Girovaga is Italian for wandering about or strolling. I like to think it can represent my mental meanderings as well as our actual travels.

Here we are atop Edinburgh Castle. A windy day, but sunny and warm by Scottish standards.

Here you will find almost five years of postings done while we lived in Rome, Italy when this blog was entitled “Good Day Rome.” Now that we are back in the U.S., Good Day Rome really doesn’t fit so I have chosen Girovaga as a place I can write not only about our ongoing travels but also about bits from daily life.

A little about us. We are retired and living in Lincoln City, Oregon, rather a cultural leap from Rome, where we lived from May of 2012 through October 2016. Work took us to Italy and once we could retire we decided to stay and use Rome as a base for our travels for 18 months. It was a tremendous experience.

Here we are atop Cascade Head and the wide Pacific Ocean.

So why are we back in the U.S? While we loved much about our life in Italy, we also missed many things about living in the U.S. Understanding how things work, friends, family, home ownership. You will find lots of blog posts on cultural differences and our experiences. Some are pretty funny.

We chose the Oregon Coast for our new home seeking peace and quiet after so many years of big city living and we like to be close to nature. The ocean is close by, but we do not have to worry about tsunamis.

I have two other blogs that post to infrequently, so take a look if you have time. Project Easy Hiker was created in support of a book we wrote last year, Walking in Italy’s Val Gardena. Our Weekly Pizza chronicles our frequent pizza eating both at home and abroad.

11 Responses to “About”

  1. Rachel Marie July 29, 2016 at 12:17 #

    Lovely couple, best wishes for all of your adventures!


  2. apollard June 22, 2016 at 10:57 #

    Hi gooddayrome, thanks for your like! It reminded me of your gorgeous blog and so I have nominated you for a Liebster Award too! Please don’t feel any obligation to participate but if you would like have another read of the post and join in the fun 🙂 Andrea. (Sweet travel).


  3. bobmielke January 15, 2015 at 11:08 #

    It’s so good to see folks enjoying their life as seniors. I’ve been retired now for almost 5 years and continue to enjoy every minute. I’m relaxed and no longer need an alarm clock. 🙂

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  4. Escaping Our Comfort Zone December 11, 2014 at 13:31 #

    Hhhhmmmm…..working in Rome, been to the ambassador’s residence, attended the Marine Corp Ball. My dear, it sounds as if we are living parallel lives except we are in Buenos Aires!

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    • gooddayrome December 11, 2014 at 20:13 #

      Yes seems as so…. But I retire in May. 🙂


      • Escaping Our Comfort Zone December 12, 2014 at 14:03 #

        Gosh, I don’t know if that is entirely a good thing. I don’t know that I’d like the thought of having to leave Italy, to leave easy access to all the other gorgeous European countries.


  5. Audrey April 30, 2014 at 05:15 #

    Read your entire blog this week! Counting down to my trip in Rome in 6 weeks. I want to live your life.

    Liked by 1 person

    • gooddayrome April 30, 2014 at 05:18 #

      Thanks Audrey. We do have to work and do laundry, so it’s not all a vacation, but we do get to do laundry and work in Roms, which is pretty darn fantastic! You’ll have a blast in Rome!


  6. Stephen J. McDermott July 26, 2013 at 02:37 #


    Read your entire blog! Sounds amazing. Looking forward to the dag we may make that dramatic move to Europe. Currently, wife and son are spending the next few weeks in Italy… Rome – Santa Maria – Sorrento – Castelli – Rome…. Would love to ask you a few questions if that would be possible…. I look forward to hearing from you.


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  7. Anita HIlmoe July 9, 2013 at 05:33 #

    Ya’ll look great and very happy. So glad ya’ll got to go on this adventure.


  8. Carolyn Casey June 19, 2012 at 06:35 #

    You guys are an inspiration — we all aspire to live the life of adventure. You have set the bar quite high mia amici. PS they have dredged the Pond at FH. A few ducks still sticking it out.

    Liked by 1 person

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