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“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

We haven’t been everywhere yet, but it’s on our list! Meanwhile, you can read about the places we have been, what we thought, learned, and did, as well as more practical tips like campground reviews. So please, explore!

 US Roadtrip 2012 National Parks Campground Reviews

The First State

Delaware’s state nickname is “The First State” and it was fitting for us as this was the first state for us as we officially began to travel. We purchased the trailer in New Jersey and stayed in it for more than a month in Pennsylvania, but as we began our travels beyond visiting family and friends, our first state was Delaware. Coincidentally, it was also in this first stop in Delaware that we welcomed the Continue Reading →

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The “Camp” in Campus Park and Ride

Philadelphia RV

The website promises no trees, grass, lakes, or anything else that you typically associate with camping. They weren’t exaggerating. Campus Park and Ride is a parking lot where commuters to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and surrounding areas can park their cars and take a shuttle bus. A typical park and ride… except that this park and ride developed part of their lot into a makeshift RV park and also reaches out Continue Reading →

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The Storm Before the Calm

Writing today from the United States, for the first time in a long time. Our last post was about waiting. And when our period of waiting was finally over, there was little time left over for writing. To call the last two months intense is a bit of an understatement. But it has, for the most part, been a happy time, and somehow we find ourselves now back in the US actually implementing the plan Continue Reading →

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On the Road Again

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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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)

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)

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

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

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!)

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

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

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

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

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

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…

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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Return to Pennsylvania

This is the last post describing what we lovingly refer to as “The Big Trip”. For those of you who have followed the whole journey, thank you for your patience in all the time that living life has made it hard to find time to write. If you’re new, we welcome you to read older posts about this amazing trip that changed our lives. While we started this blog as a way to document this particular Continue Reading →

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The Nation’s Capital

On the road again to our last destination: northern Virginia and Washington DC. I have a cousin* in the Virginia suburbs of Washington DC that I hadn’t seen for years, so it was time for a visit. We arrived at their house on a Friday evening and spent the evening catching up. We met her husband for the first time, and helped him explore his Swedish heritage. He learned to say “Ge hit en öl Continue Reading →

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Lower-Slower Delaware

Continuing north, we left the I95 corridor and headed for the Del-Mar-Va Peninsula via the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. It was the closest and fastest route, and I remember crossing it as a kid and thinking it was really fun. Though the tolls were a bit steep with the trailer, it was a welcome break from miles of endless interstate. Both bridges and tunnels are exciting for kids in the car, and the CBBT offers about 20 Continue Reading →

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Heading North, part 2: North Carolina

While we weren’t the least bit tired of traveling or being on the road, we were a little tired of being tourists. The weather, though it had stopped raining, had turned colder and we weren’t inspired to head to any of South Carolina’s beaches. We also decided not to head in to Charleston but instead chose a leisurely morning at the campground and then got back on I95 heading north. We reasoned that the East Continue Reading →

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