Education


Lascaux is impressive: 20000 year old cave paintings now presented with high tech personal interactive tablets and headphones. The Lascaux caves, which give us a window into our predecessors’ palaeolithic life, are located in the Dordogne region of central France.  They have  attracted world wide attention since their discovery in 1940 by […]

A visit to the Lascaux Caves







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Ce post décrit  ce qui s’est passé a notre inspection académique annuelle, ceci est obligatoire pour vérifier les enfants qui sont éduqués  chez eux en France. Ce qui se passe le jour même semble être du hasard, mais théoriquement tous les tests ou contrôles seront similaires. Il y a également […]

L’IEF (Instruction en Famille) EN FRANCE : L’INSPECTION ANNUELLE



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This post describes what happened at our annual academic inspection, a compulsory academic check on children who are educated at home in France. Exactly what happens on the day seems to be a location lottery, but theoretically all inspections or contrôles should be similar. There is also a 2-yearly inspection […]

Home Learning in France: The annual inspection





School in Japan
By Katie I was very nervous in the morning ! I had to leave our apartment before 7:00 am to get there for 8:30 am.  In Tokyo, till about 9:00 am, it’s rush hour and everyone gets squashed like sardines in the subway!! It’s amazing how many people you can […]

A day at a Japanese School


It’s frightening when the floor shakes and knocks you around as you crouch on the floor clinging to a table leg, furniture tumbling around you.  And that was only an earthquake simulation.  The floor really was shaking, we really were under a table clinging to a table leg, but the […]

Japan: A Visit to an Earthquake Simulator in Tokyo


Just beside the zen Temple of the Heavenly Dragon (Tenryū-ji) in Kyoto, is the Sagano Bamboo Forest. If you’ve ever seen a list of “places to see before you die”, this forest might have been on it. Walking through the leaves rustling in the wind feels a bit like you’re […]

Kyoto’s Rustling Bamboo Forest









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Want to teach English abroad? Doing a 4-week intensive CELTA (Certificate Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) course is a bit of a whirlwind – often a life changing whirlwind but a whirlwind nonetheless. I remember it well. Facebook came into its own for me as fellow participants and […]

Location independent or travel adventurer: what’s a “slow CELTA”



Raising Miro are an intrepid mum and son duo currently in South America.  They are quite an inspiration to travelling families and Worldschoolers.  Thank you Lainie and Miro for the lovely article. http://www.raisingmiro.com/2014/12/09/families-on-the-move-meet-the-amazing-family-behind-the-blog-ayearinacampervan/#comment-22807  

Thanks Raising Miro


Nancy is a ballsy kind of lady.  There aren’t many mums who would cycle 27000 MILES with their kids from Alaska to Argentina and round the USA and Mexico….  She’s been on TED, she’s written several books on travelling with kids, and her new one Roadschooling: Education Through travel came out […]

Guest post by Nancy Sathre-Vogel: does roadschooling work?


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By Jen I left the first 9-day block of intensive teaching/training/observation deliriously excited and exhausted. Now after a week writing my first “LSA” (the Delta world is full of acronyms, this one is Language Systems or Skills Assignment) I am just deliriously tired. I chose to write about modals, those […]

Holy Mother of Hell’s Bells. This Delta is tough.




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In our ever-shrinking world there are so many different educational options and opportunities. It’s worth taking a look at how Lainie and Miro, a mother and son team, have approached this, thinking outside the box. They have been “on the road” for more than five years, learning as they go. […]

An interview by Raising Miro




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Unless you want to accidentally acquire a hundred grand’s worth of tuna, keep control of any fingers prone to waggling or wandering at the Tokyo Tuna Auction. The Tsukiji fish market is the largest in the world. It’s estimated that 17% of the world’s caught fish pass through its gates. […]

Japan: What a tuna looks like and how to buy ...


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A journalist from the Sunday Post newspaper in Scotland contacted us recently after reading our blog. Could he ask a few questions, it was a great human interest story? Sure. OK. Our blog started out as a diary and an update for family and friends that we were safe, well, […]

Taking the kids out of school – did the papers ...


Fun and education at the same time? Do they mix? For sure they do. Either on the road travelling or in the back garden. One of the best examples we’ve seen of a “museum” getting it that fun, history and education go together is the 7000 year old salt mine […]

Austria: Hallstatt, the oldest salt mine in the world




A year or two after we moved to France I started as a parent helper at our primary school’s swimming lessons. I sat at the back of the minibus every Friday with a tiny school full of kids, winding along little country lanes towards “the big town” and the swimming […]

How to Collect Wild Musrooms and Survive!






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By Jen     Not only does our dear friend Irmi live in the loveliest house ever, where even the rhone pipes and fixtures are made of wood, in the field next door there’s an observatory with the only telescope of its kind in Europe. There are only FOUR like […]

Austria: Like, the coolest telescope EVER…..



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By Adam Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser is an Austrian artist who believes that the straight line is alien to nature. His work is very colourful, and is shaped very organically.  You notice this immediately if you’ve ever seen any of his work. Before he died in 2000, his work had […]

Austria: Hundertwasser Haus, Vienna


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By Jen and Katie Opera is often seen as a bit elitist and la-dee-da.  Not  in Vienna.  500 STANDING TICKETS are snapped up, per performance, for a tiny 4€ or even tinier 3€ each, the idea being that anyone can try/enjoy it. Katie and I went to see Traviata this […]

Austria: Vienna State Opera House – How to buy standing ...










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By Jen and Katie (some pics by Matt) We didn’t quite realise it when we arrived, but the Bay of Diros is more than a beautiful place to swim. We stayed here for 4 nights right on the water’s edge – there were never any more than 3 other campervans […]

Greece: The Caves of Diros – mindblowingly interesting!



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by Jen After Meteora and the amazing monasteries perched at the top of the cliffs  (Greece: Meteora, For your Eyes too), we drove to the Delphi ruins (Greece: Delphi, the centre of the Ancient Greek World). Then we headed to nearby Nafpaktos for Easter – there’s a candlelit procession to […]

Greece: Meteora south to the Peloponnese – campervan stops and ...


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By Jen This is our 100th blog post. We thought it appropriate and right that we should mark this emotionally-charged blogging moment by passing on some vitally useful and little-known-outside-the-world-of-long-term-campervanners information. Here are our TOP 10 PRACTICAL TIPS for travelling with many related people in a campervan. 1. Label all […]

Top 10 tips: Travelling in a Campervan with a Family ...




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By Jen We made the decision to set off on a year’s travels without really knowing where we were going and how much it would cost. As it turns out, it was much easier to sort the when and why first. The how and where happened little by little afterwards […]

How Dumb is a Travel Budget of 10 € a ...



By Jen According to Greek mythology, Zeus set two eagles in flight from either side of the universe, and the point where their paths met was the centre of the world. They met at Delphi. It’s an outstanding archaeological site in breathtaking scenery. There are signs of life from more […]

Greece: Delphi, the centre of the Ancient Greek World




By Jen You might have seen Meteora in a James Bond film. James ascends the cliff at the end and throws the decoder over the side, in For Your Eyes Only. It’s a STUNNING location. Possibly the most dramatic site for a building I’ve ever seen. Meteora means “suspended in […]

Greece: Meteora, For Your Eyes Too