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?”
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! 🙂