Normal Katja Presnal
skimbaco Food is my every day way to travel the world. Today I am drinking peppermint tea with lemon essential oil. Tea cup from Sweden, tea pot from Bali, ceramics from Italy and Bali. Teas from Sri Lanka, Paris, Sweden and Morocco, and the local grocery store. Essential oils by Young Living (I am a wholesale distributor). Share how you travel the world and live life to the fullest with #igtravelthursday and #skimbaco 1d

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skimbaco Good Monday morning from upstate New York! I am starting to feel like home here. I got to shovel snow on our own yard, and 90% of the moving boxes are unpacked. We tried the pizza oven in our kitchen the first time yesterday (see picture at @katjapresnal), and now we know: you can be happy anywhere if you can just cook food on open fire. 4d

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skimbaco Hello there! We finally got our new home and moved in yesterday. Our old home was a 400-year-old mansion in Swedish countryside, now mid-century modern home in upstate New York. Very different, but loving the authentic look of our new home. 1w

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skimbaco I have not been taking many photos the past few weeks, well, two months. But we did one trip already: to Cleveland, Ohio, and I didn't post photos of my favorite food market, the West Side Market, yet. 3w

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skimbaco Happy Instagram Travel Thursday! Join us and share your travel photos today with #igtravelthursday and for every photo you tag, like and comment two photos tagged, and get to know our amazing community of world travelers.
This photo is from Bali Asli, one of my favorite restaurants in Bali. Read more about my Bali favorites at Findery.com/skimbaco or get the #Findery app and find me there!
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skimbaco Coffee tasting in Bali! Read more on my site skimbacolifestyle.com this week.
Civet Coffee, or Kopi Luwak in Indonesian, is one of the world’s most expensive coffees in the world due to its quite unique production process.

The Asian Palm Civet has a natural talent for picking only the best coffee berries to eat. After the civet has eaten the coffee berries, the berries are perfectly fermented, slowly in an optional temperature, as they pass the animal’s digestive tract. The civet feces with embedded coffee beans are then picked up by coffee farmers and after a washing & sanitizing process you will have nicely fermented coffee beans as your result. Beans that make smooth, tasty and the most expensive coffee in the world.
#skimbaco #skimbacobali #igtravelthursday
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skimbaco Happy Instagram Travel Thursday! Photo by @desmiller from Keystone, Colorado.
Did you know that "skimbaco" comes from a Finnish slang word "skimba" that means downhill skis/skiing and "co" stands for Colorado? I started my company in 2006 in Durango, Colorado, when "skiing in Colorado" was our family's way of living life to the fullest. Ever since my mission has been spreading sunshine and inspiring people to see beauty everywhere, and get out of their comfort zone to try new things. I have been blogging since 2007, and have amazing team members who also write for my site, and on every e-magazine issue we have been featuring our Instagram friends. Starting today, I am opening my site to our community members to share their #skimbaco moments. I am happy to welcome @desmiller as our guest writer today, with a snowboarding story from Colorado - very fitting! Hoping we get to share many more stories from our #igtravelthursday community! Skimbaco Lifestyle isn't about me - it's about million different ways YOU can live life to the fullest.
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  •   travelin_family So beautiful! 4w
  •   skimbaco @maandpamodern I want my children to see that one person can make a difference. At least to her own happiness. 4w
  •   skimbaco @keurulainen @wareean thanks for being there 4w
  •   maandpamodern @skimbaco I feel exactly the same way!! 4w
  •   blackmennewstyle Beautiful photo :) 4w
  •   mrsflinger @skimbaco thing is: you inspire those stories and brands. You, I loved since our heartfelt talk many years ago at the bar. You were someone I could connect with and be behind because I got you. I still do. So much love and heart and soul. 4w
  •   skimbaco @mrsflinger oh Leslie, I feel the same about you. Your positive life attitude is something I've always admired. I hope our paths cross sometime again. Are you doing any social media conferences this year? 4w
  •   travelin_family This where I learned to ski when I was my sons age some 33 yrs ago! 3w

