An American Abroad

Leaving for Puerto Rico

Man plans; God laughs. Although I’m not a believer, I appreciate the underlying truth of that aphorism.

I’ve been stateside and earthbound for over two years now. There were times when I wondered if my expat days were behind me. I thought about going abroad again every single day, but I’d vowed to myself not to leave again until my seemingly-interminable divorce was concluded.

There were some tough times in the last two years, but many more good ones.

I got to act in some wonderful stage and screen productions.

I found work that appealed to my practical, physical problem-solving skills.

I wrote some things I’m proud of and was recognized for.

I learned more about the natural world. I saved money, even when I wasn’t earning very much.

I discovered new friends.

I worked hard on a local political issue.

I fell in love with someone who lets me be me.

But now it’s time for a new chapter. In four days, I’ll be moving to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where I have accepted a job as managing editor of a web-based publication that provides consumer information, reviews, and product comparisons.

Truth be told, Puerto Rico was never on my mental map of places I might go to live. In fact, a year ago I would have told you there was far more chance that I’d wind up in someplace like Uzbekistan than on a Caribbean island. But an opportunity came my way that was too enticing to pass up. And so here I go.

Stay tuned….


  1. Thom Sinn says:

    Godspeed, James Trumm!

  2. Jim, that is wonderful. I was born and lived in Puerto Rico. It is still one of my favorite places. I am envious of you. The beaches there are gorgeous, the people are friendly and the food is delicious. Enjoy! Please keep us posted on your adventures.

  3. Bev Nathan says:

    Looking forward to your travelogues, notes on the Puerto Rican political situation, your new job, and life in the Caribbean. Happily, i know you will stay in touch with us boring friends back home. Keep feeding that curiosity of yours!

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