My name is John, my friends call me Luth, and life is one big, happy adventure.
I’m a new father, a not so new husband, and I reside in a place I never had much motivation to visit, much less live. This blog is my space. Topics will vary. At some point. Right now I’m chronicling my well-decorated (at least in my mind) career as a Himalayan trekker. However, anything is fair game: life with a spirited toddler, new travels and adventures, fondly reminiscing my previous expat life, my life as a transplant in Florida, and even my beloved Iowa Hawkeyes.
I was once a typical Midwestern guy. I grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River, went to college at Miami (the one that was a university before Florida was a state), settled in Chicago, got married, moved to the suburbs, and drove a German car. Life was good.
In January 2010 things changed. We moved. Far. 7,434 miles far, to a suburb of Delhi, India called Gurgaon. For nearly two years I reveled in the Indian corporate expat life, a life mixed with the everyday frustrations and joys of living in India and seeing much of the world I had never imagined all while surrounded with more domestic help than I knew what to do with. Life was ridiculous.
Toward the end of our assignment, my wife accepted a great new position with the company that had sent us to India. A great new position with a catch. The catch? The job was in Orlando. After much (OK, not that much) deliberation, we determined the right next adventure in our life was to head south, continue to skip winter, and see what central Florida has to offer. Life was exciting.
Six months after moving to Florida and nine months after that, well, you can pretty much guess that next transition. Suffice to say, life was amazing.
For the past two years, I’ve been adjusting to life as a parent, struggling to answer the question, “Where are you from?” (saying “I live in Florida now” can only last so long before you inadvertently insult a fellow Floridian), and finding ways to satisfy my adventurous spirit. This blog is my attempt to make sense of the transitions and travels of my life and reflect on how those experiences have formed me while preparing me for where I’m going.
Life is an adventure. I wouldn’t have it any other way. You’re invited to share my adventure, let me know what you think.