About Amerika

“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.”  – Joseph Campbell

In October 2010, Amando, after four years of dating, asked Erika for her hand in marriage. She accepted. In December 2010, Amando and Erika resigned from their non profit consulting jobs. After four years of moving around and being apart from one another, they had decided that long distance had run its course and that it was time to be near each other, all the time. And so in March 2011, after their last days at work, they left their beloved hometown of San Francisco to fulfill their dream of traveling.

They were bit by the travel bug long ago. Erika lived in Florence, Italy for her junior year of college and Amando spent many summers and family trips in Mexico. Together, they romanced the idea of one day just taking off to explore the world. At dinner, they’d sit and tell stories about the chances they would love to take, the places they wanted to see, and talk about the people who inspired them.

And so they set off to Southeast Asia for six months…a place where, their dollar would go the farthest, but most importantly, open their eyes to a part of the world they had never seen before.

Hopefully, in some small way, we can inspire some folks to take their chance, follow their dream, or at start them thinking that they don’t have to wait until 65 to do it all.

The decision we made involved a lot of risk and therefore a lot of thought. Should you ever have any questions about making a decision similar to ours, traveling, financing traveling, etc., please contact us.


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AmErika: The Wedding

A wonderful present arrived in our email inboxes (no I promise I wasn’t checking email on Christmas 😉 ) on Christmas morning….our wedding photos!  So we wanted to share them with you and thank our incredible friend and photographer, Sasha, for capturing all the joy and love that was with us on that day.  Amando was decked out in his suit we got made in Hoi An, Vietnam, and I wore my grandmother’s dress.  There was a brass band, homemade pie, 100 dear friends and family, heartfelt toasts, and lots of dancing.  Here’s a teaser pic, for the full post, go here.

My mom and I were also featured on my favorite wedding/lifestyle blog, A Practical Wedding.  We wrote about a personal, yet unique situation: what its like watching your mother get married right after you get engaged.  To see us as blog-o-sphere published authors, our posts are here and here.

It has been quite a wonderful year for us.  2011 brought us so many good things, good fortune, new friends, experiences (and foods!), and so much joy and happiness.  As I got off the phone with my grandmother today, she said “I hope 2012 is even better!”.  Honestly I’m not quite sure how it could be, but I would be incredibly grateful if it is.  Blessings and joy upon you and yours in 2012!

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