We landed in a luscious place in Vilas County, Wisconsin – a county with 563 named lakes and 757 unnamed lakes. Eagle River, with a population of 1,400, has some of the friendliest people we’ve ever met.
It’s been two weeks since we received the J&J vaccines, so we’re officially “fully” vaccinated. There are absolutely no Covid related restrictions in the State of Wisconsin and for the first time in more than a year, life feels normal.
Weary of endless travel restrictions and blocked from continuing our slow journey into Portugal, we made a spontaneous decision to travel back to the USA. Now that we have only Teej and Ricco, our two old cats, it worked to have them with us on the train and in the cabin of the airplane.
Our recent stopover in Granada was an entirely different experience. Due to covid restrictions, we spent six days in a city devoid of tourists. No tour guides, no crowds, hotels closed. I finally understand what inspired so many writers and artists to linger in Granada.
As the first stage of our vagabond journey comes to a close, six months in a tiny village was an experience that generated ideas about how to spend our future.
We came to a small Alpujjaran village six months ago. Little did we realize how much walking we’d be doing or how beneficial all those walks were to be.
Our Spanish resident visa renewal was a doozy this time. It took nearly nine months to complete our second non-lucrative visa renewal.
Friends who know that Jamie and I are plant based eaters asked how we’re managing in Mairena, the tiny Alpujarran village where we’ve spent the last 5 months. Our answer is, “Surprisingly well!” This region of Spain grows about 50 percent of Europe’s produce making it plentiful and inexpensive for the local residents.
it’s been a good year with respect to physical and mental health and I give my daily challenge most of the credit. A daily challenge goal provides a teeny bit of structure that can extend to other facets of life.
Laura discovered her gentle passion early in life. She’s dedicated life and livelihood to the care of the loyal companions who grace so many of our lives.
For the first time ever, Susan and I have our morning coffee in a room with a view. Sitting quietly, doing nothing.
We haven’t been hiking for a couple weeks because I sort of hurt myself. I’ve been enjoying the recovery time by watching clouds and thinking.