It seems only fitting that my opening post should be about why I decided to do this in the first place.
Unlike most travel writers I follow, I didn’t think of taking a sabbatical and travel for a while after college, or taking a career break. I just wanted to live outside Mexico… or at least that’s what I thought.
Long story short. I studied in Madrid for six months during college, traveled around and finally rejected a job offer only to come back home and graduate as a Graphic Designer because that’s what I was supposed to do… or at least that’s what I thought. I graduated and after working in different agencies I felt the urge to go back and start a new life in Spain, so I paid for a two-month course in Barcelona. After it finished, I started looking for a job and I got one. In Moscow. And as much as I was already deeply in love with the catalonian summer, I felt like I had to take it. So I moved to Moscow for three months. But anyway, that’s a whole different story I’ll tell later as it marks a before/after point in my life.
I’m not very fond of getting philosophical about stuff, but back home I started having deep thoughts about what I want to really do or start pursuing. So this is when “this” came up as a bit of an enlightenment when all these clues and facts started and kept coming back to my head, and have actually been there all the time:
FACT 1. I always liked the geography class when I was a kid. I was the nerd that got really excited when the assignment was to learn the capitals of certain continent and started thinking ‘wow, this country has a REALLY cool name, what’s there?’ …of course I’ve now forgotten most capitals, but to be honest I’m kinda still that nerd, though. Thank god for Wikipedia and Travel Blogs!
FACTS 2, 3 & 4. I’ve been taking flights by myself since I was about twelve, and I don’t remember ever feeling afraid or extremely nervous. But I do have a love-hate relationship with airports: something has to happen every-F-time. I don’t know why but it always does, whether it is something as simple as a delayed flight or as awkward as getting off the plane watched and treated as some walking pandemic threat (true story). With that said, when I tell my friends this funny stories, they say I should write them down as a back up if I run out of bedtime stories for my grandchildren.
FACT 4. I’ve come to realize that I have a pattern on my decision-making. I like to get in trouble …but I can never imagine deciding otherwise. In other words, I drink the water before even considering if the glass is half full or half empty.
FACT 5. I’m an Internet junkie. And I can spend hours reading, either experiences from others or just basic information, about places I don’t know if I’ll ever go to. And I love it.
FACT 6. I also love being a designer. I think it has really made me see things from a different perspective. Maybe that’s why I don’t get people most of the time.
FACT 7. I love food. I love wine. And I love beer. And burgers.
End of facts.
So, what is “this”?
Well, I don’t know for sure. But today, “this” is me doing what I think I’m really supposed to do with my life. It’s me starting a parallel career without quitting the one I’ve already started. But maybe it’s me acknowledging that I want a different future than the one I went to college for. ‘This’ is me realizing that ‘to settle down’ doesn’t mean to ‘get stuck’ (not that I want to settle down, though). It’s finding a way to do what I’ve noticed I never ever complain about while doing it: traveling. And this is me not only traveling but sharing my travels.
As time’s gone by, and as a whole realization, I now know I don’t want to just live outside Mexico …what I want is to be constantly moving.