Monthly Archives: August 2016

Some Do’s and Don’t’s of Traveling Abroad…

It was a conversation we were to remember with bitter irony for weeks–months, years–afterwards. We had just arrived in Spain and gotten ourselves settled in a nicer-than-expected Barcelona hotel.  We were excited about getting a three-course lunch and then sightseeing … Continue reading

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Unexpected FIRE Lessons Learned from a Fitness Watch

Last Saturday, I got a Fitbit Blaze watch.  No worries: It was a gift, so our hard-earned retirement savings didn’t go towards fluff purchase.  In any case, after only a few days of use, I’ve already learned some valuable and … Continue reading

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Should We Take A “Gap Year”?

Yes, a “gap year” is something we should have taken right after college, when we were in our early twenties, before we went straight into a job (Will) or to graduate school (me).  But we didn’t then. So…the occasion for … Continue reading

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Preparing to Retire Abroad Series, Part 7: Going with the Flow

When I grow up, I want to become the Postmistress of Castrojeriz, Spain. Imagine a job where you come in Monday-Friday from 9:30-10am.  You get to enjoy a bit of “office” camaraderie, interact with a few local residents, help out … Continue reading

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Hierarchy of Retirement Hurdles

Will and I have been reading blogs, checking out books from our library, and talking with each other in preparation for our impending early semi-retirement. We’ve had to accelerate our coming to terms with early retirement because of recent changes … Continue reading

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