“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
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
“Cycling along Paseo Marítimo and been crowded and uncomfortable while the route we took back through the city was really enjoyable. There were very few cyclists, the cycle paths were set apart from the cars in most places and the streets were spacious and tree lined.”
“My advice to others thinking of relocating is to have about 3 times as much money as you think you’ll need. Also join any local expat groups on social media before you arrive – the members have a wealth of information.” Maya Mackenzie on relocating to Barcelona.
“The challenge is to know and recognize when your baby is mature enough to develop his own healthy and independent internal sleeping skills. Around the 4 month mark most babies work on a big developmental milestone which affects their sleep as well.”
“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.”
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.
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 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.