Chilly with a Chance of Drizzle… in Portland, OR

Last stop in our brief U.S. tour... visiting family before our move abroad. It has been warm and sunny here in Portland, Oregon for the last several days. But now it has turned to more typical Pacific Northwest weather... chilly with a chance of drizzle. It has been a nice visit with my mother and …

Getting My Swing On

Hanging out with Carrie, her sister, Angela, Jessie, nephew, Valentino, and his girlfriend, Vanessa in San Antonio, Texas. Everything is bigger in Texas... even the golf. Practicing our golf swing at TopGolf San Antonio. The shots got better as the glasses of adult beverages emptied.

Leaving San Diego… For Good

All good things must come to an end. With excitement and bit of trepidation, March 11, 2019, marked the end of an era... at least for me personally. After 38 years of calling San Diego, CA home, I am leaving... potentially never to return (for any significant length of time, anyway). The move to Europe …

Living in Europe: Just Weeks Away

It is still difficult to believe we are here. Only one small hurdle stands between us and our (read "my") 5-year plan to retire and live in Europe. I am grateful to have a significant other who is willing to indulge me my dream. We have gathered and submitted all the paperwork for the residence …

Old Kotor en noir

Just thumbing through my photos... and found this gem. ... from Old Town Kotor, Montenegro 🇲🇪 Such a fascinating city in a beautiful and fascinating part of the world. If you've never been, think Dubrovnik on a much smaller scale... and with fewer crowds. The hills rise up dramatically from the Bay of Kotor. Thinking …

Cetinje, the Old Historic Capital of Montenegro 🇲🇪

*This post recounts some of my adventures from the summer of 2018 traveling solo in Montenegro. When I asked about recommendations for historic sites in Montenegro, my Airbnb host mentioned Cetinje without hesitation. Cetinje is the old capital of this tiny Balkan country and the residence of the current Montenegrin president. This city of about …

La Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris en noir

Ode to Paris, The City of Light

Paris, The City of Light. I can't get you off my mind. Your lure sucks me in. Your breathtaking beauty enchants. You cast a spell which cannot be broken. You tell stories that speak to the heart. You paint images that seem almost too incredible to be real. What is this magical power you possess; you …

Quote du Jour

"The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times." -- The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho I just finished reading East of Eden by John Steinbeck... gut-wrenching story with a fantastic ending. Glad I stuck it out. That one was for you, Mackenzie! 😛 Now I am just beginning The …

Moving Abroad? Here’s How to Get Settled in Quickly — ____Veggie Travelling Teacher

Image: Moving train When you first decide to move to a new country, you are likely to experience a heady mix of excitement and nerves. As that moving date approaches, you could find that the latter starts to take over. The time to start preparing for a successful transition is not when you land in… Sharing …