Happy Anniversary! We have now been on our travelling, house sitting, exploring the world adventure for six full years. What a blast. This calls for a little reflection and round up of our activities to date. I am just focusing on our last year here. If you haven’t been following us or you just want a recap, feel free to check our our 4 year and 5 year anniversary blogs by clicking on the links. I think they are a pretty good read.
During the last year we visited 10 countries and added 9 house sits to our tally of 22 countries and 47 house sits. We have now slept in 175 different beds, and enjoyed 84 flights connecting these destinations. We have cared for 56 dogs, 24 cats, 7 parrots, 7 chickens, as well as 19 other assorted birds, as well as fish and reptiles.
After a year in Australia it was time to explore some more and broaden our experience.
The next stop was new ground for us. Though we had been to Panama previously, this was our first time looking after a commercial property. Popa Paradise in Panama provided us with numerous opportunities to broaden our skills and experiences. From weather to snakes and so many other creatures, it was a fantastic experience and one we would not hesitate to do again.
One of the other great advantages of our lifestyle is the freedom of choices. When we finished our time in Panama we had lined up a house sit in Colombia then had about a month before our next sit in Canada. We looked at a map and realized how close we were to the ABC islands of the Netherland Antilles and that they were simply too close to pass up on. So off we went.
And now, as our sixth year comes to a close we are settled in just outside of Calgary, Canada to experience our first real winter since departing. This will be our longest house sit so far, being 5 months long. As word of our returning to our home area spread we received some questions that indicated people somehow thought this return indicated we were done with our nomadic lifestyle. Wrong. We are looking forward to reconnecting with family and friends, taking care of administrative issues, and planning our next destination. Where the next six years takes us is totally up in the air. We know we are here until April 1, after that, the world is our oyster.