The Church of Santa Lucia dei Magnoli – Florence, Tuscany, Italy

I love coming across old gems! We are here in Florence for the week. This is our very first time in Italy. The city is extremely photogenic with the Arno river flowing through it and the iconic architecture. I was out exploring today (as I am known to do) and came across a little-known historical …

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It’s Official: Spain’s Newest Resident

It's been a long, long road. Today feels like the culmination of the last 5 years of our lives. Today, we received our Residency Cards in Valencia, Spain! It has been 5 years of soul-searching, difficult decisions, persistence, hard work, planning, executing, several amazing exploratory trips to Greece, Croatia and Spain, time, money and resources …

Our New Neighborhood: El Carmen: A Visual Journey

No, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth. But we have just about completed our move to Spain. We have been here in Valencia for about 3 weeks. We have been staying pretty busy managing all of the bureaucracy that comes with a move abroad... finalizing our residency visa here in Spain, registering …

Take Action

"Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action." -- Benjamin Disraeli. I almost cried just now... but I stopped myself. Walking down the waterfront Riva in Vis Town for the final time, with all our physical possessions pulled along in a couple of suitcases, getting ready to board the ferry …

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.

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 …

Living ‘My’ Dream

Friday I gave my 2-week notice. For the first time in my adult life, my career is no longer my highest priority. I have been mentally preparing myself for the challenges ahead for years. We have reached our FI number, but that, it seems, was the easy part! We are letting go of our careers, …

Moving to Spain

The Seed. Four years ago, I had a realization that would change my life. It started with a passion for travel and European culture that was ingrained since living in and traveling Europe as a child. But the pivotal moment was a podcast. During my daily walks, I like to listen to podcasts. I happened …

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 …