Welcome to “Wandering Off Somewhere”


Hi, all! I’m glad you are here!  Welcome to my blog, “Wandering Off Somewhere!” My name is Cindy Gelpi, and I’m a 53 year-old from New Orleans, Louisiana who has been traveling all over the world on and off for the last 20 years.

I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to China, Bulgaria, Canada, Singapore, Italy, Germany, Russia, Colombia and many other countries around the world. My husband Mike recently retired, and we have made it our mission to explore the beautiful continent of Europe for the next few years.

We moved to the beautiful and charming country of Croatia about a year and a half ago in order to learn more about the Croatian way of life and to be close to the crystal clear Adriatic Sea.  We are living in Pula on the Istrian peninsula, and  I hope you will join us in our adventures in Croatia and the surrounding areas!!  We have visited a wide variety of cities in Croatia and many different countries throughout Europe as well.  In addition, since my dear husband is a captain, we have sailed throughout the Adriatic to visit many of the islands.

Are you interested in retiring in Europe or in Croatia? Do you just need some motivation and help planning your adventures abroad? Sometimes changes are intimidating, but with a little planning and a little inspiration, you, too, can make your dreams come true! Please comment below on where your dream retirement destination would be! I would love to hear from you! Or just comment on a place that you would like to visit but that you are a little intimidated about making it happen! Or contact me directly at cagelpi@aol.com.

Maybe I can give you some motivation or some inspiration! It’s never too late to travel the world and make your dreams come true!

Mike and I visiting a beautiful piazza in Rome last October

Our theme song for the next few years:

“They made up our minds, and they started packing.  They left before the sun came up that day.  Exit to eternal summer slacking.  Where were they going without ever knowing the way?”—- lyrics from the The Way by  Fastball.

28 thoughts on “Welcome to “Wandering Off Somewhere”

  1. Tina Neff

    I didn’t join, but looks like I can post! Enjoy reading all about your travels. So happy I can see places I’ll probably never see myself. Thanks so much! Miss seeing your smiling faces. Tell all hello! I’m hoping to make it back!

  2. Kim Garrett-DeLuca

    I live vicariously through your pictures and blog and I love keeping up with my friends! So many places I want to visit. I’ll get there one day. I was able to subscribe and it appears that I can post too!

    1. Hi Cindy! Our daughters know each other through work in San Francisco so Madelyn gave your information to Erin. How synchronistic since my husband and I spent 3 weeks in Croatia and loved the country and people! We especially loved the Istria area and the truffles in Motovun made the trip! We hope to get back some day and perhaps share a bottle of Dingac with you and Mike!🍷
      Julie Uritus

      1. That’s wonderful! It’s so nice to meet you. ❤️Istria is truly a special place, and we really love living here! We originally meant to stay one year, but decided to extend it because we love the people, the food (and wine!😉) and enjoy the pace of life here so much. Please let us know if you are returning anytime in the near future. We would love to meet you!

  3. Anonymous

    Love reading your blog and seeing places through your eyes and your gift of writing. Where are we going next?

    1. Thank you!! We are going to Trieste, Italy to pick up my daughter and her husband for a visit here in Croatia. We are going to show them around our favorite little towns in Istria, so I’ll be sure to share some of our favorite places!

  4. Madelyn Gelpi

    I love reading about your adventures! Such a beautiful articulation of an incredible journey. I love you!

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