While Pennsylvania was my family's "home base", I also had the opportunity to travel a lot growing up. My dad was a college professor and when I was in 1st grade, he traded jobs with a professor in California so we packed up the station wagon (remember those??) and saw the US on our way to become Californians, if only for a year. The next year my dad's sabbatical meant a European trip for the 5 of us - I think I've seen where every Astronomer was born, died and worked. We were in 13 countries in 4 months. My parents were pretty brave to do that with a 5th grader, 2nd grader (me) and a kindergartner but I'm glad they did!
I spent 6 weeks in Athens, Greece as a mother's helper after 6th grade (to a family we met on our travels) and was an exchange student in France my junior year of high school. I believe my early exposure to other places and cultures has affected my view of the world and influenced me greatly. I love exploring new places and learning about the area and people - whether it's in the US or overseas.