travel frequently and maintain websites with diaries and
pictures from most of our trips. We also publish
articles from our journeys occasionally. The
travel section of our website contains links to our trips.
Born in 1972 in the
Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia at that time), we came to the United
States in 1996. We both studied at The University of Iowa - Jitka
got her MBA degree in 1999 and Marek his PhD in Electrical &
Computer Engineering (Medical Image Processing) later in the same year. We
moved to Minneapolis where Jitka worked for NCS
Manager of Global Projects, but she stayed at home after the birth
of our son Tomas. Marek worked there for Vital
Director of Clinical Applications Development. In the spring of 2007
we moved to Seattle, where Marek joined
Microsoft Healthcare and created international Medical Imaging group. In 2012, Marek left Microsoft and we have started our own company, Leaping Llama Labs. At the end of 2013, we have added another venture to our activities - Coding with Kids, teaching children computer programming.
of work we love sports, outdoors, mountains and travels. We have been traveling through the entire United States
and camped and hiked in most National Parks. During our student
years we visited Peru
and Mexico and became interested in life in developing countries and
in learning about other cultures. In 2003-2004 we have
undertaken a nine-month expedition around the globe.