Well hello. Welcome to our blog.
So, most blogs suck (not yours, of course). We know this. Ours might, too. And yes, we know it’s cliché to start a blog just for your travels to a foreign land. We’re sorry, but some things are cliché for a reason. This is a way to give you a window into our lives, should you want one and when you want one. And if you read our blog once, and then forget all about it, we understand. (That’s what Jake’s done with almost every blog he’s ever been aware of – not yours, of course.) And when we come back to the U.S. and you ask blindly about things we explained in hilarious detail on our blog, making it clear you didn’t read it, we won’t start our response with, “well, like we wrote on our blog…” We promise we won’t do that to you. Not more than once.
That said, we’re also gonna try to keep our blog readable. And by that we mean full of pictures and light on words. In fact, we’re gonna try to keep our posts to one damn-good paragraph each – “pulitzer paragraphs,” if you will (thank you, Dr. Smerdon). We know we’ve already blown that here on the “about” page. But it’s the “about” page, and, according to the blogging tips we’ve read, it’s supposed to be special, and timeless. And we both went to Montessori schools so we don’t give a damn about the rules.
Finally, let’s be honest, this blog isn’t for you – it’s for us. We have a shit-ton going on and need a way to make ourselves write down some reflections along the way. Seriously, in just the last nine months (from January to September, 2013) Casey moved from Madison, Wisconsin (where she’s doing her PhD in political science), to New Mexico, we got engaged and married, Jake quit his job (doing border stuff for a U.S. Senator), we ditched everything we owned that didn’t fit in the back of our minivan (yep, minivan), we put our stuff in storage (thank you, Nachreiners), we spent three wild vacation-type weeks on the East Coast seeing friends and family, Casey defended her thesis proposal in Madison, and we moved to Colombia, South America, where there’s still technically a civil war going on, and where we’ll be doing research and interviews for at least the next nine months. See, that’s a lot to keep track of, and we didn’t even include some of the juiciest details. For those, and more, you’ll have to come back…
C & J – September, 2013