Goodbye to the Emerald City


It will come as no surprise to most of you who read this that I’ve left Seattle to return “home” to Los Angeles. With that, I’ve left behind my job at Expedia and my cool apartment on the lake. But what I brought with me is worth way more than that.

The last three years have contained some of the most fun and rewarding experiences of my life. I met so many great people, and made a handful of life-long friends. I gained so much experience and accomplished quite a bit while working at what I consider to be my first job — in the sense of my career anyway. Plus, finally being out of school and working for a travel company allowed me to travel more than I ever have before. And lastly, I got a chance to see and experience what is definitely one of the most beautiful parts of this country, the Pacific Northwest.

Many folks, especially those I know back here in LA, ask me if I left because I finally got tired of the rain. The truth is, that’s not why I left — although I won’t lie, that didn’t help convince me to stay either. I thought it was time for a change. As people we’re so naturally averse to change that it’s very easy for us to find a comfortable niche that’s working well for us and stick with it. But as great as our comfy niche may be, we’re not doing a ton of growing or learning after some point. We’re just wearing a hole in that comfy cushion.

You might say, if change was in order, why go back to what you already know? Why LA? First and foremost, the reason is family. Maybe it’s just me, or maybe it’s Armenian culture, but growing up my family was a huge, fun, and important part of life and I missed having that, or as much of it as I was used to (with a million thanks to my family in Seattle, blood and adopted).

Secondly, the last time I could call myself a resident of this giant sprawling mesh of cities we call Los Angeles, and a few months before I started writing here, I was 17 years old. Some say I don’t look very different than I did but I sure feel a lot different than I did then. I’m curious what the city is like now, as I explore parts of it I rarely ever saw before, with my new perspective as my ever-present companion.

You only need to turn back a page or two of this blog, or glance through my photo albums, to see what a great time I had in Seattle. But now, it’s time for a new chapter and a new adventure. Stay tuned…

5 Responses to “Goodbye to the Emerald City”

  1. Scott says:

    It was great to meet you and share in the drama that was Expedia. Best wishes back in the motherland and don’t forget to come see us once in a while, eh?

  2. Hritsko says:

    I’m glad to see you’re enjoying the decision to move back. Not a day goes by that I don’t consider moving back to Indy. I’m glad we had the chance to cross paths and become friends. One of these days I hope to make it down to LA.

  3. Matt L says:

    I had an awesome time rocking and rolling around Seattle, the Pacific Northwest, and the World with you brother. I look forward to many years of us being great friends. Enjoy the home turf and talk to you soon!

  4. Abhinav A says:

    cannot agree more on what you jotted down here… and will always miss the great time I had working with the original team with you all..

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