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. Plus, let’s face it – traveling is Fun with a capital F.
After years of hoarding travel notes, both written and mental, plus collecting 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.
A bit about me:
I am a writer at heart – I’m an attorney by education and training. Until recently, 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 shy and closed writer. So… here goes something.
I am a world traveler – I’ve lived and studied in three continents – moving around many countries along the way, like Perú, México, Argentina, South Africa, and the U.S.A. As a traveler, I’ve explored a few dozen cities in over 30 countries. My education was bilingual (Spanish and English). Growing up, I also studied French, Afrikaans, and Zulu. (None of the latter languages stuck, unfortunately. Well, maybe French – a little). ‘Till this day, answering a simple question like, “where are you from?” stumps me because I grew up in so many different places and felt like everywhere I lived was home. You can read about my world travel experiences under See & Do. If you go to the header, on the left side of the main page, the entries are organized by location.
I am also a fanatic food lover & cook – Traveling + eating go hand-in-hand. To learn a culture, you have to eat the local food! Growing up, my parents encouraged me to be adventurous and taste all kinds of foods as we moved around the globe. For the last decade, I’ve been cooking for family and friends. Sharing my passion for food and the act of gathering together for a meal is one of my greatest joys in life.
Deciding to change the course of my professional life and follow my passion for food and cooking, one day I packed my bags for a 3-month stint in Lima, Peru, where I attended the international culinary school, Le Cordon Bleu. After some of the best three months of my life, I completed a Professional Diploma in Peruvian cuisine. You’ll find posts related to Peruvian food & travel under the category Peru Travels ♥.
I returned from Peru and developed a plan to start up a food business, but that didn’t get off to a quick start, since I got involved in some extensive traveling, going to Japan, China, Panama, Mexico, Iceland, France, Costa Rica, and the US. This took about two years, at the end of which I decided I need to give priority to my first passion.
Once again, on a rainy August day last year, I packed my rental car, with my new puppy in tow, and drove from the Colorado mountains to the city of New York, where I started my culinary classes and training to become a professional chef. It is now 2017, and I have just completed intense training, which lasted four months. Going to culinary school every day was demanding, exhausting, and above all – a dream come true. Today, I am completing my 200-hour externship requirement before graduation at a restaurant in midtown Manhattan, Toloache. The chef/owner is a graduate from my school, the International Culinary Center in Soho, NYC. He owns about 8 restaurants throughout NY. I am having a blast, although it is definitely hard work – but most of all, very rewarding. Here’s to everyone following their dreams!
In the meantime, I share, from time to time, different recipes that I think are easy and enjoyable to make, which are influenced by my world travels. You’ll find those under the category Food & Drink.
So, there it is 🙂
In the end, my main goal here is to use words and photos to inspire you to travel, to eat – and maybe cook – foods that may be foreign to you, to keep an open mind and heart when you travel, to engage with locals along the way, to listen and learn, and to be curious and understanding about our world and its people in general. I want to thank you for stopping by. Let me know what you think! I love hearing from readers.
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