1 Year In…

It isn’t exactly one year just yet, but for all intents and purposes, we are at the beginning of a new school year and back in CTG.  I wrote this post last year about wondering when this place would feel like home.  Well, I’m not sure I can call it home, but it is a similar version.

I wasn’t sure how I would feel flying back into Cartagena, will I be refreshed?  Am I still excited about our adventures to come?  Will I be sad after such a great summer visiting all our loved ones?  And the answer is yes.  Yes to all of them.  I think I felt more at peace this time, knowing what I was coming to.  My hope for this year is a lot more adventures and hopefully a few more visitors.  Just knowing we have everything we need here frees up my mind to dream up some more great experiences.

So, for the blog-o-versary, here are few interesting stats:

My top read and most liked posts for the year were:

1st : Big Island Style

2nd: Blue Apple Beach House

3rd: The Walled City

4th: Growing Up Expat: How I Know She’s Going to Be Okay.

So apparently, everyone really likes the traveling posts….which is great by me… I’m happy to travel more and write all about it.

Top questions I receive in person:

Q: Do I feel safe?

A:  Yes, I do.  I’m always aware that I am in a foreign country but for the most part we live a normal life and I have never felt unsafe.

Q:  How are my kids doing?

A:  My kids are doing great.  That isn’t to say they don’t struggle sometimes because they do.  I do too.  That’s normal and it’s good for them.

Q:  Is the charm wearing off?

A:  No, if anything the charm is growing.  As we get to know more people, and make better relationships, our connection and life in Cartagena continues to grow.

For the next year, I would love to know what you guys would like to read more about:


I’m so grateful that many of you have gone on this journey with us, both in spirit and many of you in person.  You’ve sent us mail, made time to FaceTime, helped us with tons of loose ends and so many of you have made our trips home memorable and wonderful.   I appreciate of all your support.

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