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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?

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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

Thinking of moving abroad with your family for a year without work? Yes, you can! We did.

This can help you make it happen for your family. This is part 2 of the questions that I needed to address in order to persuade my wife for us to quit the job and life in the U.S. and move to Spain, two young kids in tow, three summers ago. "Tata!," my seven-year old, … Continue reading Thinking of moving abroad with your family for a year without work? Yes, you can! We did.

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Happy Spring. World Down Syndrome Day 2019

Spring has sprung! Happy Death of Winter... for now.  And in the words of our brothers and sisters elsewhere, "Navruz Muborak"! Two years ago today we all woke up in Lisbon.  Did you know that today is also World Down Syndrome Day? What's the connection? I'll sort of get to that below. White flowers of … Continue reading Happy Spring. World Down Syndrome Day 2019

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Winter in Cadiz, Spain

Beach under the winter sun.  It is this happy houseband's favorite babysitter.  And what better place for our young boys to combine freeplay in three languages (Polish, English and Spanish) with getting some winter sun tan than here in the Costa de la Luz. In the first few days of March, we headed off to … Continue reading Winter in Cadiz, Spain

Plan it! Questions such as these and more (later) helped plan a successful move abroad with our family. Photo of the bay of Cadiz with shirtless Karol exploring the wild beach. #freeelectrons.family.

What to ask yourself before moving your family abroad

So we decided to change our lifestyle, quit the job, clear out the house of too many accumulated things, and move the family (with 2 very young children) to another country.  Reaching that decision point was not easy.  When my job was no longer a go for me in July 2016, I was ready to … Continue reading What to ask yourself before moving your family abroad

First-time family camping road trip summer: How much will it cost?

The cost of things we think we need for our first-time, family, camping road trip in Europe in the summer are listed in part one.  But what about the cost of sleeping, gas and food for this 6-week nomadic trip? Cost of Sleeping on the Road We need a total of 45 days for sleeping … Continue reading First-time family camping road trip summer: How much will it cost?