Betsy and Mark
Betsy and Mark Amsterdam
Betsy and Mark in Washington State

New Adventure to Portugal

We love to travel and experience new cultures. The fact our work can be done from any location with an Internet connection, keeps us going. As a professional couple, the digital nomad lifestyle can be challenging when balancing work and play. We've gotten better at that balance as times goes on.

Travel Experience

In 2009, Betsy and I left Southern California and began traveling. Some of that travel was documented on The Next Road. We traveled extensively in Mexico and spent a few months in Guatemala, Ecuador, Argentina, Germany and the Netherlands. Shorter stays included Slovenia, Scotland, and Panama.

Occasionally we would return to the U.S. for family stuff like college graduations. During those times, we rented apartments in Boston, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. We've done long-term housesits in New Orleans, Morganton N.C., Bonny Doon, CA, and Alexandria, VA. With no home base, for the last 10 years, we've lived a nomadic lifestyle.

Background

Betsy and I have been married 39 years. We have three children, twin daughters and a son. We grew up in Flint, MI, became high school sweethearts, later married and then moved to Northern Michigan for a dozen years. Betsy edited and wrote for a couple of newspapers and Mark worked for Coca-Cola.

In 1997 we moved to California and started new. Mark transitioned into the technology industry working for a UNIX-based reseller in Carlsbad reselling enterprise-class backup and recovery, storage systems, and business continuation solutions. Betsy went to work for a book publisher as managing editor. She oversaw the publishing of over 75 hardcover books and managed writers both internally and remote.

A few wonderful years later, our son attended Berkeley, our twin daughters attended Harvard, and all went on to advanced degrees. The nest was empty.

More Recently

In 2015 we came back to the U.S. and settled in Sarasota, FL, to support Betsy’s mother. A year ago she passed, so we are in the midst our next adventure. We've decided to settle in Portugal. That adventure is unfolding.

Here are our business websites (we can always use the work):

WordMetroPress.com
WordMetro.com
DatawiseStorage.com

Best Regards,

Betsy and Mark Blondin