some places we've visited so far

  • maui, hawaii
    The day we got home, we started saving for our next trip. See my blog entry
  • antalya, turkey
    I miss hearing the call to prayer before sunrise every morning, the sunshine and the small winding roads in the old city. But I don't miss the olives for breakfast. See my blog entry
  • helsinki
    The cruise from Stockholm was the highlight. Breathtaking, really. We found Helsinki to be down-to-earth, friendly and a just-right size. See my blog entry
  • london
    Why on Earth did it take me so long to visit London?! Rivals Paris for best city in Europe. Avoid Oxford Street and Covent Garden, and head to Chelsea and Holborn. See my blog entry
  • paris
    It was my third trip to Paris, but our first while living in Sweden. And, more significantly, our first with a baby in tow. Metro ≠ baby friendly. Centre Pompidou = 10x more fun with a little one. See my blog entry.
  • bergen and oslo, norway
    Think Colorado. Flooded. Oslo is a refreshing little city and the fjords offered beautiful views in all directions. Not love, love. But definitely like, like. See my blog entry.
  • prague, czech republic
    Yes, it has beautiful architecture. But no soul. Skip it and go to Budapest instead.
  • berlin, germany
    We only spent a night here, but I could tell immediately that this was a city I could live in. Hope we can get back there sometime soon. Loved the new architecture, friendly people and the gigantic, wooded park.
  • tavira, portugal
    A great place to relax, see endless fields of daisies, drink sangria and be surrounded by the smell of orange blossoms. See my blog entry.
  • amsterdam and delft
    Amsterdam was one of our favorite European cities and Delft is a little gem you wish you could fit in your pocket and take home. Loved the individual style and easy-going nature of the people. See my blog entry.
  • budapest
    Hurry, it's already been discovered. Wonderful cheap food and an outdoorsy mentality. See my blog entry.
  • dalarna, sweden
    Reminds us of home. Really relaxing and laid back. See my blog entry.
  • hong kong and tai pei
    Super friendly people and so romantic. See my blog entry.
  • nice
    Loved Villefranche and the whole area east of Nice. See my blog entry.
  • barcelona
    Loved the tapas and eating paella on the beach. See my blog entry.

about me

  • In November 2005, my husband and I moved to Älmhult, Sweden, for my dream job. Five years later, our little family of three moved back. Except, back turned out to be a brand new place called Portland.

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January 13, 2009


Say no more. I so get what you meant. I feel exactly the same way. I'm going to work 80% until the summer. After that we'll see. I feel working 80% is already too much. Jonatan worked 80% during the fall, and he found it rather frustrating although of course the Fridays at home with us he loved. But working 80% is really a myth and it never works because what really happens is that you work on your projects still 100% just in 80% of the time and with 80% of the pay. But it's worth it, I think (my opinion).


If you can take Fridays off legally, go for it. It will make your weekends more relaxing because y'all won't be cramming in all your chores into two days.

Enjoy the family values of Sweden that we certainly don't have stateside.

Oops. I didn't see the comment above about working 100% in 80% of the time....

I know it sucks being back at work, but you will defintely see the positives of Sophie going to Förskolan. Leia is so much more social now and after the first full week, she was already showing us new things she learned. And her vocab has almost doubled. Being around other children is so very important. Her face just lights up when she sees her little baby-friends. :) I have days where I really, really miss her ... but I know that the separation is good for her but also me as well.
You'll get through it.. we all do. :)

Do it! Take the time. They really do grow up so fast.

I did 4 days a week after my daughter was born and it was the best decision ever. I saw a pie graph once that put all of your life into pieces of pie. Childhood, college years, married w/o kids, retirement. Then there was this little teeney teeny tiny slice that said your child being a baby. If you didn't look closely you would skip miss it entirely. Point is, don't miss it entirely. You have the rest of your life to work and only a little time to have her as a small baby. Take advantage of it!
Parent of 2 (ages 8, 5)

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