We believe that having kids signifies the beginning of the adventure, not the end.
That you can continue to travel, eat at nice restaurants, and enjoy the afternoon at a F1 race or a winery.
And that you can take the kids with you.
That sometimes you need a drastic change of scenery.
But that you don’t have to sell everything and become digital nomads to get it.
That as parents, one of the greatest contributions we can make to the world is to raise kids who are curious, compassionate, and globally minded.
And that experiencing—or even just learning about—other cultures is a key way of doing that.
Long before there was Luca, Heidi and Fernando fell in love, in part, based on a shared love of travel, food, and wine. From the time they met in Seattle, to the time Luca was born and they moved to Prague, Heidi and Fernando traveled to Italy, Switzerland, England, India, the Maldives, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Norway, and all over the U.S. and Canada. Along the way, they ate at a lot of fancy (and many not-so-fancy) restaurants, drank plenty of wine, and stayed at some pretty posh places.
Then Luca was born.
Heidi and Fernando didn’t want to stop traveling and experiencing the world the way they were accustomed to just because they had a kid, but so many other parents they knew had stopped going anywhere other than Disney theme parks (and perhaps the occasional trip to visit the newly minted grandparents). Surely this wasn’t the only way.
Their desire to continue traveling the world with their infant son was a big motivating factor in their decision to move to Europe when the little one was seven months old. Armed with generous vacation benefits and much closer travel destinations, this provided them with the opportunity to travel extensively, while living abroad gave them the opportunity to learn deeply about the cultures in their host countries.
Although we’ve traveled all over and hope to see the continents we haven’t visited yet (relatively) soon, for now our travel—and the places highlighted in this blog—focuses on Scandinavia and the Nordics, Seattle, and the Spanish-speaking world, especially Mexico and Spain.
Although this blog is our collective story, the loudest voice of all (in more ways than one) belongs to Heidi.
From human rights activist to corporate lawyer to trailing spouse, Heidi sought a creative outlet and a way back to her writing roots. And so she started this blog, initially thinking it would be a place to discuss one of her other passions—philanthropy. But within a short time, travel, living abroad, and parenting took over and the blog morphed into its current iteration. Though as Luca grows and the focus of our parenting becomes less about keeping him alive and more about raising a good human, that original theme will no doubt sneak in.
About the Rookery
What the heck is a rookery, you ask? It’s a migrating group of penguins! And if the Garcias had a coat of arms, the penguin would feature prominently.
So although choosing a blog named based on a word few people know breaks every rule in the book, once we stumbled across this one, there was no turning back.
And as Fernando pointed out, the name also played will on the fact that we were rookie parents who were also rookies at this whole moving-across-the-globe thing. Not to mention traveling with a baby.
So who are we exactly?
In addition to Heidi, the rookery consists of Fernando, Luca, and Bella.
Fernando is an engineering manager whose job has given us the opportunity to move to two different European countries since becoming a family of four.
Luca is our mackerel and brown-cheese-loving toddler. And as you might guess from that description, the one most integrated into Norwegian society.
And Bella? In addition to being the cutest French bulldog in the world, she’s probably the most well-traveled, accompanying us reluctantly whenever the airline (and hotel) will allow.