A Pilgrim in Reverse
Greetings! It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything, too long. My wife, Jo, and I have retired, moved into temporary housing, and are in the process of emigrating to England. I’ve retired after 28 years in teaching and Jo has retired after 44 years in healthcare. We’ve downsized, sold our townhouse and we’re currently house sitting. What’s left of our Earthly belongings are in storage. Yikes!
My ManyTrails blog will document our adventurous transition with photos and words. Please feel free to reply or share stories and or pics of your life’s journey.
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Why Cornwall, England? We feel it’s a good time to jump the puddle for so many reasons. They include: My Visa application has been approved (that was a fun process); as a result of Brexit, we get more pounds per dollar, making it a good time to purchase real estate; Jo was born and raised by the sea in Cornwall, England (see earlier ManyTrails Blog for previous posts), Therefore, the sea is in her blood; It’s stunningly beautiful there and we’re looking forward to trekking through fields and along the coastal footpaths as we investigate the fascinating ancient (Bronze Age, Druids, stone circles) history; Cornwall has a rich artistic culture;
Jo has been in the States since 1980 and it’s only fair we spend some time with her family; Jo’s mother would appreciate our company (I hope!) as she proceeds through her Golden Years; Jo has an identical twin sister and a niece in Cornwall; we love to swim together and Cornwall offers open water swimming opportunities (In a wet suit. The water is cold!); I would like to live by the sea; Europe has embraced renewable energy and other aspects of sustainable living; I’ve recently taken a keen interest in photography and would like to learn more from professionals there; we will be purchasing a camper van or caravan (small camper) to tour the UK and Europe; I plan on writing more and sharing our adventures/lessons on my ManyTrails blog.;
I am also in the process of gaining certification as a Mindfulness in Education Consultant and England has some advanced training to offer; I love to sing and plan on taking more lessons and singing in local choirs; Finally, the USA has reached a new low in politics with so much intractable divisiveness, zealotry, and insanity (England has its issues too, but not so much in Cornwall); Corruption, ideology and ego run so rampant in our government that seemingly little to nothing gets done for the common good anymore.
We hold no illusions. This is a huge change for both of us as we adapt to retirement and a different culture. It rains in Cornwall and the winters are wet, just like the Pacific Northwest! America is so big and England is so small. Nowhere is perfect. I am a bit nervous about being so far away from my family and friends here in the States, but we intend to come back for visits every other year or so.