April 14, 2014

Felices Viajes

Last June, I spilled the beans about our move to North Carolina and Bart's acceptance to Duke's MBA program.

I hadn't hinted at all about it on my blog, despite the fact we'd spent more than a year talking seriously about an MBA (and the previous six tossing around the idea more casually).

But now, we have another move coming up that I haven't been keeping secret for months and months and months, because we didn't know about it months ago.

In fact, things were only finalized on Friday.

A few weeks ago, Bart came out of his office and said, "I couldn't help myself. I put in an application to do an international exchange semester in the fall."

And then, a week or so later, Bart was notified that he had a slot if he wanted it and we had our pick of about 15 different MBA programs all over the world.

After poring over the list and weighing all the pros and cons of each place, we finally decided on. . . .

Barcelona, Spain.

We'll be there for four months this fall, September through December, while Bart attends IESE.

Ella is begging to learn Spanish with Bart (she's kind of obsessed with the idea of other languages), and I'm already scheming how many side-trips we can take while we're in Europe. Ani has absolutely no clue.

(All of this also means we are trying to rent out our house not only for the summer but also the fall. So if you're looking for a temporary home in Durham. . . . ).

57 comments:

  1. WOW, exciting! I don't think I'd ever have the cajones to do that. Good luck to you guys - I can't wait to see those updates!

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  2. That's SUPER awesome! Looking forward to following you there via your blog!

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  3. wow, that is soooo cool! Barcelona is great and really close to Germany (well, closer that North Carolina :)) If you want to take a side-trip to Germany, I'd love to give you tipps :)

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  4. I'm super excited for you guys! WHAT fun!

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  5. How wonderful! Barcelona is beautiful with to a to do! What a great adventure for you all.

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  6. Ella may be disappointed, though -- Barcelona speaks a different dialect than the rest of the Spanish-speaking world. Cousins, but hard to read even if you speak "regular" Spanish.

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    1. Huh. Since I was thinking about it, I looked it up and learned that Catalan (spoken in Barcelona) isn't even considered a dialect of Spanish (Castillian), it is it's own separate Romance language. Who knew?!

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    2. They actually speak both there - Catalan and Spanish - so it will be a double adventure for all of you!

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  7. Wow, you guys only make BIG changes! Congratulations, this is incredibly exciting!!

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  8. Wow! So exciting - I can't wait to read all about your adventures!

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  9. Wow, congratulations!! My sister is a missionary in Spain and currently living in Barcelona! I'm not sure for how long - her final post is in the Canary Islands and she's in language training right now.

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  10. Well that's exciting! I'm a little sad that the Spanish you learn will be with a terrible accent, though.

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  11. This is amazing! Congratulations and what a spectacular choice! Now, can we persuade your adventurous clan to take a weekend jaunt up to London?

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  12. Wow, that is fantastic! How exciting for all of you. And I can't wait to see posts about your European adventures!!!

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  13. Wow! That sounds like so much fun! I have never lived outside of the county I was born in. Every once in awhile I think it would be fun to move somewhere completely new, but it's not on the horizon for us.

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  14. Wow!! So exciting and I thought you'd never leave Round Rock!! I can't wait to see all your posts!

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  15. SO EXCITING! Awesome, awesome.

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  16. LOVE IT! I am so excited for you guys! Living abroad is on my list of things to do. Now that Seth's at BYU it's a real possibility... once he gets tenure taken care of! :) I can't wait to keep up on your adventures.

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  17. Wow, that is incredible! What a cool opportunity! We briefly toyed with the idea of going to Australia for a few years after chiropractic school (I've forgotten the details, of course) but I wimped out because it would have been a few years, not months. I've always wondered what that would have been like. I'm excited to see all your adventures :-)

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  18. How exciting - and such a great experience for your family! Barcelona is my favorite city in the world (besides San Francisco of course!)

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  19. I'm SO excited for you guys! I love Spain with all of my heart. I can't wait to read about your adventures there. Churros con chocolate, paella, seafood like you've never had before, oh. my. gosh. And there is so much to see and do in Spain alone! I am giddy for you!!

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  20. Like all other commenters, I am thrilled for you and your family. What an adventure ahead of you!

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  21. This is incredible!! What an amazing opportunity!

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  22. How exciting!!! My husband and I are newlyweds and we are dreaming of buying a house, going back to school, starting a family and traveling abroad but aren't sure how and when we can make all of those things happen. It's so inspiring to see you and your little family doing it all! What a great experience it will be for all of you! I can't wait to read about your adventures in Spain!

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  23. I'm so excited for you! You have to promise to blog the heck out of those four months so that we can all live vicariously through you!

