Certainly not a "normal" winter for us. Sherman the motorhome remains parked up here at our daughter's house where he has been since last October. And he'll be sitting here for a while yet because we have no plans to move him until October of this year!
And, we have now visited 33 different countries. We've been in 12 different countries in the last six months alone! Wow!
Among the many reasons that we like to visit different countries rather than going back to the same place time after time is that we like to wonder of we could live in a different country. Most of you know that we love Mexico and could easily live there. And we probably will some day, at least part time.
But, what if there is something better? You won't know if you don't explore. And we like exploring, so it works out well for us.
We spent most of the month of November exploring Romania. We saw enough of it during that time that we came to the decision that we could easily live there. Romania has reasonable prices, fantastic scenery, friendly people, castles, great hiking, and is close enough to a lot of other countries for trips to explore.
Somewhere in Romania.
And quite a few people in Romania speak at least some English. While we see that as a benefit, it's not really that important because we think it would be pretty easy for us to pick up the Romanian language if we spent any length of time there.
Only one problem with Romania.
It has winter!
So, we could easily live there for eight months of the year. Maybe Romania could share us with Mexico. :-)
We spent two full weeks in the least visited country in Europe. While we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Moldova, it's not a country we would choose to live in. Besides the fact that it also has winter, it doesn't have the scenery that Romania offers. However, we would like to visit Moldova again during the early fall some year so that we can experience the grape harvest.
The Curchi Monastery in Moldova.
Yep, we could easily live in Spain. It has liveable weather all year round, and we can get by with the language no problem. But as with Mexico, we would stay away from the tourist areas.
And Spain has a lot to see. As one of our friends told us, "you don't need to travel very far between attractions". And that's totally true. We spent six weeks in Spain and didn't even see everything we wanted to in the southern coast area. We've heard that the northern coast would be even more to our liking, so we will return to Spain another year, but during the warmer period.
Ruth, and the town of Casares, Spain.
We enjoyed Italy, but it's busier and more expensive than Spain. I should qualify that though, because we only spent three weeks in Italy, and it was all in the northern area. Perhaps it is different in other areas, and one day we will return. We are certainly interested in returning to those parts of Italy that we haven't seen yet, But to live there? No, for us there are better choices.
Hiking near Bergamo, Italy.
We did however really enjoy the area near Bergamo. That area we could live in for the hiking and scenery alone. But it's so close to the Switzerland border that it's a little more expensive than we would like. And it's still pretty busy.
We didn't see enough of France to be able to come to an informed decision about being able to live there. The weather is decent enough, and there would certainly be enough to see. But we would have to explore the countryside for some time to be able to learn a bit more about the culture and the people and the prices to know what it would be like to spend a long time there.
We know right away that we couldn't live there. It is a different country, that's for sure. But the visit itself was fantastic, despite the variety of interesting issues that you encounter. We want to go back there with a motorhome and spend a couple of months seeing it our way. There is a lot worth seeing, that's for sure.
Doorway in Morocco.
Ultimately, we've decided that what we need to do is some more long term motorhoming in Europe and surrounding countries. It's not that easy to do because of visa restrictions, but where there's a will, there's a way. So sometime in the next couple of years we think we might buy a motorhome in Europe and spend a little more time over there.
But in the meantime, we hear Mexico calling us (loudly), and so that's where we're going to spend three months next winter in Sherman!
What about you? Have you found another country you would like to live in?
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