Sea, Sunshine and Salty Goodness in Komiža, Vis Island, Croatia

Last Friday we ventured over to the other side of Vis to the second largest town on the island, Komiža. When some fellow-travelers from Vienna described Komiža as even smaller than Vis Town, I didn't think that could be possible. Turns out, I was wrong. Komiža, at last census, had less than 1,400 residents. Its …

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Street Art of Vis Town, Croatia: A Visual Journey

The street art of Vis is much more sophisticated than this sleepy little town belies. We are on day 11 of our month-long stay in Vis. In my wanderings in and around St George's Bay extending on both sides to the very outskirts of the town of Vis, I have happened across numerous abandoned buildings. …

Happiness is Within Reach

"Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." - Abraham Lincoln Happiness is within reach. We all have demons. We all have external factors in our lives that are weighing on us that we cannot control. But fundamentally, I believe happiness is simply a state of mind that anyone …

Vis Town, Croatia: First Impressions

We've made it to Vis and it is truly a gem in the Adriatic! If you are a regular TIC reader, you'll know that in 2015 I had a life-changing epiphany that would drastically affect my life's trajectory. If you haven't already done so, I might suggest you read some of that backstory in two …

What One Year of Vegetarianism Has Taught Me

[This post is Part 3 of a 3-Part Series] [Read Part 1: What One Year of Blogging Has Taught Me] [Read Part 2: What One Year of Meditation Has Taught Me] In Part 1 of this 3-part series, I wrote about what I learned during the first year of my blogging journey and the one …

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 …

Gratitude

There are a lot of amazing things happening in my life right now. I wanted to take a moment to appreciate. The last several months (no, years) have been a whirlwind. But, I am looking forward to several things over the next couple of months. Right now, I am grateful for: the time we have …

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 …