I took a year off between undergrad and grad school to study in Beijing, travel Nepal and India, and do a lab visit in Zurich. Before I left, Matt and I had decided to move to Boulder, CO together in the summer of 2009. So we jammed all our stuff in a 12 ft. trailer and drove our life out to Colorado. Matt had started work a few weeks earlier in Longmont. We already had a good friend living in Boulder, with whom we had family dinner every week until he moved away.
Things are pretty good here. Restaurants are great. People are fun and outdoorsy. Boulder is small but big enough. We try to get outside exploring with relative frequency. We ran our first marathon together in fall 2009. I got hooked on road cycling, which is a perfect sport for Boulder. So many hills to climb. Both of us started tele-skiing full time for more of a challenge, and we discovered the joys of Vail on a powder day.
Matt went full-time 7 months ago in a small mobile software development company he helped found and now works from our 700 sq-ft apartment. Grad school has its ups and downs, but is generally good.