Happy and Healthy New Year!

Happy and Healthy New Year!

Note: I am no longer on social media, so please share this post with as many people as you can due to its timeliness (including a free book offer). Thanks so much, and thanks also to the content creators in the video links below. If you enjoy them, give them a thumbs...
Looking for a Playground Near You?

Looking for a Playground Near You?

You don’t have to go anywhere. It’s right on your computer. Recently I discovered photographer Karin van Mierlo, a native of the Netherlands, who’s been living in Lisbon for the past three years. If you’re into taking pictures–and frankly...
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...