We are Glenn and Ria Talken and we’re coming into what we consider Our Prime Of Life, it is not about age, to us it is about lifestyle choices.
We have known each other and been great friends for 27 years, have been together since 2013 and just got married in May 2017.
Having spent a good portion of our adult years traveling around the world and working in the travel industry it was time to take the big leap and head off on new adventures in our retirement years.
We sold the house, got rid of everything we owned, and planned a course with 6 suitcases in tow. Settling in beautiful San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, we are making this our first home base. It is a town Glenn has lived in for a year in 2005 and where I visited him many years ago. Since then we have been back to relax in its charms. We last visited in 2015 and still loved the atmosphere. Being close to the USA it is a logical place to start.
We received temporary resident visas and have rented several houses. I am still trying to learn Spanish and Glenn has been increasing his knowledge of the language. We are enrolled in both Pilates and Yoga classes to get back into shape but we still eat our way through markets and restaurants. We have big goals but plenty of free time to work on everything. We have been immersing ourselves in our new country and culture and have made many great friends.
There have been some challenges but it has worked out way better than we ever thought. Living in the USA right now is not an option. We needed to get away from the work till you drop while buying all you can mentality. We wanted a calmer, less hectic, less commercialized, less stressed way of life. And we were tired of the divisive politics and mean spirit that seems prevalent. In San Miguel, every day begins with Buenos Dias and every night with a lovely Buenas Noches. San Miguel is an amazingly happy and friendly spot to live in. As we get older we enjoy slowing down and taking more time to get the feeling of the place we are in, rather than rushing from one place to another. We are no longer budget backpackers and we want a bit of cleanliness, comfort, and ease now. We don’t have a huge budget so we are looking for the best way to stretch our money and time on future endeavors. This is our chronicle and we hope you follow along and enjoy the ride wherever it takes us.
Our move to San Miguel de Allende has turned out even better than we thought it would!! We have made incredible friends, have a great social life, are exploring Mexico, and have fabulous travel plans for the future. Glenn and I are in better health now that we walk all over town every day, take Pilates and Yoga classes, and eat unprocessed foods. Not to mention the lack of stress we are experiencing in this beautiful town and country. Our budget is proving to be quite sufficient even though we go out a lot with friends and take in the many cultural offerings of concerts, plays, movies, and events. Check out our posts to see what we have been up to.
We’ve been having the prime of our lives!