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  24. This is so awesome! Congrats to you guys! You're going to have the time of your life. Although I am sad this means your time in NC is even shorter now!

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  25. What a fantastic adventure! Congratulations!

    If you ever need a "Whirlwind Weekend" for Bratislava, or possibly for Prague, I bet Nate could give you some tips.

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  26. What exciting news! We had two days in Barcelona en route to our Mediterranean cruise last May. It was a wonderful city. Catalan actually has a lot of French influence. One side trip we took was to Montseurat, about an hour from the city. Fabulous mountains. We also visited Sagrada Familia, a cathedral that was started in 1872 but only consecrated in 2012 and still very much under construction. Gaudi's work is fantastic. I wish we'd had time to see Park Guell. I have a feeling Ella will love its whimsy. Do you know yet where you will be this summer?

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  27. Oooooh!! So awesome!! My sister and bro-in-law went to the Czech Republic for an internship, and they loved so many things about it! (My niece was 2 months old when they left, and their super tight budget meant they actually ended up renting an apartment with no bathroom in it (!?!?) and sponge carpet instead of any type of sanity floor. I would definitely not recommend that type of budget....eeeww!)

    xox

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  28. What an amazing opportunity! Blaine served his mission in Spain, we will be dying of jealousy over here!

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  29. Wow, thats huge! You'll love it, I'm sure!

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  30. Soooooo excited for you! I hope you can do a lot of side trips! In 2013 we spent 10 months in Munich, Germany and took a lot of side trips (short ones and long ones) all over Europe. It's definitely different doing Europe with a kid (our baby was 6 months - 15 months while we were there) but it's also very doable. Not that you want / need any advice, but I'm glad to share! And don't worry too much about learning Spanish - of course any vocab you can pick up will go a long way with the locals, but almost everyone in every major European city speaks enough English that you can get by without speaking the local language. (But then again, you probably already knew this - didn't you do study abroad in Europe before?)

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  31. How amazing that will be! Congratulations! Can't wait to follow along with your adventures on your blog!

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  32. yay!!!!!!!!! SO excited for you!

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  33. Congrats! I can't wait to read about it. :)

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  34. oh WOW! How exciting! That's something I really would like to do. I mean, I know we were in China for 3 months so we kind of have, but I guess I would like to try something for a little longer. What I want to know is what other places did you get to pick from? And when can I come visit!? Ha!

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  35. Wow! So exciting. Looking forward to reading your posts from Spain.

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  36. ¡Enhorabuena! Barcelona is the only city I've been to in Spain, so of course I can confidently proclaim that it's the best city in Spain (ha). I'm so excited to read about your travels!

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  37. Woo hoo!! Fabulous news! Can't wait to hear all about all your adventures!

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  38. Wow! Congrats! That sounds like quite the adventure!

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  39. Whoa congrats! And good luck with renting your house!

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  40. Wow, what an adventure! (and bonus points for the proper spelling of "poring"!)

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  41. WOW!!!! Such AWESOME news! I'm so excited for your overseas adventure. And your girls will be at such fun ages for it!

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  42. What a great opportunity! Just wanted to comment that when we were in Spain a few years ago now we found the high speed trains amazing to get around the country and indeed Europe. Some great deals can be found if you book through national networks e.g. sometimes family weekend tickets are really cheap etc. Generally booking ahead is a good idea to save $. I found Man in Seat 61 (http://www.seat61.com) super useful in Europe.

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  43. WOW! What fantastic news! Every time I hear of one of my friends having the chance to live abroad while their littles are young, it makes my heart sing. I know you'll have a phenomenal time, and I'll get the privilege of living vicariously through your blog and instagram posts! Good luck finding a renter.

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  44. Spain! How exciting. Can't WAIT to see pics and hear all about it!

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  45. Wow that is so exciting! What an amazing adventure for your family! Spain is one place I've always wanted to go... I've heard it's just beautiful. I am dyyying to see all of your upcoming photos! Congrats!

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  46. Ohhhh my goodness!!!!!! How amazing!!! Wow. We need to talk!

    PS...I'm catching up on your blog posts this week...That skirt, yes! That popcorn, yessss!!!

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  47. Whattt??? This is the greatest! So exciting! And now I want to visit.

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  48. What a fun adventure! We lived for a summer in Italy for my husband's internship and it was the hardest and greatest experience of our lives! (But we didn't have two kiddos!)
    Best wishes!

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  49. So amazing! And my best friend from HS is there with her husband and children working for the state dept. Please look up the Claytons, or you'll likely run into them at church :)

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  50. Hi! I read tour blog from time to time from Spain. Great to ear such good opinions of my country. In fact it is an amazing place to live. Barcelona is a great city. I you need help let me know!

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  51. How fantastic! You guys will love it over there.

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