There I am sitting at a sidewalk cafe, with the sun shining and the chatter of people around. I am enjoying my weekly meet up and coffee with my Spanish friend, which is always full of laughs and joy. Our conversation was flowing and then took an interesting and inquisitive turn about my life in Spain.
During our 3 months living in Chiang Mai with kids, we made sure we took advantage of all that the city had to offer a family. We found that things are well documented for singles and couples, but there just wasn’t much on the internet for families. So if you are looking for short term apartment rentals Chiang Mai, places to eat in Chiang Mai or Things to do in Chiang Mai with kids, then you will love our Family Friendly Chiang Mai guide. Continue reading
First let me start by saying that we have a limited source of data for this post. It is just our opinion and Comparison of the 1 Primary School we attended in USA and the 1 Primary School we are attending in Spain. This is by no means meant to generalize for a country or even a city/district.
These are just the things we have personally experienced or observed in our own little Wagoner Bubble, with the Spain education system compared to US! 🙂
If you are living or have lived in Spain with kids in public school, please share your observations as well. Continue reading
The unexpected gift which turned into a magical treasure for Anya, the best scratch off map of the world. Two years ago, on Anya’s 9th birthday, we were invited over to our neighbors for a special homemade dessert to celebrate her birthday. These are friends we’ve made since living in Spain and we have just connected with them on so many levels. They are a young couple and had a newborn baby, but we all just connected.
I’ve finished the very intensive Spanish course program which is organized by Diverbo, called Pueblo Español, and it’s time to tell the world about my experience. The short answer is…I had an excellent time, and it is an incredible Spanish conversation course.
Instead of writing a daily journal type of post, I’m going to cover the highlights of the week. If you’re interested in improving your Spanish by doing an immersion program, then you’ll want to continue reading.
When I think of the holidays, I always think of fun family party games! When I was growing up, in a household with 6 kids, every holiday was full of energy, games, and entertainment. Sometimes we would be out on the driveway playing basketball, or football on the front lawn, but indoors we would always enjoy family games. Charades, Pictionary, and Trivial Pursuit were always favorites of mine.
When we first moved to Spain, Lars was in the 5th Grade. We knew at his age it would be a little more challenging to learn Spanish and pick up the other subjects in class. The one place we were certain, he would excel immediately was in Math. We figured math would be the same no matter where you are in the world. You take some numbers and add, subtract, multiply and divide. How could it be any different? Well, we were in for a big surprise when it came to math, especially Long Division in Spain!
This time it is all on the line for me, with my Spanish Immersion experience. I am sharing far more than I have ever been comfortable sharing with all of you, so I will admit I was a little nervous hitting that publish button. This time my experience and performance is all captured on video, and guess what you can watch it below!
It can be a tough position being a parent. As a parent, your first instinct is to protect your child. Protect them from themselves, protect them from others, and protect them from the realities of how the world actually works. There are those times when it’s necessary to let them fail; when the consequences of failure means a scraped knee, or ever-so-slightly bruised emotions. It’s under the guise of control, but letting go is tough.