Mike with huskies near Ushuaia, Argentina

Mike with huskies near Ushuaia, Argentina
(Click on photo for more info on AboutMe.com)

I was born and raised in Seattle and lived there for 40 years. My father and grandmother were born in Yakima, the heart of apple country. My blog name, Applecore, refers to my deep roots – six generations living, growing and working in Washington. I am now retired and live in Croatia, at least for now.

My wife and I have dubbed ourselves The Six Monthers because we plan to move to a new country to live every six months.  We believe six months is a good amount of time to fully appreciate a country. I write about the uniqueness of each of our new homes abroad, and I share our stories as we go. We have lived in Panama, Mexico and Scotland.  We are planning for our next move to Spain in January, 2014.

I appreciate comments and ideas of places to see by those who have visited some of our destinations before us.  For those who wish to travel along vicariously, welcome to our journey.

I will not bore readers with any more Thank-you stories for awards or lists of a dozen things about me you did not know and probably do not care about. Nevertheless, I am grateful to fellow bloggers who have named me as worthy of recognition with the following awards.


Twice honored


Three times honored


Three times honored

Blog of the Year Award 1 star jpeg

Cruise Voyant: Cruise Finder


106 comments on “About

  1. Marge Epley says:

    I enjoy your writings, and am a bit jealous. My husband and I live about 20miles north of Spokane wa. He has lived in Panama as a child, and was stationed in Panama while in the Army. All total, about 11 years. We have been married for 6 years. We went to Panama las February so I could check it out. Spent most of our time around Pedasi, but did manage to get to Boquete for 2 days. He went back in June to Pedasi, cause we thought we would like to retire there, and discovered it just wasn’t the place. So we are on our way to Boquete November 27 to Dec 9. We want to explore the area. I am ready to make the move, he seems to not be as excited as he was a year ago. “Panama isn’t the same” (of course it isn’t, it’s been 20 years),” too hot and humid in Pedasi in June” (yeah, it is Panama) , “nothing much there, unless you are a tourist” Yep, it is a tourist place. I loved my short time in Boquete, and am looking forward to going back for 2 weeks, and exploring the surrounding areas. I just retired (ER nurse for 30 years) and he is retired military, retired VA drug and alcohol counselor, and 100% service connected for a blood cancer due to agent orange exposure. ( he was diagnosed 2 MONTHS after we got married, had a full year of chemo and was the 15 stem cell transplant done in Spokane. He has not had a sign of cancer since going into remission 4 months into chemo. Things look good in that direction. So we have good income as retirees. I am ready for some adventure. I will look forward to seeing more of your writings. Marge Epley

    • Hi Marge,
      I love that area north of Spokane around Deer Park and Mt. Spokane. Most recently, I drove down US 2 through that area on a return trip from Sandpoint, ID, a few years back after skiing at Schweitzer.
      I liked Pedasi, but it was a bit underdeveloped, which is both a blessing and a curse. I hear they are paving the road to the nearest beach… progress, I guess.
      I hope you make it to Boquete. You will be here for one of Panama’s national holidays on Nov. 28, celebrating Independence from Spain. There will be parades and a festive atmosphere. Let me know if you make it. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your comments. I am pleased to know you enjoy my writing. There will be more soon.

  2. Marge Epley says:

    Thank you for your reply. We fly into PC on 11/26, stay overnight, as our flight arrives at 7PM, then fly to David the next day, and on to Boquete. We have booked 13 nights at a hotel in Boquete. Would love to meet up with you sometime during our stay. By the way, we now live on 10 acres just outside of Deer Park. Getting ready for snow season, UGGH

  3. This isn’t a blog. It’s the development of a future best-selling book!

  4. I am excited to have found your blog. I’ve always wanted to live abroad, so I know I will enjoy reading of your adventures. Happy Travels!

    Best, Jen

    • I hope to inspire more people to travel, whether they wish to move abroad or not. The world is becoming so accessible, and I believe, once people take the first step (getting a passport), it’s as easy as walking out the front door.
      Thank you so much, Jen, for finding and following my blog.

