Tag Archives: vacation

Is not opinion. Is fact.

Just back from a 3-week long trip to Italy. Wonderful time, beautiful scenery and excellent food! Why do we keep going to Italy? Well, as you see from this sign:

Italy is the most beautiful country in the world.
This is not an opinion, there are incontrovertible numbers that prove it.


Your guide to Venice (or, yes, I’m still bored)

I’ve made a family fun guide to Venice in case anyone’s looking to convince their family that this is the place to go!

Can you believe we ran out of wine again?

So it looks like a trip down to Italy. (Psstt…. don’t tell my husband they sell wine in Sweden, I’ve convinced him we need a trip to Italy each time.)


This is jet lag

For those who haven’t experienced it, here is what jet-lag feels like, illustrated by our youngest son:


We’re in Texas


Back to Switcher-land

Once again, we are changing planes today in Switzerland….. wait, I’m sorry Switcher-land, as my 8-yr old insists it’s called.

We changed planes here a couple of years ago and he misunderstood the name of the country, though it made quite a bit of sense at the time.

Since then, I’ve been trying to convince him of the right name, but it’s really hard to do when all we ever do is switch planes there.  And today isn’t helping with my argument.

So greetings from Switcher-land!

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Gopher Museum

I keep telling my husband we should stop in Canada one year on our summer trip to Texas. He’s reluctant, but maybe THIS will convince him!  THE GOPHER MUSEUM


Drinking wine and eating a baguette on bonfire night

Yes, we take a lot of trips. At the moment, we are in Paris. You may say, “How come you can travel so much? Don’t people work in Sweden?”

The short answer is, “Not all that much.”

The longer answer is that we have lots of fun holidays and we are good at doing our work while having plenty of free time, which keeps everyone quite happy and pretty productive. This particular week, we have 2 days off. One for April 30, Valborg, in which we are all required to stand around a bonfire singing songs and freezing to death while pretending spring is here. The other holiday is May 1, on which you get a day off of work to protest about work, or human rights, war, or pickles if you like.

By taking a vacation during this week, the kids don’t miss much school and we don’t miss much work. The only drawback is that Paris also celebrates May 1 tomorrow and many things are closed for protesting. I might go out and protest that things are closed. Who knows? We will see.


A good offer?

I just got an offer in my email for Groupon – “Europe trip with SECRET destination!”

Umm… no thanks.

Who would take them up on that? I’m adventurous, but not THAT adventurous!

“We have beaches, animals, sunshine.”


Pictures of pork, beer and pretzels

My lunch all last week.  I’m currently on a salad diet.


Surprise trip

Today is my last day in my 30s. My husband is whisking me off on a surprise trip today for my 40th birthday, which takes place tomorrow.  I’m setting up some posts for the next few days, but I won’t be able to say where I’ve been until next week when we return.  I don’t find out where I’m going today until we get to the airport.  I did the same for him last year on his 40th.  (We went to Sicily.)

The big question is…… coat or no coat?  Hmmm……..

A bit unfortunate my birthday is in March…. in Europe..


How to enjoy you family vacation….

…. and keep your kid entertained for hours while you relax with a margarita.




We are heading for Chicago for a short trip on our way to Texas.  Why Chicago, you ask?  Because my husband just read a book about the serial killer H.H. Holmes from the 1890s and was fascinated by streets filled with horse manure and gritty worker conditions.

But if anyone in customs asks, it’s for Chicago’s rich culture, museums and food.


Read this while I’m at the beach

I’m writing this a week before we go on our vacation, which we will be on by the time you are reading this.

No internet and no phones.  Total disconnect.

It’s like being one with nature….

…..but with microwaves….and t.v……and restaurants….and a car…..

Ah, close enough.



Let’s make party

We are soon staying in an apartment on vacation through AirBnB – a website where people can rent out their apartments.  I was just checking the one we chose to learn more about the area.  The host writes:

“You have awesome possibilities to have a nice dinner, or drink something in a bar or make party. ”

Yes.  We shall make party.

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Back to the grind

Today most Swedes go back to work from the holidays.  The subways and buses will be full of bleary-eyed people chugging coffee and wondering where all those mornings in bed have gone.  It’s easy to completely change your schedule with 2 weeks off.  Lately we’ve been up til midnight and waking up in the mornings around 9 or 9:30am. (Don’t laugh – that’s pretty late when you have small kids.) Today we eased our way back with 7:30am.  Tomorrow when the kids start school, it will be 6:30 am.  Oh the horror!  How do people do this?  After 2 weeks, I’ve completely forgotten how this works.  After 2 weeks I’ve also forgotten how to eat normal things for breakfast and not waffles and cookies!  After 2 weeks I’m going to have to wear actual clothes and not pajamas!

I hope Easter gets here quickly.



I noticed that most countries (at least in Europe) have some sort of slogan.  At the airport, I saw, “I Need Spain” and “I Feel Slovenia.”

This got my husband and I wondering what Sweden’s current slogan is for tourists.  Here are a few ideas:

Sweden – Booze and Hot Pants

Sweden – Not So Bad in the Summer

Sweden – Abba

Sweden – Bring a Jacket

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Back from Slovenia!

Back from Slovenia!  And it was actually a very beautiful place!

We were in Ljubljana and it was Christmas market time.  The whole old part of the city was lit up with a castle overlooking the town.  Very nice!

My only complaint was about the menus at some of the restaurants.  It seems that over half of the restaurants have menus with about 50 items, yet they only have maybe 5.  They’re hoping you pick one of those 5 otherwise I’m sure they might have mentioned that when people walked in.

Anyway, here’s how it went to get a “beer.”

Six beers listed on the menu:

“Can I have a Guinness please?”

“No, we don’t have that.”

“What about this one here called Bandito?”

“No, we don’t have that.  You can have ‘Radler’.”

umm… ok

Turned out to be a grapefruit beer.

Luckily the Christmas markets outside were overflowing with hot wine and honey mead.  My evening was saved.


Ljubljana, Slovenia

My family and I are taking a vacation to Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia.  I know what you’re thinking.

A.  Where is Slovenia?

B.  Isn’t it just a gray place where people eat goulash?


Actually, no!  Though the looks I get from people when I tell them we are taking a vacation in Slovenia are between a half-smile and a worried look in the eyes.  It’s like they can’t decide whether they should be happy or feel sorry for us.

It turns out, the city actually looks like this:


Although, it is winter now, but then it’s covered in Christmas lights.  Gorgeous!

But if you guys keep wanting to think of goulash peasant towns, go right ahead.  I think we will keep this little gem all to ourselves.

You are here.

We’re going on vacation to Ljubljana, Slovenia soon so I’ve been looking for things to do with the kids.  I found some sort of adventure center so I thought I’d check on the map to see where it was.

Maybe they could be a bit more specific?

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