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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July 30, 2009


the vikings focused so much on mastering time travel they completely forgot how to make ships that float.

Hi. I'm a friend of Wendy Redal's. We did our Ph.D.s together at CU. I saw a job ad in Switzerland, and now I live there. I listed you on my blog: I call the blogroll "Wander Women," because I'd love to gather together a group of expat blogging women. There a lot of us... enough that we constitute some sort of tribe, I'm sure. I went to BlogHer this year thinking I'd meet our tribe, but they were not there.
Anyway, just thought I'd introduce myself.

No words of advice from this newbie but I will say that I spent part of my vacation with an almost 2-year-old and he cried and whined ALL THE TIME. It was shocking to me because here I am thinking, "after this year everything will be so much easier!" But, it seems like that's par for the course with toddlers, and his parents, like you guys, are great. I really don't think it's possible that Sophie will become a perma-brat.

Hi Rebecca. Nice to "meet" you. I'll have to pop over to your blog.

And, Amy, I don't know if I'm comforted or terrified by your report. It's nice to know that this is normal, but man I hope it's a short phase. Thanks for the vote of confidence! :)

The best advice I could pass on is for you and your husband to be on the same page when it comes to just about everything and be consistent when dealing with kids. It gives them boundaries and structure. And of course have lots of FUN.
Proud dad of two college kids from northern Calif

Tantrums aside (for which I obviously have no advice), sounds like a fantastic vacation. I'm glad you got to see the warmer side of Stockholm. If the commute were not a factor I would relocate here in a second.

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