Meet Mike Trial
I was born in Kansas City but grew up in an oil town in Saudi Arabia where my father worked for ARAMCO.
For their retirement residence, my parents bought a small farm near Columbia, Missouri where I attended high school and the University of Missouri. After military service I went to work with the Corps of Engineers, a US government agency which contracts for construction of military and civil infrastructure. I worked in a number of places during my thirty-year career, including eight years in Saudi Arabia (it was rather interesting to see Dhahran after twenty years.)
When my sister and I were kids, my parents took us with them as they explored the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia. Visiting other cultures when I was very young was a great gift. It provided me with insight into peoples different from me and sparked my lifelong interest in travel. After I retired I lived in Japan for four years before moving back to the family farm in 2007.