Where Do Gays Retire Podcast

Mark Goldstein

Where Do Gays Retire is a podcast where we help you in the LGBTQ+ community find a safe and affordable retirement destination. Join Mark Goldstein as he interviews others who live in gay-friendly places around the globe. Learn about the climate, cost of living, the LGBTQ + community, healthcare, crime and safety, and more. read less
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Madrid, Spain with Renato Padilla
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Madrid, Spain with Renato Padilla
Renato is a Bolivian entrepreneur who currently resides in Madrid.He has a passion for languages and has found a way to make money from it. In addition to being multilingual, he also has a fondness for the arts, particularly pottery and music. He played in the orchestra of his city in Bolivia and Spain for approximately 5 years. Renato was born in Japan, then moved to Bolivia where he studied until he was 16 years old. He finished his high school education in Logroño, Spain, and in 2022 he moved to Madrid to start his Spanish school. But instead of giving up, he kept trying and now he is the principal of his school in the center of Madrid. Renato enjoys traveling around the world and is planning to retire at the young age of 25 if everything goes according to plan.SummaryRenato Padilla, a Bolivian entrepreneur in Madrid, shares his experiences and insights about living and retiring in Madrid, Spain. He discusses his background, the reasons for choosing Madrid, the LGBTQ+ community in the city, the importance of learning Spanish, and the local economy and housing costs. Renato also provides information about Madrid's geography, climate, and utility costs. Madrid offers high-quality public services, including healthcare and education, funded by high taxes. The city has a vibrant arts and culture scene, with numerous theaters, museums, and live performances. Madrid is a food lover's paradise, offering various cuisines, including Japanese, Italian, French, Ethiopian, and more. The city has excellent public transportation, including local trains, high-speed bullet trains, buses, and a metro system. While pickpocketing can be a concern, overall, Madrid is considered a safe city. Renato shares insights about safety, healthcare, visas, and living in Madrid in this conversation. He recounts a personal experience of losing his wallet and how it was returned to him, highlighting the honesty and safety in the city. Renato discusses the healthcare system in Madrid, emphasizing the accessibility and affordability of both private and public options. He also provides information about obtaining a visa, particularly the non-lucrative visa for retirees. Renato mentions the importance of understanding the different autonomous regions in Spain and their varying rules and taxes. He concludes by offering advice for those considering relocating to Madrid.Unveiling the Tapestry of Madrid, Spain: A Quick GuideBustling Heart of Spain: Madrid, Spain's vibrant capital city, pulsates with energy. As the country's largest metropolis (population: 3.3 million).Climate and Geography: Nestled on a central plateau at over 2,000 feet, Madrid experiences distinct seasons. Summers are warm and sunny, perfect for strolling through charming plazas or exploring verdant parks like El Retiro. Winters tend to be crisp, with occasional snowfall.Getting Around: Madrid is a pedestrian's paradise. Many historic areas are best explored on foot, allowing you to soak in the architectural grandeur and vibrant street life. A comprehensive public transportation network offers efficient travel via metro, buses, and trams for longer distances.A Welcoming Embrace for the LGBTQ+ Community: Madrid has long championed LGBTQ+ rights, fostering a thriving and inclusive community. The city explodes with rainbow colors during the annual Pride celebration, one of the largest in Europe. Numerous LGBTQ+ bars, clubs, and cultural centers provide safe spaces for connection and self-expression.A Feast for the Senses: Arts & Culture: World-renowned museums like the Prado Museum and Reina Sofía Museum house masterpieces by Goya, Velázquez, and Picasso. The city's energy extends beyond museums, with captivating flamenco performances,
Amsterdam, The Netherlands with Jeremy Bierbach
May 29 2024
Amsterdam, The Netherlands with Jeremy Bierbach
Frontiers of Equality in the Development of EU and US CitizenshipAuthor: Dr Jeremy B. BierbachJeremy Bierbach (1975) is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in linguistics, Jeremy worked as an IT specialist for several years. In 2001, Jeremy emigrated to the Netherlands. In 2003, he changed his career direction. He studied law at the University of Amsterdam, earning a bachelor’s degree in Dutch law in 2006 and a master’s in constitutional and administrative law in 2007. Jeremy subsequently worked as a legal advisor through Avocado Legal, where he focused on immigration and European migration law. In January 2014, Jeremy joined Franssen Advocaten and was sworn into the Dutch bar as an attorney. In September 2015, he successfully defended his PhD thesis in European constitutional law at the University of Amsterdam. A commercial edition of his thesis, Frontiers of Equality in the Development of US and EU Citizenship, was published in 2017 by Asser Press. His specialty and focus of interest are in invoking norms of international law — EU law in particular — as a source of protection for members of minority groups who are unrepresented or underrepresented in the democratic process: in particular EU citizens, their non-EU citizen family members, and other non-EU citizen immigrants to the Netherlands (including British citizens as former EU citizens).TakeawaysAmsterdam is a popular city due to its charm and infrastructure.The Netherlands is located northwest of Europe and is known for its flat landscape and canals.Amsterdam has a temperate climate with short days in winter and long days in summer.The city has a history of tolerance and a vibrant LGBTQ community.Housing in Amsterdam can be expensive, with limited availability.Utilities, including gas and electricity, can be costly.The price of groceries in Amsterdam is lower compared to the US, with high-quality produce available.Meeting friends and gay people in Amsterdam is relatively easy due to the city's diverse and inclusive culture.The Red Light District is a famous area in Amsterdam known for its adult entertainment. Obtaining a visa in the Netherlands is challenging for non-EU citizens, as Dutch immigration law is based on the concept that the country is already whole and has a housing shortage.The only ways for non-EU citizens to move to the Netherlands are through family connections, work-related migration, or the Dutch-American Friendship Treaty, which allows US citizens to legally reside in the Netherlands to develop and run a business.Living in Amsterdam has its advantages, such as a high quality of life, good infrastructure, and a vibrant queer scene. Still, it also has limitations, including limited housing stock and strict zoning regulations.Support the show
Malta, with Eric Tenin and Michael Salone
May 15 2024
Malta, with Eric Tenin and Michael Salone
Eric is French, born and raised in Paris where he lived and worked as a business journalist until Michael and he left for Malta.Michael is American by birth (born in Hollywood, Florida) and became French while living in Paris. An HR Executive for 2 very large conglomerates, Michael has moved around a lot for his companies and traveled the world. He and Eric decided that life was too short to pass up a move to somewhere warm, and sunny yet still close to Eric's family in Paris. They decided to move to Malta in 2014 and opened a couple of rental properties before restoring an ancient property to become a boutique hotel, Senglea Suites.Summary:Eric Tenin and Michael Salone discuss their move from Paris to Malta. Reasons for choosing Malta as their new home.Climate, expat community, LGBTQ+ acceptance, language, and local economy discussed.Integration and acceptance of foreigners, cost of housing, and living expenses explored.Various aspects of living in Malta covered: taxes, cost of living, the impact of expats, rental properties, quality of life, healthcare system, services, amenities, food prices, transportation, infrastructure, proximity to the airport, and low crime rate.Gun laws and safety, cultural differences, honesty, safety for women, homelessness, challenges, access to goods/services, obtaining visa/residency, buying citizenship/residency, and cons of living discussed. Takeaways: Malta is popular for expats due to its warm climate, English proficiency, and LGBTQ+ acceptance. English is widely spoken alongside Maltese. Diverse expat community, particularly in areas like Senglea. Housing is expensive, with rental prices ranging from 1,000 to 1,200 euros for a two-bedroom apartment, and home prices averaging around 1 million euros. Gun ownership laws and cultural attitudes differ from the US. Malta is considered safe with low crime rates. Homelessness is not significant due to cultural/legal factors. Limited access to goods/services like Amazon Prime. Obtaining a visa/residency is expensive, and may require meeting financial criteria. Considerations for relocating include lifestyle preferences, language barriers, and access to amenities.Support the show
