Destinations

Three Can’t Miss Dishes in Seattle (from a former local)

Ask any expat what their favorite part of going home is and they will most likely say “the food.” If they don’t, they’re lying. (Unless they say “free babysitting by the grandparents,” in which case they are probably telling the truth. Of course, they’ll most likely go out to eat with that spare time, which takes us right back to food.) 

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A Luxurious and Relaxing Weekend in Mallorca (With a Toddler)

So when my husband asked where I wanted to go for my birthday, I immediately said, “To the beach.” I didn’t much care which beach we went to, as long as it would be (substantially) warmer than Oslo. That didn’t really narrow my choices down, though, so I started looking for places in Europe where it would be over 20 degrees Celsius in October. After a little research, I decided on Mallorca.

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Norway: A Toddler-Friendly Bucket List

One of my biggest regrets about leaving Prague so soon is that we didn’t see nearly as much of the Czech Republic as I would have liked. Determined not to let that happen this time, I immediately started a list of places I want to visit in Norway. Unfortunately, with a toddler in tow, we aren’t headed to some of the most Instagrammed places any time soon. (Trolltunga, anyone?)

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Three Toddler-Friendly Day Trips from Prague

Last year at this time we were getting settled into Prague and starting to explore the surrounding area. Having been to Prague on vacation a few years before, Fernando and I felt that we’d been able to check most of the big sights in the city off our list, and at any rate, we figured we had a long time ahead of us to explore. (Turns out we were wrong about that last point!) We hadn’t ventured out of the city yet, though, so that was what we had planned for the fall.

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24 min du Mans?

If ever we’ve had a travel/parenting fail, it might be this one.  But for my more-than-a-little car-obsessed husband, a trip to the 24 heures du Mans was a necessary edition to our year’s itinerary.  

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Czechia’s Must See: Český Krumlov

When we decided to move to Oslo one thing was certain: we needed to up our sightseeing game. With our time in Prague cut short, there were so many places in the Czech Republic—not to mention the rest of Central and Eastern Europe—that we hadn’t been to. Under the circumstances, some of those places were going to have to wait until after the move (and perhaps even our eventual return to the U.S.). But there was one place we couldn’t leave Prague without visiting.

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Is Hallstatt, Austria the cutest little town ever?

Nestled in a valley in the Salzkammergut, the small town consists primarily of a small square on the lake with a large church steeple reflecting on the water. I think the view of that church (which is incredibly simple inside, especially compared to the ornate Catholic churches in Salzburg) is the reason why Hallstatt is so popular with tourists today.

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Easter Weekend in Salzburg, Austria

When my husband found out that he got three days off for Easter, any reason to stay in Prague for the weekend evaporated.  I turned to Google and started searching for Easter egg hunts in Central and Eastern Europe—or if that failed, cities where they didn’t celebrate the holiday by whipping women and girls.

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