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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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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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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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Favorite Travel Experiences of 2014

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It has been a wonderful year of travel, both for family and solo trips. I’ve captured many of my favorite travel moments through Instagram, (including the one above on the west coast of Vancouver Island, near Sooke). Though it was tough to choose from so many photos, I’ve picked a few shots that I think capture a lovely travel year in review 2014. Snowboarding at Big White, British Columbia Snowboarding with my youngest son and friends at Big White near Kamloops, British Columbia…

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The importance of travel memories. A mug isn't just a mug when it transports you back to a cherished time and place.

Travel Momento: the fox mug

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When is a mug not a mug? When it’s the embodiment of many of your favorite childhood travel memories. My Grossmama (grandmother) passed away seven years ago. She was Swiss, and being so, was as highly organized and efficient as the country’s famous rail system. She had identified all of her prized possessions and heirlooms before her passing, and had labelled who was going to receive each item. The disbursements went like Swiss clockwork; orderly and according to her pre-ordained plan. As my…

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