So many people ask us about the kids education in Spain and it is never easy to answer. You see we can’t speak for all of the schools in Spain, we can only share with you our experience. We are certain that everyone has different experiences depending on location, type of school and the biggest variable, the students attending.
Heading in to this adventure, while seemingly confident on the surface, underneath I was a little worried. Worried about how the family would acclimate to Thailand, the food, weather and culture.
I am just loving our Spring weather, as it gets me out walking the town a bit more. This morning I was walking Anya to school and we didn’t even need a jacket. I bet you are wondering why Lars wasn’t with us. Well, he is at that age now, nearly 12. That means he would rather die, than be caught with his mom walking him to school. In fact, when Anya and I announced we were walking this morning, he said “NO!” We finally compromised and said we would give a 5 minute spacing between our departures, so there is no way we would catch up to each other. Ugh!
Can you believe we have been expats in Spain for 18 months?! It is absolutely amazing how fast the time has flown by. We are in “just normal life” here and for us Almuñécar has been the best place to live in Spain. No matter where we travel, upon return, our choice is validated with that comfortable feeling of home.
So I am sure some of you are asking, “What the heck is a Schengen Visa?” While others are well aware of it and the limitations. Just to be brief the Schengen Visa is an agreement between 25 countries (22 European Union states and 3 non-EU members). A Schengen Visa allows the holder to travel freely within the Schengen countries for a maximum stay of up to 90 days in a 6 month period, thus avoiding the hassle and expense of obtaining individual visas for each country. So how did we manage to stay in Spain, a member of the Schengen Zone, the entire year without a Schengen Visa?
Spain and the laid back “mañana” lifestyle attracts many tourists but it also attracts people who find themselves wishing to leave behind their own stressful culture in the hope of finding something better. Continue reading
Moving overseas can be a very exciting prospect, but it definitely requires some solid planning. Many people have a romanticized idea of moving to another country and although the experience will be full of wonderful new adventures, it will not be always be easy or even pleasant. Moving overseas is challenging and sometimes just plain hard work, especially in the preparation stages.
It seems each day new people are brought into our lives in one way or another. We often receive emails from people who have found our blog and would like to ask us a few questions or interview, etc. A couple of weeks ago we were contacted by Trey, from Moving Abroad With Children. He wanted a video interview and I quickly volunteered Alan. Wasn’t that nice of me? Alan is such a trooper and was on board for it, me I could talk your ears off but if I know the camera is going it can be a distraction. Continue reading
Well it has been nearly 3 months since we submitted all of our paperwork and it seems like a lifetime. We are so anxious to make more firm plans and stop living with “tentative dates” and limbo plans. The consulate did tell us 3-6 months, so we have a long way to go. Continue reading