I have been traveling and living abroad for over 5 years (can’t believe it!) and in that time, it never ceases to amaze me that this person living this life is actually me! As a kid, I would never have dreamed this lifestyle in a million years, but I am so glad that it has turned out this way. I definitely am a better person for it.
I started traveling when I was a Sophomore in college, and went to live for a year in London. It wasn’t the first time I had been out of the country, if you count family vacations to Canada and a cruise in the Caribbean. Most probably won’t so I guess it was my first time! I learned a lot about myself that year, and came back home a different person. Well, maybe not so much a different person, but more of the person I had always wanted to be that I knew was tucked away behind my reserved self. If it wasn’t for that first year abroad, I don’t know who or where I would be today. And while my parents are not always so sure of this, I know for me, that it has been the right thing to do. I have grown so much; more so, I think, than I could have if I had just stayed in California and gotten a job out of college.
Well, I guess to let everyone know where I have been, here is a run down of countries:
England, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Mexico, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Peru and good majority of the States in USA.
While some may say that this is not a lot (in this day and age), I think it is important to note that I have been to more than just one or two cities in these countries. Plus, I have had the great fortune of living in: New Zealand (9 months), London (1 academic year), Portugal (1 year), Uruguay (3 months), Brazil (3 months) and now Peru (4 months and counting!).
To wrap this up, I guess the thing I would stress to everyone is that if you have the desire, go out there and experience something beyond your comfort zone. You will be amazed at what is out there, and you will also realize that the life you think is not so great, really is…compared to the great majority of people. I enjoy living abroad because it allows me to really understand and get to know another culture, not just what tourists see. If you have the time and the means, I say do it.
As for the rest of this blog….well, it is just an amalgamation of my thoughts and musings about my life here in Lima, Peru. There really are no set topics, and posts will probably range from what I ate for dinner last night, to the economic status of Peru and how interesting I find it! haha Follow along with me and see what life brings my way. And if you are wondering, I wear glasses, hence the “4 eyes” reference. 🙂