Welcome!

Welcome to Lindströms on the Road! Thanks for stopping by. Take a few minutes and get to know us, and while you’re at it, why not leave a comment or a question and let us get to know you a little too! If we could, we’d invite you over for a Swedish fika, to swap stories over warm cinnamon buns, but hopefully this is the next best thing. We hope that reading about our journey can help encourage or inspire you on yours!

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Waiting

This picture is taken at 37 weeks - already more than a week old.

They say a watched pot never boils. We all know that this is scientifically untrue. The water in that pot will boil when it reaches 100C whether you’re watching it happen or not. All the same, we all know what the expression means and have felt its truth over and over again. The time we spend waiting seems to move at its own (snail-like) pace and the more you think about it the slower it Continue Reading →

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Summer is Short

swimming ice cream

When I first moved to Sweden at the beginning of fall 2006, I started language school almost right away. One of our early lessons centered around a well-known song. As I sat with my dictionary and translated the words to English, I was filled with a sadness and sense of dread that did not suit the upbeat, happy feeling of the song I was listening to. The summer is short, the chorus begins. And most Continue Reading →

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On the Road Again

These kids... fearless, strong, and always ready for adventure!

I’ve been promising to write and share pictures of our “new normal” life in the camper without an apartment or other form of “permanent” residence. The problem is that the last few weeks since we moved out have been full, intense, and more than a bit overwhelming. It’s been hard to find time to write. And when I have sat down to write, I’ve realized that in all the chaos, I have no idea what Continue Reading →

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Farewell to Orkestervägen

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This morning we handed over the all the keys… the keys to the apartment, to the storage closet, to the laundry room, to the outlet on our parking space. After months of working to shed our belongings and a very intense last week of moving out what was left and cleaning, cleaning and more cleaning, it’s almost difficult to understand that we have officially closed this chapter of our lives. I’m sure it will continue Continue Reading →

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The Infinite Nature of Stuff

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I am married to an eternal optimist. Most of the time, this is an endearing quality, and his voice is absolutely one that I need in my life. There are also times when he needs a dose of my realism (as I call it), though most of the time we’re able to agree that the reality is probably somewhere in the middle. Now that it’s April and our apartment will be empty in less than Continue Reading →

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The First Point of No-Return

unpacking

At the end of January, we passed our first “point of no-return” as we pursue our dream of a location independent lifestyle: we gave our 3 month’s notice on our apartment. While we still aren’t planning to leave this area until the fall, we will be out of our apartment by April 30. From May 1 until we are ready to board a plane, we will be living in our camper. Why? We made this Continue Reading →

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Welcome 2016!

NewYearLindstroms

It’s a strange feeling to stand at midnight on New Year’s Eve and toast the arrival of a year you’ve looked forward to and planned for but which has, up until now, remained stubbornly and elusively in the future as though it may actually be imaginary. But then suddenly there we stand, glasses in hand. And on TV, a stagehand in Stockholm is walking away with the giant 5 and another arrives with a 6 Continue Reading →

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Our (Simple) Christmas 2015

ChristmasUnderTree

This week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is a favorite of mine. Here in Sweden, there’s even a word for this week: mellandagarna, the “in between days”. Even before I had a word for them, I’ve loved these days. There’s no school, many people are off from work, and there isn’t much going on except for gatherings of family and friends that might not see each other very often. The hype and stress of Continue Reading →

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The Dream, The Plan: FAQ

camper study

This post is a follow up to our two previous posts explaining our plans for a new season for our family. If you haven’t read The Dream, The Plan part one and part two, you might want to click over to those first. Then this post will make a lot more sense to you. Frequently Asked Questions Q: What will you actually do? Where will you go? How often will you move? A: When we Continue Reading →

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The Dream, The Plan (Part 2)

camper sunset

If you missed reading The Dream, The Plan (Part 1), please follow the link and read that post first… And there, by the river on our 11th wedding anniversary, the dream became a plan… Let’s get back on the road. Indefinitely. What if traveling wasn’t just for vacations or a 4-month gap between jobs, but a lifestyle where the world is our classroom to explore and learn together? What if we could feel as alive Continue Reading →

