Please please investigate the visa requirements BEFORE your excitement carries you away. And as an American you need to consider how you will handle your money/pensions/banking/financial transactions in order to survive. It is not as simple as you might imagine.
It is very nice that you are so excited and like horses and carts and gardens, but practical survival comes first. And generally that is money, how to keep and transfer and acquire it, and the legal right to reside somewhere.
These are the two big hurdles. These are the things on which you should focus your attention.