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Our travel sabbatical home base was Valencia, Spain from November 2019 through July 2020.  The COVID19 pandemic limited our travel somewhat, but we made the most of our time in Europe. You can read all about it here!

The In-Between Spaces

In 6 weeks, we will be boarding a plane back to the United States. I am still here in Spain but my head is really in two places, here and…

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Running Out of Time

Today is June 2, 2020, and our return flight to the United States is scheduled for July 23. We have only 8 weeks left in Europe. If we want to…

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Phase 1: The Coronavirus De-Escalation Plan

We have been in quarantine in Spain since midnight on March 13. After 9 1/2 weeks, we are ready to get on with our lives…but we are also cautious about…

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London & Seville

What do London and Seville have in common? Probably not much, but I wouldn’t know… We were scheduled to be in both cities in April, but the trips were canceled.…

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When Travel Disappoints

It was the summer of 2000 and I had quit my job as an elementary instrumental music teacher.  I was ready for a fresh adventure! I listed my 1920s South…

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Your Master’s Degree Program is…Cancelled?!

“No Way!  They can’t just cancel your master’s degree program because of the coronavirus!” Gonzalo looked tense as he broke the news to me.  Apparently, cancellation was a strong possibility.…

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Quarantined in Spain

The Coronavirus is dominating the news and media outlets and I’m not sure which is more contagious:  the virus or our collective global fear. The Coronavirus is a global pandemic…

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When to Say “When” at Work

Four months ago, I left behind a 15-year career for a 9-month unpaid sabbatical in Europe. The truth is that I loved my career and I worked with amazing clients.…

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Where Money Falls from Trees

I have read that the Guna Yala tribe in Panama’s San Blas Islands once used coconuts for currency. Need more money?  Climb a tree. Not so much?  Wait for a…

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Moving Day

Update:  We moved!  Yeah, I know…we just got here. But our apartment in Montserrat had proven impractical and even dangerous.  Let me back up and tell all… Gonzalo arrived in…

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I Work, Therefore I Am

When we first meet someone in the United States, we frequently ask, “So what do you do?” This is accepted as polite conversation and serves as an ice-breaker and a…

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My blog’s first paycheck – $5.00!

My blog earned its very first paycheck today…$5.00. Hurray! Huh? I thought bloggers and online entrepreneurs were making the big bucks.  Show me the money! I earned $5.00 today and…

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