The 6 Monthers Prepare to Move Again

Looking back on our time in Šibenik, we will remember living near the iconic Cathedral of St. James.

Looking back on our time in Šibenik, we will remember living near the iconic Cathedral of St. James.

My wife and I are The 6 Monthers because we choose to live in a new country every six months.  We chose the six month time span because we now have time to visit more places and see more of the sights each country has to offer.  We also choose to live like the locals.  We rent an apartment to use as our base.  We shop where locals shop and we eat like locals eat.  Six months may seem like a long time in which to stay in a country, but it goes fast because here we are preparing to move once again.

The 6 Monthers overlooking Sarajevo, Bosnia.

The 6 Monthers overlooking Sarajevo, Bosnia.

This current six month interval was divided into two three month periods for a couple of reasons.  First, we were invited to visit Croatia in September as photo and blog journalists by Dhar Media for a Touristar production called Discover Croatia.  Our intensive 24 day series of excursions opened our eyes to the beauty and historic wonders of Croatia, and we knew we would love to return.  Second, we found our move to Scotland forced us to live at the extent of our budget because there were hidden costs to living there.  Perhaps ‘undisclosed’ is a more accurate term.  Florence wrote a story with details for anyone who is interested. 

Outside the walls of the medieval city of Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Outside the walls of the medieval city of Dubrovnik, Croatia.

We have a month left before we depart.  We will celebrate our sixth anniversary the weekend before Christmas by throwing a party at a waterfront restaurant for all of our friends here in Croatia.  We will also celebrate Christmas and New Years here in Šibenik.  We have been the grateful beneficiaries of much kindness and caring on the part of our Croatian hosts, and celebrating with them is an appropriate way to express our appreciation.

Picturesque Mlini, just south of Dubrovnik

Picturesque Mlini, just south of Dubrovnik

We have completed most of our research for our next move.  We leave January 3rd to catch the overnight ferry from Split, Croatia, to Ancona, Italy.  I have not yet seen Rome, so we will spend a week there to take in the many sights that must be seen.  We will also submit our papers for dual citizenship with Italy while in Rome.  The application process has been time-consuming.  We are hopeful the final approval will be forthcoming in the next few months.  Traveling in Europe on Italian passports will solve a lot of issues when visiting Schengen Alliance countries.

Vela Spila cave, an archeological site on the island of Korčula with human remains 20,000 years old.

Vela Spila cave, an archeological site on the island of Korčula with human remains 20,000 years old.

After Rome we will fly to Barcelona, Spain, where we will spend at least four days seeing the sights.  I look forward to strolling past the shops along La Rambla and visiting La Boqueria Market, sampling tapas, and viewing Gaudi architecture.  Maybe we will even get inside La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s crowning achievement that has yet to be completed.  Tourists line up for hours to view the cathedral during the high season.  We simply cannot overlook this landmark on our ABC Tour.*

Vineyard and olive country on the island of Pag

Vineyard and olive country on the island of Pag

We will visit Madrid for a few days before settling in Alicante, Spain, for the next six months.  I look forward to improving my Spanish during our stay.  We will soon be sharing our stories from Spain on our next adventure, life on the Costa Blanca.  There are so many places to visit with romantic and familiar names:  Cordoba, Granada, Seville, Malaga, Bilbao, and more. 

If you have a favorite memory of Spain or a destination you wish to see some day, please share your comments.  I would love to know.

*Note:  ‘ABC’ stands for Another Blessed Cathedral, a reference made numerous times on this blog.

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9 comments on “The 6 Monthers Prepare to Move Again

  1. dfrantz1953 says:

    Our son studied in Valencia, Spain for a semester and loved it! Am excited you will be able to spend some time in Rome! I have visited twice. Besides the usual wonderful sites, be sure and try to find the Mamertine Museum near the Forum. It is the place were St. Peter and Paul were imprisoned. Also, the St. Peter in Chains Catholic Church has the famous Moses statue you shouldn’t miss. The lighting is terrible in the church so bring some coinage. There is a slot near Moses to see him in his glory! Also, San Clemente Church is not to be missed. Not far from the Roman Form (on the way to St. John Lateran), this church has two underground layers. You can travel down the steps hundreds of years in a few minutes into Roman times. Afterwards, have a pizza and wine across the street to clear your head on what just happened!

    • Mike Lince says:

      Your suggestions for Rome sound amazing, like must-see stops on the ABC Tour! I am fortunate that Florence has been to Rome before. Thus, she gets that we need a week in Rome to appreciate it. There are countries we have visited that pull at our hearts and thoughts to stay, but there are so many places we have not seen yet. Tearing ourselves away from places like Croatia is difficult. Nevertheless, we must go!
      Thank you for your comments and suggestions, which help point out the importance of our moving on while we are able. – Mike

  2. Alas… I was getting really used to Croatia, and hoping you’d stay on! That said, Spain fascinates me and I’m excited to see what you find there. I know it will be amazing! Happy anniversary (early) and congrats on another fabulous country.

    • Mike Lince says:

      We cannot have you getting too comfortable with one country! Admittedly, we have the same thought at times… why would we ever want to leave? There can only be one answer, and you hinted at it. There are too many fascinating places for us to see. We think of ourselves as unofficial ambassadors of the U.S., and we must get on with our task of making friends in new places while we still can. As long as we have the means to keep moving, that is what we will do. And it is always a comfort to have friends like you keeping tabs on us. Thank you for that! :) – Mike

  3. jimhornnews says:

    Wow that time passed fast Mike & Florence. You are going to be overwhelmed by Rome. Don’t miss the less frequented Capitoline museums, filled with treasures. It’s a stretch from Barcelona to San Sebastian, but you will be impressed if you can fit it in. It’s one of the best kept secrets in Spain. While in Alicante it’s a short jog to Valencia with its spectacular architectural jewels by Santiago Calatrava. Enjoy!

  4. Sounds like a great plan Mike. If I had to pick my favorite country in Europe, it would be Spain. And I don’t say that lightly. I speak some Spanish, which helps, but it’s really more than that. I haven’t been to Alicante, but Terri and I have spent a good deal of time in Spain, and it has always been fun. Spaniards are friendly, helpful, and have none of the animosity for Americans that is prevalent in much of Europe. I’m sure that you guys will enjoy it. Enjoy the next month, and good luck on the move. ~James

    • Mike Lince says:

      Ever since I researched a presentation about Spain last year I have been fascinated by it. Also, living in Latin America for a year and experiencing the Spanish influence in the New World (and learning to speak better Spanish) makes me eager to experience the Old World. In our travels we have made friends with a couple of Spaniards, one from Barcelona and one from Madrid. They are looking forward to our visit so they can make sure we see the best their cities have to offer. They are such interesting people. I hope to introduce them to my readers next month.

      I know we have a month to go before we leave Croatia. However, I cannot help but get excited about our next adventure. I expect Spain to be fantastic! Thanks, James. – Mike

  5. I can’t believe that it’s almost time for you guys to move again. Wow – 6 months go by quickly! I’m also wondering why I no longer get your posts sent to my email. I thought you hadn’t written a post in a long time, but when I clicked on your cite I realize that I’ve missed a lot of posts. I’ll have to look into that. Celeste :)

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