Thank you for coming to our site and being interested in who we are and what we are doing. Now, since you’ve come here – we’d like to introduce ourselves.
I’m Christopher Damitio. Friends call me Christopher or Damitio or sometimes Vago – which is short for Vagobond – which comes from a book I wrote back in 2003 called Rough Living: Tips and Tales of a Vagabond and then later from my world travel blog at Vagobond.com. I graduated from the University of Hawaii in 2008 and set out to explore the world. Shortly after – I met my future wife, Hanane, in Morocco. We moved back to the USA in 2013 and opened an antique shop on the Oregon Coast. Now, I’m in my mid-40s and recently bought my first ukulele – it’s a Kamoa Tenor Ukulele and I love it. I’ve been playing with it for about 6 months now and have finally decided that I don’t need to play with a guitar any longer – which is amazing because I’ve had a guitar around for most of my adult life!
This is my wife, Hanane. We met in the city of Sefrou in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco where she was born and had lived her whole life. She is a teacher, a baker, a magnificent cook of international cuisine, and a brand new ukulele player and also a brand new American citizen. She earned her citizenship at the end of 2016. She currently works as a special needs educator. We were married in the Sahara in 2010 and we lived in Turkey where we were both teaching English after that. While we were in Turkey we produced an international creation – we like to say our creation was made in Turkey with joint Moroccan and American cooperation – we named her Sophia (which means wisdom in Greek but is also indicative of the Aya Sofya in Istanbul which was the largest Christian cathedral for a thousand years, the largest Islamic mosque for just as long and now is a secular monument).
Our daughter Sophia was born in 2011. She is Moroccan- American with Turkish origin but when it comes down to it, she is definitely an American girl. She loves singing, dancing, drawing, Disneyland, ponies, cats, gardening, and reading. She is completing her 100th day of kindergarten as I write this – I was hesitant to take her out of school so we could travel the world for a year at first but then Hanane pointed out that it was me who taught her to read, taught her to write, taught her to do addition, subtraction, and multiplication – school has actually been more about the social aspects for her – and since both of her parents are teachers she is going to be learning and we both know there is no better school than the world to teach you about life. So, that’s what we are going to do. I got Sophia a Kala soprano ukulele for Christmas in 2016. We’ve been learning chords and songs together. We decided it would be fun to get Hanane a uke for Valentines Day 2017 – so we got her a Martin Smith soprano ukulele.
And just in case you wonder what I look like – here’s me:
And that is who we are and how we became The Ukulele Family. We are not experts – we are not even very good on our ukes yet, but that is part of the journey we are on. Our mission is to see the world and learn to play the ukulele together while being ambassadors of aloha and using our time and energy to make the world a better place. We are going to be spending a good bit of time volunteering and helping to promote the causes we believe in. This means that we will be volunteering and promoting the arts in education, assisting special needs students, and helping animals and the environment (especially cats says Sophia). We will be writing more about our causes as we move forward.