I’m originally from Seattle. Though my lifestyle as the spouse of an American diplomat requires frequent moves to capitals such as Athens and Kabul, places as unlike the Pacific Northwest as you can find, I seek out those features which make each place uniquely beautiful.
In Kazakhstan, there were the dramatic Tien Shan mountains, which rose as high as 24,000 feet as well as the austere beauty of the open steppe. What grabbed my attention most in Greece were the sea, ancient villages and archaeological sites. In Afghanistan, the rugged, moon-like landscape, showing the history of geological activity, left me breathless, while on the US Embassy compound, I amused my colleagues with frequent mornings crawling in the rose garden with my macro lens.
And now, it’s Budapest, with Central European architectural sensibilities and and a rich history. I’m working with statues, narrow streets, the Danube River, and a lot of bridges. We’ll see what I find.
It isn’t all pixels and silver, though. I am passionate about single-origin coffees and microbrews, and it’s a good weekend if I can get in a 10-mile run.