• Hi, I’m Greg, a 30 year-old traveler and web developer from Olympia, WA. For the last 6 years I’ve been telecommuting/freelancing from wherever I can get a connection. This flexibility allowed us to visit and work from 21 countries and counting. Extended homelessness has its challenges, so we started Watermelon Nomads to help and connect with other travelers and web workers.

    Before meeting Alex I studied Computer Science at Purdue University, wrote for the newspaper, occupied a cubicle, and went to Romania to work for a software startup. We met in Romania, and lived in or around Vancouver, Canada until getting married in July, 2009. After that we left everything behind to leave on our big trip to which this blog is dedicated. To reach me, send an email to greg@watermelonnomads.com

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  • I lived in Romania until the age of 21 (I am 27 now) and witnessed its fervent westernization. I was about 12 when I first ate at McDonald’s. I remember being terribly excited, as if this was an initiation of some sort, and finding Big Mac and greasy fries delicious. Like most Romanians whose parents experienced communism, I grew up fascinated with the west, and not so interested in the east. Like most children of “intellectual, anti-communist” parents, academic achievement was a “must”.

    After attending a hyper competitive math intensive high-school, I studied business administration in Bucharest, not because that was my passion, but because that was something useful for a “good future”. Only after moving to Canada and studying Humanities did I discover the pleasure of study. As a student in Bucharest though, my small world dominated by the views of my family had already changed. I had the chance to travel to Western Europe, I spent a summer working in Austria and then a semester studying tourism in France. I also worked at the Romanian Office of Tourism in Paris helping French travelers plan vacations to Romania. I shed my family’s interest in only the West and became curious about the whole world.

    I believe now that the richness of a travel experience is given by the ability of switching perspectives. We live in a world of cliches, where our image and feelings about a place usually come either from a sensationalist media, or from a greedy tourism industry, which both thrive on our ignorance. We have set out to undermine media fear-driven cliches and avoid all-inclusive resorts, and if this is something you are about too, we hope to be able to help, or at least inspire.

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