New Portland Mural

Reconstructing Life After Travel

Putting the pieces back in place.

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Springfield Illinois

American Re-Entry

Sometimes it's a shock to return to your home country.

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Art Overseas part 2

Art Overseas: Part 2

The UK, Norway, Spain and Italy

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Nightime Blue Mosque

A Layover in Istanbul

A recap of our short time between Italy and returning to the States.

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Art Overseas Part 1

Art Overseas: Part 1

Belgium, Mali, Senegal, Mauritania, Morocco and France

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Light over Todi

Closing this Chapter

Finding fulfillment to the point of 'enough' with a wonderful journey.

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Jess and the Rooster

High Heels vs Chickens

Thinking about the many kinds of life we can lead

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Travel, Culture and the Pursuit of Inspiration

Incredible Cheese in Corciano copy

People Live Here

It’s no secret that we’ve loved Italy. I’m continually amazed that people live here – in these ancient beautiful villages, with this art, this food. But it’s the people that have made it wonderful and knowing that in and of itself adds to the specialness of this place. Jon talked about this in his last post on Umbria, but I …

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Foligno Festival Cheese

Umbria baby!

So it has as usual been quite awhile since I posted…what can I tell you, I’m lazy. Jess and I have been in Umbria for 3 weeks now and I can tell you, it is pretty cool. For one, it is old; I mean really old. Everything around you has the better part of 3-4 centuries on it and some …

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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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Jess and rooster

High Heels vs Chickens: The Lives we Lead

Yeah, I know it’s an odd title for a post, and no I’m not seeking some weird morbid revenge on the rooster that attacked me. I’ve been thinking about high heels and chickens because the time has come when Jon and I are thinking of our return home, what that will look like and what our lives will be like. …

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Perugia Italy

Perugia Italy

The other day Jon and I had the opportunity to trade some work hours at the farm in order to spend the day exploring Umbria’s capital city, Perugia, Italy. Aside from today (at the time of writing) it’s been a bit rainy, so working out in the gardens hasn’t been the most enticing prospect. Our hosts are both artists and …

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Montecastello from our farm stay vineyard

A Farm Stay in Italy

Jon and I have been in our little Umbrian paradise for just over a week now. Aside from somehow getting on the bad side of one of the roosters (who now wants to attack me), our farm stay in Italy has been everything I could have imagined it to be. We are living in a beautiful 12th century stone house …

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