Homes for Vagabonds: The Airbnb Life

Home is where the heart is. Pliny the Elder When we let our apartment lease expire a year ago and committed to a lifestyle of traveling, we knew we’d want places to call “home” for extended periods of time. We have friends who do the RV lifestyle and enjoy it, but that’s not for us. […]

Packing for a Walk Across Spain

This list is focused on hiking the Camino de Santiago. But other travelers might get good tips on how to travel light. When we walked the Camino de Santiago we knew that packing light was going to be key to our success. Every extra pound meant more stress on feet, and knees, and energy required. […]

A Journey Across Spain: Hiking the Camino de Santiago

Posted by on Jan 8, 2017 in Europe, The Camino, Travel Update | 5 Comments
A Journey Across Spain: Hiking the Camino de Santiago

Laurie and I were blessed to be able to journey across the northern breadth of Spain last April and May as we hiked the Camino de Santiago, a twelve hundred year old pilgrimage to the tomb of Saint James in Santiago de Compostela in the Galacian region of Spain. We then completed the walk to […]

The Space Needle of Brighton Beach

August 2016 Hove-Brighton, England When Walt Disney visited the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle and saw the newly commissioned Space Needle he predicted there would be, “…Space Needles cropping up all over after the success of this one.” During our stay on the English Channel we had a chance to visit a new tourist attraction […]

A City Reborn

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Berlin, Europe, Germany, Travel Update | 8 Comments

October 4, 2016  Berlin, Germany Most of our time since we left the United States on April 3rd has been spent living in and exploring new territory like Portugal, Ireland, Scotland and southern England. Our last week abroad is in a city we visited before, but the change since our last visit here is so profound […]

In Search of the Mythical Red Squirrel

September 29, 2016 Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England Among the many things the Isle of Wight is noted for are extensive hiking trails and a cute little redhead—the native red squirrel. Laurie and I decided that we would explore our home for the month of September by hiking the 67-mile-long coastal path that circumnavigates the isle, […]

The Non-Gentry Life

During our trek across Spain, Laurie and I started a habit of returning our dishes and glasses to the counter when we were done with a meal. Both of us had done our time in food service so we are sympathetic to servers. And the staff in many of the places we stopped were very […]

The Houseless, not Homeless, Life

“Every summer we can rent a cottage in the Isle of Wight If it’s not too dear” Lyrics from the Beatles, “When I’m Sixty Four” There are definite challenges to our “Houseless, not homeless,” lifestyle. Things that we took for granted in our old homes and neighborhoods are difficult or non-existent. For example, near our […]

Seven Fun Things About Living in England

Brighton-Hove, September 30th We left our home base in Seattle in early April and have since lived in six different countries. Each place has it’s own charms. We’ve been in England since August 13. Here are a few of our favorite things about living in England. Many kids call their mother,“Mummy.” Listening to the local […]

The Hardest Climb: Croagh Patrick

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Europe, Ireland, Travel Update | One Comment

During our seven weeks of walking the Camino we had some tough days. We dealt with steep climbs, a thunderstorm, drizzling rain, and shale gulleys that caused tendonitis. But the toughest hike we’ve made during our European sojourn has been—Croagh Patrick: Saint Patrick’s Holy Mountain in County Mayo, Ireland. Croagh Patrick is a 762 meter […]

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