Who are we? Ms. Nomad came to the United States as an exchange student from Japan at 16 and pretty much never left. (We kid that she was deported to the US or had to escape her Yakuza criminal background or something like that) Along the way she spent a year in Spain and learned to love that culture and the language. She has been keeping up and studying Spanish and is fluent. She speaks English, Japanese, Spanish and a fair bit of Korean. She has a BA in International Business from St. Louis University, was a real estate agent then broker until she got tired of that. Now she travels, a lot and sometimes I get to come along 😉
Me? I’m the Nomad, a Tech and Business dork with a penchant for travel since early on. My Mom and Dad had met while flying on the worlds oldest airline, K.L.M and basically traveled all over the world for 7 years doing that, they instilled this in me. This started in the days of propeller planes such as the DC-3. Lots of stories they told me about that life and I have been hooked on travel all my life, since a month after I was born and on a plane to Holland to visit the family there. Used to go to Europe every summer and take the Eurorail all over and loved it, meeting new people, seeing new things, figuring out how to get where needed, etc. We to college at the University of California, Santa Barbara and received a Bachelors in Business Economics. This probably served to further my finance/investing interest. Can still remember learning about the miracle of compound interest and how beneficial starting off early with saving/investing and living within your means could be. Worked on board a Holland America cruise line for nearly 4 years in order to get the $$ together to go after an MBA and not wanting to incur debt. Get the funds together BEFORE you spend them as being in debt is “normal” but not that smart… This was my introduction to FIRE and a couple of decades before that term was coined.
I speak English and Dutch fluently and speak Spanish, French, German passably well, and can get by in a bunch more if needed. Have an MBA in International Business from St. Mary’s College of California (cruise ship funds), a Masters of Science in Information Technology from Golden Gate, my long term employer Oracle paid for that one.
We have 3 teenage kids, they speak Japanese and are trying to figure out where they want to go with their lives. I’m convinced that they need to figure out what direction they want to go and figure out the end goal. We will help them but NOT going to spend a quarter million each so they can come home and live with us. We’ll be out exploring the world…
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The top picture is of the “Cement Ship” in Aptos where Nomad grew up. More details can be found at this link. He grew up in those days when you could still go out onto the ship and fish, etc.