Partly visceral yet partly tangible, our experiences make us who we are. Everything our senses take in throughout our lives gets sent back out into the world in some way, turning the adage “you are what you eat” graphically literal.
Jokes aside, what I’m trying to say is that we are the sum of our experiences.
I was born and raised on the East Coast of the United States. Life around New York and New Jersey is fast-paced yet simple; city life and countryside mannerisms meld together.
Yet I was simultaneously raised in a Polish household by parents who were living in a new country in a new culture with unfamiliar values. Their experience has made me aware of the innate differences between people of different origins. Of the struggles which accompany culture shock, language barriers, and an unfamiliar environment.
Why I travel
Growing up, I learned there was more than just life in my town. My upbringing has shown that it is not only beneficial, but also necessary, to meet and learn from people from other cultures. My travels have only confirmed this.
Conflicts and disagreements in interpersonal and international affairs stem from a lack of empathy, oftentimes on both sides. Travel can bridge the gap by showing us we share common values and interests. At the same time, illucidating our differences demonstrates our individual uniqueness and offers a window into another culture and a door to understanding.
Where I’ve been
From a young age, I traveled internationally thanks to my family’s curiosity for the unknown. After graduating college, I lived, studied, and worked in Poland and Japan, backpacking solo around Europe and Asia as I did so.
Feel free to ask me questions about travel preparation or about the places to which I’ve been. I am by no means an expert on any country or culture. However, learning from mistakes and taking them as warnings for the future rather than as failures comes with the territory.
Why you should read this blog
Each article on this blog does three things:
- Tells a story
- Contains travel tips and recommendations
- Shares the author’s personal experiences and cultural insights
My ultimate aim for this blog is for it to appeal equally to those who travel vicariously through engaging storytelling and those who are looking for tips to make their next trip easier.
By sharing my experiences, I hope to nourish curiosity for the unknown and promote empathy for other cultures.
The more the merrier! Let’s promote a culture of travel! Comment on or share posts you enjoyed. Likewise, suggest topics or countries you’d like to read about. Or tell me where you think I should go next. I’m always up for an adventure!
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