April 23, 2017 Lynne 2 comments

Nick and I recently had a discussion about how different our lives are in Italy, and how much we enjoy our new lifestyle.  It seemed like the perfect topic for this installment of our blog.  So, in no particular order, here are the top 10 ways our lifestyle is different in Italy.   1. We…

March 28, 2017 Lynne 6 comments

It’s a picture perfect, blue-sky, warm spring day in Umbria. If we were on vacation, we would be visiting a lovely hilltown, checking out a museum, eating lunch at a quaint local pizzeria, and after a brief rest, enjoying an evening stroll and dinner at the best restaurant in town. Instead, today I did two…

March 5, 2017 Lynne No comments exist

We’ve been in Italy for two weeks and it’s been mostly wonderful.   Living in a foreign language does have its challenges, but we’ve accomplished a lot in these first weeks.   We arrived in Giove on Thursday afternoon, jet-lagged and exhausted.  We had been warned that the house might be difficult to find, but both…

February 14, 2017 Lynne 2 comments

“When we retire, let’s sell the house, get rid of ALL of our stuff and travel!” It all sounded so adventurous and romantic! But the honest truth is that getting rid of all your stuff can be pretty traumatic, at least it was for us.   It’s fair to say that we didn’t have anything…

December 4, 2016 Lynne 7 comments

We just returned from our first trip to Mexico. It won’t be our last. “Eso que ni que”. Literally means “That that not what”  but is really Mexican slang for  ” No Doubt About it”. We flew out of Albany airport as the world and Mexico was waking up to the news that Donald Trump…

October 22, 2016 Lynne 1 comment

“I’ve got three tickets to paradise”…I can’t get the lyrics to this Eddie MONEY! song out of my head! Probably because Delta Air lines requires a pet shipper to fly Bella to Rome at an added cost of at least $2500! $$$ Wow! Nick and I are using points and cash to book this flight…

October 8, 2016 Lynne No comments exist

A small first step can be the greatest distance you ever travel. Our first step is our house in Umbria….we have a house in Giove, in the province of Terni, about an hour North of Rome.   Technically, it’s not our house, but we’ve signed a 6 1/2 month lease starting in February through the…

August 20, 2016 Lynne No comments exist

We are both done working in four months, and we have NO IDEA where we are going.   Nick is currently winding down his business and my last day of work will be in mid-December. That’s just four short months away! We plan to stick around for our big fat American, Italian, Greek, corn-free, gluten-free, kosher…

August 11, 2016 Lynne 1 comment

People are surprised when we tell them that we plan to get rid of all of our worldly possessions and travel.  But they are incredulous when we tell them that we plan to take our Australian Cattle Dog, Bella. Even many dog-lovers are taken aback at our plan to attempt long-term travel with an active 45…