4/29 – 4/30/11) We were very lucky to find a great airfare from Antalya Turkey back to the West Coast of the States, with an overnight stopover in Rome. Naturally, we have have been to Rome before so it was nothing new for us, but still had a leisurely half-day to tour around the central historical area of the city, strolling past Piazza Venezia, the Roman Forum, and the Colosseum. Then we found a fairly good restaurant serving basic Roman fare, to celebrate the 3rd “Anniversary” of our World Travel Adventure. (Yup, hard to believe, but true … we left our life in Chicago 3 years ago, and after stopping in Dallas TX to take care of business, we crossed the border into Mexico on April 30, 2008 – beginning our long international adventure). (Sorry, Nancy forbid any photos of us in Rome due to our ‘travel look’ from having arisen early, and long day of travel and strolling, etc.).
NEXT UP: We're Back (in the USA) ... Will our Travel Adventure finally be coming to an end?
Our plan is to initially spend 4-6weeks in Southern California (Orange County), where Bob is pursuing some employment opportunities in Law Enforcement. If any pan out, we would obviously stay in the area and Nancy would then also look for a job. Otherwise we’ll probably once again head back up to the Pacific Northwest (Portland or Seattle) for at least the next several months; and, both of us intend to look for some kind of employment, to rejuvenate our productivity and also help to offset some of our expenses – especially, while staying in the far costlier USA. But we are blessed to feel that we now have the freedom (financial and otherwise) to take it or leave it, and stay or not stay, work or not work, and simply follow our dreams. We still like the idea of annually spending mid-October thru mid-February in Chiang Mai Thailand (and, then a few months after that perhaps in our next favorite place of Buenos Aires); and, then perhaps returning every year to the States at the same time. But, if Bob is successful in obtaining a new full-time position in Law Enforcement, we would obviously stay put save for annual vacations (at least until, our full Retirements in the future), and Nancy would also return to gainful employment.