Albuquerque, New Mexico with Pamm Meyers
May 1 2024
Albuquerque, New Mexico with Pamm Meyers
pamm meyerspamm meyers is, storyteller, dynamic leader and advocate dedicated to fostering prosperity within the LGBTQIA community through business innovation and social advocacy. With a multifaceted background, pamm has become a trailblazer in various fields, leaving an indelible mark on New Mexico’s LGBTQIA and business communities. As CEO of Go Social, pamm meyers Social Media.https://www.pammmeyerssocialmedia.com/ pamm is at the forefront of digital marketing and podcasting solutions for business owners and organizations. Her visionary approach has empowered countless ventures to harness the potential of social media, unlocking new avenues for growth and engagement. It is a driving force behind her client’s success, leveraging the power of connectivity to elevate their brand through digital marketing and podcasting. pamm is the managing partner of Two Flower Productions, a podcasting company that produces “Lip Service, the podcast of Our Coming Out Stories”, New Mexico’s Business Podcast.Previously the Execu?ve Director of the New Mexico Out Business Alliance, currently, Board Advisor for the Way Out West Film Fest, Board Advisor for the Albuquerque Community Founda?on Pride Circle, hMps://abqcf.org/pride-circle/supporting the LGBTQIA community through philanthropy. pamm meyers https://www.pammmeyerssocialmedia.com/ pamm@pammmeyers.comAlbuquerque, New Mexico with Pamm Meyers Summary Pam Myers, a dynamic leader and advocate, shares her retirement experience in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She discusses the LGBTQ+ community, arts and culture, cost of living, and transportation in the area. Pam highlights the welcoming and safe environment for LGBTQ+ individuals and the thriving arts scene in Albuquerque. She also mentions the affordable cost of living and the abundance of galleries, theaters, and restaurants in the city. Pam concludes by mentioning the unique attractions in New Mexico, such as the Balloon Fiesta and the historic train rides. Albuquerque, New Mexico offers an enchanting atmosphere with its blue skies and sense of peacefulness. Albuquerque's lack of traffic and affordable housing make it an attractive option. The city has a public transportation system, including buses and a rail trolley, but owning a car is still necessary. The airport is conveniently located and undergoing renovations. Crime rates in Albuquerque are comparable to other cities of its size, with petty theft being the most common issue.The healthcare system is well-equipped, with multiple hospitals and reasonable wait times for specialists. The LGBTQ+ community in Albuquerque is welcoming and supportive. Overall, Albuquerque offers an ideal climate, affordability, and a strong sense of community.\Support the show
Madison, Wisconsin with Rick Rose
Apr 18 2024
Madison, Wisconsin with Rick Rose
Rick retired on Dec 31 2023 with 35 years and 21 Emmy Awards under his belt as a producer, writer, and director. He began his work as a public service when he was elected as Dane County WI County Board Supervisor for which he will aim for reelection on 4/2/24. He is an advocate for the disenfranchised serving as a CASA volunteer in 3 states, as co-chair of Pride In Prevention, focused on harm reduction within the queer PWUD community, and as a fierce feminist.He also writes regularly for The Word In Season, a daily Christian devotional that is translated into 30 languages. He lives in Madison, WI having moved there from Shreveport, LA.SummaryRick Rose, a retired producer, writer, and director, discusses his move from Shreveport, Louisiana to Madison, Wisconsin. He shares his reasons for choosing Madison and talks about the climate and amount of snow in the area. Rick also discusses the LGBTQ+ community in Madison and the absence of a specific gayborhood. He highlights the growth and economy of Madison, the ease of making friends, and the presence of arts and culture in the city. Rick also mentions the local food and dining scene in Madison. Madison, Wisconsin has a vibrant arts and entertainment scene, with a thriving comedy community and a diverse range of performances and events. The city also has a strong public transportation system, with options for biking, electric transportation, and plans for an Amtrak center. Healthcare in Madison is highly regarded, with access to quality providers and affordable insurance options. While crime exists, Madison is considered a safe city overall. The city also has a significant Native American community and is working towards preserving and promoting Native American culture and tourism.TakeawaysMadison, Wisconsin offers a unique blend of urban amenities and natural beauty, making it an attractive place to retire.The city experiences a wide range of weather, including hot and humid summers and snowy winters.While Madison does not have a designated gayborhood, it is known for its progressive and inclusive community.The city has a thriving arts and culture scene, with opportunities to enjoy live music, theater, and visual arts.The cost of living in Madison can be high, with average home prices and rental rates above the national average. Support the show
Salt Lake City, Utah with Dwayne Atkinson
Apr 3 2024
Salt Lake City, Utah with Dwayne Atkinson
Dwayne was born/raised in the northern Utah area (Ogden, north of SLC) and also spent time in southern California (Oxnard)He was educated in Utah through high school, and went to Weber State University, majoring in Architecture, but discontinued his education. Raised in the area's predominant religion (Latter Day Saints, Mormon) Served a church mission to So. Korea. Has since left organized religion.They have been in a relationship since 1987, They were legally married in Oakland CA, when it was legal in California and then again In Salt Lake after the federal recognition of same-sex marriage.His employment is in Fire Protection and he worked in the Salt Lake area for 8yr and currently in the Oakland/San Francisco CA area (27 years) but remains living in SLC Utah. He has lived in downtown Salt Lake since 2002. They recently sold our condo there and live in South Ogden. He enjoyed the SLC community/vibe since he's a city guy, but his husband is not so much!He was part of the neighborhood community, and also supported the gay community but was not active/involved in the community.He has already planned for retirement locations and has a tiny home in Littlefield AZ (a sliver of Arizona between Utah and Nevada) and a place in Baltimore MD. They chose to remain in Northern Utah for our primary retirement location.Hobbies are camping (maybe considered glamping! LOL), hiking in summer, snowshoeing in winter, riding side by side in the mountains and desert, attending local car shows, local community festivals, small venue music concerts, and evenings with friends enjoying dinner and wine.I'm still working, but I enjoy traveling when we can (when I can) to different places around the country and sometimes the world. Salt Lake CitySalt Lake City, often shortened to Salt Lake or SLC, is the capital and most populous city of Utah, United States. It is the seat of Salt Lake County, the most populous county in Utah. Salt Lake City, state capital and seat (1849) of Salt Lake County, north-central Utah, U.S., situated on the Jordan River at the southeastern end of Great Salt Lake.Summary of cost of living in Salt Lake City, UT, United States: A family of four estimated monthly costs are 3,766.4$ without rent. A single person's estimated monthly costs are 1,047.8$ without rent. Salt Lake City is 30.6% less expensive than New York (without rent).
