skimbaco Verona, Italy. Still missing Europe dearly. 2d

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skimbaco Happy Instagram Travel Thursday! Photo from Italy. Where are your travel photos taking us today? Share with #igtravelthursday 3d

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skimbaco Memories from Italy from the lake Garda. 7d

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skimbaco Happy Instagram Travel Thursday! #igtravelthursday is a great way to connect and find travelers from around the world. Started by #skimbaco community and now spread world wide. I hope you join us and make new friends. Photo: Venice, Italy. 1w

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skimbaco All-American diner serving Greek and Italian specialities the New York style. Apalachin, New York. 2w

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skimbaco One of the cutest towns in our area: Owego, New York. #skimbaconewyork 2w

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skimbaco Happy Instagram Travel Thursday! This #igtravelthursday I'm thinking of the beaches of Sri Lanka. 2w

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skimbaco We have a house inspection of the house we made an offer to buy today. We looked at tens of houses, and our real estate agent found this house, although the listing was already expired. I believe there is a reason for everything, including us coming here. Maybe it was this magical forest calling our name. Pictured is my husband walking in the "playground" he is about to buy us. I hope everything works out, I would love to hide here from the world for a while with my family. (And yes, there is a house too, not just sticks) 3w
  •   jillianmascarenhas Wowwww! 3w
  •   yashyanthi Ahhh..... Waiting for the update!! 3w
  •   atasteoftravel Gorgeous back yard! 3w
  •   busybuzzy That's a dream!!!3w
  •   iteratesocial Beautiful 🌲 3w
  •   emelancon I really hope you get the house. The setting is wonderful! 3w
  •   citylivingguide Looks like a beautiful hideaway to hunker down with your family to create and nurture! 3w
  •   themaribelreyes A few weeks ago I shared with you that we were probably moving back to the US, well this week it is confirmed! We will be back in California in March and might end up following your plans by buying a house although I'm a bit nervous with all these changes, I guess I'm very excited :) 2w

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skimbaco One reason to love upstate New York: bookstores. With the e-book revolution it's so sad to see bookstores closing their doors, and it is so nice to see great independent bookstores still operating in the towns of upstate New York.
Do you like reading e-books with an e-reader/tablet, or do you prefer books? I read both, but prefer books.
At the same time, it's amazing how easy it is to self-publish a book, and find great e-books to read that might have never been published traditionally. I'm thankful that a few thousand people read my e-book about Instagram and there was a possibility to self-publish it. (You can get my e-book for free by subscribing to my newsletter on my website.) #skimbaconewyork
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  •   meganinamoment I definitely prefer real books, but I travel a lot and want access to my book collection, so it simply makes more sense to buy ebooks. :/ 3w
  •   jentemple I still prefer real books and a bookmark from my travels 3w
  •   sofawned @skimbaco Awe, yes. After quite a few moves I've had to say goodbye to much of my library, but we're keeping the reading love alive any way we can. I loved having my Kobo on our road trip last summer! That was definitely a bonus 3w
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  •   sillyniecy I love ereaders. I read pretty fast and if I'm in the middle of a series I'd be carrying around 2-3 books with me, it gets heavy. I use a Sony prs300, it's small and not backlit, so it doesn't have any negative effects even when I read before bed. As much as I loved bookstores and tangible books growing up, ebooks are just so much more convenient to me. 3w
  •   cathieglover Books only. I'll read news and magazines on my phone but will never own an e-reader. Part of the reading experience is the physical element to it, the intimacy. The one constant for thousands of years of history has been the page. I like that feeling of shared history. Another thing - we stare at screens all day long. Research suggests that our brains often can't separate tasks in the same environment. You're losing something if you're reading from a device that you use for other tasks as well. And let's not forget the experience of a bookstore. We choose far too many things for convenience over experience these days. To this day I get a butterfly feeling in my stomach when I go to bookstores or libraries. 3w
  •   eziomrlifestyle Love your gallery and love your style! I can read stories in these pics and this is amazing! 2w
  •   themaribelreyes Honestly I prefer printed books and shopping for them at a book store. I love the feeling of turning pages and the sound turning another page makes. :) 2w

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skimbaco Photo from Corning, New York, very cute town an hour drive from us.
I'm still suffering from a shock after moving from Sweden to upstate New York, and haven't been taking many photos since we got here. Kids are still not in school, we still live in a hotel, we still haven't bought cars or a house (but made an offer and hopefully closing by the end of the month). It takes time to arrange life, it's much easier pack up and leave.
Usually the first six months are the most exciting time to live in a new place, and usually you know within a few days or weeks if a place is for you. I can't seem to shake off the feeling that Binghamton area is completely wrong place for us, and although I am trying to find silver linings all the time, this is the first time ever I have to try to force myself to love a place, and truly work hard to find how to live life to the fullest here.
I know things will be great once we settle in. I'm excited about buying a house - we haven't owned a house for almost ten years! I still believe you/I/we can be happy anywhere, and I know we will enjoy this region once we get settled in. Maybe I'm deep inside a little scared about buying a house/settling in too, we have been moving an average every two years the past 17 years and lived in several countries and states in the USA. Adventures don't scare me as much as settling in does.
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  •   machnb I agree with the first sentence.:-) 3w
  •   skimbaco @lizwarkentin it's a big commitment to stick to one place! 3w
  •   skimbaco @machnb haha, me too. I'm just trying to brainwash myself thinking that I will be fine even here as long as I will get to create my own home :) We did look up rentals here, and we did see over 20 houses to buy (and a few hundred via online pictures), and maybe seeing how people live here made me feel like I don't belong here. 3w
  •   machnb Wish you goodluck with your search anyway! 3w
  •   skimbaco @machnb we made an offer and hoping to move in later this month! Excited to start renovating a house! 3w
  •   alexandria_lopez How far are you from NYC? NY has the best of both rural and metropolitan. With time you will find "home." Each day will bring you closer 3w
  •   wendys_hat HOME is but a launching point. 2w
  •   hinessightblog It will all come together. Glad you found a house. 2w

