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Let’s give them the world.

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Henrik twirled a wet paintbrush into a pad of royal blue and counted, “One, two, three, four, five, six, zeven, acht, negen, tien.”  He repeated this quietly to himself a few times, as he selected other colors on his pallet, to the mutual amusement of his parents. He’s been attending kindergarten in a small village in the north of the Netherlands for the last three months, and obviously the full submersion into the dutch language is having its effect on our…

Best home base in Europe for us is the Netherlands.

With the option to live anywhere, it is nearly impossible to select and commit to one country.  If you’re a nomadic parent, you know exactly what I mean.  Why stay here, when I can go there?  While aimlessly bouncing around from here to there is indeed fun, it is not what we feel is best for our kids.  They need a particular spot in the world, one they can identify as their own. Over our last 2.5 years of vagabonding…

Visiting Selandjafoss in Iceland.

This spring, I shocked my body with a swift climate change from sunny, temperate Costa Rica days to the harsh winds and precipitation of Iceland, Norway and the Netherlands.  After two years in the steady sunshine, this venture revealed my wardrobe to be lacking in protective clothing.  Particularly, I would need a jacket.  And not just any jacket would do–I needed a perfect shield from wind and rain, a versatile addition to my wardrobe and very importantly, a jacket so…

View from top of hike in Sortland, Vesterålen, Norway

I’ve been struggling to convey a satisfactory description of our month in the bewildering north of Norway.  There is so much to express.  The snowcapped mountain view from our living room window alone drew fresh wonder from us each morning.  And everything else we saw moved us in the much same way. We had a lovely start, as our kind landlords welcomed us very late in the evening to our toasty warm, extraordinarily cozy home for the month.  This was my first…

Reine, Norway in Lofoten.

We’ve just spent a gorgeous April in the picturesque north of Norway.  We stayed in Sortland, a peaceful town resting between pristine sound waters and snow capped mountains.  Tumbling within reach of this home base is the archipelago of Lofoten–a tempting location for all wanderers of the world.  On one special day, our family ventured deep into the mysterious chain of islands to witness the reknowned brilliance for ourselves. Pushing through to the last hours of daylight, we absorbed as much of the arctic scenery as possible.  View after view of…

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