My name is Kristin. I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, I love outdoor activities. I spent most of my childhood playing competitive soccer and basketball, but love most sports. The sports I participate in the most now as an adult are wakeboarding, yoga, tennis, and running. As for my interests, they greatly revolve around travel, history, and photography.
Travel has always been an important part of my life. As kids my parents did a great job of taking us all over the US. They also signed me up for my first big international trip independent of the family. My sophomore year of high school I accompanied my chemistry teacher and several other students on a trip to Brazil. We lived with local families and helped out at the local schools. That experience really pushed me outside of my normal daily life and gave me my first real taste of another culture. I caught the bug! Since then it has been one adventure after another. While in university, I was fortunate enough to study abroad in Africa conducting Chimpanzee research and in Italy studying the language and culture. After graduation I went back to Italy to participate in an archeological dig.
To fund my next journey and to help pay down my college debt I spent 2 years as a manager for a large corporation. I gained a lot of experience during that time and learned a lot about dealing with people in a professional setting. Even though I am thankful for that time, I am very happy to be through it and on my current path. After quitting my job, I was a tour guide/English teacher/Au pair in Rome, Italy. Believe me when I say I could write a book about that experience. After being there for 8 months I headed to Taipei, Taiwan. I lived in Taiwan for two years and loved every second of it. Asia has had a huge impact on my view of the world and I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I hadn’t made the move.
As for now, I have begun my Round the World Trip. It should take me anywhere 2 to 5 years. My goals are to learn as much as possible, to meet new people, and to gain a stronger understanding of other cultures. At some point I will return to the US for graduate school, but for now I am content to be learning from the road.