Ten years ago I was living in Ohio, following an early-to-bed, organic-vegetables-fresh-from-our-garden kind of lifestyle. It would never have occurred to me to have wine with lunch, take a siesta during the afternoon or stay out until 2:00 in the morning – let alone finish the night by walking home, arm in arm with friends, singing a medley of old show tunes, Beatles' hits and Bésame Mucho. After moving to Seville, Spain, in 2004, I realized that spending time in a foreign country is an opportunity to reinvent yourself that rarely exists outside of the witness protection program. On this website and blog, I talk about my adventures living in Seville and traveling the world. I provide stories just for fun, and lots of the practical tips that I wish I'd heard before I made my move. I hope you'll join in the conversation on my blog, Facebook and Twitter. Read more
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DON'T PANIC: IT'S ONLY AN UNKNOWN COUNTRY
Arriving in an unknown country, you may feel that reality has become a bit unglued. You might find yourself confused and disoriented, even alienated – which isn't surprising since you’re an alien. Try to look past the differences to ways that we’re all the same. For instance, I’ll bet everyone in the Подгорица train station hates flesh-eating zombies as much as you do. See, we've already found common ground! For more on maintaining your mental equilibrium abroad, check out my new post.
MY NEW BOOK ABOUT EXPAT LIFE
DANCING IN THE FOUNTAIN: How to Enjoy Living Abroad chronicles my adventures living in Seville since 2004.
"I loved this book," wrote Lonely Planet. "I must have laughed aloud at least once in every chapter ... The advice in the book is terrific." Others have called the book "warm, inviting, immediately charming, and constantly entertaining," and "perhaps the best book about travel that I have ever read" and "one long, glorious love letter to the Andalucían capital and its quirky, warm-hearted people." Read more
THE NEXT BIG ADVENTURE
RIDING THE RAILS THROUGH CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE – SUMMER 2013
This summer, Rich and I will walk out our door in Seville, stroll to the train station with our rolling luggage, and board a train to begin a journey that will last several months and cover thousands of miles. No reservations, just a Eurail pass and an iPad full of information about possible destinations. We'll wend our way by easy stages through Central and Eastern Europe, winding up deep in some of the more obscure Balkan countries, exploring ancient cities and lesser-known villages, being open to whatever offbeat side trips and adventures present themselves. WATCH MY BLOG FOR UPDATES!
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