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Boat Search Update

“Home isn’t a place, its a feeling.”
Cecelia Ahern, Love, Rosie

The boat search is in full swing, but we’ve decided to rent an apartment in Barcelona. As romantic as living in a camper van sounds, it loses a bit of it’s charm in the cold season, especially with two kids. We signed a short term lease for 6 months, and the hope is that by June we’ll be moving onto our new boat. It feels great to have the pressure off, as we realize the key to our nautical success is find the right boat. The living space is just as important as the performance (in my opinion even more important–don’t tell Diego!)

In the meantime, I’d love to give you a tour of our new digs! I love it. Vaulted ceilings, and crisp white walls trimmed with dark, antique wood give it charm and make it seem larger than it really is. It’s a small 3rd story flat, but smartly designed and offers just enough room for a family of four. The space is proving to be good training ground for a boat. It’s laid out like a one bedroom, but really functions more like a studio. The kitchen closes off however, so once we put the littles to bed, Diego and I can barricade ourselves off with easy access to the wifi, food and liquor stash. Everyone’s happy!

Located in the Barcelonetta district of the city, we’re only two blocks from the sea. The avenue opens up into a small plaza lined with delicately leafed trees that lean over one another forming a natural arch the length of the block. It’s beautiful. Old men gather in the early afternoon to drink red cans of Estrella beer and play chess. Jaxon terrorizes the flock of pigeons with his scooter every time we walk through. We’re like the pirates of Barcelonetta! The fact that we’re here during low season got us a great price on the flat, and we have the beach almost entirely to ourselves. Port Olimpic and Port Vell are both within 5 minutes walking, and our evening stroll keeps us in touch with our goal of having a boat my June.

So here’s the grand tour:


The front of the building. Our balcony is the highest one with the plant. I love the purple!


The kitchen/office/late night date night space


The kitchen/laundry/bar


The living room/kids room/office


The bedroom


The windy little staircase. It’s so short I have to bend over at every corner to make it through. I feel like a princess that’s been locked away in a tower, but it’s lovely once you get inside, and I can leave whenever I want.


Our little balcony that opens to the street. Small, but there’s a huge roof top terrace (sorry no photo this time!) that the kids can run like crazy and I don’t have to worry about them on the street.

So that’s it. I’ll keep you updated on the boat search, and promise to share photos of any promising leads!

Tiffiney Lozano is the creator of the Mama Said Project and two crazy humans. She offers workshops for women craving connection with themselves and the world around them. After 18- months of continuous travel she and her family are finding adventure in the everyday from the comfort and beauty of their home in the Sierra Nevada mountains near Lake Tahoe.
14 Comments... add your own
  • November 25, 2014, 9:20

    Be still, my heart. I love your beautiful website and your mission.

    Can I come over and be your nanny? I worked with the wee ones for 16 years. I’m really good at the Mary Poppins thing. 😉


    Let me know if the apartment next door is available, and it, too, has a magical windy staircase and a charming breakfast nook. With the last name that was assigned to me at birth, I believe it’s my destiny to live in Spain at some point in my life. 😀

    Love, Michelle

    • November 25, 2014, 9:46

      Ah HI Michelle! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 That makes me deliriously happy!

      YES! to all of the above! Thank you for paving the way with this bravery stuff! It’s really lovely to “meet” you. xo

  • November 21, 2014, 9:45

    Looks lovely Tiffiney. I love Barcelona! So excited to go on this adventure with you!

    • November 21, 2014, 11:50

      So excited to have you with us! Thanks for reading and i cant wait to capture and share more of this beautiful city with my camera!!

  • November 21, 2014, 6:39

    I’ve been reading your posts and loving them. I just read your “About” page and what an amazing and vulnerable post. You are a fabulous writer, and the story can hit home on so many levels (even those of us without the kids and husband). Great stuff, you all are inspiring. Much love to you.

    • November 21, 2014, 7:12

      Lea your words mean so much. Thanks for reading and thanks for the encouragement!

      I used to think getting married and having a family would ease all of my insecurities, boy was I wrong! It actually brings all of my flaws to the surface and there’s no where to hide. I’m still doing the work…but I guess it feels nice to surround myself with a community interested in doing the same…like you!


  • michelle beaman
    November 19, 2014, 4:42

    of course your window shutters are purple! I love it and you have a safe roof space, that can be the hardest part of small living no? bet the wifi is even better up there too. so happy to see your babes bright shining faces, can’t wait to hear and see more!

    • November 19, 2014, 5:18

      Purple right? How perfect! Next week the Desire Mapping Sessions begin–getting down and playful with the delivery, logistics and SOUL : ) Keep you posted! xo

  • Thea Wagler
    November 18, 2014, 6:05


  • Clare
    November 18, 2014, 4:39

    Tiff is it near where we stayed earlier this year with the pain in the ass landlord?! Wow your adventure is so exciting, I must make it back to Barca to see you again soon! Xoxo

    • November 19, 2014, 2:00

      Yes Clare! It’s a little farther down toward Port Olimpic, but it’s very near where we stayed. I fell in love with this neighborhood when we were here. We’ve been building sandcastles everyday. Perfect! Would love, love, love to see you again! xo I would also love to make it to London!!

  • November 18, 2014, 10:19

    looks like a great place! How wonderful to be so close to the Sea! What a fun adventure and seems like the loft will be a good transition into boat life. Hugs from Quincy.

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