Five years ago I took a three-day kiteboarding course in the little town of Pranburi, Thailand. It was three days well spent, but in the end I thought the sport wasn’t for me. Too much gear, too finicky, too much set up and break down, too complicated. That course put me onto wakeboarding though...
Moments like these are heart-warming, memorable, and funny. These young children that I teach were curious as to why my skin was so different to their much younger Mum’s. When I decided to pursue English teaching as part of my retirement, I never imagined these innocent yet embarrassing moments were part of the deal.
Ireland. Yeats and Joyce, green hills, pubs, music, ruins, monasteries, Celtic lore. Who can resist the pull? The West Coast of Ireland, once considered the end of the known world, is the most magical part of this storied island...
The Estrada Nacional 2, or just N2, is the longest national road in Portugal at 739 kilometers. One of the longest national roads in the world, it is outdistanced only by Route 66 in the U.S. and Route 40 in Argentina. It begins in the far north, below the Spanish border in the city of Chaves, and ends at the city of Faro in the Algarve.
If you’ve fallen for Portugal’s many charms and are looking to take expat life here for a trial run then one of the items top of your list will be finding a place to call home. So, to that end, let’s have a look at how the whole rental market works here…While some real estate companies do offer property management services, most rentals are found online.
I had the perfect place in Cuenca to interview expats. The only problem was getting away from it. While I loved the grassy lawns and wooden boardwalks of the Remigió Crespo museum café, leaving it meant descending to the Tomebamba River walk, heading upriver for a block, and then ascending a lengthy set of steps to the street above...
Have you ever lived in a cosmopolitan capital where you could rent an upscale apartment for under $1,000 a month? An apartment walking distance from a sparkling blue bay, a large “parks and recreation” area, a metro rail, trendy restaurants, shops, and a nice supermarket? Perhaps even a mall housing a movie theater, Starbucks, and an outdoor pub?
If you’re like my husband John and me, after a year-plus of social distancing, masking, and hunkering down at home, you’re dreaming of a return to your globetrotting ways. Except—there’s a hesitancy. What will we find when we go to our favorite places or the locations we’ve planned for?
Mexico’s coast conceals hidden gems where postcard-worthy beaches can be enjoyed by retirees for a fraction of the price of high-profile destinations. We have identified three off-the-radar havens that deserve serious consideration.
I’m on Portugal’s Algarve coast, in the town of Albufeira. It’s my first time in Portugal. I don’t speak the language. I don’t have friends or family here. I’m technically homeless. After years of living in Panama, I’m in search of a new base in southern Europe. It’s an adventure and a voyage of discovery rolled into one.