“I’m spending my days learning German, oil painting and figuring out the Swiss art scene,” she said. “I also do a lot of hiking with the dog and carrying around this watermelon that in two months will be a baby boy.”

She’s also working on some chapter illustrations for a book old friend J.B. Hogan is writing, Warner said.

Paul’s contract is open-ended, so the Warners don’t have a set plan for when they’ll return to the United States.

“There’s really no deadline,” she said.

“I think they’re having a really great experience,” Donald Petersen said. “They have the availability of travel and not taking too much time out of their day to do it. I think it’s really great that they’re taking advantage of being able to visit other areas.”

Living in Europe has, thus far, been a life-changing experience, Warner said.

“I think living in a different place you get to see other people’s cultures and how different things are from back home,” she said. “You get to reflect on your culture. There are many things I enjoy about European culture, and being here gives you a chance to step back and see some really positive things about each.”