About JT Hine

A translator and writer who carries his office and his world in the panniers of his bicycle.

Chapter 5: Vespa

Two days later Nancy came home with a break.

“I may have found a lead on a Vespa 50 for ninety thousand lire. Is that good?”

“It’s great, Mom! I still haven’t beaten one-fifty anywhere, and most places are raising prices. It’s really hot this year.”

“I think you only have a choice of light blue or yellow.” Continue reading

Chapter 4: Jack

Unlike many companies, Smithson Italia did not work on Saturday. After sleeping in late, Joe walked to the Cavalieri Hilton Hotel to deposit his money in the night depository slot of the Bank branch. Nancy went with him, to pick up a new umbrella. Having a large luxury hotel right across the street was very convenient. The shops were expensive, but they were open late and on weekends. Continue reading

Chapter 2: The Job

“Oh, Scheiss!” Nancy shouted and slammed her fist on the desk. “They’re making a secretary out of me again.”

Joe heard the commotion in his room and came into his mother’s study. It was the best-furnished room in the apartment, with a large oak desk, a couch and coffee table, and two telephones. An antique engraved print by Piranesi hung on one wall, a view of the Roman Forum. Every horizontal surface was covered with papers. Smoke swirled around the desk lamp. Continue reading

Freelancing on the road: a summary

He was riding his bicycle. That was about the only good thing about the scene right now. The slick, coastal road wound up and around the promontories, so that the wind and rain was as often in his face as blowing him sideways. The cold rain ran off his Arc’teryx rain jacket, soaking his crotch and running down his legs. He pedaled on, one stroke after the other. Continue reading

Long-term travel as a couple


Dan and ErikaThis week, I would like to share a guest post from Dan and Erika, a very smart couple who have just started out living on the road together. They are fast learners. In this post, they deal with the challenge of spending day in and day out with the same person. That has ups and downs, and they have excellent suggestions for the downs. Enjoy!


click here: Long-term travel as a couple