It's been an adventure getting here, and we haven't even set off yet. The project : suspend for one year our busy city existence, in exchange for a 6-berth motorhome, the good-will of friends and family, and a totally empty agenda. We will be leaving our family home in Gennevilliers, France and traveling all over the UK during our year off. We'll be taking our living-lightly ecology, our faith, our parenting, our education and our leisure onto the road, and working it all out as we go along. We've been preparing for this for more than a year, but redirecting the post certainly makes us feel like it is really absolutely finally going to happen.
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