Bob Greenawalt and Lisa Hamm-Greenawalt are reinventing retirement. We left Colorado in 2018, packed up our Tacoma Tacoma truck with two bikes, a few suitcases, three musical instruments, and three cats, and hit the road to explore this planet. First, we spent five weeks traveling around Europe, then a couple of months in the northeast USA saying goodbye to family and friends. In January 2019, we headed south. (We had Gavin, our high school graduate on a gap year, for the first 9 months.) First stop in this hemisphere … México!
Our plan: Live well with fewer things and less money. Drive less and walk more. Open our minds and our hearts. Collect experiences instead of stuff. We live for about three months at a time in different communities all over Mexico – mountains, magical villages, beach towns, and urban centers. We avoid high-crime areas, a common-sense strategy we would use anywhere we lived. We avoid US expat havens and are working to learn Spanish so that can really get to know the Mexican culture and its people.
We have been derailed from our travels now and then by family obligations or opportunities, but even then, we live life as an adventure, wherever we are!
We now summer in the USA, so our college kids can work summer jobs, and spend the rest of the year in Mexico. One cat went off to live with Gavin at college in Vermont in Fall 2019 and the other sadly passed away in early 2020, but Kaylee the orange Maine Coon still travels with us, currently enjoying her balcony off our apartment in Mexico City. Her new nickname is Esponjosita, which means Fluffy in Spanish.
Life is short, and the world is big. Join us on the journey!
(We originally called this blog “Life is Short the World is Big,” but changed the name in Spring 2019 to “Messy Suitcase.”)