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Urte Zableckas: I was young in catching the travel bug. Having been born in Lithuania and spending the majority of my youth in the States, I was essentially destined for multiple cultures. In my undergraduate years, I studied abroad twice; once, with IES Milan, where I found my soul, and once with ISDSI in northern Thailand, where I spent valued time working with the Karen hill tribes. After finishing university, I was more than eager to continue the adventures. In the past few years, I have spent extensive time traveling throughout Asia, South America, and Europe. Sometimes I volunteer, sometimes I visit friends, and sometimes I just ramble about. A few years back, I was fortunate enough to live and work in Metz, France as an English teaching assistant through TAPIF. Currently, I hang my hat in Gippsland, Australia.

In addition to learning languages, I love folk dancing (and line dancing!), drawing, reading, and planning my next adventures. Next wishes: Camino de Santiago, Madrid, Reykjavik, and Istanbul. Visit me on facebook or follow me on twitter!

Brent Owen spent a significant part of 2008-2009 abroad, backpacking Asia with next to nothing on his back. His blog and advice have been extremely helpful in the planning of our own Asian Adventure, which he joined in a later leg. We are endlessly grateful for the pages and pages of contributions, and think of Brent as a traveling professional. Brent currently resides in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he works and saves for his next odyssey. He also anticipates spending some time in Latin America. See posts by Brent here.


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