Rowena migrates with her two daughters (3 and 5 years old) to Spain: “Motherhood will not stop me” | family


Pack your things, sell everything and go abroad: For Rowena Russo (27 years old) this has been a dream for a long time, but it will soon become a reality. In just a week, she will immigrate to Spain with her two daughters (3 and 5 years old). On LinkedIn, her announcement caused quite a stir. “I get a lot of questions from women who want to know: How are you going to do that with two little kids?”


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10-08-22, 09:02

For her job as a business consultant, helping other women start their businesses, Rowena really needs a laptop and a good WiFi connection. So you can work from anywhere. For a long time she dreamed of emigrating, but it never happened because of her family. I have always dreamed of working independently from the site. going on a year ago [mijn ex-man en ik] divorced. Soon, I called a real estate agent for work, and he said, ‘Why don’t you just go? I can help you find a home.”

Even though Rowena has just moved to a new house near her ex-husband at the time, the timing is perfect, but she soon realizes. “My youngest daughter is not in school yet, and my eldest daughter has to transfer to special education anyway because of her autism recently. In addition, there is also the fact that children in Spain only undergo compulsory education from the age of six. This means that finding On a school for my girls not so much in a hurry. In general, I felt like I had to do it.”

Rowena Russo with her two daughters © Rowena Russo

Inspiring other women

In addition to the many questions and critical feedback, there is also a positive vote in the comments section at the bottom of Rowena’s post. I get a lot of messages from women who have the same dream and ask: How would you do that with two young children? Many people let motherhood stop them, but immigration is actually super educational for kids. In this way they deal with a different culture and language. expands their world. Not everything has to be according to the book.”

Through her participation, Rowena hopes to get other women to see it. “I want to inspire other women and mothers. Linkedin felt like a platform that made sense to me. In my work as a consultant I help women create their own businesses. That’s also part of that: I want to encourage women to organize their lives in a way that they can achieve their dreams.”

Off to Spain

Over the next few days, Rowena and her daughters will be counting down: they will leave for Spain on August 15. Rowena’s mother comes to support the trio. We’ve booked a bed and breakfast in Cambrils at the moment. From there I will visit the houses. This broker from my client base is already looking for suitable homes for me. I want to look at the houses in Alicante, but we may end up in a small Spanish village. I think it’s especially important that the environment suits us.”

She admits, of course, that a mother of two finds it exciting. “But I’m glad we took the initiative. We’ll see if you like it. If not, we’ll be back in Holland in no time. If so, maybe next year we’ll decide to try another destination. For now, Holland. Anyway, it’s not in the top three.”

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Note: An earlier version of this article stated that Rowena’s ex-husband approves and encourages her plans. The ex-husband in question initially confirmed this via email when asked for a rebuttal, but said Rowena’s story was not complete. According to him, no agreement has yet been reached between them on immigration, and he denied sending the email to the reporter himself.



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