the German democratic republic, today a fantastic area for summer holidays – the coast of the Baltic Sea has a lot to offer – long sandy beaches, coastal paths for cycling trips and walking tours, plus cities with cultural highlights.
“I reach out all over the world, and try to find the brightest and most creative people out there!” – Joan Koenig on selecting teachers for The Kindergarten.
“Christmas markets with activities for children are particularly popular. Next to the nativity scene at the Christmas market in Augsburg there is the Himmlisches Postamt (heavenly post office).”
The second in a series of great family holiday destinations in Germany by Bavarian blogger Julia. Here she talks about The Rhineland.
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