From SMA to home sweet anywhere!
By Lynne Martin
“Smart people do not loiter at the Columbia Bridge, or anywhere else near the border in Laredo, Texas.” This is the first line in Lynne Martin’s upcoming book, Home Sweet Anywhere, which debuted April 15. A review in Kirkus says “Nearly every page has some crack piece of travel wisdom. . .” This is a tale of derring-do for grownups which takes readers from pyramids in Mexico to meeting monkeys in Marrakech, from bargaining in Turkish bazaars to learning the contact sport of Italian grocery shopping, all without a home base.
Lynne and her husband, Tim, were reunited in love after 35 years, and a romantic visit to San Miguel prompted them to buy a condominium and finally a house here. “We bought a condominium as an investment, and it was so popular that it was rented all the time, so we had to buy a house, too, just to have somewhere to stay,” Tim laughs.
A serious case of retirement wanderlust eventually caused them to sell their house in California, get rid of most of their possessions, store the rest and hit the road to live internationally with nothing but two suitcases, two computers and each other. In the past three years they have lived in nine countries and have no intention of quitting their nomadic lifestyle anytime soon.
The idea of living home-free came to Lynne as she and Tim sat on a friend’s terrace in Candelaria. “We realized that we were both healthy and had so many places we wanted to explore in more than two- or three-week vacation visits,” says Lynne. “We didn’t want to be burdened with property and all that entails, so the sensible thing was to unsaddle ourselves from those burdens.” They returned to California, sold their house and took off for Argentina four months later.
The book’s second chapter takes place in San Miguel and features colorful stories about US expats and Mexican friends. “San Miguel is so beautiful and full of fascinating people. We have such happy memories of living there and always long to return. We’re planning a visit next October,” Lynne says. “We think of San Miguel as a second home, and I had a really good time writing about some of our wonderful friends who make it fun to be there,” she continues.
The book follows the Martins as they grapple with the challenges their new global life presents, including hilarious and frustrating language barriers, coping with the families they left behind, and learning how to live a life without borders in Portugal, Italy, France, Britain, Ireland and Argentina.
Published by Sourcebooks, Inc., Home Sweet Anywhere debuted April 15 in paperback and e-book, with an audio version, recorded by the author, available from Audible.com. Pre-orders are available now from Amazon and other major booksellers. You can contact Lynne at her website http://www.homefreeadventures.com.