Fred is a California native (1973), Franziska was born and raised in East Germany (1979), Millie and Max (2009 and 2013) are global citizens in training. Our family spent 12 months traveling Europe with Workaway in 2016-17. We visited 10 countries and 12 hosts. It was the best experience of our lives, and now that we've settled in Spain, we have become workaway hosts ourselves. We create art, poetry, fermented foods and websites. We live in a small village in the Spanish Pyrenees, surrounded by mountains and forest, about 20 minutes from the city of La Seu and 2 hours from Barcelona.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
I was born and raised in California, USA, and my wife was born and raised in East Germany. We met in Germany, then lived in California for 12 years. Our kids speak English, as well as being competent in German and Catalan. We are also working to improve our Spanish skills. We have traveled across Europe individually, and together as a family, experiencing a wide range of cultures and lifestyles. Now we live a tiny village in the beautiful Spanish Pyrenees, about 20 minutes from a larger town, 30 minutes from France, and 2 or 3 hours from Barcelona. We are writers, artists and entrepreneurs, with passions for healthy living, fermentation, sourdough baking, community building, music, yoga and philosophy. I play guitar.
We have 2 kids, ages 5 and 9, and sometimes need help around the house, cooking and cleaning for example. Firewood is another job in the winter time. We are flexible and easy-going and believe it's important that everyone can have a good time. We did work-away for 12 months with 11 different hosts (2016-17), so we know all about the pros and cons. We aim to keep our guests happy and comfortable, and treat them like members of the family. And we expect you to be helpful, friendly and courteous.
English, Deutsch, some Español and Catala
We have a small guest room in our house, with a large bed, and there are 2 bathrooms. The home is semi remote (20 minutes to the city), and the landscape is breathtaking. The village is very small (50-100 people?) but set beautifully in the mountains, surrounded by forests. Perfect if you enjoy hiking, bird-watching, yoga, meditation, and bob marley. Not so much if you want to go clubbing. The house has the ancient stone building appearance from the outside, but has all the modern conveniences on the inside. We love cooking, and we are primarily vegetarian, but frequently enjoy seafood.
The Cerdanya area is a very popular destination for hiking, skiing, thermal hot springs, hot air balloon rides and more.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week