August 1, 2018

And so the story begins...


We have been planning this for years and now it will come to fruition. We had to decided to live overseas ever since I can remember. We actually planned to buy a home somewhere overseas and just move there and live. We actually bought some property in Panama a few years ago and thought we would build our retirement home there. Instead we decided to be gypsies of the world for a few years first. You never know we might find someplace we like better.

Now comes the hard part after we made this decision. You don't realize how much “stuff” you really own until you get ready to live out of 4 suitcases and 2 backpacks. My husband and I have lived in various 3000sq foot homes for the last 15 years and of course we had a 3 car garage too. That is a lot of crap to get rid of. The first move of our journey was from Albuquerque, NM to Kansas City, MO when I accepted a job with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Before moving we gave away, sold and donated a lot of stuff especially a bunch of furniture.


Once we got to KC, of course we bought more stuff. It’s the American way. We were only there for 2 1/2 years when we found out my job was moving us to Fort Worth, TX. This time we had 2 garage sales to get rid of as much as we could. My husband actually sold all of his tools and yard equipment. You don’t know how hard that was for him. I purged more things too such as a bunch of craft projects and supplies I had been carrying around for years. By this time we both knew things were getting really serious. Of course there was another huge decision, what to keep and what we were going to store for the next 4-5 years. We moved into a 2 bedroom apartment since we knew we would have company and I was planning on retiring the end of 2017. When we moved to TX, we were down to 2 bedroom sets, a sectional (we bought in KC) and of course my husband’s precious 65” HDTV. As the old saying goes, things don’t always turn out the way you plan. Well you know what, they offered me a bonus to stay until June 1, 2018. However after the end of December we would be homeless since we already gave our apartment complex notice. So I made a offer for us to move to Washington, DC until the beginning of June.

Moving to Washington, DC for the last six months of my career gave us another opportunity to do some more purging. This time we moved into a 1 bedroom apartment. We slept on a queen size air mattress, purchased a small sectional from Craig's list and only brought a few kitchen items to use while we were there. Everything else that was going in storage in Michigan was left packed in boxes stacked around the apartment. After I finished my assignment there in June we moved back to Michigan where we were originally from and rented a room for a few months to visit with family and friends before our big adventure would begin. I ended up not retiring until the end of August since my job was offering an early retirement but did not work most of the Summer.

During our last “transition” in Michigan is when we decided to start our journey by taking  a repositioning cruise for 30 days from Los Angeles to Sydney Australia. We will be leaving on Sept 23 and will arrive in Sydney Oct 22. We have rented an apartment about 2 miles from downtown Sydney.  
It’s both exciting as well as sad. We will miss our families and friends but we will be thinking about everyone all along the way. Please follow us on our adventure around the world as we live and love like the locals.

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on’t be jealous of us since it’s not as easy as we may have made it seem. See you soon on the web! 
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