To put this travel blog into perspective, I need to introduce my parents, Dan and Lorraine. They are ex-pat pioneers and my original travel guides.
Lorraine was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1942 to first-generation, Italian immigrants. When she was a little girl, her mother hung a calendar in the kitchen depicting the Wonders of the World. My mother vowed to see these sites in person one day, even though she had never left New England.
Dan was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1941. His mother was Sicilian and his father was Scottish/Russian. Dan studied engineering and learned about the Wonders of the World through text books and architecture classes. He, too, became determined to see these amazing structures in person one day.
Lorraine and Dan met when they were 14 and 15 years old living in the same neighborhood in Boston. They were married at 21 and 22. My father graduated with a Masters of Mechanical Engineering at 23, and my parents moved to Bahrain in 1966 where Dan took his first job in the oil industry. My father continued to work with oil companies as an ex-pat until he retired at age 65.
Needless to say, my parents (and their kids) were fortunate enough to visit almost all of the Wonders of the World during my father’s career abroad. It is amazing to me that my parents, the children of immigrants, fulfilled their identical childhood dream and were able to share it with their children. My goal, naturally, is to ensure that my son has the same opportunities for travel and adventure.
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