As the story goes, we are a “Things are better the Second Time around” marriage. We met when Janice worked for Citrix Systems in Fort Lauderdale and John was the CEO of a technology start-up. Janice was reviewing the possible acquisition of John’s company for Citrix. In the end, as Janice tells the story, Citrix did not purchase his company. Instead, there was a merger between Janice and John.
We both love change; we love golf and new adventures. This blog tells our story of golf and travel for the past 15 years, our love for wine, world history, learning local customs, and having fun. All of these ingredients are what we use to decide “the next adventure.” Of course, the famous “bucket list” sometimes comes into play.
We have enjoyed many trips worldwide to fantastic locations in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, England, Wales, Spain, and France. We cruised through the Nordic countries and visited Denmark, Russia, and many other countries; we purchased Euro-Passes and traveled by train through Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy, only using public transportation along the way.
In 2011, we decided to write up our travels and started the blog “Travels with John and Janice.” We wanted to tell stories about the various places we visited, not just for our memories but for family and friends. Many friends and travelers started to follow the blog, enjoying our experiences and getting ideas about things to do.
A little bit about our backgrounds:
Janice was in the software engineering business for over 40 years working for IBM, Citrix Systems, and Sun Microsystems. She was always blessed to work on leading-edge technologies like the first multi-processor Personal Computers, Speech Recognition, Handwriting Recognition, and the PDA “Apple Newton,” with the early adaptations of those technologies into devices. At Sun Microsystems, Scott McNealy always said, “The network is the computer,” so she got to create some of the first Cloud Computing environments and tests with customers; in general…(NERD!).
John was raised in Seattle, Washington…on to Topeka, Kansas, and then to New York City. His early career was selling large-scale computer equipment to Fortune 100 listed companies. He moved to Fort Lauderdale as a Vice President of a computer leasing company. Somewhere along, he was tied into the.COM world and involved in the founding of two technology companies.
Our last project was a wine company that delivered wine sold over the internet from small vineyards around the world. It did not make it through the crash of the market in 2008, but what wonderful times we had!