Adventures in Europe, Part 1

  • Family at Austrian Lake
  • Odense Denmark
  • Alpine Playground
  • Hiking in Austria
  • Paragliding
  • Paragliding landing
  • Biking on Moselle
  • HC Andersen Museum
  • IMG_4154
  • Lavender Fields

Part one of a three-part series

Why did we come here? What are we doing? What were we thinking? Did we forget we’re adults with responsibilities? Where’s the dog? Why is there ham in my potato salad?

These are some of the questions my husband and I have asked each other and ourselves many times these past few months. Some days I think we’re crazy for coming here. Other times I think it’s the best thing we’ve ever done.

Wheels Up

We left our comfortable home in Ridgefield, Washington in June, sold most of our belongings, including our two cars, and found a new home for our two sheep and Bahama the llama. My husband left his secure government job and, we started a company—Around the World Stories—creating audio stories for kids. We’re taking one year to travel, write and record stories around Europe with our three kids and dog.

We packed one backpack each, grabbed our dog’s teddy bear and said goodbye to friends and family for the year. Starting this company and sharing our passion for learning about other countries has been a dream of ours for a long time. Traveling and living overseas with our kids has also been a dream. So we gathered our courage and did both at the same time.

To read more, pick up a copy of the October 2016 issue at any of these locations, or view the digital archive copy here.

Follow more of my worldwide adventures in parts 2 and 3 of this series in the November 2016 and December 2016 issues of Vancouver Family Magazine.

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About Author

Tania Landin is the co-founder of Around the World Stories, a company offering original audio stories to teach children about other cultures in a fun and memorable way. Tania is a former high school teacher and mother/homeschooler to three girls. She recently left the Vancouver area to travel with her husband, daughters and Labradoodle for one year throughout Europe, and to write stories about the various countries they visit along the way.

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