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Europe 2016 – Traveling with Kids

So I’ve been a little busy lately and kinda out of it on this blog, I apologize! I feel like I’ve made so many friends through blogging, readers and other bloggers, and I definitely don’t want to lose that. So I am gonna share a little update with what’s been going on in my life.

I started substitute teaching at a local private high school and I love it. The kids are fun, I love the atmosphere of the school and I love building those relationships. I would prefer to be a full-time teacher to really get to invest in these kids, but this is fun for now.

I also have been coaching jr high girl’s volleyball. Now isn’t that fun! (hint of sarcasm…) Mostly these girls are great, it’s just… you know, Jr. High girls. Need I say more? But I love volleyball and it’s gonna be a fun season.

I have also been tutoring French. I now have three students and I adore doing it. French is such a beautiful language, I am so happy to have people interested in learning it. My dream would be to be a French teacher. So my next goal is to start working on my French language exam and getting certified.

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Now the biggest news of them all… I am leaving for Europe on Saturday!! No, no I am not moving back, we are just taking a vacation! I told myself when we moved back to America last June that I needed to go back within the year. Just for my own frame of mind, to know that it was possible. That I could see my fiends again. That this was maybe an end to an era, but not a complete, definitive end to traveling.

Yes, it is a lot harder to travel internationally, specially with young kids, but I think (I’ll let you know for sure in two weeks!) that it’s worth it. I want travel and other cultures and trying new things to just be a part of my kids’ lives. I want them to have the confidence and know-how to enter to navigate new cultures and systems.

So here’s the skinny… We are leaving Saturday night and flying to Gothenburg, Sweden. We will spend a few days there with some beloved friends. Then we’re driving down to Copenhagen, Denmark and spending two days there. I don’t know anyone who lives there, so it’s basically to see the city. From there we fly from Copenhagen to Geneva, Switzerland. This is just a little stop because it was so much cheaper to fly to Geneva than Lyon! The next morning so bright and early we take a train to Lyon where we will be staying a few days with some amazing, long-time friends there.  From there we fly to Nantes and drive to Challans where we lived for the last two years before moving back to the States. We’ll be staying with some French friends.

Phew!!

That is A LOT of traveling! Oh did I mention that I am traveling with kids and without my husband? Yep, just me and the boys. And yep, I might be a tad bit on the crazy side.

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I’m a little scared. I’m a little nervous. But I am SO excited. Like I can’t contain it. We leave tomorrow for our “field trip” as my 5-year-old calls it and we’re all stoked.

This is the first time I’ve been doing this much traveling with such a big time change (9 hours). But you know what? I think it’s worth it. The experiences we have, the memories we make, the friendships we’re maintaining — they’re all worth it.

I want to actively work to make this a part of my life. I want traveling and experiencing new cultures to be a part of the boy’s lives. I want them to be brave and understanding and adventurous. After all…

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

~ Mark Twain

I am going to try to post a bit while I am gone, but I am not even bringing my computer so it’ll very basic posts probably from my phone. You can follow me on Instagram & Facebook to keep up that way if you’d like. Now to pack for 30 – 40 degree weather!! eek!

3 Responses to Europe 2016 – Traveling with Kids

  1. Elizabeth March 18, 2016 at 2:13 pm #

    Enjoy! Can’t wait to follow along on your adventures.

  2. grammy goodwill March 21, 2016 at 6:17 am #

    I couldn’t understand how you were tutoring students in French until I read that y’all had moved back last June. (I’m old. I can’t remember stuff. Hehehe.)
    I’m sure you and your boys will have an amazing trip.

    • Natalia May 23, 2016 at 10:09 am #

      haha! Yep, tutoring French here. I also tutor a French student in English via Skype! Technology is amazing, isn’t it?

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