Getting Psyched Out About Sweden this Summer- The Nomadic Family Travels Again
So, we’re home and loving all the complicated equation of what living in Israel means. Mean girls doing mean girl things and our Dahnya rising as a diva heroine in facing it. The quietness of the Upper Galilee Valley; the joy of working in/being in our garden. Ignoring the news and creating our own peaceful haven; having it seep in from this conversation or that one and the fear it momentarily instills in us. Playing with our kitten and peacefully getting together with all friends and dear family and feeling another and yet another surge of love and joy that we are home.
I’m having surgery, then going off to 6/7-weeks of healing in India; Kobi will backpack in Europe for a month this spring, and then, and then, and then… WE’RE OFF TO SWEDEN FOR THE ENTIRE SUMMER AND COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED!
And as we near that, we look up more, read more, and do the happy dance more.
What We Know So Far
– Lots of biking adventures await us.
– We’ll be in Vimmerby, where the author Pippy Longstocking is from.
– IKEA originated in 1943 in this region and we’ll go to the first museam!
– Stockholm has some amazing things we’ll be doing (Stockholm is made up of islands! Who knew?)
What I’m Watching Today
Really Cool 10 Facts About Sweden
(including ice hotels, the thousands of moose-crossing signs stolen each year, the Sweds invented the zipper, and accepted same-sex relations since 1944. All employees get 25 days paid vacation a year and parents get 13 months of paid leave per child! and tons more…. )
Ten Words that Exist in Swedish the Don’t in English
How To Be Swedish
(Stunningly Pretty Girl. Gets better after the first 30 seconds)
And Ten Swedish Myths Uncovered!
Loved the article and how it all fits together with what our traveling backpackers told us laughingly about Sweden. I’ll have to tell you more about Sara and the gang and how we ended up having a home for this summer in Sweden, but I’m off to pick up my three adorable kids and love them, hug them, go on a biking adventure with them, play games with them, and yell a bit when they don’t want to go to sleep.
For now, watch our Best International Spontaneous Dance Party:
and know that yes, all the blondes and a few more are Swedish, there is a Danish friend in there, a good number of Israelis,a handful of American surfers, a Portugese man, and a few Peruvians and lots and lots of love.
Comment. Yes, do. I’d love to know you read it and if you know anything else cool about Sweden, do tell.
photo credits! I absolutely adore all the Sweden photos I found on flickr by Domingo Lelva. Check out his work! Wow!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Insanely unorthodox, embarrassingly honest, and on her path towards spiritual awareness, Gabi Klaf blogs about her family’s ups and downs in their now third year of non-stop budget world travel. This family of five has lived with an indigenous tribe in the jungles of Ecuador, hitchhiked throughout the world, danced with drunk Vietnamese at weddings, and hiked the entire Annapurna Circuit trek with a documentary film crew in tow. Gabi writes about the untold sides of family travel life, those moments that take your breath away, adventures and mishaps while globetrotting, and how bits of her soul remain in this small town and off the side of that river. She is a guitar-stumming, energy-healing, ADHD wind-loving scaredy cat. Hugely romantic, tantalizingly sweet, and hysterically funny, Gabi Klaf represents a rare Rubik’s Cube of family world adventure.
We’re out doing crazy stuff and making our dreams come true, every single one of them, and a few more that sort of flew into our mouths while we were smiling into the wind. Should you like what we are doing as a family, BUY AN EBOOK to support us, share this, tell any media source or local newspaper, leave a comment. Your footprint makes all the difference in the world friends. Gracias!
Gabi and Kobi, Dahnya, Orazi, and Solai
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