Fly Me to the Moon…

Fly Me to the Moon…

…or at least get me close. And then make sure I get back. Recently my friend Manon wrote me. Her mother, Ruth, was Director of Children’s Ministries at Bel Air Presbyterian in Los Angeles, a church I attended for years and where my daughters went to...
How’s It Going?

How’s It Going?

I’ve been slow to write about the current crisis because I’ve written and video’ed so many items for International Living I feel there’s nothing new to say about SARS-CoV-2. Yet, here’s a recap on life in the countryside. We’re...
Erin Go Bragh

Erin Go Bragh

Dia Dhuit (Hello!) As St. Paddy’s Day is tomorrow, I thought it would be fun to share some Irish phrases. For the more adventurous among you, pop them into a translation app that offers pronunciation and have fun (and Go N-Eiri An T-Adh Leat — Good Luck!)....
Ravishing Riga 2: The Lure of Manor Estates

Ravishing Riga 2: The Lure of Manor Estates

On a foggy November morning in the Latvian countryside, Rundāle Palace appeared mysterious and brooding. The summer residence of the Duke of Courland, Ernst Johann Biron, construction began in 1736 on the country’s largest palace. Soon we were invited into its...
Ravishing Riga Part 1

Ravishing Riga Part 1

An anticipatory hush fell over the crowd as the deep voice boomed through the sound system. The ceremony was about to start. Seconds later, officials strode past scores of saluting military as music–we guessed it was the national anthem–played. Toddlers...
My Three Pet* Peeves in Portugal

My Three Pet* Peeves in Portugal

Less than a month ago I stood on a stage in Las Vegas and extolled the virtues of living in Portugal. More than 500 people were attending an International Living Retire Overseas Bootcamp Conference, and not a few of them came by my table in the ballroom afterwards to...
Downton Abbey Fever, Alive and Well

Downton Abbey Fever, Alive and Well

The impact of Downton Abbey on our culture was so strong, it was evidenced at one point by the cleverly reinvented front page of the Sunday edition of The New York Times.  Today, of course, is the long-awaited theatrical release of the movie. Personally, I’m...
Think (and Dream) Big

Think (and Dream) Big

Last week I received a request from an International Living editor to write a blurb about a unique place I’ve spent the night. In the email she included a link about a trulla, a country dwelling characterized by a cone-shaped top. I just so happened to have...

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