Northern Lights, Viewing the Northern Lights in Norway, Seeing the Northern Lights as a Family, Norway, Kirkenes, Russian Border, Family Adventure, Diapersonaplane, diapers on a plane, creating family memories, misadventures of a standby traveling family, family travel, traveling with kids
When we settled on chasing the Northern Lights in Norway for our Christmas celebrations we took a lot of time to prepare. Even frantically so. We read about using our camera, seeking them out, where to go, how to go, when to go, including seeing them at Christmas, how to dress, how the weather affected chances of seeing them,...
Currency, Japanese yen, money, cash is king in japan, traveling with kids, family travel, diapersonaplane, diapers on a plane
Japanese use the yen, ¥JPY for currency and is currently valued at approximately $1USD to every ¥109JPY. We used the Currency Converter 4.0 on Google Play during our trip. There is a free version, and a full paid version. We did just fine with the free version, and it also offers 15 other currency conversions, plus a built in...
Icelandic, I took him to the bakery, Culture, Reykjavik, Language, Iceland, Diapersonaplane, Diapers On A Plane, creating family memories, family travel, traveling with kids, the raisin at the end of the hot dog, cherry on top
Good luck trying to pronounce anything in Icelandic! It is one of the hardest languages to learn - it’s actually considered the 5th hardest language to learn. The vowels don’t sound like they look, and they have extra characters in their alphabet that are extra fancy and curvy. The Icelandic language contains sounds and letters that have vanished from...
Iceland, Christmas in Iceland, Reykjavik, Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon, Strokker, Thingvillar, Iceskating, Winter Swimming, Continental Divide, diapersonaplane, Diapers on a plane, Creating Family Memories, Family Travel, Traveling with kids
Iceland is one of the most intriguing places we’ve ever been. It was unique unto itself, and the culture was fascinating. The way that the people in Iceland honor the land, and the sea, and they way that they celebrate life and respect their ancient beliefs of Norse mythology was compelling to be a part of. We were treated...
Harvard University, College, Cambridge, America's First College, Boston, Massachusetts, History, Diapersonaplane, Diapers On A Plane, creating family memories, family travel, traveling with kids
When we figured out that Harvard, the Harvard, was only one stop away, the first time we rode the Red Line on the T in Boston, Massachusetts, we knew it was time for our kids first college visit! We were planning on visiting Harvard University while we were in Boston, but seeing the name in print, on the subway...
Japan, Asia, Shower, Japanese Shower, Traveling with kids, family travel, diapersonaplane, Diapers On A Plane
The Japanese don’t shower per se, they rinse off and then they soak. This cultural norm dates back to the days of public baths, or onsen, which still exist. Due to the fact that the typical body frame of a Japanese person is small - not just thin, but shorter, accordingly tubs in Japan are tall and deep, but...
Fjörukráin Viking Restaurant, Christmas Buffet, Christmas Market, Viking Village, Traditional Icelandic Christmas, Christmas in Iceland, skate, diapersonaplane, diapers on a plane, creating family memories, family travel, traveling with kids, Christmas Village of Hafnarfjörður & Christmas Buffet at Fjörukráin Viking Restaurant
When we visit a new place, we love living as the locals do - participating in local customs, eating the native foods, walking through their neighborhoods, and everything else. When we came to Iceland for Christmas, we wanted to have an Icelandic Christmas. We wanted to eat skate on Þorláksmessa, (dish of putrefying shark), and reindeer on Christmas. We...
5 Steps To Using An Asian Squat Toilet, squatty potty, squat toilet, japan, traveling with kids, family travel, diapers on a plane, diapersonaplane
Asian toilets are similar to Western toilets, but you can't sit on them. Yes, the main difference is they are set in the ground, not above ground. You do not sit on the toilet. That means, of course, you squat over them to eliminate, while balancing, the entire time. Most larger populated Asian cities have western toilets, but there...
Shibuya Scramble Crossing, Tokyo, Japan, Busiest crosswalk, Busiest Pedestrian Crossing in the world, diapers on a plane, diapersonaplane, travel with kids, traveling with kids, family travel, creating family memories, crossing the street
The ultimate touristy thing to do, when in Japan, is cross the Shibuya Scramble Crossing. This intersection has five different dedicated crosswalks intersecting six different streets below five different city stop lights. All at once, every single light turns red and pedestrians rule the road. The internet claims that Starbucks offers the best view of the Shibuya Scramble Crossing from...
Hello Kitty, Sanrio, Shinjuku, Flagship store, family travel, traveling with kids, diapersonaplane, Diapers On A Plane,
Tokyo was the last stop on our Japan trip. We previously spent time in Hiroshima, and Kyoto, and in Kyoto we told the kids a spontaneous bedtime story about Konichiwa Kitty and Sayonara Dog. Gabriel told the story and I sang the song, which I determined later ended up sounding a lot like the tune of Keep the Commandments....
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