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The Dream, The Plan (part 1)

sunset Skellefteälven

Sometimes a dream is a delicate thing, like a soap bubble floating on the breeze. If you try to grasp it, it will burst, so you keep it hidden away in your heart and whisper about it only to yourself. But sometimes it’s like a seedling, fragile but with enormous potential to grow strong and bloom bright if properly nurtured. We have a dream that has turned out to be of the second kind. What Continue Reading →

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Finding Time, Finding Treasure

overlook

We long for a time in our lives when outdoor adventure, travel and exploration will be “normal life” and not just vacations. We are actively working to pursue that dream, but we’re not there yet. In the meantime, there’s dance class and meetings and stopping for groceries on the way to pick up one and drop off the other. Don’t misunderstand, there’s beauty and value in the season we’re in now and we don’t want to Continue Reading →

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Family Adventures in London

Tower Bridge

With the details of travel, lodging and budget out of the way now we can move on to the fun part! Subtracting travel time, we had three full days in London. Here’s what we did, plus a few tips for other families interested in exploring this amazing city with kids. Bridges Between the old classic song and the scenes that played out in one of their favorite Magic Tree House* books, the kids were very Continue Reading →

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Spontaneous Long Weekend in London (on a budget!)

airport carry on only

After a summer of exploring our local area, discovering new places that we never knew were nearby, and writing all about our reasons for staying local and what we did, we hopped on a plane and spent four days in London. I know. We said we wouldn’t. And we weren’t planning to. We really weren’t. But then we did. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the weather in Sweden this summer was particularly terrible. Continue Reading →

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Västerbotten Road Trip

kids find mushroom

Finally at the end of July Staffan was able to take a bit of vacation time from work and we hitched up the camper and hit the road. We adore road trips, and for us they are usually measured in weeks, not days, and we tend to cover a lot of ground. This year, though, since we decided to stick to exploring locally  our road trip was much smaller in scale, and in the end Continue Reading →

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Exploring Locally in July

net climbing

In July, we were all still searching for signs of summer to arrive in Sweden. They were few and far between. Meteorologists have offered their explanations (it’s linked to the record-breaking heat and drought the European continent has experienced) but sunny, warm-ish weather has been rare and most days have been cloudy, full of chilly breezes, rain showers and mutant mosquitoes with super powers. We had much more use for raincoats and rubber boots than Continue Reading →

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Local Explorations – June Edition

pony cart

This space has been a little lonely and neglected lately. It seems that the seasons when I have the most to write about are the same seasons when I find very little time and energy to actually sit down and write. There’s a very simple explanation for this. We are out and about, exploring, learning and trying to live in the moment. The days get long, we’re out after bedtime night after night (I’m not Continue Reading →

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Exploring Locally

exploring locally

We love to travel. Really love it. If we could, we’d do it full-time. I hope someday soon we will. But right now is not that season. Right now we have an apartment that we call home and commitments to things like a job and a preschool and a church. We have routines. We shop at the same grocery store most of the time, dance class is on Tuesdays, and every other Friday we eat Continue Reading →

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Story

Camper-Friends

We have continued to spend time in the refugee community and I continue to learn so much from my time with them, not the least of which being how much I still have left to learn. My previous post, though true and honest, barely scratched the surface. As rich and deep and overwhelming as my experience had been, there was still so much I did not know. For example, I did not know that the Continue Reading →

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Blessed are the Persecuted…

Lunch In Jörn

The Beatitudes are hard. I’ve always thought so. That part of the Bible, recorded in both Matthew and Luke, where Jesus counts off the laundry list of human suffering and tells us they are blessed. Blessed. That’s a word that gets thrown around a lot in Christian circles and I’m pretty sure most of us are using it wrong, but that’s another topic perhaps for another post another time. In fact, a lot of what Continue Reading →

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