Hygge for families

Hygge for families

I remember my first winter in Copenhagen. We'd arrived in late August and had the perfect Scandinavian fall -- walks in the woods, enjoying the city, playing on the beach. Then the oddest thing started to happen around mid-November, and it seemed so sudden. The...

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Kindness and Light: Celebrating St. Martin’s Day

Kindness and Light: Celebrating St. Martin’s Day

St. Martin’s Day, held each year on November 11th, is not one that makes many calendars outside Europe, but it's one of our absolute favorites. The message of compassion, the making of lanterns, the baking of sweet bread and the bonfire at night are all beautiful...

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Bringing Europe into your New Year’s Eve

Bringing Europe into your New Year’s Eve

We love celebrating the end of the year and marking the new one with traditions we've discovered on our travels. The Danish tradition of smashing dishes on your friends’ doorsteps on New Year's Eve probably wouldn’t go over quite so well here in the US. And not many...

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Story perfect gift guide

Story perfect gift guide

Ah.. the perfect gift! It's something we all aspire to give our loved ones - especially the littler loved ones. We wait for the look on their faces when they open it and the feeling we have when weeks and months later we see our gift being used, loved, worn in or worn...

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Our precarious journey to England

Our precarious journey to England

We’ve arrived in the land of Shakespeare, Harry Potter, salt and vinegar crisps, and clockwise roundabouts. To be more accurate, we’ve settled ourselves in a tiny village in stunning Cornwall, England. We plan to enjoy cream tea (more on cream tea etiquette soon),...

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Stories along the Danube

Stories along the Danube

Two weeks ago, I, along with my husband, our three daughters (ages 8, 10 and 14) and our dog, set out on our newest adventure - biking 340km along the Danube River from Passau, Germany to Vienna, Austria. Biking all day, being outside all day — having time to think,...

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My month in a German Waldorf School

My month in a German Waldorf School

Maya, our 14 year old, just finished one month attending a Waldorf school here in Germany.  I'm constantly amazed by our kids when we give them the space to grow. Here are her thoughts on her time there. We’re in Germany again, but this time it’s different, because...

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The bumpy road to Paris

The bumpy road to Paris

The morning we were leaving southern France to go to Paris was a bit crazier than we had planned. We finally ran out the door after frantically searching for a missing hairbrush, some Lego characters and headphones and walked ran the 10 blocks to the bus stop. We made...

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7 great ways to use our audio stories

7 great ways to use our audio stories

We’re obviously big fans of audio stories as we’re taking one year to travel around Europe and write stories about the countries we visit. We believe good stories can stimulate the imagination in ways that nothing else can. Once a child’s senses are engaged and their...

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Our journey to storytelling

Our journey to storytelling

We’ve got a story for you…. Actually we’ve got quite a few, but the one I’m thinking of starts like this: Life was going along just fine — three beautiful kids, a wonderful husband with a secure career, good friends, and a loving labradoodle. We even had a teepee and...

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About Us

We're taking one year to travel through Europe, and we'll be researching, writing and recording along the way. We've sold nearly everything we own and are trading it all in for five backpacks and a doggie bike trailer, visiting 13 countries with our three adventurous daughters and our loyal Labradoodle. We'll be reporting back about all the places we go and interesting people we meet, while learning more about other countries and their traditions to bring you the most authentic stories possible.
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