Weekend Coffee Share – Travel


Hi, how are you doing? Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)! Grab a cup of coffee and share with us!  What’s been going on in your life?

My week started out wonderfully when my book The Desert Around Las Vegas – A Guidebook To Amazing Day Trips In The Mojave Desert  became available on  Amazon on Monday. That is a milestone, and in a way a perfect ending to my time in Las Vegas. 

My daughter and I are flying to Sweden on Sunday. Everything is downsized and packed. We are going to stay with family first, and I am very happy about seeing part of my family that I haven’t seen since before my daughter was born. The last time I was in Sweden I was 5 months pregnant with her. 

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How to pack the #essentials #cowboyboots #hikingboots #sandals LOL 😂

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I am looking to get a place of our own as soon as possible to make the transition easy for my daughter. I know what area in Sweden I want to be, but are open to different locations within that area, depending on where I find a good job, (and housing for us.) It’s not easy to find housing in Sweden, but somehow I’ve always been lucky when it comes to finding good places to live, so I am aiming to decide on a job first, and then deal with housing (I have started to look for housing as well.) It would be wonderful if I could figure this out before the holidays. That is my goal.

I want to create a home for my daughter, a safe place. There is going to be many changes for her and she is going to need a quiet place to wind down. She is super excited now, and keep talking about that “It’s going to be like moving to another dimension, on the other side of the world, where people speak a different language, and where there is snow.” She is extremely happy about the snow part. It’s definitely going to add to the Christmas magic.

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I have a long list of things that I have to do on our first day in Sweden; including reporting our move to the authorities in person, getting a Swedish phone, getting a Swedish bank account etc. etc. Not overwhelming but definitely a few things that has to be taken cared of immediately. We’re going to arrive to Stockholm in the afternoon, and to the town I was born later in the evening. So I guess my list technically have to wait to the second day 🙂 I will share photos on Instagram, and later here on the blog when I get the opportunity. 

I read a wonderful article this morning on the blog becoming minimalist that I love. The whole article was great, but I took a mental note of the last two sentences of the article; 

“Each new season of life is an adventure. And every adventure is meant to be enjoyed. You might as well enjoy this current one the most.” 

How to Make This Season the Best Season of Your Life, by

I am very grateful to be able to start this new chapter with my daughter. I hope your week have been fabulous so far. Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? What’s the weather like? Is it starting to feel like Christmas yet? Or are you in the middle of planning an amazing Thanksgiving? 



Published by Sagittarius Viking

It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. A Sagittarius loves to travel, have an open mind and, and a philosophical view. It motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. A lot of that perfectly describes me. The fact that my ancestors, on both parents sides, were vikings, doesn’t exactly lessen my desire to explore. Maybe a slightly more mindful exploring, compared to the average viking. My blog, and my art prints is a results of my (inner and outer) explorations. Love, Maria

36 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Travel

  1. Wow! how eexciting moving to Sweden with your daughter! A different world from las Vegas for sure and I am sure she will love it! I have a few books on Swedish Christmas that I LOVE lookign through over the holidays, they remind me so much of California with a love of nature and all things organic and full of culture. Can’t wait to hear all about your new adventures in Sweden! Have a great weekend Maria!

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  2. Sunday? When you make up your mind, things happen fast 😉 I hope your travels go well! From the little I know about Vegas and the little I know about Sweden, they can’t be farther apart. I’d chose Sweden, given the choice – forests, salt water and a culture that is more than skin deep. Good luck on the next step in your adventure!

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  3. Wanted to wish you all the best now, rather than waiting until I get my coffee share written. I look forward to hearing about your travels and you and your daughter’s settling into this new (and exciting?) phase in your lives. Keeping you close to my heart.

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  4. Im so glad you’ve packed your boots an essential in every hiking, cowgirls luggage. Have a wonderful safe travel, you & your precious girl. I am looking forward to the photos of your homeland, will you do a book of your homeland? Thanks for the coffee & catch up.

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    1. Of course, good boots are important 😉 Thank you for your kindness. I hope that you are safe from the fires still. Is the worst over? Or are you still evacuated? It is good to hear your voice here. Maybe I do need a new book project..eventually 🙂 Thank you for having coffee with me.


  5. I’ve been reading all the wonderful comments here and mine are the same! Keeping you close to my heart and you know how to plan and make things happen. So inspiring and impressive. Safe travels, this is an EXCITING next chapter for you and your BEAUTIFUL daughter! ❤️ I can wait to hear and see through your blogging how it all unfolds! ❤️🥰😃 Giant Hugs as you leave the states and I know you’ll get giant Hugs from family when you return home. 🤗🤠💕

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  6. Safe travels! Your daughter will love the snow. My kids did. It is always fun until you grow up and have to shovel it or snow blow it and get it off your car etc. But it is beautiful. All the best for you in Sweden!💕

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  7. Oh my, we have been neighbors all this time, Maria! I’m sad but so excited for you and your daughter. I got distracted with work this week so I missed why you decided to move. And yes, you do move fast when you make up your mind. All the best my friend! I will truly miss the opportunities to connect in person. Safe Travels and keep blogging!

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  8. It’s Sunday morning around 8:30am EST as I read this, and will be thinking about you two today. Wow, this seems to have happened quickly! I’m so excited and happy for you both. Can’t wait to follow along on this journey! Safe travels.

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  9. I’m caught up now – WOW – congrats on this new adventure. You could’ve moved to Wisconsin for the snow (just sayin…it’s snowing here today!) You’ll fly over us and see that though. Safe travels, I look forward to hearing more when you land and discover the new beginnings in Sweden! Hugs to both of you – enjoy the journey!

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  10. WOW! You and your daughter are on an epic journey. What an exciting adventure. I hope both you and your girl will journal and share your ventures. ANd WOWWHEE! on publishing your book. Lots of exciting things coming your way.
    Safe travels.

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  11. Hi Maria – now I am
    Getting caught up on your life – I see you already found your teaching job (congrats) and sending prayers your way for the next phase as 2020 starts – and that your daughter will love her school and adjust well!
    You both are blessed and a blessing –
    And in 2020 –
    I will
    Try and check out your book!
    So happy to see it come to fruition

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