New York City is the place of my birth. I was raised in rural North Carolina. Having strong wanderlust, I joined the US Army hoping that it would be my ticket to world travel. Luckily for me, after spending six months stationed in Louisiana, I was transferred to Darmstadt, Germany where I finished my three year enlistment. I spent time in Frankfurt and settled in Detmold, Germany. Germany was my home for ten years. It's culture and language became part of my DNA.The Netherlands will always be a third home to me. I lived there for fifteen years. Also soaking up the language and culture like a sponge. Both countries gave me the opportunity to live the life of a native and learn the languages that have helped me professionally and privately.