Being children of a refugee family, we always found ourselves moving constantly as our parents travelled to find the best opportunity for the family. Sometimes it was just a few months in places like Little Rock (AR) to longer stints in Brooklyn (NY) or Easton (PA) or just enough to have another kid in Fillmore (UT) and finally growing up in Salem (OR). We saw many places and crisscrossed the nation many times in what seemed like an endless road trip.
As kids, each pause in that journey was filled with discovery -- from amazing cities where the buildings seem to hold-up the sky to sleepy rural sign-less town -- and from vast fields of gold to lush emerald forests. America was beautiful. And the people were as diverse and incredible as the landscape. It was a nomadic lifestyle for the first part of my life and it made an impression on me. It was a “refugee saga” and it was when I caught my wanderlust.
Isabella and I met after college. She was working at a Portland (OR) start-up with my childhood friends from Salem. Although I was already living in Seattle, we made it work. We both were happy to trade weekends to travel to see each other. And after our first trip abroad together (Italy), it was clear that we can weather any challenge together. We’ve travelled to something like 20+ countries since we’ve met. We even paused to get married in Barcelona. Although we traveled as much as we could, this part of our lives were all about our careers. The high-tech industry was exploding, creating wealth and affluence in the “tech saga” for many people. We worked hard and sometimes work was our lives, but it was rewarding and often a lot of fun. We’ve worked with many incredibly smart and talented people and have a lot of good memories. The time just flew by. It’s was hard to leave, but the work enabled us to do what we wanted to next.
Next is a new adventure with probably the most uncertainty we’ve ever had. There is not an established progression like we had earlier in our lives. It will be unscripted. We are sure that some things will be hard, sometime things will be exciting, and no doubt sometimes scary, but what is an adventure without those things. We will write each chapter as we go and share it with you. It’s going to be the “blue saga”.
Next few post will be more details about the future and less about the past. ;-)