For six months, from 2009-10, I worked as an international volunteer in northern India and then headed north for my first visit to Nepal as a holiday. You can read about it in Six Months in Ranchi.
In March and April, 2011, I lived in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, just because I wanted to learn some Spanish and I liked its reputation as an arts community. Read more in Near and Far.
Out of Place is my blogging record of two extended trips to Europe.
In the spring of 2012, I lived in Florence, Italy for two months, hardly ever leaving its cobbled streets. Although the weather was often rainy, on this day I joined friends on the rooftop of a department store for a glass of wine and fabulous views of Il Duomo, the city’s main church, one of a multitude of beautiful works of art.
Later I headed for Scotland, where I renewed my love for the wonderful countryside.
From September to November I roamed across England, Germany, Austria and Slovenia. I expected to enjoy the big cities the most, but I found the countryside — hiking at Hadrian’s Wall in northern England and mountain walking in Germany and Austria — what I enjoyed the most. During the final six weeks of my journey, I headed for Ljubljana, Slovenia. It’s a beautiful, restful city with lots of opportunities for enjoying nature in the city and outside of it.