Born in Iceland, raised in Holland and Germany, lived in the United States and Canada for most of my adult life, now back in Germany.
During my Sturm und Drang youth I traveled the world for a few years, right after dropping out of high school and apprenticing as a cook. Cooking in tourist hellholes financed the trip, more or less, every few months forward and onward to the next faux happy place in the snow or sun. Ten years later, after a very brief stint in academia, that time came back to haunt me in the form of a job offer as a travel and food writer. Hah, would have never thought those two youthful lapses in judgment would pay my bills.