I spent July in the Paris Writing Workshop. Over the first couple of days we all took turns introducing ourselves to the other participants, as people do in new programs, and for the first time in my life I didn't have easy answers to the basic questions: Where do you live? What do you do?
In between my flailing attempts to explain that I'm "just traveling right now," everyone had the same response: You should talk to Julie.
After 32 years working for IBM, Julie accepted an 18-month work assignment in Bratislava, Slovakia, then moved to Budapest for two years. When she returned to the States, she retired so that she and her husband Pat could become full-time travelers, wanderers, nomads. They have no permanent home but move every few months to apartments all over the world, where they immerse themselves in the local communities and live with the few belongings they have left.
Over the course of July, I did talk to Julie. We talked a lot – and found that I still had no shortage of questions about how to thrive in this new life John and I have taken on.
With her customary patience and wisdom Julie has offered me plenty of advice, and I know it's advice that others can benefit from, too, no matter where you are. That's why I'm excited to share the 10 Questions from New Nomads she posted on her smart (and beautifully written) travel blog, The World in Between. Here's Part 1 and Part 2.
Thanks, Julie, for teaching us how to settle in, how not to drive each other crazy on the road, and that you don't need much to be happy.