  5. What a lovely blog! I’ll enjoy casually exploring your posts.

    Thank you much for “liking” my today’s blog so that I could backtrack to find you here. I’ve subscribed!

  6. punkrgrl says:

    Hello, I am enjoying your blog and have nominated it for the Versatile Blogger Award: http://squirrelandpear.com/kindness-repaid/. Looking forward to hearing about more of your adventures.

  7. Thanks for visiting and liking our blog post. We are planning to spend part of our trip in Mexico/Central America, so I will have to take a closer look at your posts and get some tips on where to go!

  8. Thanks for checking out my blog Mike! I’ll definitely be having a read of your stories from the other side of the world. “Expat tales” are always most enjoyable! Greetings from Edinburgh

  9. Danger Daren says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Glad you enjoyed the post about my wanderings through Rome.

  10. Thanks for checking out my blog! I am enjoying yours… I lived in Seattle for a few years and have a big fondness for both the Pacific Northwest and Mexico. 🙂

  11. sodaglass says:

    thanks for coming by my blog! yours sounds like an ideal life… and in a country that sounds lovely to explore. all the best with your travels and tales!

  12. Rubella says:

    I love the idea of your blog, very unique! Thanks for checking me out. Happy travels to you 🙂

  13. stephglaser says:

    Great blog! I’m looking forward to reading more. Thanks for stopping by Travel Oops and liking the trench coat post! Cheers, Steph

  14. Thanks for stopping by. Your blog is intriguing. I look forward to exploring it.

  15. Thanks for stopping by http://www.365daysofsalad.com, appreciate the like. If you try any recipes, please post your feedback – I’d love to hear your thoughts! Great blog, look forward to reading more.

  16. Judy Smith says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog — I’m looking forward to exploring your pages!

  17. flatkathy2012 says:

    Thank you for popping in on my blog – I appreciate the ‘like’, as it led me to your inspiring blog. I look forward to browsing through your posts – and best of luck with your travel plans for 2013!

  18. ohiocook says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and the “LIKE” of my post.

  19. Farrah says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Will likely be back to look around some more when I’m not in the middle of finals. 😛 I miss travelling!

  20. I really like your blog. I too am retired and enjoying every minute. I love to travel domestically and abroad. Love the photos too.I appreciate that you like my blog as well.

  21. Thanks for dropping by and liking my blog! Looking forward to browsing yours too!

  22. I love your travel philosophy. This is exactly what I dream of doing when my family is all grown up. Until then I’ll live vicariously. Through your blog!

    • I hope you continue to follow. I’m excited about the coming year – I just learned this week there are ski resorts in both Scotland and Spain, and I definitely miss the mountains! Thank you for the thoughtful comments.

  23. Hey! I haven’t traveled a lot in my life (I keep putting off a trip to Italy), but I love the idea of it. You look like you live a full, exciting life! I’ll check in with you again. Happy Trails! Celeste

  24. joepeckblogarhythms says:

    Thanks so much for your like of my post on Monte Xanic Chardonnay. It WAS tasty. My sweetie and I have vacationed several times now in Mexico. Each time has been a marvelous experience.

  25. Thanks for visiting and liking the post of my breakfast! It’s great reading your blog! I lived in the northwest (Portland) for 14 years and still miss it every day!

  26. shelley says:

    Thank you for dropping by my blog and liking my post! And.. I just read your most recent blog post… Happy Belated Birthday! 🙂

  27. Thanks so much for finding and liking my blog today. That in turn brought me to yours. I love the concept of your blog, and will be back to read more about your travels.

  28. Hi there! Thanks so much for stopping by and following my blog. Yours is so fascinating! Good luck in all of your Mexican adventures. 🙂

    • You’re welcome, and thank you, too. I love food blogs. I get so many great (and healthy) ideas for meals, and I enjoy cooking…when my wife lets me in the kitchen. I will add that not having a grill has been one of my greatest sacrifices of traveling abroad.

