We've moved from Baltimore, Maryland USA to Venice, Italy in pursuit of living our dream!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Yes, finally a blog post from me.

Ciao, tutti!

First, I must thank everyone for sending emails and messages asking me what the heck has happened to me. Why no posts ? I've been keeping a secret, and the time for me to explain has come.

My internet is being disconnected tomorrow morning. (So I had better get this posted tonight!) Tomorrow afternoon and Friday morning the mover will be here. We'll be saying goodbye to the yellow house at the far end of Venice.

I've been sitting on this for months, not sure what to say or how to say it. The simple truth is Venice has become too expensive for us to live here anymore, and so we had to find a place we could afford. Venice also has changed in the last couple of years, and that has made it much more difficult to sustain a life as a full time resident here.

We decided to move south, and found a perfect apartment on the tiny little island of Procida, not far from Naples.

This move is bittersweet for me. I've had nine and a half glorious years in Venice. I've loved every last second.  Wouldn't have traded this adventure for anything in the world!  And ten years here on this blog with many of you following me for that long.  I am grateful for each and every one of you. Many of you have become personal friends over the years. Trust me, my life has been enriched by you in countless ways.

So what comes next?  I have thought about changing the name of this blog.. perhaps The Venice Experience goes South?  Or maybe Procida Tales.  I've already got a few chapters of fun stuff that's happened just in finding the apartment and getting the move executed. No doubt there will be more of my "experiences" to come.  I'd like you to tell me if you have any interest in keeping up with something that isn't connected to Venice, or whatever your preference might be.  Feel free to also let me know if it's of no interest at all. I'll get it.

Mike and I also have a brand new blog that will launch soon, hopefully by June. Look for us on "Hendersons on the Road" where we'll share our travels in, around, and out of Italy.

So now my secret is out of the bag. We're excited about what lies ahead and are eager to begin the next chapter of our life.

Still a few last minute things to throw into boxes before my mover Cristian (yes, we are on a first name basis now. Long story.) arrives tomorrow.

Arrivederci, Venice.



Sheryl Gwyther said...

Yes, please, Karen! I'd love to hear about your experiences on the island. I shall now check out the internet as I know nothing about it. I've enjoyed the Venice blog posts, mainly because I'm writing a children's novel set in Venice during the 1700s, and recently stayed two weeks on the island researching and soaking up the atmosphere of the back streets and canals.
I can understand your comments about its expense and the horrific number of people who walk that island every day.

I wonder how long it will sustain the pressure. Sadly, for Venice it is a wonderful, exciting and a jewel of a city. I will go back one day, she's now in my blood too.
Best wishes from Australia. :)
Sheryl Gwyther.

Michelle said...

You and Mike have been with me from the beginning of my "Venice Experience". I don't know what my life would have been like if I hadn't taken that photo tour during my first visit when Mike said "You've got to meet my wife". I'm so glad I did!
I wish you well on your new adventure. I look forward to "Tales from..." wherever you are.
So glad we got that final hug goodbye at Nico's yesterday.
Arrivederci, abbracci e baci,

MaryC said...

It must have been hard leaving lovely Venice, but Porcida sounds wonderful too. All the very best to you both for your new adventure.

Thursa Lamoon said...

Good luck with your move and I'd love to hear about your new life living on Procida - please keep writing!

Leanne said...

It is bittersweet. I started following your blog because you were living my dream of living in Venice, which was already looking pretty remote even to visit! I'll hold onto the dream of staying for a time in the off-season.... I'll keep following along though!

Power Couple Life said...

Good luck with your move. Ironically we are headed to Venice next month!

Kaye said...

Wonderful! A new place to explore; but a fond farewell to my favorite "Pink Lady!" (I mentioned seeing Dragon Boats near Winchester, Va. a while back.) thanks for sharing "your" Venice. She is in my blood because of a trip in 2009! I so wanted to share an espresso with you-maybe at your new place? Baci

karen said...

Grazie, Kaye! The move was an experience in and of itself! Never want to move again. We're adjusting to this new little oasis, happy with our choice of where to relocate and enjoying lots of sunshine and smiles from the locals. If you are ever down near Naples, we will definitely share that expresso, with pleasure.