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Family On Adventure–3 weeks but who’s counting?

By Green mom:

Today marks 3 weeks since we moved out of apartment and officially became a campervan family. Bella commented how she feels it’s been much longer than 3 weeks and indeed it does feel longer because we have done so much, experienced so much and seen so much. Friends and family are marveling over how adventurous and inspiring we are. I have to admit that life these days is an adventure, good and bad. There so many days I would never want to be anywhere else and love every moment my family gets to travel like this. However, there are also times when life is a wee bit to adventurous for our taste, for example when something breaks, or does not work or when the campsite is not nice… and did I mention the rain!!!IMG_4017



Lets talk about the rain because it’s a whole issue in itself. So we are not campers who expect all sun and fun days on the beach. We have been camping in Iceland and therefore experienced lots of rain and cold weather. But Swedish summers can be a bit unpredictable and this summer is no exception. Since we left 3 weeks ago we have experienced rain almost every day and let me tell you what that does to a family of five cramped in a small camper van. To their benefit, our kids do not mind rain and cold weather at all and one of their favorite activities is puddle jumping and playing with water. But when it rains at night or early morning and it rains hard like we have experienced in the past weeks, it sounds like rocks are being dumped on top of our roof. It’s so incredibly loud and it makes it impossible to sleep.IMG_3990

IMG_4105Our campervan Lucille is a beautiful well-kept campervan but she has been through a few trips; so yes things do break sometimes when you travel as much as we do. It makes life “interesting.” In Malmö our battery dried up which made the whole campervan smell like rotten eggs, ugh! Since most of Sweden takes vacation in July which leaves most businesses closed or working a lot slower. So finding a shop that could fix the battery turned out to be a difficult task; but James succeeded to find one, but they had to keep Lucille over night. Luckily our campsite had cabins to rent so we moved in but this delayed our planned trip to Copenhagen.IMG_4042

IMG_4032So yes, sometimes I wish I could be in a nice home with a comfortable bed, a big kitchen with an oven, a normal bathroom and fast wifi. But all and all we love this adventure, the kids are happy and we would never trade it for the world.långe jan

So here is a summery of what we have done in the past 3 weeks:

  • Miles traveled: 500
  • Nr of Campsites stayed at: 15
  • Towns we visited: Huddinge, Nyköping, Vimmerby, Kalmar, öland, Kivik, Ystad, Bornholm, Trelleborg, Malmö
  • Band-aids used: 5 (Liam 3 and Noah 3)
  • Things broken: Battery, window, skylight, and taillight
  • Rainy days: 16 out of 21
  • Books read: 1 (and many many kids books)
  • TV episodes watched 22

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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