I (Adrienne) was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI. I'm the youngest of a very close-knit family of 7. If my family had a tv show it would be a lot like Duck Dynasty meets Full House (yeah, try to wrap your head around that one). My upbringing was incredibly entertaining and loving to say the very least. I moved to San Francisco when I was 17 where I learned that having a few glasses of champagne in the morning cures every hangover. I've started and ended many random careers. Some people think I'm adventurous and others think I'm a nut. Both are ok with me.
I (Andrew) grew up initially in Kingston, Jamaica - then further more on the rough streets of Jamestown, NY. I grew up the "baby" with an older brother and sister (yes, Adrienne and I are both "babies"). I don't think I could describe my household with TV shows, but I liken myself to Will Smith from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. I played soccer, graduated high school at 16, college at 19 - lived in Washington, D.C., San Francisco and NYC. I "work" in advertising technology, I'm a total nerd and LOVE talking to budding entrepreneurs and Fortune 100s about their business growth strategies.
We think that we have something special and everyone that spends time with us definitely knows that we're a couple of odd ducks that taste best, served together. We're different from each other in many ways, which keeps things fun and interesting. For example, Andrew is incredibly career oriented and oh, so witty. Adrienne is neither of those things, but she's fun-loving, carefree and engaging. We both laugh a lot and love a TON. Our friends very rarely see us apart, but when that happens we're texting or calling each other constantly. We're obsessed with each other. It's as simple as that.
We joke that we don't have any hobbies. It's true. We have the attention span of a toddler and we have a bit of the 'been there, done that' mentality when it comes to doing something over again. Someone once called us "3 miles wide and a quarter-inch deep," and we still really don't know how to take that... Our hobby really is just to experience anything and everything, at least twice.
We're a lot of things, but we are definitely not simple nor are we low maintenance so to say that this trip (carry-on only) will be trying is an understatement.
We met at RN74 in San Francisco, in 2010 and we called dibs on each other forever not long after that. Adrienne was 23 and Andrew was 24 when we got married in 2011. We thought we had the perfect lives until we moved to NYC and REALLY learned what a good time was, and a lot more about ourselves. We absolutely painted that big, beautiful concrete jungle the reddest of reds. The experience of NYC was supposed to be semi-permanent (that means 2-3 years for us), but it only lasted 1 year. It was amazing, we love NYC and miss our friends there dearly, but that city ended up sparking a fire of discovery in us that we now want to chase around the world.
Neither of us have done anything like this before, so there's a chance this blog ends up really short and you can catch us back home at Le Baron shortly thereafter. We do know that no matter how long our adventure is, this leap is the right decision for us now and forever. And we're extremely excited about taking this risk.
Here's to us all taking all of our shots.