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After Three Weeks the Novelty is Dissipating

The novelty is dissipating. After the first two whirlwind weeks of paper chases, wandering around wondering what the heck we just did, discovering, and trying new things, we are awakening to the reality of everyday …

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Our Spanish Journey – Together and Apart

We’ve had months to plan our transatlantic migration to Spain. But, no matter how we planned, how carefully we researched our options, no matter how successfully we negotiated the preliminaries, one deep and abiding worry …

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How We Got Our Non-Lucrative Spanish Residence Visa Application Right

×   Important Update   Our readers have been kind enough to share new information, so we put together an update on how to get your Spanish non-lucrative visa application right.    Read it here:  February …

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Living Small: Our Approach to Consumption

When Susan and I decided to retire a year early, I worked out a comprehensive financial plan for early-retirement. The plan called for us to conscientiously economize for two years, our last working year and …

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More Than 2000 Miles on Our Way

Two peeps, one dog, and four cats drive from Salem, Oregon to Pewaukee, Wisconsin in a Subaru Forester. And survive. Day 1: Salem OR to Spokane WAWhat did we learn about traveling with cats? Well, …

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A Quick House Sale Makes for Our Busy July

Due to a hot housing market, we faced down the challenge of downsizing our 2400 sq ft home to the few boxes we’re bringing to Spain in 30 days. It was hard. Of Mice & …

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Why We Started Streaking at Our Age

I remember streaking back in the 1970’s. I even tried it a few times…with friends under the cloak of darkness when not many people were around. It was a youthful indulgence. But, that’s not the …

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I Thought My Stuff Was Different

I thought my stuff was different, confessions after a first time garage sale. We aren’t garage sale types. Working for a nonprofit that operates a thrift store has been a constant reminder of how we …

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On Leaving Our Pets Behind

We’re heading to Spain and we’ll be leaving many of our pets behind.  No we aren’t heartless creeps who abandon pets when it’s a little inconvenient.  The only pets we’ll be leaving behind don’t have …

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President Trump and Americans Abroad

President Trump’s Immigration Policy Didn’t Resonate in Spain.While we were on a trip to Valencia, Spain to check out our new home possibilities, President Trump said in a press conference, “other countries have been taking …