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  1. Edna
    December 22, 2014

    Cool stuff! Congrats on the decision – now I have another reason to visit Romania!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 23, 2014

      By all means come visit!

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  2. Katie
    December 18, 2014

    You must be so relieved now the decision is made! The good thing is that even if it didn’t work out for you in Romania for some reason, you can reassess and move somewhere else. There never has to be a final decision 🙂

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2014

      Absolutely correct on both parts. It is a HUGE relief to have the decision made, and definitely nice that we aren’t “stuck” either way.

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  3. Andrea
    December 16, 2014

    Great choice! Romania is amazing and living in Europe amazing. But you know that already.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2014

      Amen!

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  4. Tom Bartel
    December 16, 2014

    That sounds great. I hope you are happy, and so is your son. Best of luck in whatever comes next.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2014

      Thanks, Tom. Thankfully, we can always move on if it isn’t working for us.

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  5. Karen Vissage
    December 16, 2014

    I am happy that you two have come to a decision. I suspected you would choose Romania, since you’ve mentioned many times, how comfortable you were there and all the benefits you’ve mentioned.
    I, too, can relate to Tigger’s anxiety in the USA. I feel the same, when I am there and cannot wait to get away from the madness.
    Quality of life means many things and you have cited what it means to you.
    I have no doubt you will both find a community of interesting and supportive friends in your new home base.
    I will continue to live vicariously through your adventures on the other side of the pond.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2014

      I’m quite sure no one who knows us was surprised by the decision. LOL

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  6. AdaBee
    December 16, 2014

    Yay! Quality of life wins the day! It sounds wonderful. I’m happy for you two!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2014

      QOL for the win! 😉

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  7. Cyra | Gastronomic Nomad
    December 15, 2014

    Congratulations on your decision and your soon to be new home base. I hope that Romania works out well for you and look forward to reading all about your adventures there! 🙂

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2014

      Thank you. We look forward to exploring more of Romania as well. It’s such a beautiful country.

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  8. Paula
    December 15, 2014

    Great news and congratulations to you both. Quality of life is ‘everything’. We look forward to reading more about everything really

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2014

      Absolutely agree! It’s SO important and so often overlooked.

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  9. Larissa
    December 15, 2014

    Funny, I hadn’t followed your recent agonizing over your decision, yet when I saw your FB post I immediately thought “Romania”! Maybe it was something the seeped through in your writing about that country, because it always seemed like a place where the two of you were very happy.

    We have certainly learned ourselves in the past few years that “quality of life” involves what makes you the happiest (or in some situations the least unhappy). Once you know what those things are the rest seems to fall into place. Congratulations on finding “home”! 😀

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2014

      Very true, Larissa. We were quite happy there, and out of all the places we’ve been, it’s one that had really grabbed our hearts. We’ve often missed it.

      Quality of life is an individual thing for sure, and I totally agree with you. It’s so important to find out what matters most to you and to follow that.

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  10. Laurel
    December 15, 2014

    Congrats on the decision! I really get what you are saying with the many financial limitations here, especially travel. Bravi!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2014

      Yeah, it’s a real bugger!

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  11. Nancy Sathre-Vogel (FamilyOnBikes)
    December 15, 2014

    Congrats on making the decision! For us, the decision was very straight forward – our kids had always considered Boise their home, even though they hadn’t lived here. When we decided to settle, it was a given that this was the place. It’s hard to narrow it down when the world truly is your oyster.

    I hope you two are deliriously happy in Romania!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2014

      Yeah, sometimes having tons of options makes things more difficult. lol

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  12. Mike (Nomadic Texan)
    December 15, 2014

    Talon,
    Sorry I missed this, but it was the middle of the night in Japan.

    I think the last time I saw you at lunch I voiced my thought you would probably wind up in eastern Europe.

    I am happy for you both, as I feel assured this is where y’all are intended to be. Who knows, my son is recommending I try Romania also.

    Can’t wait to see where you and exactly and who knows? Maybe I will visit and learn about the country.

    Happy for you and Tigger both.
    Mike

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2014

      I hope you do visit. It’s a beautiful country that doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

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  13. Gina – Our Global Adventure
    December 15, 2014

    LOVE, love, love your rationale for choosing a new long term base for You and Tigger! Be happy, and spend your time doing the things that you love. Life is too short to work like crazy just to make ends meet. Life in Australia was the same for us, the cost of living was insanely high. We’re in Ireland for the next few months and happy to provide a bed and a home cooked meal for one of those European ‘weekends away’ 🙂 Have an awesome 2015 xx

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2014

      “Live without regrets!” If you aren’t happy where you are, why stay?

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  14. Dale
    December 15, 2014

    Great to see that you’ve both come to a decision that you’ll both feel comfortable with. It took me a long time to realise it, but quality of life is so important on how both our mentality and physical state is, so knowing you’ll be somewhere where both are catered for make both Franca and I really happy.

    Can’t wait to read more about your time there once you arrive.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2014

      Absolutely! Hope to finally up meet up with you two somewhere in Europe, too!

