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Travelling with children
The Baltic Sea is a place that has been in my memories since my early days. I remember when as a young boy I’d used to spend the whole summers playing on its white beaches. It’s a small handful of experiences that had made me feel happy. Now, I’m coming back there after many years. The project itself may not seem to be as challenging in many ways as my lonely circumnavigation of the globe. There are no major dangers in the region compared to my around the world journey - the politic situation is stable, no natural disasters are expected, the crime is on a reasonably low level in the Baltic’s countries, there is no risk of tropical diseases.

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Nailing a route
A few years ago I and Sylwia had driven around the state of Montana in the US. It’d been our first road trip ever and it’d been amazing. There were prairies, the Rocky Mountains on the horizon and the weather was wonderful. I’d enjoyed the feeling of freedom - I’d just loved it. We’ve made it a few more times in different places since then, but the experience from Montana has shaped my thinking about the road trips in general.

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The Baltic Sea
For the whole generations the Baltic Sea has been a world of trade, work and pleasures, hopes and tragedies, warfare and conflicts. People had come there from the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, or by way of rivers - the Tornionjoki, Kemijoki, Neva, Daugava, Vistula or Oder. Mystique waters, fiords, cliffs, sandy beaches, beautiful harbors, medieval cities, the Scandinavian metropolis, light houses and wild nature - all kinds of fantastic scenery. Not to mention a rich history with the Viking culture or the era of the Hanseatic League. The Baltic Sea, with all the personal memories and stories it carries is a curious region worth exploring - a charming place for travelers and summer vacationers, but sometimes life-threatening for professional sailors.

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Choosing a destination I’m closing my eyes and my mind is drifting back to my lonely around the world trip I’d done in 2011. What an incredible journey it’d been. These had been crazy days - physically exhausting and mentally demanding. I’d been on the road for more than 2 months and I’d loved every minute of it despite of all the challenges. There had been moments of great beauty, but at times either I’d had that weird feeling in my stomach while getting seasick crossing the East China Sea or my heart had been in my mouth when the mega earthquake had hit Japan on March 11, 2011 while I’d been still there.

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Here it is: the Baltic Sea. The place that had been in my memories since my early days. I’m closing my eyes and taking myself back to those days when as a young boy I used to spend the whole summers playing on its white beaches. It’s a small handful of experiences that made me feel happy.

Now, I’m coming back there after many years. I don’t know whether the area presents any interest at all for you, but if it does, let me take you with me and my family on our 6000 km long journey alongside its coastline.

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