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Portland Mural

Reconstructing Life After Travel

I’ve learned a big lesson since returning to the US after 10 months of travel overseas: reconstructing your life after travel is a lot harder than deconstructing it before leaving. There’s something liberating about grasping the idea and belief that if you’re willing to take the risk and let go of your material stuff, your job and your home, which …

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Nightime Blue Mosque

A Layover in Istanbul

When Jon and I made our arrangements to go back to the United States, we had to get ourselves to Springfield, Illinois for a 3 day visit and then on to Seattle where Olympia would be our final destination (until we find a place to live in Portland). In an odd yet perfect ending to this journey, our flight path …

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Our HelpX Group

Our Work Exchange Part 2

We arrived at our HelpX stay almost 1 month ago, and life in Italy has been good. We’re doing a fine job of enjoying the dolce vita (sweet life) in addition to working hard and seeing a lot of what Umbria has to offer. This has been a great work exchange and we’re incredibly grateful for the experience. From Farm …

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View of Rome

A Quick Trip to Rome

You may be wondering why these posts are always about a ‘quick trip.’ 2 days in Barcelona here, 2 days in Frankfurt there, 1 day in Nice, and now only 2 quick days in Rome. Why spend so little time in these magnificent places? I’m beginning to ask myself that too. But simply, at this stage in the game, it’s …

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St Tropez old port

Budget Travel on the French Riviera

Last post on France, I promise. I’m just feeling particularly prolific and I already know that there were be so much to talk about once we get out and about in Rome. I just couldn’t skip telling you all about visiting the French Riviera could I? Especially not when I’m sure I was the only person on the entire Cote …

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Villanueva del Rio Segura Spain

Our Month in Spain – A Recap

Well, our housesitting assignment and therefore our time in Spain has come to an end. So, time for a recap! It’s been an…interesting 4 weeks with great and not so great experiences. But overall we gained a love for Spain, and the feeling that we did a great job of seeing so much in the Region of Murcia. Due to …

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