|Cheering on USA in the World Cup|
While I’m not a retiree (“pre”-tiree perhaps), the article described my life well in many ways!
“…downsized to the extreme, choosing a life of travel.”
“While many…..ultimately return home or become expatriates, some live like vagabonds.”
Ha! I’m a vagabond? “a person who wanders from place to place without a home or job” No! As one of my fellow travelers said in the article, “Where I am is home.” And I work online--that's a job, right? So I’ll take nomad: “a person who does not stay long in the same place; a wanderer.” Currently guilty.
Where have my wanderings taken me since March?
|There were about 40 of us there this year for the annual reunion on the Cape--yay for our hosts, the Tietjes!|
|With friends + Mom in Seville!|
I spent 3 months in Europe (!!), starting on the Iberian Peninsula for about 5 weeks: touring Portugal & Spain with my mom, catching up with old friends, “interning” with a great vacation rental group in Madrid (if visiting Madrid & need a recommended place to stay, let me know), & trying to relearn how to conjugate verbs using “vosotros.” :)
|Cinque Terre hiking|
|My German family picked the right team! :)|
I have always done a pretty good job of keeping up with people over the years even from a distance, but it’s so much better to be able to visit with them “live.” The time in Europe was great for catching up with so many! Many people I met up with were from my 80s/90s days in New York City, and some I hadn’t seen in over 20 years. A gang of these folks were in Seville, Spain; a couple in Grenoble, France; others in London; and a few of us met up in Rathmullan, Ireland (& how convenient that our Rathmullan hosts recently opened Kinnegar Brewing!). As a bonus, a TNT friend & her husband nicely moved to Oxford just so I could visit them in that beautiful city. :)
It has been a fabulous few months!
|1991 NYC Roomies in Donegal|
|Biking through London's Olympic Village with Sara|
|With Deb in Oxford|