I’ll be the first to acknowledge, I’ve been a total bum in terms of updating the blog over the past year (or more..), but have decided that I’m going to start doing my best to continue updating the site as I attempt to chronicle my life and travels.
Since I returned from SE Asia way back in August of 2011, life has been flying by with all sorts of new adventures along the way. I’ll go into more details as I go back and fill in the gaps, but here’s a very high-level summary/timeline:
- I moved into an unforgettable house with some of my best friends during my senior of college. We built a beach
- I graduated from the University of Maryland!
- After graduation, I went on a voluntourism trip to Kenya, where I attempted to teach children how to play Ultimate Frisbee. Got in a jump off with Masai warriors, taught classes, went on my first Safari in Masai Mara and had an amazing experience. Also, swung by Istanbul on the way there!
- Started working with Deloitte Consulting in July of 2012 and became a management consultant. It’s a pretty cool, unconventional job where you actually fly to a client site and work in a different city Mon-Thursday. Aside from the travel, one of the most interesting aspects of the job is that you move from project to project. I’m in a rotational program, and as a result they try to ensure we work not only on different projects but in different industries with different clients. As a result, I’ve worked on projects with a major bank for a couple weeks, a major federal health organization for about 4 months, and just finished my last project at a large hospital system that lasted about 7 months.
- In December 2012, took an awesome trip to NYC for Nick’s bday and went to an Andrew Bird concert, then flew out west to go explore San Francisco
- Spent NYE in New York City, and had an amazing time with a lovely lady. Somehow convinced said lady to fall for me, and shortly thereafter we began dating. First girlfriend!
- Went to a startup weekend for education in NYC in March (Amazing as always) and came up with a pretty neat concept for an international experiential learning program. If you’d like to take a look, you can learn more at www.globeyear.com
- Took an amazing family vacation to South Africa in March (I’ll put up the pics soon, I promise!) and went on my second safari in <12 months
- Moved out of my place in DC at the end of June 2013. Realized that with travelling 4 days a week, I was paying a lot for rent, and was never in town. Figured I’d save some money, and decided to move out of my place in the city.
- Adopted a full-time travel lifestyle (See: Nomad). When I moved out of DC, I dropped off my stuff at the padres place, and began travelling around the US nearly every weekend. this was made possible by the travel work lifestyle, and a wonderful thing known as alternative travel. My summer travels visiting friends has taken me to NYC, Chicago, the Smokey Mountains, New Orleans, Both Portland’s (Oregon and Maine), Boston, the Solomon Islands, DC, Baltimore, Seattle, and Olympic National Park. It’s been a wild ride so far, filled with lots of couches (Some comfier than others), old friends, and great memories. I’ll try and put together posts of each place so I don’t forget them due to the transient nature of the past few months.
- Went to Aruba last week for Sahir’s Wedding!
- Moving to NYC! As I write this, I’m on a bus to Manhattan to embark on life’s next chapter. I’m planning on signing my lease today, and will be moving in with one of my best friends, Nick, and his good buddy, Johnny. We’ll be moving into Williamsburg, Brooklyn – the hipster capital of the world – so I am actively anticipating the jokes to come as I become hip and trendy as part of the cultural osmosis to take place over the coming months. Moving to New York City is something I’ve always wanted to do, and I am excited to say that I am following through with one of my lifelong dreams by making this move.
As you can see, the past year has been a strange one filled with travels, transitions, and life lessons as I’ve continued my journey towards becoming a functioning adult and positive member of society. There are some holes in the timeline that I’ll fill up, but I think it provides a good, quick summary of the past couple years, and I’ll do my best to fill in the gaps in the near future.
I have a bunch of travel stories/adventures to share, and I’ll do my best to update the blog in the coming weeks as I continue to chronicle my wonderful, wacky life. I know this was a long post, but to be fair two years is quite a long time. If you’ve made it all the way to the bottom, I appreciate you and look forward to hearing how things are going in your worlds.
Thanks again for reading my friends!
Stay Smiling 🙂