Hi. I’m Julie and that’s my husband, Jaro. Welcome to our little blog.
We are average Americans who surprised everyone (including ourselves) when we uprooted our comfortable life in Chicago and relocated to Europe, not knowing when (or if) we’d return. We lived in Amsterdam for a mere 14 months and learned we would be heading “home” to the United States much sooner than expected. In November 2012, we moved back, this time to Portland, Oregon. It was a whirlwind, quite literally. I visited 22 countries, dozens of cities, and countless cobblestone streets.
Though we are no longer expatriates, we are forever changed by our experience of living in Europe. In surprising and profound ways, we have a new appreciation for the world. For travel. For people. For… everything.
This blog is where I share that new perspective. Jaro chimes in sometimes too. We are doing our best to enjoy these unexpected twists in our journey together. It’s our life. It’s one we never dreamed we’d have.
I hope you’ll join us for the ride.