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  15. Michele
    December 15, 2014

    So glad you have managed to make a decision and be happy with it all the best for your move. I am sure it will work out fine.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2014

      Thanks! Now begins the fun of trying to get there the most economically. lol

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  16. Franca
    December 15, 2014

    Congratulations guys! You must be so excited now, looking forward to hear about your new life 🙂

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2014

      Thanks! Wondering what you guys will be doing as well.

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  17. Patti
    December 15, 2014

    You said it aloud. Good for you! 😉

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2014

      Yep. Got the confirmation I needed. 😉

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  18. A Cook Not Mad (Nat)
    December 15, 2014

    Congratulations, look forward to reading about it.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2014

      Thanks!

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  19. Bethaney – Flashpacker Family
    December 15, 2014

    Sounds like an excellent choice for both of you!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2014

      We just loved it and have really missed it there.

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  20. Kristin Henning
    December 15, 2014

    Congrats on the decision, Talon. Wishing you and Tigger the best. See you there (sooner or later).

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2014

      Let us know when you’re coming!

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  21. Linda
    December 15, 2014

    Congratulations on making your decision! Making it is always the hardest part. Everyone has somewhere they were meant to be I think, even given it’s where they were born for many, and then again, sometimes we are meant to be in different places at different times in our lives. Going with your gut instinct always seems to work out best, even though you may angst about it forever beforehand. Lots of luck for a bright, new future!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2014

      So important to listen to your gut. I so agree!

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  22. Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)
    December 15, 2014

    Congrats on making your decision! I’m so happy for the both of you and I hope that this new adventure for you in Romania is everything you hope it will be & more. And I hope that getting out of the U.S. helps Tigger’s anxiety—believe me when I say that I know how life back in North American can really exacerbate that issue.

    Happy Holidays to the two of you & I can’t wait to see how everything unfolds in 2015!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2014

      Yes, you certainly do!

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  23. Valen-This Way Paradise
    December 15, 2014

    I am so happy for you, and I know you are relieved to have a decision made. I’ll have to come visit!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2014

      SO relieved! Would love to have you over!

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  24. Karilyn
    December 15, 2014

    Yay! I’m glad you have finally made a decision. it sounds like a good base. It make so much sense to me after living in LA for the last two years and realizing how insanely expensive it is that it’s so much harder for us to travel.

    I hope you stay in Romania a while, because it’s on our list 🙂

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2014

      Just didn’t make sense to have to worker harder for less return.

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  25. Tracey
    December 15, 2014

    Well done making the choice! As we’ve travelled we’ve always looked for that “I could live here” feeling, and for us that has only happened a few times…and then to actually make that happen – wow an exciting brave choice to make!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2014

      We’ve been doing that as well for the last 4 years. Nice to finally have it narrowed done so precisely. 😉

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  26. Anna
    December 15, 2014

    Very excited for you! You’re right about the US, so I hope you’ll have no problem getting a visa for Romania 🙂

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2014

      Thankfully, they’re not immigration phobic. 😉

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  27. zof
    December 15, 2014

    Congratulations. And all the best in your new Romanian chapter.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2014

      Much appreciated!

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  28. Erin
    December 15, 2014

    Congrats on making a decision. I was curious what you were going to choose, and I think Romania is great. Brett and I loved it for the short time we were there on a food road trip. I hope I never have to live in the US again if I can get avoid it. The idea of going back to a conventional corp job in order to afford housing there makes me cringe. I feel blessed I can split time between Europe and Belize and still get to travel. Best of luck to you and Tigger in 2015!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2014

      I sure hear that! Thanks

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  29. Rhoni
    December 15, 2014

    Glad you found your spot. This must be a great stress release with having your answer. When is the big day for the move? We will look forward to finally meeting you guys in your new cave. All the best.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2014

      Definitely glad to have the decision made. Was a huge release. Moving day will just depend on airfares and bank account. Hoping for mid to late January at the latest.

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  30. Amanda
    December 15, 2014

    Sounds like a decision that makes a lot of sense! Have you decided on a city in Romania? I love that country so much – I’m not surprised at all that you felt very at home there.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2014

      It’s going to be either Bucharest or Brasov. We REALLY loved the latter, but I would prefer being in a bigger city that has more going on. I think Bucharest would also be easier for Tigger to meet English-speaking kids. We’ll start out there. Have also considered Sighisoara, but it isn’t as good as a base for people who still want to travel.

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  31. Rhonda Albom
    December 15, 2014

    Congratulations on making a decision, and after reading this it really sounds like you made the right one for your family. Yesterday, we were talking about possibly shifting our base back to the states, and this (plus your other posts) really remind me of many of the reasons we left. BTW- Romania is near the top of Sarah’s bucket list, so maybe we will finally meet face to face.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2014

      You guys should definitely come to Romania and help her cross that off her list. 😉

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  32. Erin (Travel With Bender)
    December 15, 2014

    This is great, Talon. I’m excited to visit Romania and this also helps us with the decision making process as well. How do you feel now that you’ve made the decision? Does it feel like a weight has lifted?

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2014

      It was a MASSIVE relief. So glad to have it done.

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