Ithaca, New York with Kurt Becker
Mar 21 2024
Ithaca, New York with Kurt Becker
"Meet Kurt Becker, a seasoned public health professional with a rich journey of dedication and impact. Originally from Ithaca, NY, Kurt earned dual degrees in broadcasting and developmental psychology from Tompkins Cortland Community College. After moving to Las Cruces, New Mexico, he finished courses at New Mexico State University and graduated from SUNY Cortland in 1994 with a bachelor of science in psychology.Kurt's commitment to community health began in Las Cruces, where he served as a Health Educator for Families and Youth. Notably, he initiated an LGBTQ+ youth group, 'The Next Rainbow Generation,' orchestrating remarkable initiatives such as raising funds to showcase the largest ever NAMES Project AIDS memorial quilt in southern New Mexico, spanning over 15,000 square feet. Kurt and his youth also pioneered 'Not Your Mom's Prom,' one of the area's first alternative proms. In 1999, Kurt's journey led him to Austin, Texas, where he assumed the role of the City's Coordinator for Ryan White funds, overseeing the distribution of over $4 million annually. In 2006, he became the immunization manager for the City of Austin and Travis County. He successfully secured a $12 million grant to provide easy and free access to vaccines for at-risk adults.In 2021 Kurt retired from the City of Austin and returned to his roots in Ithaca with his husband of 15 years, Jose. Nestled on 1.5 green acres, they share their home with their two dogs, Molly and Heidi." **Ithaca, New York Quick Facts:**- **Location:** - Located in the Finger Lakes region of New York, in the northeastern United States. - Approximately 225 miles northwest of New York City - **Geography:** - Surrounded by picturesque natural landscapes, including gorges, waterfalls, and Cayuga Lake. - Home to Cornell University and Ithaca College.- **Climate:** - Experiences a humid continental climate with cold winters and warm summers. - Average winter temperatures range from -1 to -8°C (30 to 18°F), while summer temperatures range from 14 to 27°C (57 to 80°F).- **Cost of Living:** - The cost of living is moderate, with housing costs being a significant factor. The average price of a single-family home varies but may range from $250,000 to $400,000, depending on the neighborhood and size.- **Arts and Culture:** - Vibrant arts scene with numerous galleries, theaters, and cultural events. - Hosts festivals, including the Ithaca Festival and the Finger Lakes International Film Festival.- **LGBTQ+ Community:** - Ithaca is known for its LGBTQ+ inclusivity and progressive values. - Supportive community with LGBTQ+ events and organizations.- **Healthcare:** - Access to healthcare through local hospitals and clinics. - Presence of medical facilities associated with Cornell University.- **Crime and Safety:** - Generally considered a safe city with a low crime rate.
Saugatuck/Douglas, Michigan With Kevin Putnam
Mar 7 2024
Saugatuck/Douglas, Michigan With Kevin Putnam
Kevin grew up in the Detroit area. He attended college at Wayne State University and acquired his  Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship. He started working with McDonald’s Restaurants as a franchisee in 1988 as an hourly crew person and worked his up to Director of Operations and Managing Partner. He has a great life partner and best friend, and they have been together for 22 years. In 2005, they purchased a second home in the Saugatuck/Douglas area which they loved and enjoyed for years. In 2016, they both decided to permanently relocate to West, Michigan. After 27.5 years with McDonald’s, he pursued his interests in Real Estate…and has been enjoying it eight years later. They have two little Havanese Fur Babies, Rex (5 yrs old) and Max (4 years old). His partner and Kevin love spending time with their little fur babies, vacationing, sharing time with friends, meeting new people, and enjoying life to the best of their ability. If anyone should have any Real Estate needs, Kevin can help anywhere in Michigan, and even assist anywhere in the US.Best wishes for happiness, good health, and good/memorable times.Kevin Putnam…with Kevin & Sarah, Coastal Living Advisors Email is… KevinandSarah@CoastalLivingAdvisors.com Website is… https://www.coastallivingadvisors.com Contact Number is… (586)524-3462.Saugatuck/Douglas, MichiganLocation: Situated on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, in Allegan County, Michigan. Nickname: "The Art Coast of Michigan" due to its thriving art scene and numerous art galleries. Population: Around 865 residents (city of Saugatuck) but the area attracts many tourists throughout the year.Beaches: Award-winning beaches with soft sand and clear waters, perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports. Outdoor activities: Hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, and fishing are popular options. Wineries and breweries: Sample local wines and craft beers at the many wineries and breweries in the area. Art scene: Explore the numerous art galleries, studios, and museums showcasing the work of local and regional artists.Festivals and events: Throughout the year, Saugatuck/Douglas hosts a variety of festivals and events, including the Saugatuck Art Fair, the Saugatuck Boat Show, and the Douglas Winter Fest. Dining: Enjoy a variety of restaurants, cafes, and bars offering fresh, seasonal cuisine. Shopping: Find unique gifts and souvenirs at the many shops and boutiques in Saugatuck/Douglas. Accommodations: Choose from a variety of hotels, resorts, vacation rentals, and campgrounds to suit your needs and budget. UeVnmFEB7ti7OF2KXvn8Support the showIf you enjoy these podcasts, please make a donation by clicking the coffee cup on any page of our website www.wheredogaysretire.com. Each cup of coffee costs $5 and goes towards bringing you these podcasts in the future.If you or you know someone who is interested in being a guest on the podcast, please contact me at mark@wheredogaysretire.com. Please join our Where Do Gays Retire Facebook group at
Chicago, Illinois With Marc Goldberg
Feb 22 2024
Chicago, Illinois With Marc Goldberg