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skimbaco Happy New Year! We spent a few days with old friends in Lakewood, Ohio, where we used to live - right next to Cleveland, where the photo is from. 3w

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skimbaco Road trip in America. Buffalo chicken wings in Erie, Pennsylvania. Bad choice for dinner, but at least I am trying to be adventurous :) We are on our way to celebrate the start of the New Year with friends in Ohio. 4w
  •   citylivingguide I met and married an Ohioan and we lived in Shaker Heights (near Cleveland) and later the small town of Hartville when the kids were toddlers. I love Ohio!! And yes Cleveland does ROCK! Enjoy! 4w
  •   citylivingguide Have to add: We would pass through Erie, PA, on our way to my home town (Toronto) and Erie was sadly my LEAST favourite place :( 4w
  •   marktravel Been there too, unfortunately 4w
  •   skimbaco @amygdens @citylivingguide we used to live in Lakewood, and my husband @mattpresnal flew the local tv news helicopter in Cleveland. I'm excited going back! 4w
  •   citylivingguide Small world! I worked in marketing for the Chamber of Commerce in Cleveland. We left in 1998 but our daughter decided to return in 2008 to get her fine art degree at the Cleveland Institute of Art - truly one of the best design schools in the country. That whole area of the city is my favourite (University Circle). We also return often for quick weekend trips - Happy New Year! 4w
  •   kerstin_maria Happy New Year from #Sweden @skimbaco! I already miss you here...you're welcome back anytime! 3w
  •   todestinationunknown Happy New Year Katja!!! 3w

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skimbaco Olive oil shop in Corning, New York. I didn't expect to find an olive oil company in upstate New York! I did know Finger Lakes area is a big wine area, but olives too?! I feel like I found a little piece of Italy here. #skimbaconewyork 4w

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skimbaco Old general store in Tioga, New York. Charm of upstate New York. 4w

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skimbaco The Finger Lakes area of New York state is full of falls and gorges. Can't wait to explore them more. This one is in Ithaca. #skimbaconewyork 4w

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skimbaco We drove to Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, yesterday. The campus is pretty impressive, and so were the sorority houses. 4w

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skimbaco Upstate New York is full of small villages. This is town hall of Danby. Our first couple of weeks in upstate have gone to house hunting, and celebrating Christmas. Today we actually had a first chance to go for a mini adventure. #skimbaconewyork 4w

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skimbaco Merry Christmas! Just in case you don't believe... Santa is real! Photo from Lapland, Finland, from earlier this year. Santa Claus can be visited on the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi, Finland, 364 days a year. The 365th one he is traveling around the world and we had great talks about world travels with him. My son @legocontrol also (as a Lego fan) asked me to ask Santa about trademark issues, and if he is really making even all of the Legos he has been getting over the years. Santa said that he has a special production agreement with all of the largest companies in the world, and the elves make pretty much everything.
Don't ever stop believing in Santa, the Christmas spirit can be found from your heart. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!
Check out photos also with #skimbacoholidays #skimbaco and at @skimbacoers and share yours!
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  •   luis_alfaro2 Merry Christmas!! 1mon
  •   dpresnal Merry Christmas! Great picture! 1mon
  •   skimbaco @dpresnal Merry Christmas! 1mon
  •   nomadicnewlyweds Beautiful 1mon
  •   53147 Love this picture! 4w
  •   josef_anah great photo just read your blog every word is 100 % 4w
  •   skimbaco @josef_anah thanks for reading! 4w
  •   themaribelreyes My Catalonian neighbor said this place is amazing, I had not heard about it until a few months ago when we were talking about Xmas traditions and she mentioned Finland. Can't wait to share this with her. :) 2w

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skimbaco Greetings from upstate New York. We made another offer to buy a house in the countryside today. If we get it, this little fellow will be one of our new neighbors, she and 8 of her friends came to say hello for us today. 1mon

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skimbaco We have been driving neighborhood after neighborhood, town after town the past two weeks looking for a house to buy. Kids have read a mountain of books, I've spent too much time on Pinterest dreaming of a home and planning and pinning. I still don't have a car, and kids are still not in school (you have to prove town residency, and we live in a hotel). One of the only photos I have taken since arriving in upstate New York, the foggy mood reminded me of Sweden. 1mon

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