“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
“We have an annual average of 200 women ranging from ages 25 to 80 representing over 20 nationalities and having a ton of life experience and experience of living in Barcelona. Many have been here for more than 25 years and some have only arrived last week which adds to the diversity of our organization.”
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.
“From my daughter’s point of view it’s worked out very well so far. But for me as a foreign parent, trying to get to grips with the school system was one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced since moving here.” (Mum and blogger Annette in Barcelona)
“Their upbringing may be different to mine, their cultural heritage foreign to me, but they are settled, they are grounded and they are happy.” Dominique White, a mum abroad
Dancer and teacher Joy Voelker talks to MumAbroad Life about lifestyle, moving to Madrid, spacial awareness and children and teaching dance to toddlers and teens.
I’ve come to realise that when you relocate to a new city or country you can divide the whole experience into 2 phases. The “setting up your basic needs” phase like finding a home, getting the kids into school, daycare, etc. and hopefully getting food in the fridge on a consistent basis. Then there is the “time to find our community” phase which actually is of equal importance.
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.
“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.
“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.”
“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.”