Status Update – Get Outta Here!

Jan 29, 2017

So I was having a conversation with my friend and fellow writer, Laura L. Stapleton, yesterday about Canada. We’re both massive Canada-lovers, and given the choice, we’d both move to Nova Scotia in a heartbeat. The thing is, I’d move to London in a heartbeat too. Or maybe Hampshire, or France or Ireland or Australia. I haven’t been to those last three yet, but SOON! Yeah, Laura and I were saying that there should be mandatory quotas for traveling abroad. Americans gotta get outta here!

And I know, a lot of people have been ranting that they’re ready to move out of the US these days, but I can assure you that I’ve always wanted to move. I remember daydreaming about running away to England when I was a child. I think I must be part gypsy.

The funny thing is, I am also sort of starting to maybe think about buying an actual house instead of just renting. Although I don’t really like mowing or raking or shoveling or gardening or all of those things you have to do when you have a house. But the idea of having a place of my own is kinda appealing.

As long as I can spend about half of my time traveling abroad. Ha! I don’t know if I’ll ever make up my mind to definitely stay in one place or definitely travel. I think the only solution is to buy a house with an in-law apartment and hire my assistant, Julie, to live there. She says she’s totally on board with that plan, btw.

So here are some of my favorite pics of places outside of the US that I’ve been….

My first trip to England was in 2010. This is the Hampshire countryside, aka Jane Austen country! I loved it!

A couple years ago I went to the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. I wish I’d taken more pics of things that weren’t the resort, because Nassau is fascinating place!

And yes, I’m a total nerd who drove to Halifax, Nova Scotia for a vacation in December! What you can’t tell from this pic is that it was 5 degrees. Farenheit! But beautiful!

London! London is my soul’s home. I would live there if I could. This is me and London, taken from The Eye of London. Magnificent!


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  1. Linda Tattum

    I was in London back in 2002. I had always wanted to visit there an it exceeded my expectations!! I love all things British!! I had always wanted ( don’t ask me why) to twirl in the middle of Trafalgar square an I did while my 2 sons were busy being swarmed by pigeons!! It was the trip of a lifetime an I would move there in a heartbeat if I could! I came home w I think a suitcase full of teapots, tea, a few tea cups an loads of other goodies!!

    1. merryfarmer Post author

      Ah! You should have seen me when I first arrived in London! I went straight to Hyde Park to walk along the Serpentine and have tea & scones while watching the ducks. I might have read too many historical romance novels. 😉

  2. Lyn Horner

    I haven’t traveled out of the US very much, once into Canada many years ago when living in Minnesota. Hubby and I drove up to Thunder Bay in October. To our dismay, we chose the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend to go, and most places were closed. What can I say? We were young and stupid, didn’t do any research.

    My (our) most memorable trip abroad was a group tour of Scotland and Ireland. That was fantastic! I loved the misty beauty of the Scottish Highlands and the gorgeous green of Ireland, especially the Ring of Kerry. That’s where I’d live if I could. My advice to you: travel to all those places you haven’t seen yet. I wish I’d traveled more when I was young and fit enough to enjoy it.