Our First Six Months Abroad

Updated: Apr 26, 2019

Glencoe, Scotland

Seis meses en España

6 months ago and some change, we landed in Lisbon, Portugal. It was a crazy morning. We moseyed out of the airport around 7 AM and then opened Pandora's Box to get our Ollie bear back from customs.

Since then, a lot has changed. I have changed. Brett has changed. Ollie, inevitably has made small changes and has found a deep appreciation for mom's patatas bravas. In these 6 months, I've learned a lot about seasons and how it's okay to develop yourself a little more... even if it scares you, but more on that another time.

In these 6 short months that have gone by way too fast, we've had 3 different homes and visited 8 different countries. We have made friends and tried new foods, taken risks, started to pursue dreams and learned to love each other differently and stronger than we had before.

Ultimately, this giant leap of faith to pack up and go has brought the three of us close in a very unique way. Obviously, we loved each other before leaving The States but moving abroad really shook things up (in a good way). I think by most standards, all of our friends back home would have considered Brett and I very close (I mean, we are married after all). But now, it's a different closeness. It's a tender understanding of the other person and their needs that just wasn't as obvious before.

When I say we are a unit, I mean it.

So let's get to unpacking some highlights of the past 6 months!


Our plane touched down in Lisbon around 6 AM. We had to arrange for a specific van to pick us up that would fit Ollies kennel and our bags, we hopped in and headed to the animal customs area about 10 minutes from Lisbon Airport.

There are three buildings that need our attention, each is about a 3-5 minute walk from the other. It's about 35 degrees out and I reek of sweat and no-sleep from the plane. We arrive at the first building, they tell us we need the third building which tells us to go to the second. The game of "musical buildings" continue until eventually we find out we need to be in the back of the third building. We go, do what we need to, then find out the vet isn't in until around 9. There was lots of back and forth, but eventually we loaded up Oliver and started making our way to the Airbnb. We would stay there for a few days until we set off on our drive to Barcelona.

We make it to our Airbnb and leave our bags with the k