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.”
“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
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.
“Fitting in like a local is all about observing them well, learning the language and customs and trying your best to get as close to their dolce lifestyle as possible – always maintaining your own values of course.” Sophie Charlotte, Life Coach
Viviana Bagnato, co-founder of ART and SEEK, talks about the inspiration behind the educational programmes they offer in English for the communities of Rome.
“We are all different and we have choices. What is important when feeling depressed, is to discuss the treatment options with your doctor and your loved ones and together make an informed decision on what is the best treatment for you and your baby.”
“We were ready to pick up our children and continue our holiday as a family. When we saw them their main concern was getting us to agree to two weeks of camp next year as opposed to just one. They hadn’t missed us in the slightest.”
“The inspiration for The Little Voyager came when my son was a toddler and we went on our first holiday as a family. We booked a self-catering apartment that looked beautiful on the website… but when we arrived the reality was nothing like the photos. The bed was too small to co-sleep and the staircase was a constant danger to my son, who was just about to walk.” Ilonka Schaefer, Founder, The Little Voyager
Vanessa moved with her husband and 2 children to Nice in January 2016. She quickly found herself searching for activities for herself and the kids. But when dissatisfied with what she found she decided to join forces with 3 other mums and they founded LIFT French Riviera offering activities for kids including dance, theatre, sports, arts & crafts, cooking and language classes.
“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.”