Beyond Mañana

Real Expat Life in Spain

April 27, 2013
by BeyondManana
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Keeping Our Children Safe – UK and Spain

As I have written before, a huge factor in our wish to move to Spain was our daughters.  Having spent years worrying about them growing up in London, shifting out to the suburbs of Surrey simply hadn’t done enough to … Continue reading

February 17, 2013
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In Spain, it’s Family First

As I have written about before, it was the experience of becoming a parent that first made me question some of the values of the UK culture we were living in, and identify some disconnections from how I felt things … Continue reading

November 15, 2012
by BeyondManana
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Khan Academy: The Secret Weapon for all kids in Spanish Schools

I used to be considered quite good at maths, back in the day.  Certainly when I was 12 it didn’t present any difficulties, and to be honest I preferred maths and sciences academically to all the woolly intangible stuff it … Continue reading

November 12, 2012
by BeyondManana
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Dreaming Spain: The Early Years

I remember when I was a tiny girl, and holidays meant two weeks a year on the beautiful beaches of South Wales.  We always went to the same area, the same beaches, and it felt like coming home each time … Continue reading

November 12, 2012
by BeyondManana
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Education Decisions: Why We Initially Opted for International Schooling

Our decision prior to arrival – in fact, the decision that probably most dictated the very part of Spain we initially moved to – was to place both girls in International English school. We researched as much as we could, … Continue reading