Spare Change


The snow is melting, and like a left over present discovered only after the Christmas tree has been put away, came the gift of green grass, vibrant as spring, the sky trying hard to fit in with a pale blue horizon. The effect was invigorating and gave us no choice really, but to go for a walk. Cooper and I started up our driveway and down the long hill (that leads to… Read More

This is what we awoke to across the street from our Best Western in Mora. We hadn’t seen it the night before because it was as dark as midnight when we pulled into the hotel at 6 pm. Took a little coaxing to get the kids out of the warm car to pose. And here’s a quick shot of our hotel, as you can see the Dala horse is everywhere in Dalarna…in… Read More

We woke up the morning of our trip and I still wasn’t sure we were actually going, “Are we going?” I asked my husband. Nothing was packed, no hotel booked. “Yes,” he said, “we’re going.” He took the day off work, hooray! We gave the kids 30 minutes to throw together whatever they could fit in their backpacks for the overnight trip. (And no, I didn’t check what it was). I started… Read More

Recently, I helped chaperone a field trip to the Music Museum in downtown Stockholm. No…not for one of my boys…for Maggie (she’s 3). Her pre-school adventure began with me (along with 2 teachers) helping to dress 12 (3-5) year-olds, in cold weather gear, then walking to a bus stop, then boarding a bus and getting on another train where we walked another couple of city blocks to finally reach the museum…whew! I kept… Read More

This week we headed to The Natural History Museum in Stockholm. The edifice itself is well worth a visit–built in 1916, it’s situated next to the main campus of Stockholm University–it’s massive. The hotdog stand, (you can see in the picture out front), is pretty awesome too. Ever have a French hotdog…where the bun wraps all the way around? They squirt ketchup and mustard in the middle–it’s not bad. It was a… Read More

This generation, with iphones in their pockets, and wireless everything, who (pity them), didn’t grow up watching Little House on the Prairie, have no real concept of life before plumping and electricity, before the Industrial Revolution. These high-tech kids were exactly why Artur Hazelius, a visionary, wanted to create Skansen—a place where the past could be preserved and history revisited. The idea was to show people of the 19th Century, never mind… Read More