We are newlyweds about to embark on a trip that will take us to four continents. All this with only a couple small backpacks. So who are we?
I’m a mid-twenties software developer in need of a change of scenery. I caught the travel bug when I visited Nikki in Spain while she was studying abroad, and our trip to Ecuador and the Galápagos pretty much sealed the deal. After more than a year of planning and saving for the wedding and year-long trip, I can hardly wait to get out and explore the world!
Before my current job, I grew up in Waunakee, Wisconsin (the only one in the world!) then went to school at UW-Madison. I majored in Computer Science and Business, but I pretty much spent all my time in the marching band. Conveniently enough, Nikki also played sax, and we started dating and now look where we are.
Some interesting facts about me:
- I’m left handed.
- I love to scuba dive. I’m a certified ice diver.
- If I get dehydrated I get really uppity.
- Back in middle school I went to state for the National Geography Bee, beating all the kids in my school. I got a dorky fanny pack for winning.
- I always worry about being late.
- I love the Packers and Badgers. Camp Randall and the Rose Bowl are two of the most sacred places on earth.
- I’m a picky eater, but Nikki’s fixing that.
- I ran a marathon.
Hi! I’m Nikki. I’ve lived here in Madison, Wisconsin my whole life and I love Wisconsin. Once I went out to eat and ordered cheese curds, macaroni and cheese, a side of cottage cheese and a beer—and didn’t think anything of it until my friend pointed out that I was only consuming cheese and beer. I went to UW—Madison, was in the UW Marching Band and we’re having a Badger themed wedding. I couldn’t care less about fashion, but I would argue with you about football all day (especially if you say anything bad about the Packers or the Badgers). I think the Memorial Union Terrace is the happiest place on earth.
However, in spite of my undying love for this great state, I’ve always had an urge to get out of here. Maybe it’s just the awful winters, but I’d like to think it has more to do with my curiosity. The world fascinates me. I love learning about other cultures and places. I studied in Spain for a semester and knew that my travels would not end there. The more interesting places I’ve been include Spain, Portugal, France, Morocco, Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands. I want to see all the continents by the time I’m thirty, so after this trip I’ll be close to completing that goal (yes, I’m including Antarctica).
So what do I do when I’m not planning my next trip? I run, bike, read, go to movies, cheer for the Packers and the Badgers, and enjoy delicious beverages with great friends and family. I’m very lucky to have such wonderful people in my life. Good thing I can keep in touch with all of them through this blog!