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Jude on a boat tour of Copenhagen

Sometimes when you’re traveling, all of the stars align, and everything just works out – this was the case for our visit to Copenhagen. Continue reading »

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It was around 4 a.m. when the shriek of ambulance sirens sounded just outside of our hotel room, and I desperately hoped that Jude would not wake up; then I wondered whether visiting a favored Eastern European sex tourism capital on a Saturday night was really the world’s best idea.  Continue reading »

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Our luggage

Nearly two months into the trip, I have now had some additional thoughts on what I would have packed if I had to do it all over again, and provide some amendments to my original packing list: Continue reading »

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Jude in Helsinki

Helsinki is a parent’s dream.  Priority lines for people with strollers in the grocery store?  This is the type of thing I dreamed about as I maneuvered Brooklyn food aisles with a stroller, purse, gym bag, daycare bag and plastic basket brimming with dinner ingredients, all the while trying to avoid knocking anything over or taking anyone out.  Ahh, to then jump to the front of the line rather than standing, literally weighed down, while trying to entertain Jude as I waited to pay.  It almost seemed a selfish thought – having a child includes sacrifice, energy and patience – isn’t the supermarket struggle/juggle part of the deal?  Apparently it doesn’t have to be.  This utopia exists in Helsinki. Continue reading »

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The Mongolian dining car

I knew food would not be the highlight of the Trans-Siberian Railroad.  What I didn’t know was exactly how bad it would be, and, more than that, how difficult it would be to get at all.  With the combination of poor and unhealthy options, and difficulty getting access to the three currencies needed to buy food on the train and at station stops, feeding our family on the railroad turned out to be one of our biggest challenges so far. Continue reading »

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I was living in Japan as a Rotary exchange student in 1997 when the British lease of Hong Kong expired.  Watching the celebrations on television, I longed to visit and see Hong Kong for myself.  These people knew how to party, I thought.  What’s more, they lived in a beautiful tropical city, sitting right on the water, with some of the tallest and narrowest buildings I had ever seen.  Fourteen years later, I finally made it, and Hong Kong did not disappoint. Continue reading »

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In our road trip across the U.S., we have gone on many hikes with Jude.  We enjoyed hiking, with Jude in a backpack on Patrick’s back, in the Badlands, Yellowstone, Glacier, and Mt. Constitution on Orcas Island (the highest point in the San Juan Islands) as well.

Here are ten tips we have picked up about how to have a successful and enjoyable hike with a two-year-old: Continue reading »

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We decided to drive all the way from Glacier to Seattle (where my sister Caroline lives) in one day.  We flew through Montana and northern Idaho with almost no traffic and under beautiful sunny skies.  We cruised into Washington State the only way we knew how, having been pre-teens during the grunge era of the early 90’s, i.e., listening to Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana on full blast.  Jude bopped around in his car seat. Continue reading »

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Finished packing for the US portion of our trip (8/9/2011 in Brooklyn)

We are hitting the extremes: from the beaches of Thailand, to Iceland in January, from hiking in the mountains, to nice evenings out.  Layering and having low-maintenance, versatile clothing are essential.  We wanted to keep packing light so we kept in mind the advice relayed to us by several friends who have taken long trips around the world in the past: You can always buy more on the go!

I roll (rather than fold) our clothes so we can fit more, and evenly distribute our clothing between the suitcases so if one is lost in transit, everyone still has some clothing. Continue reading »

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Aug 222011
 

I have long maintained that mastering the standing diaper change is a critical skill for traveling with a baby or toddler.  In Yellowstone, I did my first standing poopy diaper change on the summit of an 8500-foot mountain, without wipes.  My advice?  Pull the diaper down quickly once, grabbing as much as you can, and wrap tightly.  Yes, you do have to pack it down with you (think of all future generations who want to enjoy the mountain, not only the one who just pooped).  A bag to wrap in it would have been nice, but considering my lack of supplies, other than water and food, it went well.

Bear safety has become somewhat of a hot-button issue at Yellowstone.  There has been one bear-related fatality in Yellowstone already this year, and signs warning of the hazards of bears are all over the Park.  (Further proving the danger of bears at Yellowstone, a follow-up segment to the 2011 bear fatality, being taped on CNN on bear safety at the Park, was disrupted by a bear.) Continue reading »

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