If you find yourself anywhere near San Anselmo, California, stop in and see my paintings at a shop called Delectables; it's on San Anselmo Avenue, across from the Town Hall. Tell Carolyn I said "hi."
I live most of the year in Seville, Spain, in an apartment overlooking a crumbling 18th century church. In recent travels, I’ve painted in Corsica, Portugal, Spain and my native California. My husband and I spend several months a year in San Anselmo, a small town just north of San Francisco.
Rich and I love California and Seville for their zany mix of upscale, downscale and outright loony. In our part of Marin County, there’s a flock of wild peacocks living at the local dump. Our neighbors range from George Lucas to the elderly woman who shows up at the coffee house with a chenille bedspread tied around her head like a burnoose. It’s comforting to know that when I am an eccentric old lady wandering the streets in my bathrobe, no one will mind. When I mentioned this to a neighbor my age, she said, “But Karen, I do that now!” Good point. Why wait?
It’s all about the simple pleasures. The other day Rich and I were sitting in a sidewalk café in Seville when we heard shouts of laughter and looked up to see a bachelor party coming our way. The groom was standing up on the back of a friend’s motor scooter, dressed as a bullfighter, waving his hat to the crowd. As he swept past us, we realized his costume was nothing but an apron, and he was buck naked from behind. The crowd roared its approval. I told Rich this was good news for him, because when he becomes an eccentric old man wandering the streets of Seville without his pants, the locals will take it in stride.
So there is that to look forward to.
When I'm not painting...
My other great love (besides Rich, of course) is writing. My book about expat life in Seville called DANCING IN THE FOUNTAIN: How to Enjoy Living Abroad. It was great fun to write, and critics and readers really seem to connect with the story.
"I loved this book, " wrote Lonely Planet. "I must have laughed aloud at least once in every chapter ... The advice in the book is terrific."
101 WAYS TO ENJOY LIVING ABROAD: Essential Tips to Ease the Transition to Expat Life is the handy guide I wished I'd had before I moved overseas. It covers the entire process, including planning the move, packing, finding a lost dog at the airport, house hunting, health care, banking, tactfully evicting houseguests who have overstayed their welcome, making friends, dealing with culture shock and homesickness, and learning the language (yes, you can!).
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And then there's my travel blog, ENJOY LIVING ABROAD
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