7 Family-friendly restaurants in Amsterdam

July 4th, 2014 | by Jamie Pearson 1 comment

Whether you’re in Amsterdam with your kids for a few days or a few weeks, you’ll need to find some family-friendly restaurants where you can feed your crew.   I’m currently in Amsterdam with my 12 and 14-year-old kids, and even though we’ve rented an apartment, we’re still eating out a lot. It’s easy enough [...]

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Eat your way through Amsterdam

June 28th, 2014 | by Jamie Pearson 1 comment

Looking for things to do with kids in Amsterdam?  Try a food tour Finding family friendly things to do in major European cities can be… tricky.  In its infinite wisdom, the internet seems to think that most parents are willing to travel halfway around the world with their kids and then play miniature golf or [...]

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Wait. How long is a kilometer again?

June 8th, 2014 | by Jamie Pearson 8 comments

There are some times when it would be to my advantage to really understand the metric system.  Such as when I am dosing myself with foreign cough medicine.  Or operating foreign ovens.  Or signing up for an all-day bike tour of the countryside around Amsterdam. But alas, much like whether the earth orbits the sun or [...]

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The Mystery of the Giant Pink Penis Lamp

June 5th, 2014 | by Jamie Pearson 1 comment

No sooner had we walked into our charming Amsterdam apartment, than we noticed a decor element that was slightly out of the ordinary. Almost all vacation rentals — at least the ones I stay in — feature at least one tragic decorating decision. Scented potpourri. A few too many duck decoys. A vase full of feathers.

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Getting to Amsterdam. Even the easy way was kind of hard.

June 4th, 2014 | by Jamie Pearson 4 comments

Even though I took steps to make our journey to Amsterdam as easy as possible (direct flight, checked bags, upgraded to economy plus), it was still kind of a grind. Any time you spend ten hours on a plane going to Europe from the west coast, you’re going to feel it.

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Why not Amsterdam?

June 3rd, 2014 | by Jamie Pearson 2 comments

Those of you who know me in the real world, have by now heard that I’ve decided to spend an unprecedented five weeks in Amsterdam this summer with my two kids (who are now a fairly travel-ready 12 and 14).

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My kid is ready to retire to Beaches Turks and Caicos

May 28th, 2014 | by Kayt Sukel 2 comments

When I was a younger lass, I visited the Turks & Caicos.  I was blown away by its natural beauty, rustic charm and English sensibilities.  I’ve always wanted to go back. So when Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages and Spa invited Chet and me to come take a look at their newest addition to the [...]

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An All-inclusive Family Beach Vacation in Mexico

April 25th, 2014 | by Jamie Pearson 7 comments

It’s been two weeks since our family met my college roommate and her sons at Playa Viva, an environmentally-conscious beachfront resort south of Zihuatanejo, Mexico. I’m still struggling to describe the experience to friends. Playa Viva is a remote, natural place where we played, swam, and adventured by day and slept in stilted, open-air casitas by night. [...]

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Visiting Aruba with Kids

April 23rd, 2014 | by Jenny Jensen 1 comment

For the last three years, my husband has been traveling to Aruba about every six weeks for his consulting gig working on solar and wind power on the island. As this winter in Minnesota has been declared the coldest in 139 years, the kids and I decided it was time for us to go too. [...]

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A Small Ship Family Cruise to Alaska

April 21st, 2014 | by Jamie Pearson Comment

Years ago, before my husband and I had kids, we did a 2-week overland vacation in Alaska.  While it was wonderful — highlights included rafting on the Talkeetna River, touring Denali by bus, foot, and bike, and exploring the Kenai Peninsula on our own — I’d like something a little different when I (eventually) take [...]

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