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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May 02, 2009


I hope you don't mind, but I'm linking to your post for Small Town Snapshot Sunday. You should check it out and see if you want to participate next week. We have a lot of small town fun with it!

I think your trip to see the cows sounds like an adventure! And I relish your joy in hearing your daughter laugh. Your daughter will, too. And if the three of you can laugh WHILE watching paint dry, I think you're setting a pretty dang good example. ;)

OK, let's get real --- you move to Sweden on a whim and are experiencing a whole different world. Boring? Really?? Au contraire. I applaud your courage to live life to the full and take risks and relish in the "small stuff".

My partner Scott and I and our 3 year old son are spending this summer in Stockholm ---- doing a house swap --- (we live in Portland, OR) --- I've really enjoyed reading your blog as we get ready to go on our own little adventure. It's the small stuff that we are most looking forward to.



No way, I don't think that sounds boring at all! Actually, I'm a little jealous. Except for that part about stepping in the sh*t :-)

Sounds like a great family day - kids, animals, picnic. Perfect!

Cool to find your blog.

We are living life in reverse. Only my Smaland-raised, Finnish-born husband moved to the United States, to Minnesota to be exact. I am a Finnish/Saami American who grew up in a little village in Wisconsin called West Sweden, peopled with Smalander descendents not far away from where Moberg wrote his books on Swedish emigrants in the United States. We have two children, Allan-John, 15, who lives with us and who is the product of my first marriage. And there is Jonathan, his child from a long-term relationship who lives in Almhult too. (His mother, Ingela, has a home-based web business selling baby clothing).

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