Today, we hear from Jason, our regional Pocket Cultures contributor from the USA. Jason and his family currently live in the US, but recently spent a year travelling around the world with his family, chronicling his adventures on

Where do you live? Where are you from? If those are different, can you tell us a little about what inspired your move?

I live in Marin County, California, just north of San Francisco.  I grew up in California, but have lived in Japan, New York and Cusco, Peru.  My latest move was back home; the kids are in high school and college is looming so I’m hanging up my traveling shoes and putting on my corporate shoes for a few years.

If you would describe yourself as multi-cultural, tell us a bit about what culture you most identify with and why. If you have kids, what culture do they most associate with?

I’m an American and so are my kids.  We have traveled a lot but have never lived anywhere else for over a year, so we’ve retained our “american-ness” and hopefully some perspective.

Why did you decide to become a Pocket Cultures contributor?

I was invited to join and it seemed like it would be fun.

Can you describe a typical day for you?

Well, right now I just took on a challenging job in San Francisco so it feels like all I do is work.

What is the best part of living in your country? The worst?

Best part is that anything is possible.  Worst part is that it’s not true for everybody.

What books or films would you recommend someone who’d like to know more about your country?

Films: Blue Velvet, American Beauty

What’s something that visitors are often surprised by when getting to know your country/culture?

How religious we are and how optimistic we are.

About the author

Carrie is an American who just moved from Bali to Mendoza, Argentina. Carrie caught the wanderlust bug early on from her parents, who raised her in Mexico City. Carrie and her husband David have lived in New York, London, Barcelona, Costa Rica, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, and Bali before moving to Mendoza. They are actively working to pass on the travel bug to their young son Timmy, who has already been to twelve countries.