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.
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.
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.
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.
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.*
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.