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The Great Escape

Country homes made of mortarless stone in the Pugliese countryside.

Trulli are country homes made of mortarless stone in the Pugliese countryside.

It’s been almost three months since the great escape. We quit our jobs, sold our stuff (well, most of it anyway) and bought one-way tickets from Portland, Oregon to Italy. Sounds like a mid-life crisis, but the truth is we did this for a year about 17 years ago when our children were small. We didn’t know it then, but it turns out that experience was the trial run for the rest of our lives.

After that year in the Umbrian countryside, we returned to our lives. We worked, our children grew into their own lives and we returned to Italy most years to reconnect with that incandescent time when we tried on another life in another country.

Over the past several years, a series of seemingly unrelated events coalesced into a single, irresistible call. What if we could actually decide where we live, how we spend our time and what our legacy will be? Can we really let go of what we think we need to be happy for a new reality immersed in another culture? Do we have the drive to reinvent our future and ourselves? Guess we’ll find out . . .

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  1. Well, Catherine! Congratulations on starting a blog!! Good to see it. I’m following your blog now. Check mine out when you get a chance. It’s so much fun. Haven’t been posting much in the last few weeks because of work, but I’m about to start in again! Miss you guys!

    October 8, 2012
    • Thanks, Nina! I’m totally feeling my way into the blogosphere and apparently posted my blog along the way. I wasn’t quite there yet, but given an ingrained tendency to hold off until perfection is achieved, perhaps it’s all for the best. I’m now scurrying to get a handle on the ins and outs. Your support is thoroughly appreciated. I’ll visit your blog as soon as I pull together mine just a little bit more. And we miss you, too!

      October 8, 2012

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