|Departure Round I July 2013|
|Departure Round II November 2014.|
Note: Other than good electronics (including Kindles) the only other real indulgence allowed was packing our own pillows. At first it seemed a little silly, but every time we faced sleeping in a different bed (see below) in a new city, after a long day of travel we both agreed those two fluffy friends made all the difference.
Since that auspicious day, we have visited 25 European countries, 48 cities and slept in 45 different beds (most of them in airbnb apartments) along with the occasional family guest room or hotel.
Our credo: "We will keep doing this as long as we haven't run out of money, stopped having fun, fallen out of love, or fallen over and can't get up". So far so good!
Our golden rule: "If you can't eat it, drink it, or experience it, don't buy it." Unless you are willing to exchange something out of your suitcase, of course. Weight restrictions and a firm budget do wonders to curb impulse shopping. It also helps if no one but your travel partner sees you in the same five changes of clothes on a daily basis - bonus points for saying "you look nice today."
After a 3 month layover in the Northwest (details in Where Oh Where are the Senior Nomads? blog) we stuffed our bags to the brim and left for Senior Nomads Round II on November 4th.
500 days later we can say the credo still stands, and we are loving this blessed life as we start Senior Nomads Round II.
As I write this we are in Bilbao, Spain sitting at the kitchen table drinking home squeezed orange juice ('cause we are in Spain and oranges are practically free) in a delightful airbnb apartment: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3860584.
|It will be hard to go back to anything but fresh OJ after this.|
|Mary's family - Coco, Marcel, Mary, Jacques and Gregoire|
|The living room in the Browning's Paris apartment.|
|You can see the Eiffel Tower in the distance from the kitchen|
|This event was a great start for Campbell Sports|
|Michael getting geared up to take on the Guggenheim|
|The afternoon spent at the museum makes our top ten|
|The view from our balcony of the cathedral and old town.|
|Just one of over 50 pintxos bars in our neighborhood|
|As always, Michael makes a new friend discussing football and politics!|
As ancient as this city is, it also exudes modernity. The metro is pristine and efficient. The city is filled with stunning architecture that compliments the well preserved traditional buildings. buildings by Philip Stark, and of course Bilbao is home to the Frank Gehry masterpiece, the Guggenheim Museum www.guggenheim.org/bilbao
We spent several hours at the museum today and it was one of the highlights of our journey. The building itself is beyond a work of art - and the collection of contemporary art inside was, to use a term from the times "mind-blowing". And of course, Koon's giant, pansy covered Puppy was a whimsical counterpoint to the museum's exterior.
|Puppy was just one highlight of our Guggenheim visit|
We are not sure where we will head in January. Somewhere even warmer would be nice so perhaps Morocco and Tunisia, the Canary Islands and Cyprus, and a revisit of Turkey before heading to central and eastern Europe for the Spring.We bought one way tickets this time so we are free to wander. As long as our pillows hold out!
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family. We all have so much to be thankful for.
Debbie and Michael Campbell