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We are not only about traveling even though it is definitely one off  our passions in life. As you might have understood after reading some of our blog posts we kind of like doing things a little bit different sometimes.

The palce for Asko2010

The setting for the Asko2010 gathering

  • We like traveling but will not just settle for going on a two week holiday. We want to explorer the possibilities of going on a 3 or 6 month journey.
  • Our children’s education has always been important to us. And since the conventional way which is to send kids to school isn’t always working that great we took a look into alternatives. We investigated and explored the subject and found other ways that work  just as well or even better. On top of that it offered us the time freedom to go on long journeys…
  • To us the idea of working the 9 to 5 has never really inspired us that much. Although, when times are hard we can sometimes get tempted by the security if offers. But  it has never really convinced us to give up our desire for freedom. Whenever really faced with a choice between the two our need for freedom has always won.

A problem with making unconventional choices though is that sometimes people around you don’t always understand. This of course can often make it harder. With this in mind we have decided to hold a gathering for unconventional choices at our small farm in Sweden. How about that?

We have previously had 4 family gatherings at our farm with participants from more than 10 countries. Even with people coming from such far away places like Israel, Spain, USA, Taiwan and New Zeeland. It has been absolutely amazing.

Not having done it for two years we have now decided to do it again. We are opening up our home for anyone willing to come and share in a network meeting around how we can support each other in our unconventional choices. We expect it to be the best week of the summer.

Read more about it at: www.asko2010.info

And if you are in the neighbourhood do come and join us!

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I just have to tell you about Thomas Bodström. I presume most of you have never heard about him and I don’t blame you. In Sweden though, most people know who he is, at least if you regularly watch the TV news and stay tuned in to what is happening here. He used to be the Minister of Justice until the Social Democratic party lost the power about 3 years ago. He is one of the front figures in his party and he is now busy, together with his friends, planning a comeback in September next year when all the Swedes get ready to cast their votes. He is also active as a lawyer and in his spare time he writes crime novels that have been quite successful.

Thomas Bodström

Thomas Bodström with Parliament


So Thomas has just announced that, after the election next year, he will be taking 6 month off to do some extended traveling with his family. Or rather, move to somewhere in the USA where the kids can attend school and explore the country. This will give him lots of time with his family and also the opportunity to finish another of his novels. It turns out that this is a 10 year old dream that he is now going to make a reality of. He and his wife were planning already back in 1999 to travel the world with their children for 6 month, when the Prime Ministerof Sweden, at the time, called and asked him to take the job as Minister of Justice, since the previous one had to resign because of some scandal…

The Bodström Family did put their dream on hold back then, but are not willing to do it again. Even though he would be the obvious choice as the next Minister of Justice if the left wing wins the next election, he intends to start his new assignment by taking several months off. This is of course unheard off and it has created big attention in the Swedish press. Quite frankly I am not too interested in the discussion whether or not he is allowed to do this, if it is good or harmful for his party and if he is un-loyal towards the people of Sweden.

To me it is just fun that a successful man like that also feels the need to do some extended traveling with his family. As you all know I believe it is good for everyone to do it sometime and to get a new perspective on their life. And I do congratulate anyone who makes the decision and really does it.

My suggestion to Thomas, if I was asked, would be:

Not to make too many plans for the future before taking off. Not to commit to a job he might not even want when he gets back. Or maybe he and the family don’t even want to go back once they have discovered a new traveling life style. Here he is giving himself the opportunity off a life time and he is willing to limit it by committing to a job as Minister of Justice…? Well what do I know? Maybe it is a lot of fun and maybe that is the opportunity of his lifetime.

Not to commit most off his time to writing another novel. Can’t that wait until he gets back? Really take the time off and devote it to his family. They have probably had to stand back many times before. Well he does sound like a busy guy and maybe writing a book is his way of relaxing and spending quality time with his kids?

• Maybe enrolling the kids in an American school is a positive change for them. But an even more exciting change would be to also give the kids some time off by homeschooling them for this relatively short period. It would for sure give them a different perspective on how learning can be done. But maybe this is to ask a bit too much from a maybe future Minister of Justice in Sweden since Sweden is, for whatever it is worth, trying to more or less stop the right to home school with the new school law.

Well who am I to give a man like that advice? First of all I don’t know much about him. And secondly, he is definitely much more successful than I’ve ever been, in a traditional sense of speaking anyway.

