“Having left my job in Brussels and with several small children it seemed to be my opportunity to escape office life and do something I really wanted to do so I looked for a course in furniture restoration in Barcelona and after a couple of years at the school of restoration I started out on my own.”
Diane Serra is a designer and creative director from San Diego, California now living in Olivella, Catalunya with her Catalan husband, daughter, Estel and white boxer, Ona.
“Whatever the age of your child, there are things that you can do to alleviate the strain of moving on your children and replace it with enthusiasm.”
“The weather is great – we wake up to the sun most mornings and that alone has a very positive effect. And we are all comfortable in a multicultural and multilingual society – hopefully our children will find it easy to adapt wherever they chose to live in the future.”
“Most of us don’t live close to friends and families as our grandparents and parents once did. You may be the first of your friends or acquaintances to experience parenthood. Let’s face it, the more supported we feel, the better we feel. So start by building your system of support.”
“They did have a special bond, when they shared a cot they would suck on each others head, once they were in their own room, they would stand up and chat and laugh at each other, it was funny and cute.”
“We focus on ACTIVE learning versus passive learning. Spaniards have been learning languages passively since school began, with a big focus on grammar, memorization, worksheets and test preparation, which has led to generations of people who have studied English their whole lives but still don’t feel comfortable communicating in English in social or professional contexts.”
“Key to a successful renovation, is finding a reliable and skilled team of workers, and getting expert advice on negotiating the local bureaucracy, which can be time-consuming and tricky to work out for newcomers.” Graham Collins, Interior Designer
“Diverse Learning has one mission: To be the top learning center in Europe for multilingual children who learn differently.” Emily Kunze, Founder Fundación Diverse Learning
“When I first visited Vincerola I was especially intrigued by the fact that one of the classroom teachers, Achmed who comes from Egypt, is deaf and solely communicates with the children in sign language. When Ella joined the nursery interacting with Achmed was quite a challenge for her and it took her some time to understand that she needed to communicate with him in a completely different way.”
Just north of Barcelona, stretching from Mongat to Malgret de Mar, the Maresme Coast is home to great beaches, Modernista architecture, historic village centres, sports facilities, nautic clubs, wineries and restaurants. Here you will find a few family-friendly highlights.
Dutch artist and mum Onke Truijen talks about her journey from hippy Ibiza to cosmopolitan Barcelona