About Me

I am pursuing a life of curiosity on a continent where I am considered a foreigner. Everywhere I go the familiar words ring out, “Where are you from?”

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This is a valid question I guess. I live in Bologna, Italy.  I was born in Lomé, Togo.  I grew up in El Centro, California, less than ten miles from the Mexican border.  My family is from New York, and I studied and worked in San Diego, CA and Pittsburgh, PA.  Basically, I have grown up being the “gringa,” or, the “different” one in the room.  But I’m comfortable that way because I am so accustomed to it.  And it has given me my thirst for seeking out cultures in contrast to my own.  So, when someone asks my where I’m from, it is hard to choose from all of the special places in my past, and the collection of wonderful friends I’ve found along the way.  When you live outside your country, your friends are your kindred spirits and where you come from becomes information of secondary importance. Instead, we share our most important interests in common: culture, people, and fun. Oceans and new languages are never deterrents – they are merely challenges that make our adventures more interesting.

I created this blog to make a record of the beautiful craziness that defines my travel experiences through my photography and storytelling (all true, every word!). And most importantly, because I want you to join these spontaneous experiences.

This blog is in no way just about me. I want you to participate in my adventures with your own experiences, as well as discover the voices represented within the blog – friends, family, coworkers and acquaintances from every corner of the planet and walk of life that share one thing in common – a love of travel. All at once their stories and advice make the world seem more accessible, and unearth even more mysteries than we could ever imagine.

Please let this blog be your inspiration to take an extra vacation day, or go a little further on your next trip. And by all means, send pics! 🙂

39 responses to “About Me

  1. Thanks for the like on my post that led me here…definitely looking forward to reading more of your adventures in Italy, a country I adore. My first trip was in 1980, a different era, but a great place to explore when you are young and female – I had so much fun! I’ll enjoy your travels from my armchair.

    • Yes, I think it must be quite a different place! And quite a long flight…I write just for that reason, for everybody who can’t make it here for whatever reason. Sometimes enjoying from the armchair is a better gig… 😉

  2. Ciao! Thanks for the follow! Happy to discover your lovely blog. Bologna is on my list of places to spend more time in. 20 minutes in the stazione while transfering trains is just not enough! Happy blogging and travels to you. 🙂

  3. This is great! like you I love to travel! I love to learn different cultures and partake in experiencing life as much as I can, and I can see that you do too 🙂

    All the best in whatever you do, great blog!

    Regards
    Dalia

    • Oh thanks so much for your sweet comment Dalia. 🙂 Yes, what would life be without traveling?? Nice to share passions with fellow photogs/bloggers… 🙂

    • Oh I so appreciate your comment Nicole! :)) You know WordPress- it has taken a lot of work over the years to get the look I was hoping for, and I think I’m finally almost there! 🙂 Thanks again for your support, it means a lot. Happy Saturday to you!

    • Oh thank you Heather! The same for me – I’m so glad I found your blog. I was searching under a tag I don’t usually search with for a friend’s blog and yours came up! 🙂

  4. O Dont mind me 😛 be all means go ahead and revamp i am sure the outcome will be as beautiful if not better .
    P.S although not related but when u do ,, add your zodiac sign 🙂

    • Oh thanks for the comment and for stopping by – so appreciated! :)) Yes, I guess we are all different in our own way and it makes the world that much more interesting and worth exploring…;)

    • Oh, thanks for your sweet comment, Rusha! I really appreciate it. :)) I haven’t had much time to keep up with my blog lately, but I love reading other posts when I can, and am really looking forward to keeping up with yours. 🙂

  5. I can definitely relate to being the different one in the room! I was born one place, lived my childhood in another, and my teen years somewhere else – so I never had a home country, really. There are lots of plusses and minuses to that – still, I wouldn’t change a thing! 🙂

    • Thanks for your comment…it is so nice to commisurate on these things! The downside of moving around so much, for me, is the bit of loneliness that can come with it. I love meeting people like you because some of that loneliness goes away with the shared experience. What an interesting upbringing you’ve had! Thanks for sharing…

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