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Our 27 Years of Rumba Around The World

Our 27 Years of Rumba Around The World
Valentine's Day is our wedding anniversary, so here's a little homage to Anne.
Finally she pounced after my poor pickup line and empty pocket.
I met Anne at a Bochinche salsa concert at Seattle's annual Bumbershoot music festival. And do you know the first word out of her mouth that she said to me, "No." And the next five words were, "I said, no, didn't I?" (I won't repeat my lame pickup line.) Then on our first date, a picnic in a local park, I forgot my wallet when we were buying some deli items so she had to write a check. In spite of myself, 27 years of rumba around the world since then has spun many tales of romance, adventure, and an ever growing family here in Seattle and in so many friends and families in communities and homes the world over.
Our first kiss under a waterfall near on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica.
In those days when we were just starting out I planned an adventure honeymoon riding mountain bikes down the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica with little more than small bike packs, a little food, and a pup tent to camp on the beach along the way. That's when we had our first kiss under a waterfall. 
Our last morning together on our honeymoon I didn't plan the menu very well. Breakfast was Costa Rican coffee liquor and granola bars.
We married six months after we met, and were pregnant six months later. Wildland Famiily Adventures with our son Tarek began early on. When he was in first grade we started leading a different family adventure every year first in Costa Rica, then Panama, Belize, then off to far-flung locals from SE Asia to Turkey and Africa.
Today, our daughter Kelly works in the office and together they taken mother-daughter adventures in Costa Rica and Spain.
Anne and Kelly on high adventures in Costa Rica.
Our son Tarek, who studied at Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland, having traveled around the world all his life, now lives in Guatemala running personal adventures of a new kind with a amazing little company, Running Buffalo Journeys, designing experiences in the Maya Heartland  to discover to truth and beauty of who we really are. 
Our most recent family adventure with Tarek in Guatemala. Look nice? Join us December 2015 in Guatemala.
When I left the University of Michigan to move to Seattle and start Wildland in 1986, my stated intention was to find me a Latin woman and start a family. And sure enough, I found her. She was adopted in Los Angeles of Mexican and Spanish descent, raised in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard in a mostly Scandinavian community of blond Norwegians, and although Spanish wasn't her native language, she's Latin, still hot, and I love her! 
Looking back, adventure brought us together as a couple, and it's that oh-so-precious time we share as a couple and a family that humbles us and makes us so grateful for all that the world provides.
I've discovered many things in Tikal and other places around the world, but I've never discovered so much about my grandson Jake than I did on our recent adventure together in Guatemala.
We never take for granted that our travelers entrust their precious vacation time in our hands. And further, how so many of you have joined us in making a real difference in the world supporting conservation initiatives and helping local communities and familiies whose lives are better as part of our global family.  
We love adventure! All kinds, out in the world and inside as we continue to learn about and from each other.
We're still smiling and we keep on dancing! Come dance with us! 
See the complete gallery of adventures with Kurt and Anne.
Send me an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or look at all the places we travel to get ideas for your next dance floor in the world. 
Keeping it wild and romantic,
Kurt Kutay
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