Frequently Asked Questions
Why are you taking this trip?
On any given day, we may give you a different reason for going on this adventure. I think this speaks to the fact that we have many, many reasons to go. I jokingly call it a preplanned mid-life crisis. Might as well make it a good one, and have some company for the ride, right?
Most simply, we want to see the world. We want to see how people live, eat, play, and pray. We’re seeking new perspectives. And we want to see it with the girls at this wonderful young (yet not too young) age, so we can see the world through their eyes.
Can I go with you?
Can I meet you somewhere along the way?
Maybe! We are always happy to see friends. Send us an e-mail or give us a call and we’ll talk.
What are you doing about the girls’ schoolwork?
We will be homeschooling the girls for half a school year. They are getting an excellent foundation in their classes right now (thanks Mrs. Klipfel and Mrs. Boucher!), and we will pick up where they leave off in January. This includes using homeschool resources on the internet, books and workbooks. We are staying connected with the girls’ classes, and hope to Skype with them during our travels. Kajsa and Linnea will also have their own sections of the blog, so they can practice writing while sharing their experiences with their friends. Finally, we think the girls will be getting a pretty amazing education being on the road!
Are you crazy?
Yes, just a little.
What about employment?
Per is taking a leave from his job, and we are very grateful that he is able to do so. It is an immeasurable gift, and one that we do not take for granted. Sian will take her full-time job on the road, since being a mom is currently her number one priority. As for her other jobs, she will continue writing and will hopefully be teaching yoga as we go too!
Where are you going?
Below is the plan:
- 4 days New York City
- 10 days Chile – Santiago and other
- 11 days Argentina – Buenos Aires, Ushuaia
- 15 days South Africa
- 9 days Tanzania – Safari
- 8 days Jordan (including camels for Kajsa!)
- 5 days Dubai
- 11 days India
- 9 days Bhutan
- 7 days Thailand
- 21 days Vietnam/Laos/Cambodia
- 3 days Singapore
- 12 days Australia
- 12 days New Zealand
- 8 days Fiji
- 3 days Hong Kong
- 10 days Japan
- 23 days China – Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Macau
- 8 days Turkey – Istanbul
- 22 days Train Travel in Europe (Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland)
- 15 days Sweden
- Return to Boston
By the way, what is fika?
Definition modified from Wikipedia: Fika is both a Swedish verb and noun that roughly means “to drink coffee,” usually accompanied by something sweet. Fika is a social institution in Sweden; it means having a break, most often a coffee break, with one’s colleagues, friends, date, or family. This practice of taking a break, typically with a cinnamon roll or some sweets or cookies, or sometimes a smörgås or a fruit on the side, is central to Swedish life.
This practice of taking fika is also central to the Wingerup’s life. We take fika very seriously.