How One Retired Couple Ended Up Living in Bali

They moved from Pittsburgh to Italy. Then to Penang. Then to Kuala Lumpur. And then they found home

In 2011, we bought a little olive farm in Italy. Our plan was to retire to it, become stalwarts of our village and bask in la dolce vita. And God laughed.

It wasn’t long after we moved to Puglia, the “heel of the boot,” that we began to see the mistake we had made. While we enjoyed the things that attracted us to Italy—the natural beauty, cultural richness, warm people, fresh foods and voluptuous wines—I realized that after 30 years of riding an ergonomically appropriate office chair and moving stacks of paper from one side...