About me

Where I’m from

Not Minnesota. This is in Czech Republic.

I’ve spent three plus decades of my life in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I’m a certified TESOL instructor and currently in the process of picking my new ”home.” I’m always genuinely surprised when I meet someone abroad who is familiar with my state. If you know nothing about Minnesota, here’s a quick rundown: We take relatively good care of our outdoor spaces and have many state parks and a few nationally protected lands within our borders. Our largest city, Minneapolis, ranks high in most things health, fitness and literacy-related. There are many enjoyable aspects of life in Minnesnowta.

I took my first solo trip to Paris in 2014. At the time I was fed up with never finding someone able and interested in going somewhere with me. It was scary and took a lot of planning but it turned out to be one of the best things I’ve ever done. Since then I’ve visited 23 countries, 15 of them solo. I’ve spent about a month’s time in Czech Republic, Spain, Thailand and Vietnam.

I live with the philosophy that life is a long process that should be enjoyed and positive aspects be sustainable and that it should not be composed of highlights disbursed throughout the years on autopilot. I love hiking and active travel, sometimes walking or biking as a way to get from point A to point B. I like couch surfing, home stay, airbnb, guesthouses and hostels. I like meeting other people, especially local people who aren’t being paid to engage with travelers. I prefer to plan everything myself using tips from other travelers and locals as I meet them.

Where I’ve been

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I’ve visited Spain annually since 2014.

2014: Paris, France. Madrid, Spain. Amsterdam, Netherlands. Los Angeles, USA.
2015: Zurich, Switzerland. Munich & Bavaria, Germany. Austria. Lisbon & Sintra, Portugal. Winnipeg, Canada (World Cup). Santa Barbara, Milwaukee, Chicago, USA.
2016: Northwestern United States, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Berlin, Germany. Brussels & Bruges, Belgium. Madrid, Cuenca & Valencia, Spain. San Francisco, USA.
2017: I spent 100 days traveling Europe in summer, visiting Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, & Switzerland. 2018: Cambodia, Khazakstan, Thailand, Vietnam, Austria, Portugal & Spain.

 

After a three hour hike up Mount Pilatus in Switzerland.

Where I’m Headed

At some point in late 2018 I will begin a year in New Zealand.

Where I’d Like to Go

Albania, Morocco, South Africa & New Zealand (!!!)

“Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.”
-Ernest Hemingway

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