In 1999, we took a sabbatical year off and travelled in Great Britain, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, France, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy, Thailand, Nepal, Hong Kong and the US. I built a map on Google Maps of the European Leg of our trip, which contains clickable pins containing my journal entry for that day. You can find it here.
In 2011-12, I took my second sabbatical, and was an artist-in-residence at an international school in Barcelona teaching digital music composition. After that I spent 4 months traveling in southern Spain, Morocco, Ireland, and Italy. Carol, friends, and our niece and family visited, and I took our god-daughter on a trip through northern Italy visiting Bergamo, Bellagio, Verona, and Venice.
A while back, I woke up one morning and said “Carol, let’s just chuck it all and move to Europe.” She said one thing: “Show me the spreadsheet." I spent several months exploring the strategic, budgetary and financial aspects of selling our building and moving out of the country, and presented my findings in a powerpoint talk. After being reviewed with our financial advisors, my proposal was accepted. Carol continued to work until December of 2016, and we decided to pull the cord.
So, we’re embarking on an extended project that will take us out of the country for an indefinite period. For me this entails carrying a portable music studio, and a portable video studio, along with the other things one needs on a long trip, like underwear, toe nail clippers, and a Moog synthesizer. As for Carol, she carries a case of drawing supplies and will contemplate what other activities she might pursue.
For accommodation, we’re renting houses for a month or so at a time from Airbnb, HomeAway, and other similar services, and rent or lease a car. As we found in ’99-’00, our budget will be expensive than living in metro New York City.
So we started with an extended shake-down trip to see how things would go. We were in England, Morocco, and Iceland. I made a film in Morocco titled Rue Laalouj, and I'm currently editing an Iceland film. We're in the process of selling our building (we hope soon) and then it's so long and thanks for all the fish!
This web site, formerly my professional site, will become our personal site, and we’ll crosspost on FB, about where we are, and where we’ll be going and whatever else is interesting. We'll keep you posted.