Chris and Jodi

Welcome to Chris and Jodi’s blog! Several years ago, we met online. We first met over a quick cup of coffee, which eventually turned into an epic long date. And, we’ve been together ever since. We were married in August 2007 at our favorite place in Washington, Kalaloch Beach in the Olympic National Forest.

So, how did we get to this point? Well, at our very first date – I shared my dream with Chris to travel around the world. If I were to describe Chris, he’s a solid oak. He’s got firm roots in the ground. Me, I’m more like a mangrove forest with shallow roots spread far. I’ve never been fearful of packing it all up and heading out on my own. So, over the years, I’ve wiled away at my solid oak until the point where he’s more comfortable with selling off all our belongings than I am! He wants to sell it all. The house is on the market, my car is for sale, and now he’s moving onto our furniture – but that’s where I draw the line. I like my leather couches.

Like most folks that set off around the world for extensive travel, we enjoy the outdoors. We’ve been known to hike and scuba dive in our free time. We’re looking forward to great adventures abroad. Hopefully, we’ll get to see whale sharks while diving in Thailand, hammerheads in the Galapagos, and too many cool fish to name in Bali!

Chris

About Chris
Chris grew up in Issaquah, WA. He’s worked hard over the past four years obtaining a Masters of Science in Information Systems and a Masters of Business Administration. He’s excited to use that hard earned education on the beaches of Penang drinking beer and surfing.

For the past 10 years, he’s worked for the Disney Internet group as a web developer. Recently, Disney sold off his website Movies.com to Fandango, and we’re traveling with the severance pay they gave him. Thank you Mickey!

Upon graduating college, Chris took an extensive ski trip around the US to all the best ski resorts and a few national parks. It was quite an adventurous four months living in a Winnebago off of grilled cheese and cup of soups with no shower for days. He’s also traveled extensively in Australia, Germany, Vietnam, and New Zealand.

Chris is not much of a chatterbox, but he cannot stop talking about traveling the Trans Mongolian/Trans Siberian railway. He’s super excited about this part of the trip. He’s also looking forward to visiting the Terra Cotta Warriors in China.

About Jodi
Jodi grew up in Castle Rock, WA. Her dream growing up was to be a marine biologist, but after working on a few research projects and as a endangered species observer she decided marine biology was a passion but not her path. For the past seven years she’s worked at PATH (an international nonprofit that improves the health of people around the world). PATH creates sustainable solutions for the world’s health problems. Her programs focused on providing technical support to countries in introducing vaccines and working with manufacturers to provide affordable vaccines to countries in need. To learn more about the programs she worked on, click here.

Recently, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health accepted her into their Masters of Public Health Program. She has one quarter under her belt, but is taking a leave of absence and allowing the world to be her classroom for awhile.

Jodi began her international travel experience at the young age of 15 when she stayed with a family in Mexico. It was an eye-opening experience for her – widening her knowledge about social and economic conditions in other countries. Since that time, she’s dreamed of traveling around the world. She’s travelled to Madagascar, Cambodia, New Zealand, and Vietnam.

For this trip, she’s most excited about touring and diving the Galapagos in Ecuador and returning to Vietnam (the coffee and food is spectacular! – along with the people, of course).

2 Responses to “About Us”

  1. Kate says:

    Hi Jody! Carly Bakker told be about your blog. I was a PA at PATH and now I’m at Hopkins in the MPH program (just started). If you’re still around Baltimore and want to meet up to reminisce about Seattle let me know! :)

    All the best,

    Kate (Woolley) Katzman

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