188 Days, 0 Hours, 1 Minute and 4 Seconds to Go

So here it is…our blog!

All I wanted to do was post a picture or two on Facebook, but no! Friends wanted us to post our progress on a blog. …Ta-da! I am here to please.

What happened so far:

I was born in Austria and lived in Austria, Germany and Ireland during my early years. After living with my wife in the US for the past 27 years, it is time to head back to Europe.

Over the past 2-3 years I felt increasingly fenced in / anchored down. We have lived in our present house for the past 13 years. 13 YEARS!!! I have never lived anywhere for this long before.

In January 2015 our friend Brad, a US expat who lives in Finland came to visit and asked: “Why are YOU not moving back?”… Oh, “Because, because, because…..” I replied but Brad disarmed my reasons one by one.

Furthermore, our daughter Hannah was spending her Junior year in High school in Spain and LOVED it there. She decided she wanted to return to Europe for college.

Suddenly I saw a shimmer of an opportunity that MAYBE such a move was possible. I crunched numbers, I looked up apartment rental pricing in potential re-location cities, I researched grocery pricing and immigration policies.

After much consideration we decided to move to the UK in June of 2016…for a year. A one year trip, an adventure. Rent an apartment and use it as a hub to explore Europe when we can. Own a car? No, forget that, use public transportation. Make it simple, make it affordable.

I am making a living working on my computer from a home office. That won’t change. All I need is an internet connection.

Our daughter is applying to Universities in the UK (another reason for our trip/move) and our son will start high school the UK in autumn of 2016.

Every once in a while I get cold feet and say “Marcus, what the hell are you doing?! Everything is running smoothly, why mess with it?!” Because I gotta. Its a pull, its  drawing me. If we don’t, I have the feeling that I’ll regret it down the road.

When the idea of the Move solidified we had 450 days to go till departure. We are down to 188, no, wait, 187 days now and counting. For now its “clean out”, “clean out”, “clean out”. It’s amazing how much junk one accumulates in almost 30 years. I’ve been cleaning out since the spring and only now start seeing a sign that there is less clutter in the house.  Yes, e-bay and the local Thrift store have become my new best friends when it comes to getting rid of stuff.

That’s it for today…its a start. More to come for sure!

Cheers, Marcus



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