I think I’ve said it before, but I never really saw myself living in the U.S. as an adult. I always assumed I would reach my mid 20’s and bail. Welp, here I am, with a house, family, garden, and Alex is outside, building a floor level deck in our yard— basically, we’re not going anywhere, for a long time— if ever. But from time to time, I think and audibly ask, “well, what if we moved to another country?” and then Alex and I go back and forth on ideas and the perks and concerns. School for Marlowe, jobs for us, housing, you know, all the basic and most standard concerns. Maybe one day. Maybe not, but we love our home, so I guess it’s okay for now 😉 What are your thoughts? Would you have the guts to pick up your family and leave your country? I’d like to think I would. I enjoy peeking in on expat family blogs from time to time— people who picked up and re-rooted with kids…. because even if we never do it ourselves, it’s so wonderful to see other peoples expat dreams come true.
Rachel White of The Rachel Boulevard blog is here today to share a bit of her expat family adventures… all the way from Barcelona! (Swoon!) I’m sure you’ll love her! Two of my personal favorite posts of hers: living simply and wikipedia calls it an adjustment stage. Be sure to check out her travel blog 🙂 And as a bonus, she is offering one lucky ohdeardrea reader a small Kate Spade Saturday travel bag of their choice, just use the rafflecopter widget below. I hope everyone is having a great week 🙂
“I’m Rachel. A wife, a Mom, a blogger and expat currently living in Barcelona, Spain. My husband, Brandon, and I have been self-diagnosed with a wanderlust that can’t be cured & it seems we have passed it on to our little ones.
Living abroad has been a beautiful experience for our family. Here’s why.
When first moving to Spain, we only had each other to lean on. No family, no friends, no familiarities, it was just us. Although, my husband is a fluent Spanish-speaker, which has obviously made things easier, its little things that have brought us together. Little things, like grocery shopping, figuring out our son’s schooling, setting up utilities. Nothing was easy. The small things can be amazingly difficult in an unfamiliar place but when we figured things out, we celebrated as a family. These little accomplishments bonded us in a way I never could have imagined.
We are seeing the world together & have the beautiful perspective of seeing it in our children’s eyes. It’s the sweet, “look at a that” as my son points to a solo fallen rock that sits at the bottom of an ancient stone wall. A little detail that, although maybe of little importance, we had previously looked over. Any parent knows the beauty of a child’s perspective but it is so much more enhanced when living abroad. The cultural differences, the language variance, the surroundings, it’s all seen differently through those little ojos (that’s “eyes” in Spanish, which is pretty much the extent of my Spanish but I’m learning haha).
My blog, Rachel Boulevard, is about these daily beautiful experiences abroad. I hope you’ll stop.”