Back in February, Momma S and I packed the prius with as much winter clothing and snack food that would fit strapped the boys into their car seats, and hit the road heading north. Destination…the Arctic Circle. Day 1-2: A quick 6hr drive to Stockholm. Meet with a good friend, celebrate Momma S’s birthday, and take in a ferry ride to a toy museum. Day … Continue reading An Arctic Road Trip
Three kilometers outside of the rural village of Knislinge (20 minutes east of Hässleholm ) you find the old manor/art galleries of Wanås. The Wanås estate is dedicated to uniting the areas of art, nature, and history and proves to be a wonderful day excursion if you happen to find yourself in southern Sweden. With Spring in full bloom, now would be a wonderful time … Continue reading Art, Nature, History…Wanås!
Blogging is a hobby that becomes an expectation. I began this blog to help me cope with the adjustment to stay-at-home fatherhood as I relocated to Sweden with my family. It was a way to connect to the greater world, to remain active while staying home. From there, I developed a relationship with a few other bloggers, I would read their posts and they would … Continue reading The Long Silence
One of the first impressions a stranger to Sweden might get is that the average Swede is very aloof and reserved. This is often seen on the streets where nobody smiles at each other, makes eye contact, or in any way acknowledges the existence of the other…unless of course they are really good friends. This is often perceived by outsiders to be rude. (At … Continue reading Do not Smile or say ‘Hej’
Leaving Burma for Sweden there was one main thing I was looking forward to…Fall. Today was a day that made my soul sing. The colors are just past peak, but vibrant yellow and burnt orange colors surrounded my family and I as we continued our new tradition of finding a different nature reserve to hike in every Saturday morning. Vako Myr is a 13km square … Continue reading Vako: Another walk in Smalands
Our second autumn walk took us to Höö Naturreservant. This is a very lovely place with multiple well marked trails, a B&B, and an assortment of animals and terrain. This area, on the north end of Mocklen Lake, has been established in order to preserve the old “peasant landscape”. The preserve includes farmland, cow pastures, forests, a lake, and a Bed & Breakfast that offers … Continue reading Höö: Another walk in Smalands
I have never gone mushroom hunting, nor is this post about mushroom hunting. But, I have a few pretty cool friends who do indeed hunt for mushrooms, so this post is for you. While enjoying numerous walks through the forest, S and I have stopped to take these pictures just for you! (It was also a really good way to engage K while tramping through … Continue reading Mushroom Hunt
When does your concept of home shift? At what point does that one particular tree, the one marking the turn down the road where your childhood home was, no longer symbolize the way home for you? I was on a plane recently, traveling back from England where I went for a week sans family. As my plane dropped altitude and banked gently to the right … Continue reading The Way-Sign Home
For those dedicated readers out there…(maybe there are a few)…I have not posted in some time. I started this blog as a means to fill the spare hours of my day as I was learning to be a stay-at-home father. And during all those wonderful nap times, I had some solid moments to sit quietly with my laptop and relay events from my day. Then … Continue reading Blogging: It’s been a while.
Living in Almhult, Sweden is quite pleasant, especially with little kids. However, there tends not to be a whole lot to do in the small town itself, so we often find ourselves seeking out nearby attractions to enjoy life in Sweden with little kids. Below are three pretty quick and easy destinations that can help pass these beautiful spring days. Linnes’ Rashult: Carl von Linnaeus … Continue reading Rashult, Denningarums, & the Broken Castle