• Kirstie Rowbotham in Bordeaux

    “Integration is difficult in the early stages and if your French isn’t good it’s even harder. Even though it can be deeply uncomfortable you simply have to throw yourself in at the deep end and try – you will be respected for it and find that you fit in, in no time at all.”

  • Ambika Kumar, founder of Barcelona Wine Tastings

    “I’ve always loved wine and innately understood it somehow, and then my years working in the fragrance industry in New York gave me a good basis for sensing different aromas and understanding why things smell the way they do.” Ambika Kumar

  • My year without you in Spain

    “A quote is affixed to my bathroom mirror with the reminder, “we must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” I am not there yet but each day here I am able to loosen my grip on “what should’ve been” a little bit more.”

  • Our story, our journey, our adventure

    “I dreamt of simplicity, less competition in every aspect of my life and more meaning in my day to day. I craved culture and more experiences, as our plan evolved I realized that I yearned for less stuff and more time without a plan.”

  • A Single Mother Moves To Florence: Emmy & Enzo’s Journey

    “I designed the company logo. I built a website, all the while settling Enzo in at school and taking Italian lessons and language exchanges and working. We began to make friends and Enzo started to be himself again. One morning he woke up and just started speaking Italian without even realising it.”

  • The DINK* to SITCOM** transition living abroad

    “Upon arriving in Italy we had a few days before our belongings arrived and we could access our new apartment. I ironically commented to my husband that I was now homeless, jobless and pregnant. “At least you are married.” he replied with equal irony.”

  • Paola Wright talks about her frustrations with the Italian system

    “Viola doesn’t want me to speak Italian at all. Certainly not in front of her friends. I find this a bit odd! I know some children are embarrassed when their mothers speak Italian as they make mistakes but Italian is my mother tongue!” Paola Wright

  • Making Progress

    “So, I can look back and take comfort in the knowledge that she had lived a full life, based on her core principles of equality and compassion and had continually appreciated the numerous liberties afforded to her. But of course, this does not ever take away the sadness I feel of simply not having her around.” MumAbroad co-founder Carrie Frais

  • Brexit –The Forgotten Ones

    “We all have built lives in the EU. We studied. We did Erasmus. We did work placements. We travelled. Found work. Made friends. Developed careers. Learnt languages. Got married. Gave birth. Put down roots. Bought houses. Pay mortgages. Pay taxes. Chose nurseries. Chose schools. Form integrated parts of our communities. And we continue to do all those things every day, even if our rights in the future are unclear.”

  • Jane Fraser-Bryan talks about family live in southwest France

    “My advice to families thinking of relocating to France would be to learn some French before coming. For many people this is a huge obstacle. Life can be difficult, even depressing if you cannot get yourself understood or cannot understand something.”

  • Mary Loscerbo in Isolotto, Florence

    “My parents are Italian but I was brought up in Winnipeg, Canada and I often find that when I am with Italians I am more Canadian and when I am with Anglos I find myself to be more Italian.”

  • Be the Key!

    Anja Johanna Cucinotta, living in Milan with her son, is a mother, coach, trainer in personal development and author who is passionate about living life in a more authentic fashion.