But then maybe he is interested in my opinion? I’ll send a link so he at least gets a chance to read it… :lol:

To finish this I just want to offer you this quote from his Blog:

“It will be incredibly exciting. Of course I realize that it may have consequences for my career, in politics anything can happen. But still I have no hesitation. Somehow everything always works out to the best. And is there anyone who believes that in twenty years from now I will think: F… my choice to focus on my family back in 2010?

It is just like if he has been reading what I suggested a little while back in “Listen to experience speak and you will take your dream of long term travel more seriously” :lol:

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We’re spending the day in Stockholm, our Swedish capital. While sitting here looking out over the water and the Royal Palace, we realize, again, what a beautiful city it is.

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You can take a boat out of the city to the archipelago


So we thought we had to share this with you and we also thought that this could even be a series like “our favorite cities around the world”. The first one out then has to be Stockholm, our Venice of the North, as it is called because of all the water everywhere. It’s actually situated on several Islands, and the Archipelago that you find around the city consists of over 30 000 Islands!

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Some of the over 30 000 islands

The water is rather clean and if you get hot during your visit, you can even put on your swim suite and go swimming. Some years ago, a well known Swedish politician also showed the world how clean it was by drinking the lake water from outside the House of Parliament! He did survive.

In old town

One of the very narrow streets in the old town


There’s an old town that dates back to the 13th century with some streets so narrow there’s hardly space enough to walk.

Since we don’t want to take the risk of this sounding like a tourist brochure, we’ll stop here and just put up some photos so you can see for yourself what we are talking about.

By the way what is your favorite city?

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Our daughter, Aurora, just celebrated her 19th Birthday (and we couldn’t post this that specific day because this site was hacked!). Since her birthday happens to be during the part of the year when we find the Swedish climate the most inviting, she usually celebrates at home. Often, when it’s someone’s Birthday, we have the “where did we celebrate last time?” discussion. With Aurora, it’s not too difficult since we normally never do any long term travel during the summer, only shorter trips.

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Auroras Birthday Celebration in Hollywood

Viktoria is the one who has celebrated most birthdays abroad. She’s born in April and since we often return to Sweden from our winter trips in late April, May or even June sometimes, she’s had many celebrations in different places. 3 times in England, twice in Spain, once in Australia and once in California…

Aron, is born early November, just before we usually leave for the winter, but he has managed to celebrate abroad a couple of times anyway. In Spain, England and in the USA, more precisely in Ann Arbor, MI.

Regarding us parents, who are both born in July, we’re just too used to having our parties in the land of the Midnight Sun. We never travel abroad during July. You can take that as a travel tip: “When to visit Sweden – during the summer!”

German birthday cake

Last years Birthday cake – German style

Anyway, we did recall though, that Aurora actually had spent 2 of her Birthdays abroad. Last year we were invited to a Bat Mitzvah in Augsburg, Germany, at this specific time.

Also, a couple of years ago we were in the USA for just a short trip, around the time of her birthday, to participate the whole family in something called “The Enlightened Warrior Training Camp”, an amazing event that we’ll never forget. Highly recommended for families, or actually for anybody! At the time for Auroras Birthday, the camp was over and we celebrated with a day in Hollywood.

Happy Birthday Aurora!

Visit Auroras blog www.myaustendreamworld.com

Warriors

I’m a Warrior, AHO!

Walk of fame


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We recently read a travel book where it said something about “visiting exotic Sweden”. We suddenly realized that our own well known, sometimes even “boring” country, is actually as exotic as both Fiji and Tanzania. Just not to us.

This weekend we have been celebrating one of the most “exotic” customs that we have – the Midsummer. It’s obviously one of the few western world pagan celebrations (if not the only) still being celebrated.

Everything here in Sweden closes down. The cities are empty of people because everyone wants to spend this day out in the country (preferably in a typical small red cottage) together with their family and friends. You’re supposed to eat pickled Herring with sour crème and new potatoes and fresh strawberries for desert.

You make a Midsummer pole which you decorate with lots of flowers and then dance around it. The most important song is the one about the little frogs. The little frogs with no ears and no tails. You dance around the pole singing this song and everybody participate, young and old. All Swedish people know it! And we think it’s very fun (and funny).

Yes, it’s true! When we have been visiting different places around the world and people have asked us about a traditional Swedish dance or song this is the one we show them and it usually puts a rather quizzical look on their faces;-).

So, this time we filmed the whole thing just to make it possible for you too to participate a bit in this exotic custom!

Happy Midsummer!

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