5.11.2016

European Extravaganza

So last year I finally got a new job working remotely and it has allowed us some flexibility that we did not previously enjoy.  We were able to visit South Korea for a while but that's another story for another time.  I want to talk about what's going on in Europe.

Eliora enjoying Praça do Comércio.
Lisbon, Portugal.
Wait, wait, not quite there yet--we were working in Wilmington, NC, my hometown, asking ourselves why we were not doing something more exciting.  That's where I'll pick up.  So, we started looking into Hawai'i, Puerto Rico, México, Panamá, Costa Rica, and a few other places.  Finally, we just decided to go to Europe and pack up all our things and put them in storage.  Where to?  Portugal and Spain seem like great places to go, so that's what we've done.  It happened very quickly.  It was quite stressful with a baby and all, but somehow we've managed to make it happen.  All you have to do is pack up everything you own and put it into storage, or sell a bunch of it, pack up three suitcases and a couple of backpacks, spend your tax refund money, and say goodbye to all your friends and family.

First stop--Lisboa, Portugal.  I'll write more about this in particular soon, but that's where we landed first.  Approximately two weeks of enjoyment and we left for Faro, Portugal.  Just a couple nights and on to Sevilla, Spain.  After a week there we have now ventured south to Gibraltar where we'll remain for a total of nine days. *

After this we'll make appearances in Málaga, Córdoba, Madrid, and then back to Portugal for a period in Porto.  It's really the craziest thing we've done in a while.  It's not just crazy because we're married and doing it for a total of 97 days, but because we have a 20 month infant.  Olivia is doing well, and so is Eliora, and we even have a surprise visitor--my sister in law!

This is really the first post in a series which I'll attempt to share as we move forward with our journey, while I attempt to catch up from the past few weeks, and upload facebook photos so our friends and family will have definitive proof we're not dead and just faking it.  Stay tuned for some excitement!

* Note: Sorry about the names of the cities... I have such a hard time writing them one way in English when Spanish or Portuguese does them differently.  I'll just pretend that I don't know how to write them in English.

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