We met in high school’s academic decathlon (yes, we’re total nerds!), and then went on to study English together at UC Berkeley.

In 2004, a year after graduation, we got hitched, and soon afterward, Matt earned his MA in teaching.

For years we had dreamed of living abroad, and in 2007, we had the opportunity to teach English in Bursa, Turkey. It was an amazing experience, and we will never lose our love for Turkiye or the many wonderful Turks we met while there.

Today, we live in Amador County, California, where Matt teaches high school English and Jamie runs a small website design business called Simple Site Guru.

We put this blog together as a place to talk about life, music, travel, books, and other random thoughts. Take a look around, and leave us a comment!