The winds of change are blowing in my life. At this point, I’ve seen many changes, both good and bad, but all of them cumulatively led me to this wonderful place in my life. I have never been afraid of change and always approached it with optimism for the future. That being said, it doesn’t mean I haven’t had my share of sleepless nights, anxiety, and concern. And so it goes with this change. I am excited, inspired, invigorated, intrigued, and ready to begin my new adventure. This time, I won’t be doing it alone, which is always a comfort.

My husband and I have decided to move to Morocco. We will be relocating to Tangier on September 30th. We are leaving on a ship from Genova for a forty-eight-hour voyage into Tangier’s Medport. We have secured an apartment on the seaside for our first five weeks while we look for permanent housing. We have packed up about 20 boxes of our precious belongings, secured passports for our two cats, sold all of our other worldly possessions and are ready to start anew!

I’m getting to be quite the expert at paring down my possessions, and the things that I packed to bring are odd and mostly of little value. They are the things that for me make a house a home. They are reminders of my past and my experiences and memories.

    Why Move?

Why? Because dreams never really stop. Do they? I dreamed of living in Italy and have had an absolutely magical time here. Eight years of learning about the Renaissance, making new friends, learning a new language, embracing a new culture, falling in love, getting married, eating and drinking fabulous food and wine, and living “La dolce vita”. It’s been perfect. Well, almost.

There are a couple of things that caused us to consider another place to live. Bureaucracy in Italy takes its toll, and for us, documentation issues don’t give us the freedom to travel together outside of Italy, something that we both feel very strongly about. Secondly, between not being able to find full-time work, the taxes that must be paid, and the cost of living, it creates an unnecessary economic environment for us.

My husband is from Morocco. He grew up in Meknes, which is about four hours on the train from Tangier. He originally suggested Tangier as a possibility because it is a large, upcoming city with lots of growth and national attention. It is a “western civilization” due to the international flair coming from the influences of France and Spain combined with Moroccan history and exoticism. One hour on the ferry from Spain, you can hear many languages lilting across the warm sea breezes where the Atlantic and the Mediterranean Seas come together.

In order to make this big life altering decision, I decided to visit Tangier on my own. It was important for me to learn if I would be comfortable walking alone in the streets, shopping in the stores, eating out, communicating with locals etc. Of course with my husband there, it would be easy, but I am independent and would like to stay that way. You can read more about my trip in upcoming blogs, but suffice it to say that not only was I comfortable, I was inspired, and fell in love with this amazing city. The decision turned out to be an easy one.

So, here we are, just a few weeks away from the big move. I will no longer be An American in Italy! Oh, what to do about that? Well, first of all, I want to thank you all for your loyal readership. It has been wonderful to share this part of my journey with you all. Secondly, I would like to invite you to follow me as I continue my journey and change the direction of my dreams. In fact, my new blog will be called, The Direction of Your Dreams and you can find it here.

And on Facebook.

The new blog will be similar to this one but I will be writing more personal essays while I explore my new home, encounter a new culture, learn yet another new language, and travel to/from and around Africa. On Monday, September 18th you can start to learn all about the preparations for the voyage and my experiences along the way. See you there!

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14 Comments

  1. Auguri Karen & Ben! Wish you safe travels and look forward to your adventures. I’ll be visiting Morocco in March, but unfortunately, Tangiers will not be on the itinerary?, or I’d stop in to see you. Will miss you in Firenze but know you have wondrous adventures ahead!

    • Karen Mills Reply

      Thank you Suzie. Yes, Tangier is off the beaten path of tourists, which was one of the attractions for us. But, maybe another time! Have fun. Stay tuned for my visits to other Moroccan cities in upcoming blogs here in the next few days.

  2. beautiful new blog! come october will i be crying because i am so happy for you and ben and your new adventure, or because we will miss you both so much? probably a lot of each! xo

    • Karen Mills Reply

      Thank you Emily. We are looking forward to you and Mark visiting!

  3. Is this as a result of my signature as a witness? Do you need me to come some sign and witness something? 😉

    Wow! What a surprise, Karen. I am happy and excited for you and Ben. Where do I sign up to follow your new blog? What an adventure. I look forward to reading about your experiences.

    Con affetto.

    • Karen Mills Reply

      Hi Joss,

      Yes, some distant connection to some forms you signed! You can follow my blog my “liking” on the facebook page, or sign up to get an email when I post new things on the frontpage of the blog. Miss you too lots!

  4. Thrilled for you and Ben to begin this new adventure! So happy I can follow along on your blog. I’ll miss you in Florence, Karen. Much love and big hugs <3

    • Karen Mills Reply

      Thanks LIsa. If your ever in Morocco let me know. Maybe our paths will cross again in Florence as I am sure to visit.

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