Marc Goldberg Dog Trainer and authorMarc  Goldberg had his first paying client while still in junior high school and printed his first business card in 1975 at the age of 17.  Marc first competed in an American Kennel Club obedience ring at age 12 with his first dog, a Sheltie named Gus.  They won High in Trial, beating out nearly 100 dogs and they won a Dog World Magazine Award that same year.Marc became the youngest voting member of the Philadelphia Dog Training Club. He trained dogs for private clients during college at Frankin & Marshall and taught classes for the college Adult Education program. Marc became a full-time professional dog trainer in the Chicago area. He served as president of the International Association of Canine Professionals.  Now he writes books with the Monks of New Skete who are NY Times Best Selling authors. Together, they have coauthored three books:LET DOGS BE DOGSTHE ART OF TRAINING YOUR DOG And their newly released book THE JOY OF PLAYING WITH YOUR DOGMarc lives with his partner and their two beloved dogs.Chicago, Illinois - **Population:**  - Approximately 2.7 million people (as of my last knowledge update in 2022).- **Climate:**  - Humid continental climate with distinct seasons.  - Winters are cold and snowy, while summers are warm and humid.- **Cost of Living:**  - The cost of living in Chicago is generally higher than the national average.  - Housing costs can be a significant factor, with variations between neighborhoods.- **Transportation:**  - Extensive public transportation system including buses and the "L" train system.  - Major highways and expressways for commuting.  - Bike-friendly city with a growing emphasis on cycling infrastructure.- **LGBTQ+ Community:**  - Chicago has a vibrant LGBTQ+ community with numerous events and organizations.  - Boystown, in the Lakeview neighborhood, is one of the oldest and most famous LGBTQ+ neighborhoods in the U.S.- **Arts and Culture:**  - Home to numerous museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Science and Industry.  - The city has a rich architectural history, with iconic buildings like the Willis Tower and John Hancock Center.  - A thriving theater scene, including the famous Chicago Broadway district.- **Crime and Safety:**  - Like many large cities, crime rates can vary by neighborhood.  - Areas downtown and in the north side are generally considered safer, while some south and west side neighborhoods may have higher crime rates.  - The city has implemented various initiatives to address crime and improve public safety.These facts provide a general overview, and it's essential to note that the situation in any city can change, so it's a good idea to check for the most recent information if you're considering a move or an extended visit.WawC3Mv4VlSx6u8hC1tHSupport the showIf you enjoy these podcasts, please make a donation by clicking the coffee cup on any page of our website www.wheredogaysretire.com. Each cup of coffee costs $5 and goes towards bringing you these podcasts in the future.If you or you know someone who is interested in being a guest on the podcast, please contact me at mark@wheredogaysretire.com. Please join our Where Do Gays Retire Facebook group at Where Do Gays Retire? | FacebookThank you so much for listening!
Las Cruces, New Mexico with Michael Stracener
Feb 8 2024
Las Cruces, New Mexico with Michael Stracener
Dr. Michael Stracener is currently a Visiting Professor in social welfare policy at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He has 40-plus years’ experience as a clinical social worker and doctor of public health, retiring to Las Cruces in 2021 from Federal service with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Stracener is married to Larry King, a clinical social worker who also retired from Federal service with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  Due to the increasingly conservative political policies in their home state (Arkansas) and the overturning of a city ordinance in place to protect employees on the basis of gender identity and expression, the couple decided to leave Arkansas for retirement. Upon retiring from Federal service, the couple researched things such as economics, political climate, cost of living, access to healthcare, and climate in New Mexico, Arizona, California Colorado, and Oregon. The couple narrowed the options to California, Arizona, and New Mexico and made several trips to each to get a feel for where they wanted to live. Climate, moderate cost of living, progressive political climate, and the friendly and diverse cultural community drew them to Las Cruces, New Mexico The presence of a university or college in their retirement community was important and Las Cruces is the home of New Mexico State University (NM SU), a university with enrollment of around 22,000 students. Surrounded by beautiful mountains, Las Cruces looks very similar to Palm Springs California terrain wise, but does not have the high Palm Springs cost of living. Las Cruces is the second largest city in New Mexico with a population of over 100,000. The couple bought their home in the Mesilla Valley area of Las Cruces in September of 2021 and were able to complete their move in November 2021. In November of 2022, Michael was contacted by a recruiter and asked to consider teaching social welfare policy at NMSU as a Visiting Professor. He began teaching in January 2023 and continues to teach online courses for the School of Social Work at NMSU, focusing on social policy. Since retirement and the move to Las Cruces, Larry has been engaged with a national therapy organization to provide online mental health counseling to residents of New Mexico and Arkansas.Lac Cruces:Population: 111,385 (2020)Location: Southern New Mexico, on the banks of the Rio GrandeElevation: 3,908 feet (1,193 m)Climate: Warm, dry desert climate with 350 days of sunshine per yearMajor industries: Education, healthcare, tourism, agricultureNotable attractions: White Sands National Monument, Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, New Mexico State University, Spaceport AmericaWhy people visit Las Cruces: For its warm weather, beautiful scenery, and variety of cultural and recreational activitiesWhy people live in Las Cruces: For its affordable cost of living, friendly people, and proximity to outdoor recreationSupport the showIf you enjoy these podcasts, please make a donation by clicking the coffee cup on any page of our website www.wheredogaysretire.com. Each cup of coffee costs $5 and goes towards bringing you these podcasts in the future.If you or you know someone who is interested in being a guest on the podcast, please contact me at mark@wheredogaysretire.com. Please join our Where Do Gays Retire Facebook group at Where Do Gays Retire? | FacebookThank you so much for listening!
