Ready for the summer?… a family fun camping road trip across Europe 2

Europe... here we go again!!! "Yeah... yuupeeee... wa-wow-weeeee!!!... Vamos por ahí"!!! Our children get so excited every time we talk about our upcoming summer camping road trip that will take us, once again, to many magical places and will let us experience new cultures and fun things (for both kids and parents) throughout Europe. All … Continue reading Ready for the summer?… a family fun camping road trip across Europe 2

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Drawing of a man in suit-and-tie with eyes closed, laying on a hammock. Text reads: Health does not always come from medicine...

A family gap year without work. . . Thinking about taking a career break?

Our family plan to take a year off work and live abroad needed careful long-term planning. To convince my wife that I was not "finally at the CRAP END of CRAZY," I first needed to think about several important questions to make a family move abroad, with two young kids in tow, possible. Then, I … Continue reading A family gap year without work. . . Thinking about taking a career break?

Where to See flamenco during Semana Santa/Holy Week/Easter in Jerez

You came here for flamenco, didn't you? And it just happens to be Easter/Passion week in this little town of flamenco, sherry, fighting bulls and dancing horses. Not to worry. The city has evolved and there are FREE flamenco shows here this Easter Passion week. My first time in Jerez, I came to study flamenco … Continue reading Where to See flamenco during Semana Santa/Holy Week/Easter in Jerez

The best playgrounds in Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz, Spain

So you've come to visit a city/town, hit all the need-to-see places, keep the kids engaged, and you only have a day or two. How do you do all that without losing your cool? Of course, kids get bored. We can only expect them to visit as many landmarks, museums and historical places, until they … Continue reading The best playgrounds in Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz, Spain

Walking alongside a hooded penitent wife, a father carries a sleeping child, after a Holy Week (Semana Santa) procession in Jerez de la Frontera, Andalucia, Spain. Location: Plaza del Banco.

What not to miss, to expect and to do during Easter in Spain?

So, you plan to have a unique cultural experience for your Easter in Spain (Holy Week/Semana Santa). Here's what to expect whether you are going to be in Jerez de la Fronterra or anywhere else in Spain, particularly the big towns in Andalucia this Easter week (14-21 April this year) or at some point in … Continue reading What not to miss, to expect and to do during Easter in Spain?

What memorable family things to do with kids in Spain during the Holy Week (Semana Santa)? In Jerez de la Frontera, there are week-long processions of over 30 religious fraternities, 5-6 times a day, day and night, each taking hours, all over the city. Each procession has its "pasos" (floats) with sculptures of Jesus, Mary and scenes from the Passion of the Christ. This is a cultural and educational experience for the family, whether you are a Catholic or not, a believer or not. . . with children or not.

Easter in Spain: a unique cultural experience for the family

What memorable family things to do with kids in Spain during the Holy Week (Semana Santa)?  If you are here, you cannot miss it--the religious processions all week long. . .  everywhere!  In Andalucia such nazarenos (penitents') parades are apparently much more glamorous than in the northern parts of Spain.  In Jerez de la Frontera, … Continue reading Easter in Spain: a unique cultural experience for the family

New gypsies: International Romani Day, 8 April

"Tata, we are gypsies, right?," my then 6-year old son Karol asked me. We were looking at a map, talking about his diverse friends in school, why we have moved from the "yellow house" to the "blue house" to the "white house" in the past two years, and our future plans to move elsewhere. Well, … Continue reading New gypsies: International Romani Day, 8 April