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Hey, I'm Aya & Takeshi!
Oakland, California, United States · Member since April 2013

Currently, we are on one-year round-the-world journey. We departed on July 1, 2013. Aside from seeing all the amazing things there are around the world, we want to engage with local people and culture. One goal of ours for this year-long trip is to explore how education happens outside of California. We are also interested in charitable projects.

As we are constantly on the move, we strive to leave each place in better condition than we found it (we *really* appreciate knowing how to recycle in your home).

A favorite quote of ours: “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover” -- Mark Twain

*Aya*
I am Japanese-Canadian-American. Until recently, I worked as a corporate philanthropy grant manager, giving away company money to charities and schools. I've lived in USA (California), Japan, Canada, and a short time in Brazil. I enjoy dancing and most recently was part of a Japanese folk dance performance group. I could eat Japanese or Vietnamese food everyday but like almost everything else. I don't eat red meat or pork for environmental reasons but don't mind if others do around me.

*Takeshi*
I am forth generation Japanese-American. For the last eight years, I have taught high school math and computer science and coached girls' swimming and water polo in Santa Cruz, California. While swimming and water polo are my primary sports back home, I also like to play ice hockey and golf, as well as learn new sports altogether. I most like to eat Japanese, Italian, and Greek food, though my palate is expanding with each country we visit.

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