National Capital Region - District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia (DMV) with Jim Hansen
Jan 25 2024
National Capital Region - District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia (DMV) with Jim Hansen
Jim HansenHe was born in Pensacola, Florida in 1965 and raised in a military family. By the time he graduated from high school in 1983 in Newport News, Virginia, he had attended 9 different elementary and secondary schools. He can legitimately say he has lived in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington D.C., New York, Germany and now Maryland. Until he moved to the Washington metro area in 1989, he had never lived in one town/city for more than 3 years.  Travel and anything international have always been a significant part of his life. He grew up with a German grandmother who taught high school social studies when she wasn’t traveling the world. His grandfather was in the American military and stationed in Turkey in the 1950s and Iran in the 1960s. That fueled his grandmother’s love of the far and near east and that was transmitted to him via the slides she would show him when he stayed at her house and all the Asian artifacts that filled her home. She literally traveled the entire Silk Road except Afghanistan.  By the time he graduated college, he had already been to Europe and Asia. His career choices seemed to boil down to either international relations the hospitality industry, or a mix of the two.Luck and chance led him to a career in the Federal Government where he’s been for 33 years. Approximately 23 of those years have been spent doing international work. The remainder has been in high-level management positions. His work has allowed him to travel to Europe, South America, and Asia multiple times. Between work and his own passion for travel, he’s a member of the 6 continents club (with only Antarctica being the one that got away). His passion for travel continues in retirement. He’s a big believer in life lists (NOT bucket lists). His generally contains places he’d love to visit. He’s been very lucky in that he’s hit so many places but there are still more to see. Right now, that includes New Zealand, India, South Africa, Costa Rica, Poland, and all the countries of the former Yugoslavia. He's very fortunate to have a partner of 29 years who also loves to travel. Ultimately, it’s a compromise. We trade off in picking places to visit. Next stop? Probably Greece because he hasn’t been (I’ve been twice). His next stop? Either India or New Zealand.The Washington metropolitan area, also sometimes referred to as Greater Washington, the National Capital Region, or colloquially as the DMV (named after the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia), is the metropolitan area containing Washington, D.C., the federal capital of the United States. The metropolitan area includes all of Washington, D.C., and parts of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Support the showIf you enjoy these podcasts, please make a donation by clicking the coffee cup on any page of our website www.wheredogaysretire.com. Each cup of coffee costs $5 and goes towards bringing you these podcasts in the future.If you or you know someone who is interested in being a guest on the podcast, please contact me at mark@wheredogaysretire.com. Please join our Where Do Gays Retire Facebook group at Where Do Gays Retire? | FacebookThank you so much for listening!
Ericeira, Portugal with Roxana Bellia
Jan 11 2024
Ericeira, Portugal with Roxana Bellia
Roxana BelliaGrowing up in Buenos Aires in the 60s, the adventure and quest for new economic opportunities took my parents to the vibrant city of New York. This was amidst the tenuous and fragile government that was later to succumb to a dictatorship.Despite having grown up with a cosmopolitan mindset and bicultural orientation, California became home and in adult life, Long Beach was my happy home for a long time. I currently work mostly remotely as an executive coach and leadership development advisor, although I sometimes travel within Europe for engagements. I support clients primarily in the US, and also in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe. My career began in community public health with many fond memories created in the city of Long Beach where I played and worked.I live in a 4-story moradia en banda (similar to a townhouse) 3 blocks from the beach in the quaint town of Ericeira with my dog Riley. I’m single.My wife and partner died in 2017. April was an artist and spiritual seeker and her loss in part fueled my decision to explore beyond my borders. I coached myself – was I living in a town that aligned with my values? The answer was no. Violence, racism, growing homelessness. Added to this, financial pressures brought about my pandemic aftermath. I experienced a significant loss of work and income. So, with 3 passports in hand, US, Italian, and Argentinean, I started to reflect on options outside of where I lived. I didn’t want to “burn” through my savings to stay afloat. And so in the middle of the pandemic, I reached out to my good friend and realtor Marilyn who then lived on the same street and decided to move on selling my property while the market was hot.Population:8,951 (2021)Geography:A coastal town in the Lisbon District of PortugalKnown for its world-class surfing beachesLocated about 50 kilometers northwest of LisbonCost of Living:Lower than most major European citiesThe average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is €600 per monthThe average cost of a meal at a restaurant is €10LGBTQ Community:Ericeira is a welcoming and inclusive community for LGBTQ peopleThere are several LGBTQ-friendly bars and clubs in townEriceira Pride is celebrated annually in JuneCrime and Safety:Ericeira is a very safe place to liveCrime rates are very lowThe town has a strong sense of community and people look out for each otherAdditional Facts:Ericeira is a UNESCO World Surfing ReserveThe town is home to several beautiful beaches, including Praia dos Supertubos, which is known for its powerful wavesEriceira is also a popular destination for hiking, biking, and other outdoor activitiesThe town has a charming historic center with narrow streets and traditional Portuguese housesEriceira is a great place to live for people who are looking for a relaxed and laid-back lifestyleSupport the showIf you enjoy these podcasts, please make a donation by clicking the coffee cup on any page of our website www.wheredogaysretire.com. Each cup of coffee costs $5 and goes towards bringing you these podcasts in the future.If you or you know someone who is interested in being a guest on the podcast, please contact me at mark@wheredogaysretire.com. Please join our Where Do Gays Retire Facebook group at Where Do Gays Retire? | FacebookThank you so much for listening!
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (Refresh) with Herschel Weisfeld
Dec 28 2023
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (Refresh) with Herschel Weisfeld
Herschel Alan Weisfeld was born March 14, 1961, in McAllen, Texas along the southern border just across the Rio Grande River from Reynosa, Mexico, and graduated from public school in 1979.  While in high school he studied real estate and received his Texas Real Estate salesman’s license as soon as he turned 18 and his Real estate broker’s license at the age of 23.  He received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a concentration in accounting from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1983.He moved to Dallas Texas in the spring of 1984 where he built a self-directed real estate investment company where he still owns and manages a diverse portfolio of commercial real estate rental properties.  He came out to his family in the fall of 1984 and today is single and breeds the national dog of Mexico, of which he has 8, and shares these fine miniature hairless Xoloitzcuintli who is just as passionate about the breed as was Freda Khalo and Diego Rivera who brought attention to this 3500-year-old breed that the Aztecs held in high esteem.He also spent decades engaged in the cultural, political, and civic communities by giving of both his time and resources of which the list is endless.  He has received countless awards and recognitions from art, and historic preservation to homelessness sitting on many boards, commissions, and task forces both in the US and Mexico. In 2003 while vacationing in Puerto Vallarta Mexico he bought a small home on a mountainside overlooking the romantic zone and assembled three additional adjoining properties where he designed and built Hacienda Herchito which includes six fully furnished rental apartments along with his private residence which was designed as a boutique hotel but occupied as his private home.  These acquisitions were astute moves before the word got out about PV and the extensive condo explosion took place.Today Herschel is once again working on a new construction project which is an assemblage of six properties on a higher mountaintop that will be a home with gardens unlike anything that can be found in the romantic zone today so that his dogs will have plenty of room to roam and is known as La Casa Nuevo de La Familia de Yoli y Temo.Puerto Vallarta Quick FactsPopulation: 319,000Geography: Puerto Vallarta is a coastal city in Mexico, located in the state of Jalisco. It is situated on the Pacific Ocean, on the western side of Mexico's mainland. The city is surrounded by the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains to the east.Climate: Puerto Vallarta has a tropical climate, with warm, humid weather year-round. The average temperature is 25°C (77°F). The rainy season runs from June to October, but even during this time, there are usually sunny days in between the rains.Cost of living: The cost of living in Puerto Vallarta is relatively low, especially when compared to other popular tourist destinations in Mexico. A couple can live comfortably on $2,000 per month, including rent, utilities, and groceries.Visa requirements: US citizens do not need a visa to visit Mexico for up to 180 days. However, if you plan to stay longer Support the showIf you enjoy these podcasts, please make a donation by clicking the coffee cup on any page of our website www.wheredogaysretire.com. Each cup of coffee costs $5 and goes towards bringing you these podcasts in the future.If you or you know someone who is interested in being a guest on the podcast, please contact me at mark@wheredogaysretire.com. Please join our Where Do Gays Retire Facebook group at Where Do Gays Retire? | FacebookThank you so much for...
