Hans Christian Andersen once said, “To travel is to live.” I couldn’t agree more. While we all may travel for different reasons, we can probably all agree that traveling broadens the mind and invigorates the spirit. At least, that is true for me – and more. I am who I am today, in great part, because of where I’ve traveled.
Do we become smarter, wiser when we travel? If we travel with our eyes and heart open, with a desire to learn and understand other cultures, and not be judgmental, I’d say yes. But I’d also say it’d take a lifetime of traveling to reach enlightenment.
After years of hoarding travel notes, both written and mental, thousands of pictures, and in an unrelenting quest to know the world around me and to never get too comfortable in my own bubble, I’ve decided to put it all together into this thing called a blog.
My goal here is to use words, photographs, and sometimes videos, to share what I have seen, discovered, and experienced through my travels – to take the reader on a virtual journey, so to speak, and to show how different, but in the end, how similar we all are whether we live in Tangier, Lima, or Iceland.
A bit about me:
I am a writer at heart – and an attorney by education and training. Until now, most of my writing has been limited to legal briefs and keeping diaries of my travels, life experiences, etc. For my eighth birthday, my parents gave me a dictionary. The inscription read “to our future writer.” That was decades ago. I used to share my writings with others, but somewhere along the way, I became a closet writer. So… here goes something.
I am a world traveler with a passion for absorbing knowledge, experiencing life with meaning, and connecting with other cultures. I’ve lived and studied in three continents – moving around many countries along the way – Perú, México, Argentina, South Africa, and the U.S.A. I’ve explored dozens of cities in more than 25 countries. I’m bilingual (Spanish and English). Growing up, I also studied French, Afrikaans, and Zulu. Till this day, answering a simple question like, “where are you from?” stumps me. All I know is that I’m a Latina at heart, who has had to figure out how to fit in whether living in Johannesburg, Buenos Aires, or Miami. I’m always grateful that my parents raised my siblings and I to be avid travelers; by showing us the world, they taught us to be open-minded, understanding, and compassionate.
I am also a home cook with an ravenous desire to learn more about food and cooking each day. I am part of a large, awesome meshed-up family, and for the last 10 years, since my dad, the real cook in my family, left us, I have been experimenting on my loved ones. I developed my palate by following my parents’ advice (well, it was really a requirement growing up) that I taste all kinds of foods as we moved from place to place. I learned that to get to know a culture better, you have to eat the local foods! That is a must for me when I travel – eat everything along the way.
Last year, I spent 2 1/2 months in Lima, where I attended the international culinary school, Le Cordon Bleu. I completed a Professional Diploma in Peruvian cuisine (regional, traditional, and modern). You’ll find posts related to Peruvian food & travel under the category “9 1/2 Weeks in Peru.” I’ll be updating this section regularly. Also, under the “Cook . Eat” category, I’ll share some recipes of certain foods I’ve had while traveling, or things I’ve made which were influenced by my travels, and maybe give you my two cents on eateries I’ve tried around the world.
So there it is. Maybe you are just passing through this site or maybe you will become one of my followers. Whatever the case, I want to thank you for taking the time to read what I share. I would love to hear about your own experiences and how they relate to or how they are different from my own. My biggest wish is that the time you spend here is worth your while and that what you see and read here will inspire you to travel!