What is it all about?

Every day brings a new adventure in parenting at nacken.com. Follow this not-so-everyday family in their travels around the globe as stay-at-home-dad Peter chronicles the ins and outs of parenting a toddler while running a household that’s constantly on the move. German-born Peter and his Japanese-born wife Ritsu married in New York and have since moved to Fiji (where they had Fiji-born son Julius), Italy, Ethiopia and now Viet Nam, with trips to Australia, Japan, Egypt, Kenya, south Africa, Jamaica, the US, Turkey, Jordan, Thailand, UAE, the UK, Austria, France, Spain, Switzerland and Germany along the way. Covering parenting, food, movies, world travel, life as an ex-pat, and much more, this eclectic blog offers something for everyone.

(Summary thanks to long time reader Jaelithe, who happens to be a kick-butt writer)

Here is Sue from No Bad Days with her summary (when she nominated us for best parenting blog and, get this, hottest daddy blogger!)

Stay-at-home dad Peter blogs from Italy about raising his sweet son Julius. Part parenting, photo, food, and travel blog, there is a little something for everyone. Photos and video clips of the family’s travels and Julius’s antics are definitely a cut above average. Very entertaining and well worth a visit!

Those of you other long time readers … feel free to come up with a summary of your own and post it in comments :)

13 Responses to What is it all about?

  1. Corinna says:

    Hallo Peter!
    Liebe Gruesse aus Polen. Wir haben auch ein Julchen (Juliana), die wird am Freitag 8! Und einen Frederyk, 5.
    Deine Seite ist UNGLAUBLICH! (Leider ist unsere noch ueberarbeitenswert, und wohl auch eher unprivat) Ist das eine Ueberraschung?

  2. Caryna Wong says:

    Hey Peter

    Are you Peter Nacken from Deutsche Bank? I am trying to put together a sort of reunion for people on the DB KPMG project and remembered that you had a site a while back.

    If this isn’t the right Peter, sorry for bothering you. If it is – congrats on the wife and baby.

    Let me know if you will be in NY any time soon and I can try to schedule the reunion (if we have one) around it.



  3. Zen Hammond says:

    Thanks for reminding us of the joys of parenting. You have a cool site and a wonderful son. Best wishes.

  4. Ciao Peter
    volevo farti i complimenti hai un sito bellissimo un abbraccio dall’Italia

    Hello Peter
    Congratulations on a beautiful website
    Loved everything on your site and you did a magnificent job. You should be proud of yourself

  5. Elke says:

    Hallo Peter,
    viele liebe Grüße aus Augsburg sendet Dir eine alte Kollegin. Es ist wirklich zu witzig, heute habe ich alte Fotos angeschaut und habe dann einfach gegoogelt und siehe da – war nicht anders zu erwarten – habe ich Dich gefunden. Ein tolles Leben hast Du – so wie Du es Dir gewünscht hast.
    Liebe Grüße unbekannterweise an Deine Familie
    Elke (die aus der Rechtsabteilung in Augsburg)

  6. Thomas says:

    Ach, hier treffen sich die Augburger?
    Dann schick ich auch noch einen Gruß von Genua über Augsburg und zurück nach Italien… :-)

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  8. Tommy says:

    Nice Blog.
    Grüsse vom Tommy aus Darmstadt.

  9. Norman says:

    Hi Peter, Ritsu, Julius,

    Great Blog!

    I was googling “Rome + toddler” and I came across your site.
    I love the places you guys have been to together.

    We have a 3 yr old boy and our friends “think” we travel alot with him. We pale in comparison to you guys.

    We went to Japan in Oct 2008 and had a fabulous time. It actually gave us a lot of confidence in taking our son to more places in the future.

    Do you have any favorite places where you’ve been to and was a hit with Julius? Any tips on favorite places to stay? We’re looking for some ideas for travel.

    We live in NYC and may visit Tuscany later this year.

    Thanks for sharing your lives.
    Beautiful family.


  10. Nick says:


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    Thank You
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  11. Stephanie says:

    I came across your blog and thought you may be interested in submitting an entry to a new online magazine I am creating geared towards families like yours. InCultureParent is an online magazine dedicated to global parent culture and traditions. We will feature articles about raising multicultural and multilingual children coinciding with traditions and holidays around the world. Mainstream parenting websites are largely from the perspective of one dominant cultural framework. InCultureParent seeks to challenge the dominant culture of parenting information and present viewpoints from around the world. (For example, in many non-Western cultures children are potty-trained as infants. Or first foods vary greatly across cultures – Japanese babies eat fish as a first protein before they are one year old). Different cultures have diverse ways of parenting and differing priorities. Additionally, tradition and religion become more relevant when you have children and mainstream parenting websites are also silent when it comes to this area. Websites that do cover the realm of tradition and religion tend to be religious websites which we are not. InCultureParent blends culture, language and tradition and presents research-based and anecdotal articles on everything related to these areas.

    We are targeting multicultural families, families interested in
    learning about other cultures, expat families, families who are not
    from the US but are raising children in it and the many families who are you name it (Mexican, Egyptian, Persian, Armenian, Chinese, Vietnamese, etc)-American/British/Canadian/Australian/etc, who are interested
    in parenting information that speaks to their interests and concerns.

    InCultureParent will feature regular articles on the subjects of global parenting, raising multicultural/lingual families as well as spotlight two global holidays and traditions per month together with craft ideas for kids and recipes. The website will include three bloggers who share the common theme of raising multicultural and multilingual children and highlight good books for kids that feature different cultures.

    We are currently accepting submissions: incultureparent@gmail.com

  12. Michelle James says:

    Hi Caroline,

    I work on a television show called ‘House Hunters International’ about people who relocate to foreign countries and we are very keen to do a show about someone who has bought a house in Fiji within the last couple of years. Having just read your blog (which i very much enjoyed), I would be thrilled if you would contact me as I would love to know if you or someone you know might be interested in getting involved.

    Best wishes,


    Michelle James
    Associate Producer
    127 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010.
    +1 212 843 2821

  13. Anja says:

    …Hier fehlt noch ein update 😉

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