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Mark and Liesbet

LiesbetLiesbet was born in Belgium, but calls herself a world citizen. Traveling has been her lifelong passion, closely followed by writing. She has been intrigued by foreign lands, adventurous pursuits, captivating cultures and a simple world map since she was a teenager. As an adult, her worldly explorations started in earnest. During her college years, she saved up money to travel as much as her vacations allowed. After graduating as a teacher in 1997, she set out on an intensive backpacking trip throughout Southeast Asia with friends. Two “normal” years at work followed. She never owned anything, went on a few outings abroad during school holidays, and saved her income for future adventures. The next break from a semi-settled life in Belgium was a one year solo journey back to Southeast Asia and on to Australia, and New Zealand, where all the extreme sports had to be sampled. She went back to her teaching job in Belgium for another two years, before (unintentionally) leaving permanently in the summer of 2003.

MarkMark is from the United States of America. He grew up in New England, but preferred living in California. He has a master’s degree in computer science and built a successful career for himself. Utilizing his knowledge, abilities and skills, he lived the “American dream” for ten years, before deciding that it was time for something else. His familiarity with comfort, convenience and luxury was traded for an insurmountable hunger for adventure, freedom and a more basic lifestyle in 2005.

Liesbet and Mark B&W cockpit

Mark and Liesbet met in California in November 2004 and have been roaming as a team ever since. She had been traveling throughout the US, Canada and Alaska in a camper for a year and a half when they fell in love and immediately “moved in” together. When things settled down a bit, they decided to “unsettle” by buying a 36’ sailboat and moving into a marina with Mark’s two gorgeous and amazing Australian Shepherd mixes Kali and Darwin. Mark’s belongings were sold and for seven months they fixed their 25-year old monohull up and prepared her to sail south.

That plan didn’t work out so well – the dogs hated the constant slant of the boat in the ocean – and a year after they met, they found themselves traveling by truck camper throughout Mexico and Central America instead. Kali and Darwin (and Liesbet) loved this much better! When they returned to the States a year later, they downsized to a tent and a little Toyota pick-up truck to search for a suitable sailing catamaran along the East Coast. They succeeded in their two month mission and in 2007, they bought Irie and set off into the sunset once more, Kali and Darwin in tow. What followed was an eight year sailing adventure – with many ups and downs – that brought them from the Chesapeake Bay all the way to French Polynesia in the mighty Pacific Ocean. In August 2015 they sold their floating home and decided, once again, that it was time for something different, something exciting in its own way… They decided to focus on their exciting and blossoming freelance careers.

Mark, running a successful long range WiFi business (The Wirie) for many years, and Liesbet, having an arsenal of ideas in her head and feeling inspired to write more articles, frequent blog posts and even a book, are fully enjoying their changed lifestyle! For now. 🙂 Abiding by their frugal habits and roaming spirits, combining their love of animals with their desire for some temporary comfort, they are house and pet sitting all over the United States, putting their sense of responsibility and their creative minds to good use.

 

2 Comments

  1. Is this a new blog layout? It looks fantastic! This (dog)sitting profile is so good I can’t imagine you don’t have work lined up from now until eternity. I am SOOOO dumb, too, because we were looking for a 2+ week dog and house sitter in September and just before Lisa Dorenfest reminded me that you guys did this, I had booked someone else, and of course, it would not be nice to cancel her after I committed. (Now you are booked anyway.) The reason I’m so dumb is I READ all your blog posts and know perfectly well what you do, and yet I think I was thinking you are always in CA. Next time for sure – I would absolutely love for you to watch our dear, sweet dog.

    • Nope. Not a new page. I think I created it when I put this blog together in November 2015. Believe it or not, but we don’t get swamped with house sitting invitations, Lexie. I am not really advertising our services and my blog is not a house sitting blog, exclusively, so other “professional” house sitters are ahead of the game. Our life and blog is about so much more than house and pet sitting as well – too diverse. One needs to have a niche to stand out. 🙂 That being said, I do spend heaps of time going through notifications and applying to attractive sits, with personal letters and friendly communications.

      I’m sorry you are feeling dumb. You aren’t!! And, I could totally see myself do this as well – following along with someone’s life, but in my head making a connection to the location they are in. Totally normal behavior! 🙂 We do house sit in most parts of the USA, but have been sticking in this area, because the drives are shorter and we prefer warmer climes (a bit disappointing in Oakland, by the way). That being said, for long-term opportunities in attractive locations (Houston counts), we are often happy to cover the distance. Stay tuned for our summer and fall plans!

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