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Living through the impact of the worst nuclear disaster in human history. Thoughts on surviving Chernobyl. | thetravellingmom.ca

Surviving Chernobyl: A Travel Memoir

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It’s been thirty years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the former Soviet Union republic of Ukraine. This travel memoir reflects on my time living in Sweden as an international exchange student in 1986, and going through the aftermath of the nuclear radiation fallout from the worst nuclear accident in human history. The cake smelled delicious. Warm, fresh from the oven, my Swedish host mother had made an effort to bake something special with the first strawberries of late spring 1986. But she was…

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This year was a big travel year for the Travelling Mom. What are the travel stories you'd like to reading 2016?

A Very Good Travel Year 2015

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As this year draws to a close, I enjoy doing a little travel year in review in my mind. Our family enjoyed some quality travel time together, including ski and school-sports trips, and a major 6,000+ km road trip throughout a good portion of western North America. I wasn’t sure my teenagers were up to spending that much time with us in our VW Westfalia, but I shouldn’t have been that surprised. They’re pretty travellers after all this time! On the…

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Carpe diem! Seizing the day at Boomers Beach, Mountain Trek Retreat.

Nine Lessons Learned from My Week at Mountain Trek Retreat

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So I hiked for miles in the Kootenay Mountains, and lost 4.5 pounds and 6 inches. But what did I gain at Mountain Trek Retreat? As it turns out, a heck of a lot. Here are nine lessons learned from being brave and finding vitality during my week at Mountain Trek. 1. Carpe Diem – Seize the Day I remember the exact place and moment when the importance of enjoying the moment – seizing the day –  hit me. It was on the…

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These boots were meant for hiking and wellness adventure at Mountain Trek in British Columbia

These Boots Were Made for Hiking: at Mountain Trek Retreat

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Okay, these aren’t really my boots. My hiking boots are green, Vasque boots from France. They haven’t been worn in more than ten years. Of course, I’ve been hiking many times during those ten years, in British Columbia, Italy, and Switzerland. I love hiking with my family, trying to keep up with my teenaged boys who are always miles ahead. But I’ve been using lighter, all-purpose shoes for those trips, and they’ve served me pretty well. This time, those shoes aren’t going to cut…

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Welcome to the New Travelling Mom

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Well, it didn’t take nine months, but it still feels like a birth of sorts. Or the turning over of a new leaf. If you’re a regular visitor (thank you, love you) to the Travelling Mom, you’ve likely noticed something different. At least I hope you did. If you’ve just found me, hello!  Welcome. After many months of intensive font scrutiny, color-wheel studies, and manual article & post transfers (don’t ask), I’m so happy – no, I’m ecstatic – to…

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