La Barra, Uruguay with Elaine Zito and Cynthia Richards
Dec 14 2023
La Barra, Uruguay with Elaine Zito and Cynthia Richards
Elaine Zito was born in Chicago and raised in Elk Grove Village until her family moved to Southern California. She graduated from UCSD in San Diego and received her Political Science degree with an emphasis in Latin American Politics. During her tenure at UCSD, she had the opportunity to study in Mexico City. This is where she discovered her love for the Latin people and culture. Three years later while teaching elementary school in San Diego, Elaine received her Masters in Education with an emphasis in Bilingual Education from the University of San Diego. She has been working on becoming bilingual in Spanish for decades now…it’s a process, not an event!In 1994, Elaine relocated to Scottsdale, AZ and soon thereafter became securities and insurance licensed after her teaching job ended in Phoenix. She figured she might as well learn about money, something her family didn’t really teach her about…After several years of training, she earned her Certified Financial Planning designation as well as the Certified Estate Planning designation.Elaine helped people retire for 27 years. After Covid and the death of her mother, she and her wife decided to hang it up and retire to Uruguay where they currently reside happily and safely. Her major incentive to move away from the US was to create a life where she didn’t feel terrorized on a daily basis.Cynthia Richards was born and raised in Maine. She is the baby of the family with an older brother who lives in Washington state. She grew up tromping in the woods, fishing in the lakes, and looking for Mermaid tears (sea glass) with her family. She married the woman of her dreams, Elaine Zito, in 2015, and they now tromp through the woods, eat fish someone else has caught, and look for Mermaid tears on the beaches of Uruguay with their family of three dogs.She started dance class at two or three, found her people in theater groups in school and throughout Maine, and eventually moved to the Washington D.C. area to work professionally in the theater communities in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. This is a love she has today and continued with Voices of the Desert, an Unconventional Theatrical Chorus in Phoenix, AZ. Cynthia has a Master’s Degree in Business with an emphasis on Human Resource Management and has worked in the HR capacity in many forms of business, eventually spending the years before retirement working with her wife in the finance industry. Today she can be found in Uruguay, retired, walking with her family on the beach, learning Spanish, finding places to sing and dance, baking, playing pickleball, and being grateful and thankful for the life she has been allowed to create.If you are interested in reaching out to either Elaine or Cynthia you can email them at elainezito65@gmail.com. Location: La Barra is a resort town located on the eastern coast of Uruguay, near the popular tourist destination of Punta del Este.Population: La Barra has a population of about 2,000 people.Climate: La Barra has a mild climate year-round, with average temperatures ranging from 60°F to 80°F.Support the showIf you enjoy these podcasts, please make a donation by clicking the coffee cup on any page of our website www.wheredogaysretire.com. Each cup of coffee costs $5 and goes towards bringing you these podcasts in the future.If you or you know someone who is interested in being a guest on the podcast, please contact me at mark@wheredogaysretire.com. Please join our Where Do Gays Retire Facebook group at Where Do Gays Retire? | FacebookThank you so much for listening!
El Pescadero, Mexico with Lew Gallo
Nov 30 2023
El Pescadero, Mexico with Lew Gallo
Born in Anaheim, California, Lew Gallo, and his family moved to the San Francisco area when he was nine years old. The move was not unfamiliar to Lew and his siblings. His parents were known to take Sunday drives. As it would get later in the day and no sign of his parents, Lew’s oldest sister would start to cry but Lew was filled with excitement. This usually meant their parents had found a new home to buy, and for Lew, a new place to discover and new friends to make!It is this excitement of discovery and anticipation of meeting new people that has only flourished with time. After visiting Los Cabos on a quick weekend getaway with friends, Lew was captivated by the beauty of the ocean, terrain, and people of Baja Sur. The practically perfect weather and delicious cuisine only added to its allure. Lew went home, gave his notice at work, and was living in Cabo 3 months later.Now, with 4+ years of living the Cabo life, Lew has become known for bringing people together and sharing his love for all that is Cabo. He has earned a reputation for taking exceptional care of the buyers and sellers he represents, making sure to go the extra mile to get the best deal possible. Whether it’s a high-rise condo or a high-end beachfront property, Lew knows the ins and outs of Los Cabos and the surrounding neighborhoods.Before entering real estate, Lew had a successful furniture and interior design career focusing on superior quality and unique sustainable design. He has a discerning eye for architecture and an appreciation of community. Combine that with a genuine concern for people and an ability to hear their specific needs and wants, and you see what drives Lew to be the best at what he does.Lew has had the opportunity to travel the world for both work and pleasure. For his design work, he spent a lot of time in Asia and Europe. During this time, he found a deep love for Vietnam and considered living there at one point. Luca Italy was also on his list of places to live but since his parents were getting up there in age, he wanted to focus on places closer to the US. After crossing PV and PS off of his list, he discovered San Jose del Cabo and knew he found his new home.Check out his website at www.gallo64.com El Pescadero, Mexico:Population: 4,245 (2020)Geography: Located on the Pacific coast of Baja California Sur, Mexico, about 8 kilometers south of Todos Santos and one hour north of Cabo San Lucas.Climate: Hot and dry summers, mild winters. Average temperature: 22°C (72°F).LGBTQ+ community: El Pescadero is a relatively accepting community for LGBTQ+ people. There are a few gay-owned businesses in town, and the annual Chili and Strawberry Festival is a popular event for the LGBTQ+ community.Cost of living: The cost of living in El Pescadero is lower than in most other parts of Mexico. A couple can live comfortably on a budget of around $1,500 USD per month.Support the showIf you enjoy these podcasts, please make a donation by clicking the coffee cup on any page of our website www.wheredogaysretire.com. Each cup of coffee costs $5 and goes towards bringing you these podcasts in the future.If you or you know someone who is interested in being a guest on the podcast, please contact me at mark@wheredogaysretire.com. Please join our Where Do Gays Retire Facebook group at Where Do Gays Retire? | FacebookThank you so much for listening!