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skimbaco Happy Instagram Travel Thursday! What have you found from your travels that you love? Well, my husband in 1997... But more recently I visited Morocco and have been loving using Argan oil ever since. I posted on my site how Agran oil is made, and why it is such an important and inspiring business in Morocco. 1mon

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skimbaco Hello there. We are still slowly trying to build a new life here in upstate New York. Kids have been in school for a few weeks now, but we still live in a hotel. Hoping we will get our house sometime next month. I'm not going to lie, it's been very tough to get used to living in America again. This is my third time moving to the USA, and the toughest one. Lots of great points, like the schools kids got into are excellent & high school has an international program. Even at middle school the younger two are able to study German and French. I've been in such a funk the past month, that I finally turned into essential oils to start feeling better. Never saw it coming, but I joined Young Living as a wholesale member, and I'm already seeing the benefits of the products and feeling I am/will get my mojo back! Share with me some good news what's going on in your life! 1mon
  •   skimbaco @rmblnboy hm - didn't get it. Did you send it to Skimbaco's page or my personal profile? 1mon
  •   girlinflorence @skimbaco stay strong, I can only imagine it's tough but all you need is time 1mon
  •   travelin_family Hey... Sent it to skimbacoers... Changed my name since we were warned to sanitize our social media overseas... 1mon
  •   travelin_family Sorry it skimbaco lifestyle... 1mon
  •   blessingsbyfad I think I'm going to be in the same funk when I move back to San Diego to try and petition my husband who will have to wait in Manila. Sent you email also awhile back. Hope you find a house soon and yay for essential oils! 1mon
  •   skimbaco @blessingsbyfad I will have to find your email! It's not easy to move back! 1mon
  •   expattravel It is a challenge even for me when I return. 6d
  •   skimbaco @expattravel it is a big change... 4d

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skimbaco Verona, Italy. Still missing Europe dearly. 1mon

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skimbaco Happy Instagram Travel Thursday! Photo from Italy. Where are your travel photos taking us today? Share with #igtravelthursday 1mon

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skimbaco Memories from Italy from the lake Garda. 2mon

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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. 2mon

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

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

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

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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) 2mon
  •   jillianmascarenhas Wowwww! 2mon
  •   yashyanthi Ahhh..... Waiting for the update!! 2mon
  •   atasteoftravel Gorgeous back yard! 2mon
  •   busybuzzy That's a dream!!!2mon
  •   iteratesocial Beautiful 🌲 2mon
  •   emelancon I really hope you get the house. The setting is wonderful! 2mon
  •   citylivingguide Looks like a beautiful hideaway to hunker down with your family to create and nurture! 2mon
  •   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 :) 2mon

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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. :/ 2mon
  •   jentemple I still prefer real books and a bookmark from my travels 2mon
  •   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 2mon
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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. 2mon
  •   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. 2mon
  •   eziomrlifestyle Love your gallery and love your style! I can read stories in these pics and this is amazing! 2mon
  •   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. :) 2mon

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Mayfair Katja Presnal
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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  •   skimbaco @lizwarkentin it's a big commitment to stick to one place! 2mon
  •   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. 2mon
  •   machnb Wish you goodluck with your search anyway! 2mon
  •   skimbaco @machnb we made an offer and hoping to move in later this month! Excited to start renovating a house! 2mon
  •   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 2mon
  •   wendys_hat HOME is but a launching point. 2mon
  •   hinessightblog It will all come together. Glad you found a house. 2mon
  •   social_ally I totally get that feeling. It's a bit unsettling to try to settle somewhere. I've moved tons of times since college and 3 times since my 6-year-old was born and plan to move again by the end of the year. However, living in CA is the longest I've stayed anywhere since I started moving around. PLUS the whole getting used to living in the States again is a culture shock. I remember it took me a good 6 months to get used to living in the US again after living in Norway. Everything was so loud and big when I came back. I hope things are better for you now. :-) 1mon

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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. 2mon

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