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    • bibsey mama

      Hi,

      Thanks for visiting. There are some downsides to living here and one of them, as you have mentioned in your post, is not being near grandparents and cousins for the little one. Thank goodness for Skype.

      BM
      x

  1. I love point 5. I remember when we went to Barcelona a few years ago and loving that kids were welcome everywhere. When you think about it, why the hell not, it’s absolutely as it should be.

    But stop rubbing it in about the sunshine yeah?… 😉

    • bibsey mama

      I have become so used to it but a friend who visited recently couldn’t believe how many kids in buggies there were as we strolled through the city one evening. It is not just that the Spanish love kids, it is also the fact that everything comes alive at night here.

      Would it make you feel any better to know that it is pissing down with rain here?

      BM
      x

  2. Your first point summed up what we are looking for and I can’t think of a better reason for living somewhere so idyllic. Lovely post, made me feel quite wistful to live somewhere different.

  3. Great post, it’s true that the Spanish love children. I really feel alienated when I return home, and my sister (3 kids too), says, ooh we’ll go there it’s kid friendly. What she means is she can sit there without eyes burning into her back, and without feeling under so much pressure for the kids to be behaving like adults!

    The Spanish simply love our kids, they love the fact that these blond haired blue eyed half Norwegian, slightly Viking crazy kids sit and speak their language with them, joking and being half Spanish. They’re the same with their own race as well. It’s just so much more relaxing. Everyone, after all was a child at some point. What happened to this memory in the UK???

    We don’t have family here either so I think my 8th point would be when you live abroad you make good close friends, because you don’t have anyone else to count on!

    • bibsey mama

      Yes, good friends are all the more important when you leave ‘home’. One upside of being away from family is that when we do see each other it is for a decent length of time… “quality time”.

  4. Viva Andalucia! Lucky, lucky, lucky you. I would trade my stella-kicking ways for oranges and a love of children any day…just need to get my courage up (the stella helps with this) and locate my Spanish dictionary first…

    • bibsey mama

      Ha ha. You wouldn’t believe how many oranges we have in the house! Mr B was roped into helping a neighbour pick and transport some of his oranges… we are awash…

    • bibsey mama

      Welcome to Bibsey Towers and thanks for a lovely comment. I agree with title of your carnival entry “Home is where the heart is”. Bibsey and Mr B are part of my heart… so I guess wherever we are together could be home.

      BM
      x

      I love the title of your blog BTW.

  5. Awww, I used to live in Andalucia, allbeit not a particularly nice part (Motril). I love that kids can be innocent in Spain. It’s the same where I now live in Germany- kids can play outside and can be kids for so much longer than we allow them in the UK.
    Found your blog through Mañana Mama by the way *wave* :-)

    • bibsey mama

      Hi and welcome to Bibsey Towers. My sister lives in Germany and her girls (12 and 8 ) are still so sweet and innocent. What is it about the UK that makes kids grow up so fast? Do they have to be tougher? More street smart?

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