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 07, 2010


I bet it is disorienting! Not having a routine can be that way. And identity stuff related to being free from work for now.

Now you have a chance, though, to discover your own rhythm separate from work (except for freelance deadlines). Maybe pick a race to train for. I've got a coworker who is going to the one in Portland this weekend. And pick a couple of craft projects or sewing/knitting/cooking/design/language classes as well. Plus, you and Sophia can be regulars in the Portland cafe scene. ;)
I know you aren't necessarily asking for advice...

I like the new title!

I have wonderful friends who live on the 2500 block of NE 47th Ave if you need anyone to talk to about that neighborhood. They've lived there for about 10 years.

Good luck with the transition. It's a lot of work "recreating" yourself!

Love the Portland Zoo and the Children's Museum. ah, fond memories!!

Glad the move went smoothly and that you're all together again.

Thinking of you hugging Lewis in Wholefoods really made me smile. I really get that.

You and Sophie are going to find your groove soon. Until then, there is nothing wrong with planning a day around Pumpkin latte fixes.

I feel the same as Amy, the image of you hugging Lewis in WF made me happy. :-)
And I know I've said it a thousand times, but I am still so excited for you. This is it!

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