I met Steve Mardell and his pure bred Bernese Mountain Dog, Charlie (also known as "Downtown Charlie Brown.") At 125 pounds, that 2 year old dog with Swiss alpine origins really made an entrance as they strolled up the path.
I was bit by a foreign travel bug after my sophomore year in high school. I haven't found a cure for it, nor do I plan to. I visited India for 5 weeks in early 2009 and Europe in July 2009. My family and I spent 1 month in Sweden, Norway and Denmark in July 2010. In January 2012, I went to the foothills of the Himalayan mountains and a wedding in Jaipur, India. Then in May 2012, I returned to Japan and Bangkok, Thailand. My family and I spent 3 weeks in Paris, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany in August 2012.