Uvita, Costa Rica with Joe Studer and Keith Foley
Nov 16 2023
Uvita, Costa Rica with Joe Studer and Keith Foley
Keith and Joe moved to Costa Rica after many years of living in Arizona.  They have been together for 16 years.  They both had a dream of living in Costa Rica and running a small hotel.  3 years ago, they finally made it come true, finding the perfect hotel in Uvita Costa Rica.  They sold their home in Arizona and bought Nature’s Edge Hotel in March 2020.  The US borders shut the exact week that they planned to move due to Covid, so they had to manage a major hotel renovation project remotely from the states.  The borders finally opened in September 2020, allowing them to finally arrive in Costa Rica.  Their first hotel guests arrived in December 2020.Keith was born in New Jersey but spent most of his younger life in Atlanta.  Joe was born and raised in Chicago.  After meeting 16 years ago, they moved to Arizona.Keith has a degree in Psychology from Georgia State.Joe started his career as a registered nurse but worked most of his professional career in the IT and Operations side of healthcare.  Joe has a BSN from Northern Illinois, an MBA from Loyola University Chicago, and a Masters degree in Healthcare Administration from Georgia State University.  Joe worked remotely for the first 3 years after moving to Costa Rica but just retired (June 30, 2023) and now works solely helping to run the hotel.Keith has had a variety of jobs throughout his career, first working as a corporate travel agent and then moving on to various project management roles in the tech and travel industries.  Keith quit working after purchasing the hotel and is the primary operator of the hotel.  Joe cooks breakfast, sets up rooms, does laundry, and checks in guests.Joe plays tennis, works out at the gym, hikes, reads, cooks, and bakes.  He also watches a lot of tennis on TV.Keith discovered a love for gardening and bird watching since moving to Costa Rica.  They both are actively engaged in the Costa Rican community they live in. Both Keith and Joe enjoy traveling.   They are going on an extended trip to Spain followed by a trans-Atlantic cruise.Uvita Town in Costa RicaPopulation: Approximately 5,000 peopleGeography: Uvita is located on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, in the Puntarenas province. It is about a 3-hour drive from the capital city of San José. Climate: Uvita has a tropical rainforest climate, with warm temperatures and high humidity year-round. The average temperature is 77°F (25°C).Cost of living: The cost of living in Uvita is relatively affordable, especially compared to other parts of Costa Rica. Groceries are also relatively inexpensive, and you can find many local restaurants that offer affordable meals.Uvita is home to the Whale Tail, a natural rock formation that resembles a whale's tail. This is a popular spot for whale watching, as humpback whales migrate to the area every year to mate and give birth. Uvita is also home to the Marino Ballena National Park, which protects a variety of wildlife, including humpback whales, dolphins, turtles, and monkeys.Uvita is a popular destination for surfers, as it has several good surfing spotSupport the showIf you enjoy these podcasts, please make a donation by clicking the coffee cup on any page of our website www.wheredogaysretire.com. Each cup of coffee costs $5 and goes towards bringing you these podcasts in the future.If you or you know someone who is interested in being a guest on the podcast, please contact me at mark@wheredogaysretire.com. Please join our Where Do Gays Retire Facebook group at Where Do Gays Retire? | FacebookThank you so much for...
Hilo, Hawaii with Richard Ostreicher and Bob Sleasman
Nov 2 2023
Hilo, Hawaii with Richard Ostreicher and Bob Sleasman
Richard Ostreicher  was born in Plainview, New York, and began his professional career at the Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre.  He went on to be the first Managing Director of the Portland Stage Company, Maine’s first resident professional theatre.The early 80s HIV/AIDS crisis inspired him to partner with NYC-based pioneers in HIV/AIDS patient care and research that was published in notable medical journals and tests.  This life-changing experience led him to enroll in medical school at the age of 29.  He returned to Yale in ’88 as a resident in Internal Medicine and then to NYU as a resident in Dermatology.He has over 35 years of medical experience in the San Francisco Bay area and was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.He is currently a volunteer physician with Hawaii’s Big Island Medical Reserve Corps and resides near Hilo, Hawaii with his husband, Bob Sleasman.Bob Sleasman is originally from upstate New York.  His professional brand marketing career led him over the years to reside in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Cincinnati, Baltimore, and Sarasota.  He currently is gleefully retired and living on Hawaii’s Big Island with his husband Rich.After earning his MBA at Northwestern University’s prestigious Kellogg School he climbed the corporate brand management ladder at such companies as Procter & Gamble, Clorox, and Ghirardelli Premium Chocolate.  Having developed an expertise in strategic brand design he jumped to the branding agency business and consulted with a multitude of well-known consumer brands for the balance of his career.Hilo is the largest city on the Big Island of Hawaii, with a population of 45,248 as of 2020. It is located on the eastern side of the island, on the shores of Hilo Bay. Hilo is a popular tourist destination, known for its beautiful scenery, lush rainforests, and active volcanoes.Some of the popular points of interest in Hilo include:Rainbow Falls: A beautiful waterfall that cascades over a basalt cliff.Akaka Falls State Park: A park that features Akaka Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in Hawaii.Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: A national park that protects the active volcanoes of Kilauea and Mauna Loa.Liliuokalani Gardens: A botanical garden that features a variety of plants from around the world.Lyman Museum and Mission House: A museum that tells the story of the early missionaries to Hawaii.Pacific Tsunami Museum: A museum that tells the story of the devastating tsunami that struck Hilo in 1946.The cost of living in Hilo is relatively high, compared to other parts of the United States. The median home price in Hilo is $500,000, and the median rent is $1,500 per month. However, the cost of living in Hilo is still lower than on the other islands of Hawaii.The LGBTQ+ community in Hilo is small but active. There are a number of LGBTQ+-friendly businesses and organizations in Hilo, and the city is generally welcoming to LGBTQ+ people.Here are some additional facts about Hilo:Support the showIf you enjoy these podcasts, please make a donation by clicking the coffee cup on any page of our website www.wheredogaysretire.com. Each cup of coffee costs $5 and goes towards bringing you these podcasts in the future.If you or you know someone who is interested in being a guest on the podcast, please contact me at mark@wheredogaysretire.com. Please join our Where Do Gays Retire Facebook group at Where Do Gays Retire? | FacebookThank you so much for...
