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A year ago I would have started by telling you the job I have and where I live.
A bit before that I would have told you what I was majoring in at Syracuse University.
And before that I might have told you I moved from a rural town in New Jersey to South Florida the summer before my Junior year of high school. At some point around this time I might have told you that I’d just returned from a month in Ecuador.
But now that I’m not smack in the middle of any of those things it’s sometimes hard to describe myself.
I’ll start with the facts: I grew up in New Jersey until, at the age of 16, I moved to South Florida with my parents. Soon after that I went to Syracuse University to study Advertising at the Newhouse School of Public Communication and a week after my graduation I started my career in advertising.
For as long as I can remember I have loved the idea of going somewhere. Anywhere. When I was younger the New York Times published a special Travel section that came with contact information for all sorts of different places. Each had a phone number to call for a brochure. I called to receive information on cruises for families, for guided retirement tours to Italy and to just about every state in the US. I once called for a brochure for space camp in Alabama. And later, for luge camp in Lake Placid.
My parents took me to London, Israel and all sorts of places in the US.
Finally, when I was 17, I went to Ecuador for a month for a Spanish immersion program that included living with a rural family in the cloud forest and doing local community development work. I guess that’s when I knew that I needed to see more of the world.