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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October 14, 2010


ahh! it looks so nice! i miss ethnic food so much, but more than anything, i miss chaos. life in sweden is great, but it definitely lacks some of the excitement and spontaneity of life in the US. lucky you, right now!

I totally agree with Kate. It's the spontaneity that I miss in Sweden. That extra "wattage" that you, me and Amy were talking about. Looks like you've found a little more excitement... And better food :-) I'd move to Portland just for those donuts!

I like that Americans will look you in the eyes and talk to "strangers". Swedes have that cultural reserve...I know our "hi, how are you?" really bugged my Swedish host sister. Welcome "home"!

I am living here in Sweden for seven years now basically for my kids sake. I feel like dead here...cold boring people, nothing new, always the same thing day in and day out. I am itching very much to leave this god forsaken

What about those co-op preschools?

I would sell my soul for one of those donuts! (if i could get it back from the devil, that is)

Yesterday was the season's finale of amazing race as shown in kanal 6 here in sweden. final leg of the race was in portland and one of the task is find the magic in the hole place actually means the voodoo doughnut!

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