New Orleans, Louisiana with Jim Meadows and Joe Fay
Oct 19 2023
New Orleans, Louisiana with Jim Meadows and Joe Fay
Jim Meadows, MSW, is the executive director of New Orleans Advocates for LGBTQ+ Elders (NOAGE). In addition to his work with NOAGE, he is the secretary for the LGBT Archives Project of Louisiana, and he serves on the board of directors for A Home Among Friends, which aims to provide affordable housing to low-income LGBT seniors in New Orleans.He is vice president of the New Orleans Steamboat Club, one of the oldest gay social clubs in America. He is particularly interested in providing support to LGBT elders, and in preserving the history and legacy of the New Orleans LGBT community.Joe Fay is the founder of A Home Among Friends, a 501(c)(3) created to provide affordable housing for very low-income LGBTQ seniors. We believe communities that are modest in scope work best to create not just housing, but homes for older folks who deserve as much as anyone to enjoy their golden years in safe, welcoming environments.Joe spent 30 years in the non-profit sector in senior management and leadership. He is a graduate of Boston College and Columbia University's Graduate School of Business. He served as a U.S. Navy Supply Corps Officer between college and graduate school. He and his long-time partner were recently married in New Orleans. They live in the Irish Channel in a restored Italianate home dating from the 1880s. New OrleansNew Orleans is a Louisiana city on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico. Nicknamed the "Big Easy," it's known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live music scene, and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African, and American cultures. Embodying its festive spirit is Mardi Gras, the late-winter carnival famed for raucous costumed parades and street parties. Support the showIf you enjoy these podcasts, please make a donation by clicking the coffee cup on any page of our website www.wheredogaysretire.com. Each cup of coffee costs $5 and goes towards bringing you these podcasts in the future.If you or you know someone who is interested in being a guest on the podcast, please contact me at mark@wheredogaysretire.com. Please join our Where Do Gays Retire Facebook group at Where Do Gays Retire? | FacebookThank you so much for listening!
Lambertville, NJ and New Hope PA with Mark McNease
Oct 5 2023
Lambertville, NJ and New Hope PA with Mark McNease
Mark McNease is the author of 13 novels, including the Kyle Callahan Mysteries, the Maggie Dahl Mysteries, the Marshall James Thrillers, and several stand-alone books. He has had six plays produced, the last one being at New Jersey Repertory Company. He is the founder and editor of LGBTSR.com, a website dedicated to LGBTQ people over 50 and our friends that he launched 11 years ago.He is a two-time Emmy winner, as the co-creator and original writer for the children’s television program, Into the Outdoors. He worked as the Story Editor for foreign co-productions of Sesame Street, before spending a decade at Reuters News, the world’s largest news organization, as the Executive Assistant to the Global Managing Editor. He has been the co-host of The Twist Podcast with his longtime collaborator Rick Rose (Madison, WI) for the past five years. He currently lives in rural New Jersey, after spending 25 years in New York City (preceded by 12 years in Los Angeles). He is a Mississippian by birth, a Hoosier by upbringing, and much prefers where he lives to either of those locations.  He will soon celebrate 10 years of marriage to his husband, Frank Murray (17 years together), and loves ‘the country life’ surrounded by woods, animals, and plant life, just 20 minutes from Lambertville, NJ, his favorite town and now the setting of his murder mysteries.  Check out Mark's website https://markmcnease.com/.  You will find his podcast The Twist with Mark & Rick, his books, and more.  Subscribe to LGBTSR.com and read columns, the Savvy Senior.Thank you Mark for all that you do for our community!!! Lambertville, New JerseyLambertville is a city within Hunterdon County in the U.S. state of New Jersey. As of the 2020 United States census, the city's population was 4,139, an increase of 233 (+6.0%) from the 3,906 recorded at the 2010 census, which in turn had reflected an increase of 38 (1.0%) from the 3,868 counted at the 2000 census.Lambertville is situated on the banks of the Delaware River in southwestern Hunterdon County, directly across the river from New Hope, Pennsylvania. In the 18th century, the area was named after various operators of ferries across the river to Pennsylvania, ultimately becoming known as Coryell's Ferry, after its owner, Emanuel Coryell. Coryell's Ferry was the western terminus of the New Jersey portion of York Road, which became U.S. Route 202Support the showIf you enjoy these podcasts, please make a donation by clicking the coffee cup on any page of our website www.wheredogaysretire.com. Each cup of coffee costs $5 and goes towards bringing you these podcasts in the future.If you or you know someone who is interested in being a guest on the podcast, please contact me at mark@wheredogaysretire.com. Please join our Where Do Gays Retire Facebook group at Where Do Gays Retire? | FacebookThank you so much...
Mexico City, Mexico with Zac Campbell and John Rogers
Sep 21 2023
Mexico City, Mexico with Zac Campbell and John Rogers
Zac Campbell:My name is Zac Campbell. I’m a chef, a wedding and event planner, a former interior designer, and a lover of living life out loud. I’ve produced upward of 300 weddings and events all over the world.  I’ve had the privilege to cook for Rock Stars, Royals, and Regular Joes and Janes. I’ve lived life with passion. I’ve hit hard times and I’ve celebrated the good times. I’ve been engaged twice and married once. Not only have I created beautiful events for other people, I have also created my own “BIG DAY”!John Rogers:John was born in Bogota, Colombia, and grew up in Denver, Colorado.He attended the University of Colorado in Boulder with a major in Finance.He moved to Dallas, Texas where he was a bank examiner for two years.He attended law school at the University of Texas in Austin. He worked at the Federal Reserve Bank and was the assistant city attorney in Dallas where he worked in zoning and urban planning.John retired in 2014 and was a flight attendant with Southwest Airlines, working at World Market, and LA Fitness.He moved to Mexico City in June 2022.Quick factsHere are some quick facts on Mexico City, Mexico:Area: 1,495 square kilometers (577 sq mi)Altitude: 2,240 meters (7,350 ft)Climate: Temperate, with hot summers and cool wintersTime zone: Central Standard Time (UTC-6)Languages: Spanish, Nahuatl, and other indigenous languagesCurrency: Mexican peso (MXN)Government: Federal republicCapital: Mexico CityMexico City is the most populous city in North America and the second-largest city in the Americas after São Paulo, Brazil. It is also one of the world's largest metropolitan areas, with a population of over 22 million people. The city is located in the Valley of Mexico, at an altitude of over 2,000 meters (6,600 feet). Mexico City has a long and rich history, dating back to its founding by the Aztecs in the 14th century. The city was conquered by the Spanish in 1521 and became the capital of New Spain. After Mexico gained independence from Spain in 1821, Mexico City remained the capital of the new nation.Today, Mexico City is a modern metropolis with a diverse population. The city is home to a wide range of cultural attractions, including museums, historical sites, and theaters. Mexico City is also a major center for business, finance, and education. Support the showIf you enjoy these podcasts, please make a donation by clicking the coffee cup on any page of our website www.wheredogaysretire.com. Each cup of coffee costs $5 and goes towards bringing you these podcasts in the future.If you or you know someone who is interested in being a guest on the podcast, please contact me at mark@wheredogaysretire.com. Please join our Where Do Gays Retire Facebook group at Where Do Gays Retire? | FacebookThank you so much for listening!