Jamie and Michelle are step sisters and best friends. They have always shared a passion for travel and adventure that the word ‘wanderlust’ does not begin to describe. The girls first met when Jamie was 11 and Michelle was 10. A year or so later, Jamie’s dad married Michelle’s mom and the rest was step-family history.
Michelle’s first memory of Jamie was that she was wearing a T-shirt that said ‘Save the Manatees.’ Jamie also had a mullet at this time. Whatever happened to the manatees, anyway? Have they been saved? Do they still need saving? Should we start the T-shirts back up again?
Jamie’s first memory of Michelle was that she wanted to play some sort of game that involved running across the driveway while Michelle’s mom was backing out the car. Ah, the young daredevil. Jamie thought she was crazy.
The two girls have gone on trips to Panama, Costa Rica, Japan and China together, but this is by far their longest and most ambitious trip. Will they survive 5-plus months on the road together?
Jamie Nadle is the first born female of the Nadle family. Jamie has a demented pinkie finger on her left hand. While many of her peers have made fun of the unusual pinkie, Jamie knows that it is what makes her special and is the source of all her magic mojo that will one day allow her to rule the world.
Jamie likes hiking and running and riding her bike really far. Like, why would you go that far when you’ll just have to ride back far.
Hidden talents and skills: Guitar. Yodeling. Shaking her eyeballs and freaking people out with her pinkie. Dance fighting. Freestyle rapping. Carrying a 100 pound pack through the Himalayas with little food and not dying. So … stamina and strong will.
Michelle Wu likes music, especially live music and outdoor summer concerts. Michelle likes to snowboard and surf. Well, what she means is she hopes to learn how to surf better in her travels, because as of now, she is pretty bad at it. Michelle likes technology, specifically mobile technology. Michelle worked on the mobile and tablet apps at The Wall Street Journal before leaving to go sleep in huts with no hot water for several months.
Michelle hopes to be a mermaid some day. Though of course, wild unicorn, jungle princess, or president of the moon will do. Her spirit animal, she says, is the wolf.
Hidden talents and skills: Shadow puppets. Balloon animals. Finding seaglass. The Gado-Gado discount. Charming her way into free stuff. Good with maps and directions. Making the best of a bad situation, looking on the bright side.
Michelle has previously traveled to: China, Japan, Costa Rica, Panama, Jamaica, Mexico, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Spain, and admittedly not enough of the United States