This is it. The first post in a long line of I hope many. The first of anything is unique in itself. There’s an added contradiction here.I’m introducing myself even though it will be read by almost no one – at least initially. I’m guessing that if you’re reading this, it’s as a reader several weeks months or years from its initial posting.
Who Am I?
A Canadian. I married my American wife almost 10 years ago and currently live in Seattle. I’m a former IT worker who left everyday corporate work, to be the primary caregiver for my two young boys. They are ages 6 and 3, and with the exception of school and the occasional playdate I’ve spent very little time apart from them since their birth.
I love to travel. Surprise. My first “real” trip was a 6 week trip to Bali and Java in 1991. A fairly conventional trip to an unconventional country. It was a first taste. I can’t say it changed my view of the world but it was the soil from which my developing interest in travel grew.
A 1992 trip through Amsterdam, Greece, Egypt and Israel for 6 weeks started the ball rolling in earnest and a 1993 journey that took me to Greece again and on to Turkey and India for a total of 4 months pretty much cemented my devotion to the idea of travel. And from there it has always been “When is my next trip.”
1994 took me to Paris, India and Thailand on a 4 month trip. In the summer of 1996 I hopped through Europe for 6 weeks: Frankfurt, Berlin, Prague, Budapest, Belgrade and back through Greece (with a stopover in Milan on the way home).
Back to Greece in 1998 to work at an Internet cafe in Athens for 3 months. Home to Canada for two months and then on to Japan, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore for December and January (1999).
I married my beautiful wife Beth in June of 2000 and we did two weeks of honeymooning in Jamaica followed by a month Euro-railing through Europe: Germany, Italy, Switzerland and France.
September of 2001 was the start of a 4 month around-the-world journey for the two of us. (We gave notice to our employers on the first workday after 9/11.) We started the trip in England and then on to Greece, Italy, France, India, Christmas in Thailand, and Hong Kong before returning home to North America and our new home of San Francisco.
We had our first child in 2003 and took him to Ireland for 10 days in 2004. Our 2nd child was born in early 2006 and that fall we all went to Indonesia for 15 days. A year and a half later (spring 2007) we were back in SE Asia for a visit to Thailand. And just this past summer (2009) we spent a month traveling through Vietnam from North to South.
And now the Travel blog. I hope for your sake and mine the ensuing posts will be more interesting than this initial offering but I felt I had to get my travel history out there and thought this first workman-like posting was the place to do it.
Here we go. Let’s have some fun. (And start planning our next trip!)