Today marks the beginning of Easter. And you've guessed it! There are NO Semana Santa (Holy Week) celebrations this year in Spain (or anywhere else for that matter). Although mortality rates have fallen (thank God, Allah, Gaia and the Big Happy Buddha!), we are still on coronavirus lockdown. Since all is quiet on our west … Continue reading Easter Holy Week Processions in Spain, This Year of Corona Virus?
So what do you do when your kids want to play football and you can't go out? (You know, corona virus lockdown?) You can't play it inside either because you've got a tiny apartment. Besides the neighbors would love all that banging around the walls and echoing through our Andalusian halls. Well, we don't even … Continue reading Kids Play Rooftop Paper Football ⚽ Corona Virus Lockdown Spain 👨👨👦👦 Family Video
It's the first day of Spring and it looks like the enigmatic Corona virus has sprung us all into action. . . into slowing down enough to let us do things for ourselves, our loved ones and our family. Three years ago today, we landed in Lisbon, Portugal for the start of a family gap … Continue reading Corona Virus Springs (us) into Action and Gives (us) Time
Day 3 of corona virus lockdown here in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. It's Monday and the first day out of school. There's plenty of things to do with kids at home during coronavirus self-quarantine that doesn't involve the zombifying internet or TV. What we found most entertaining, that you can do with your kids … Continue reading Make Music with Your Kids. Shake the Corona Virus Lockdown Blues Away
So, it looks like most of us are on lockdown. Thanks to this mysterious coronavirus! At least I get some time to do some of the many things that I wanted to finish, like sharing with you this short "film" or corto in Spanish (at the bottom of this post) that Ania and I, and … Continue reading We Had No Idea How to Make a Short Film for a School Project in 5 days. . . But We Did it!
You know what's cool about being a stay-at-home dad? I get to be a kid again while playing and shooting this video of my kids free play outdoors in Morocco with SuperZings toys vs Imaginext Red Robin, Green Lantern, and little dragons like in "How to train your dragons". It's a FUNtastic father and son bonding time. Also a great opportunity to learn how to make videos! The downside? Video-making takes a lot of time. But hey, full time fatherhood is my new career 😊.
Visit Jerez during the long weekend of Dia de Andalucia (28 February) or Day of Andalucia and you will have several FREE and FUN things to do for the entire family, many are related to flamenco. This is the day when the people of this region in southern Spain voted to make Andalusia an autonomous … Continue reading Flamenco festival de Jerez. What to do in Jerez (Dia de Andalucia weekend)?
About this time three years ago, we were ready to move our little wanna-be free-flowing family abroad for a family gap year that has now turned into 3. That's 3 years without work! Can you imagine? It's actually more like 3 years of working at home and from home, at least for me as the … Continue reading Where to get the money for your family gap year abroad?
Happy New Year! Here's a music video (on YouTube) of a new and refreshing family-friendly version of the popular Christmas song "Jingle Bells" with lyrics mixed with the Spanish version "Dulce Navidad" con letra. It is an acoustic guitar-driven style, sung by kids, mixed with Villancicos Navideños (Spanish Christmas carols), in English and Spanish, performed in the style of Zambomba (Christmas songs done in festive flamenco style as uniquely done in Jerez de la Frontera, Andalucia, Spain). ¡Olé! My two young kids and I recorded it in our our old-but-professional home recording studio in December.
On a family vacation on a "Pillar of Hercules"--the Rock of Gibraltar, UK--we finally made a YouTube video of these little thumb-sized figures called SuperZings that all kids seem to be talking about. The video shows kids at play... FREE PLAY... on Catalan Bay beach in December. It also shows you the beach, the playground, the colorful houses and rock mountain to help you plan your visit. Big Smile!