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Dear Omid: A letter from lockdown

My darling Omid, You’ll never hear the words “Covid-19”, but it’s all the world talks about these days. I wonder what you would make of it all.  Ava and I have just finished 14 days of self-isolation, as she had a cough, and are now in lockdown along with one third of the world’s population.…

A Secret Friend in Leiden

Ava tries some Kroketten "We should talk. There's some preparation required" warned my friend Koen. I had arranged to stay with him for 'Sinterklaas', a Dutch present-giving tradition that takes Secret Santa to the next level.  I'm fortunate to have friends and family scattered around the world, and taking every opportunity to visit them has…

Project Vanlife take 1: Our first trip in a camper!

Morning campers! Devon and Dartmoor... We did it! Before committing whole-hearted to this crazy idea of mine, I wanted to get a little taste of van life with a toddler. We gave camping a go at Wilderness Festival (see my blog post: 5 things I learned festivalling with a toddler), but now it was time…