  29. reocochran says:

    I look forward to more of your posts, like to read them and will try harder to take the time to communicate! I enjoy the way you write and your story of love is wonderful. I am inspired and filled with hope for my late happy ending, too!

  30. Thanks for checking out and following my blog! I hope you find some simple recipes that you can easily recreate for yourself too!


  31. Fifi Lacy says:

    Thanks for the like on my post! I appreciate it!

  32. globalnuance says:

    Thanks for the like on my post! let me know if you come to the ME and specifically lebanon!

  33. Expat Eye says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and the like! Being a spectator at a game there sounds like a risky business!! Linda.

  34. thisismandy says:

    This is a brilliant blog! I am about to make my first overseas move to the UK, then thinking about doing some time also in Spain, as well as Portugal, Italy and maybe Croatia. I love the idea of the Six-Monthers!
    It’s funny, because I decided to do this while I was still ‘young, single and free’, but it’s so wonderful to know that when I’m older and attached to the right person that this can still be my life!

    • How nice of you to share your praise. I envy you starting young! Good for you! I am living the life I postponed while raising two wonderful daughters, and now I feel blessed to have found the perfect travel partner. Buen viaje!

  35. zehirablog says:

    Thank you for the like on zehirablog. My husband visited Mexico last year and absolutely loved it! Would love to go back and do some more exploring.

    • I hope you make it back to Mexico. People who think it is not safe and use that as a reason not to visit Mexico are really missing out. We are just as safe as we would be in the U.S.

  36. fabtraveller says:

    Wow, what an amazing experience, I look forward to hearing all about it!

    • So much more to come. We are on our way to Scotland in July. I hope I get to go skiing next winter – something I have missed the last three seasons. I look forward to sharing our experiences.

  37. Thanks for stopping by our blog today for a “like”…hope you come back to read more. Sounds like your adventures are fabulous! My great aunt lived in Wenatchee WA and had an apple farm, so I guess we are kindred spirit! Take care and safe travels!

  38. Come see Wales while you are here in UK! You won’t regret it and get in touch if you do……please!

  39. I’m enjoying your blog so much I have nominated you for two awards: One Lovely Blog and Very Inspiring blogger. http://oldmarion.wordpress.com/ I know you already have one of these but you are worth it! thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  40. Rosemarie says:

    I admire your plan of six months each in a different country. Envious.

  41. Emilia says:

    I’m absolutely loving reading your blog, you have such interesting adventures! I nominated your blog for a vintage reel award, check it out 🙂

  42. blade3colorado says:

    Mike, I finally got around to completing the Versatile Blogger Award nomination you presented me with months ago. Thank you very much. I acknowledged it in a new post at my blog . . .


  43. Really glad you visited my blog and that I have now discovered yours. What a wonderful way to spend retirement. Love that your roots are in apple country, WA…used to live in apple country OR. Cheers and I look forward to hearing about your continued adventures.

  44. Mpho says:

    That’s so awesome, six months in a new country; hope I’ll have partner with whom I can still have adventures with at any age of my life.
    Thanks for visiting my blog, looking forward to reading more on all the places you’ll live in.
    PS. I love Spain, it’s in my bucket list to be fluent in Spanish, and own a second home there. Holding thumbs and putting away pennies..

    • Mike Lince says:

      Thank you for your thoughtful comments. I also hope that your bucket list item for Spain becomes a reality. After doing my research on Spain, I just knew I had to go. I have met a number of Spaniards in my travels, and they have helped to confirm my desire to visit their homeland.

  45. Greetings from Seattle Washington! Thank you for stopping by today. Nice to see someone “get out of Dodge….I mean Seattle” Sounds like a lovely life….

  46. […] with them because they live such an exciting life as world travelers. They refer to themselves as The Six Monthers because they move to a new country every six […]

  47. Hey Mike! I’m having a little fun on my blog and playing a game. I tagged you on my post to play the game with me. It’s a quick, simple game. If you play, you might win a new car!! Haha – that’s a LIE! Still, I hope you play! Celeste 🙂

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