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Vignettes and observations from an American-turned-expat living in the Mediterranean's beloved region of Catalunya. More Info

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Artfully Ever After

Artfully Ever After


December 6, 2013 by Ashley

I was prepared (albeit totally unprepared in retrospect) for the life that lay ahead for us in Barcelona, Spain.  After many adventures, countless frustrations and new discoveries, I thought, conversely,… Read more…

Period of Displacement

September 28, 2013 by Ashley

I must admit that I hadn’t been much of a reader (post-college) until my girls were no longer babies and we moved to Spain and lost our American cable (happily). … Read more…

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May 21, 2013 by Ashley

A lesson in turbulence. Last Tuesday, I found myself in a whirlwind of cancelled flights, missed flights, change of airports, taxi cab rides, airline vouchers, and heavy turbulence at 36,000… Read more…

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The Joy of Inconveniences

April 29, 2013 by Ashley

As time is winding down on our great European adventure, I find that I’m constantly reflecting on our family’s life here and what we will miss most; what we will… Read more…

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Eye Opener

April 16, 2013 by Ashley

Sometimes I get caught up in the minutia of the day .. the ever-present and steadily growing laundry pile; the unsuccessful meals even though I tried and spent time preparing;… Read more…

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The Road Not Taken

April 7, 2013 by Ashley

Just like my many hair styles and respective rainbow of colors, my idea of traveling has changed over time.   Traveling with my parents when I was young was well… Read more…

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Ski Week with Mom

March 20, 2013 by Ashley

Every year the school organizes a ski trip for “semana blanca” (white week).  Ski week begins on a Sunday afternoon as the rock-star-style buses roll into the school parking lot… Read more…

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Old Dog …New Tricks in Andorra

March 10, 2013 by Ashley

If new tricks include falling down a ski slope multiple times while attempting to ski an easy blue run in Andorra’s Granvalira’s ski resort, then I can check that off… Read more…

Patience in Spain

March 1, 2013 by Ashley

 If “Patience is a Virtue”, then the Catalans are the most virtuous people I have ever met.  And, I mean ever. When we first arrived, in typical US-I’ve-been-programmed-to-do-a-million-tasks-at-once fashion, Michael… Read more…

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Reaching Rupit

February 25, 2013 by Ashley

I am always up for a challenge.  But, it’s hardly a challenge finding a beautiful spot to visit in Catalunya.  I could close my eyes and throw a dart at… Read more…