I was born in Tehran, Iran in 1976 while my father was working as an architect there. However, I moved away after only six months, so my memory is a tad bit weak :-). The area interests me a lot, and I've done a fair amount of reading on the region.
Moving from the exotic to the mundane, I lived in Omaha, Nebraska for the next six years of my life. I don't really remember all to much of Nebraska either, save some mental pictures, etc.
From Omaha, I moved to Hong Kong, for the next three years of my life. Of all the places I've lived, I enjoyed it the most, because of all the variety in life. Even for 7-10 year old kid, there are millions of things to do and see. Lots of good food too! I attended the Hong Kong International School (HKIS), which was a great school and I think was the reason I made it into MIT later on (see below).
After my three years in Hong Kong, I moved to California, where I lived for 9 years until I graduated from Hart High School. I found California to be a general let down, from all the movies and TV shows I had seen, but the weather was awesome. I went to Hart High school in Valencia, a good school with a few great teachers.
Then I went to MIT, where I did A LOT of work, but also had fun (in my spare time :-). Check on my main home page for more MIT links and info. MIT was a truly amazing experience, and while I'm not ready to repeat it just yet, I'm glad I did it. It taught me a lot about what I'm capable (and not) of doing, about what my priorities are, and about who I am. MIT is an extremely challenging school, but the amount that you can get out of it (if you want to) is unsurpassed I believe.
Ok, so it's not me (I never even competed rings), but I was on the MIT Varsity Men's Gymnastics Team for all 4 years, and am had a great time, although it certainly took up a lot of time. I was also a member of the MIT dancetroupe, a group of students interested in both learning and performing dance. I'm still involved in Dancetroupe, and while I'm still doing much more of the learning than the performing, it's a great group to be a member of.
I continued to live in Cambridge for another 10 years after graduating from MIT! I briefly moved all the way to Allston, MA, but quickly realized how much I missed Cambridge and came right back. Finally, after my girlfriend completed her PhD, we moved on! She accepted a job at Caltech in Pasadena, CA but was able to take some time off before she needed to start there. So I quit my job and we took a five month trip around the Pacific Circle!