We are Eva & Jeremy Rees and we are going to escape.
We are escaping the 9 to 5, the 40 hour work week, the daily commute, cable television, apartment rent, owning furniture. We are escaping our small corner of the world, known as Los Angeles, because we believe there is a bigger world out there. We want to meet it, eat it, bump into it and get a better look at it.
Eva had a pastoral childhood in Poland with lots of chickens and sausages, and then came to California. She was lucky to grow up with parents who were curious about the world, sending her abroad and feeding her atypical dinners. She can speak enough of a few languages to order a meal, and she can usually drink the water.
For Jeremy, early travels were family camping trips to the California Coastline with its majestic beaches and towering redwoods. He had never left the United States of America— he didn’t even own a passport. You can’t marry an immigrant without growing more curious about the world out there. When your wife is adventurous to boot, hopefully it’s only a matter of time before escaping to some faraway place.
We’re not crunchy granola hippies trying to bring about world peace. We were yuppies, more or less. We had well-paying careers, nice toys like motorcycles and a classic car, and we were working on our investments and retirement. We are going to miss our 50 inch plasma TV and our shows on HBO and Showtime. Even for this trip we look more like a North Face ad than vagabonds, and our major concerns include kidney theft and sunburn. We’re still trying to figure out what some of the straps on our packs are for.
We don’t want to be content with two-week vacations once a year, sitting in front of a computer monitor and buying a home, mowing the lawn. Sometimes you have to escape the box completely to think outside it. The economy is upside down, our way of life is changing. We are looking for a new perspective because we know there is so much more to the world than what we can see from here.
We’re never too far away
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