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

Surviving Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster: A Travel Memoir

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It’s been over thirty years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the former Soviet Union republic of Ukraine. It was a scary time, particularly if you were a teenager living abroad in Europe. I was living in Sweden as a Rotary International exchange student in 1986, and in spring that year, experienced my own version of a year of living dangerously as we unexpectedly went through the radiation fallout from the worst nuclear accident in human history. It took me years…

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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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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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When your child goes away on a school trip for the first time, it can be a little scary for the parents. But it's just the beginning of their great journey.

He’s Leaving Home

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My child isn’t really leaving home. But he is going on a school trip to Quebec, and it’s his first trip without his family. He’s been in a French Immersion program for eight years, and in his final year of elementary school, he gets to travel with his classmates to La Belle Province. This is a great opportunity to practice his French, explore a different part of our country, and immerse himself in the unique Quebecois culture. Safety is not a concern for me,…

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