“The idea of being homeschooled wasn’t anything scary to me; it just felt like changing schools. Then my parents started to research it and the more information they found about it the better homeschooling seemed.”
Originally from Liverpool in England Julie Stephenson moved to Barcelona on a whim 13 years ago. Now she runs Esperança, a charity that helps the homeless.
“As Christmas approaches, we’re still not sure how the day will play out this year. We won’t have piles of presents under the tree nor Christmas parties to go to, but we will be together and we will be making new, wonderful memories and traditions.”
Christmas markets, Christmas light tours, Christmas nibbles and chocolate & churros….. all the essentials to celebate the festive season in Madrid.
“We don’t have a pram – no room in the car – and I like the African mama idea of throwing them on your back and them settling into you. We have a fab sling that works really well for everywhere!” Juliet Murrel, mother, wife and creator of House of Voga
December has arrived. There’s an abundance of activities across the city, from age-old festive traditions (both weird and wonderful) to innovative pop-up events and plenty of family friendly events this Christmas in Barcelona.
“During some time spent in a remote area of the Amazon, I was lucky to witness a natural birth and met with a group of women who were traditional birth attendants. They taught me about their perspective on childbearing and birth. I was hooked from then on.”
In Spain the season of being jolly extends well beyond the 12 days of Christmas: traditionally beginning on the 22nd of December with the annual National Lottery, known affectionately as el Gordo (“the fat one”) and finishing on the 6th of January when the Three Kings bring gifts. This month our blogger in Madrid writes about traditional British festivities in the lead up to Christmas.
“Several months after my husband had died I saw a show about a family living abroad called House Hunters International. They had moved to a beautiful little village outside of Barcelona, one of my favorite places on earth. The little pueblo of Sitges was right along the sea and boasted a lively town center along with an incredible expat community representing people from all over the globe.”
If you are thinking about buying a family home outside of Barcelona the Maresme coast is a great choice: over 30km of sandy beaches, numerous marinas, 4,000 hectares of protected Natural Parks, a unique microclimate, countless high quality restaurants and its own wine denomination – what more could one ask for?
Jenna Mann talks to MumAbroad Life about her passion for art therapy, how it can help children and the challenges she faces introducing it into schools and health facilities in Spain.
“Since moving here we have had a third daughter. She was born just 4 months ago and she is absolutely delightful! It’s wonderful for us to have a little baby in the family again and her big sisters adore her.”