After being away from the U.S. for exactly 5-months, we’ve made our way back.

It has been interesting an interesting time getting reacquainted to U.S. culture and Lauren has described this as a sort of reverse culture shock. For me, it hasn’t felt quite so severe, but I will say it is nice to take language barriers off the table for a little while.

Currently, we’re in Philadelphia, as I attend WordCamp U.S. this weekend. Next week we head to NYC so that we can see some friends and I can get some project collaboration done. Afterward, it is back to Texas for a few weeks to enjoy the holidays.

I was doing a slight recap of the places that we’ve been and it is cool to think that in a short 5-months we’ve been to 9-countries collectively and 10-separately.

Here’s the list:

  • Japan
  • Thailand
  • Indonesia
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • France
  • Germany
  • Switzerland

And separately, Lauren and Bear went to Australia, while I went to Canada for the Automattic Grand Meetup.

Overall that means that I’ve personally been to 12 countries, aside from the U.S. this year. It has been a great year for a number of reasons and because of that, Lauren and I aren’t sure we’re ready to come back for the long term.

We’re still making plans, but what we know as of now is that we’re going to head back out in January for about another 5-months. There are a number of reasons for this, but what it really comes down to for me is that I still feel there is something I have left to learn out there in the world. Something that I’m not sure I can learn if we get caught back up into “settling down.” And since we have the opportunity and the freedom, we’re going to take advantage of it.

So, the good news is, I’ll have plenty more to write about here.

And I promise I’m going to be putting more of a priority with updating this blog with our ongoing travels. That is something I’ve really regretted not doing over the last few months and I don’t want to live with simple regrets anymore.

I’m a father, traveler, and web developer @Automattic. In the wee hours, I’m also working on new projects like 1 on 1 Questions.

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