I love this photo.
It pretty much sums up this year for LJ: new friends, the beach and soccer.
Recently, the kid had her last soccer experience of our world trip. She attended a camp with the Valley District Soccer Association. We've spent the last month with my parents in rural Nova Scotia. There aren't many kids around so the camp not only let her play her favourite sport, but also provided some much-needed kid time.
If you’ve followed our stories, you’ll know that soccer ended up playing a big part in our year-long, around the world adventure.
Travelling has turned LJ into a bit of a foodie and her food-loving parents couldn't be happier!
She loves trying new foods and will pretty much try anything at least once. She's also really gotten into cooking shows and can't wait to have a full kitchen again.
One of our favourite things to while travelling is a self-guided food tour. Guided food tours can be expensive, but they're totally doable on your own for a fraction of the cost. We basically read a bunch of blog posts from people who did it before us, make a map on our phone with some key locations and notes about the dishes to try, then...spend the entire day eating!
We spend a lot of time at playgrounds.
LJ loves to be outside, run, climb, hang, play soccer and meet other kids.
Playgrounds let her do it all…for free!
This world is full of cool playgrounds and discovering them has been a really fun part of travelling and exploring cities. So often we use them to take a break, motivate LJ to keep walking and even to give L and me some time to ourselves. It’s also so interesting to see the different approaches that cultures, communities and cities take to play spaces.
My interview with LJ, age 8
Where are you going this summer?
I’m going on a world trip. I’m going around the world.
How do you feel about that?
I’m excited and I’m not excited. I’m excited because I want to know where I’m going to celebrate my next birthday and I’m not excited because I’ll miss my friends.