The Puget Sound region has been my home of choice since 2000. The geographical location is simply amazing – lots of open water, lakes, and mountains allow for countless activities and sports associated with them.

The greater Seattle area hosts numerous well-known companies such as Microsoft (the company that brought me here), Boeing, Amazon, Starbuck’s, Costco, Alaska Airlines, REI, Redfin, Zillow, and many more.
Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Lee, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Heart, Macklemore – they’re all from here.

Our climate is relatively mild – the summers are hot – but not brutally hot -, and snow in winter is possible, but one cannot count on it. The city is not quite as rainy as its reputation suggests, and wind storms are possible but rather rare.
We don’t have hurricanes or tornadoes, but the risk of a major earthquake or an eruption of Mt. Rainier – a dormant volcano roughly 50 miles SE of Seattle – is a rather unlikely, but certainly real possibility.

I’m not a conservative person, and always appreciated Seattle as a progressive city. But in recent years, the drug and homelessness crisis has hit our region hard. Criminal activity has gone up, and naive liberal policies oftentimes prevent police from chasing criminals, while catch & release policies perpetuate the vicious cycle.

All that said, I still love it here! There are only few cities in the US where I’d rather live.