Hello-- I am an engineer who has lived on the West coast, between L.A. and San Francisco, for 14 years now. I was originally from Chicago.
A year ago I decided to take a year out of work to do something else. I ended up going around the world-- South America, Antarctica, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Australia. Just me, my backpack, and whatever company I could find on the road.
Now I am back on the West coast to re-settle. I will be needing temporary space as I go around to interview for a new job and look for a new home.