Eva in Brussels, Belgium

Eva was born and raised in Brussels where she studied Contemporary Art History and Cultural Management. As far as she can remember she was always fascinated and passionate about anything related to art and culture, but mostly about the people who have the ability to create and transmit an idea through any kind of medium. During the last four years she has been living and working in Tel Aviv and London. She started a blog, The Bubblist, to share her experience with the local art scenes while still keeping an eye on Brussels.

Art in Brussels

What is your background in art?
I’ve studied contemporary art history and cultural management in Brussels’s university. During my studies I was an intern at Almine Rech Gallery and realized that the gallery format was not for me. I also worked for film festivals, and organized my first exhibition last year in Brussels. I’m currently working for a Design Studio in London, so art and creation is always in my life.
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Mirissa Beach, Sri Lanka

Sara in Sri Lanka

Sara is originally from Northern Virginia, just about an hour outside of Washington DC. She’s lived in New York since college. She is a runner and a reader. She loves an adventure and a good dance party. She is an aspiring full-time traveler.

Getting Started

How long were you in Sri Lanka?
Only seven days. We could have stayed much, much longer. We had a last minute opening in our schedules so we jumped on the opportunity. We were already planning on being in Dubai for Christmas to see family so we decided to take advantage of the proximity and go for it.

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Alex Around the World

Alexandra, or Alex, was born in Bern, Switzerland where her dad is from. When her parents split up, her mom brought her and her brother back to Canada, where she grew up. Currently, Alex is living and working in downtown Toronto and living it up! For now…

Background

How long were you traveling?
Originally I planned on traveling for two months, but I ended up getting home just under six months from the day I left.

Which countries did you go to?
Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Dubai, Qatar, South Africa, Switzerland, France, Holland, Ireland, England, Italy, Croatia, and Greece.
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Astrid in Uganda

Hi, my name is Astrid Haas. I was born and raised in South Africa, but spent 8 years living in Europe (Austria and Germany) after studying Hotel Management. My husband, Chris, and I decided to leave Europe, as we didn’t want to live there for the rest of our lives and decided rather to travel through Africa. Through our Africa trip, we ended up in Uganda and we are now managing one of the most successful lodges here. We’ve been working here for the past 20 months and we plan to be here for the next few years. Although no longer up to date, we did keep a blog of our 10-month trip through southern and eastern Africa: www.rabbitsviewofafrica.com.

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Danielle In Israel

Danielle Waxtan is an actress living in New York, NY.

Logistics

Where were you?
I moved to Israel. First, I studied on a kibbutz near Hadera, then moved to Tel-Aviv.

I had been to Israel on organized trips throughout college; volunteering, touring, etc. I felt comfortable and excited there. I wanted to go back to experience the inclusiveness and electricity of the country. I wound-up studying Palestinian Arabic, Middle Eastern History, and Hebrew on the kibbutz, through MASA (a post-graduate program). When I was not in class, I was volunteering with an elementary school in Ar’ara, directing their first English play for the after school ESL program. It was an eye-opening time in my life.

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Liz in Bolivia

Liz Engels is an Organizer for the SEIU living between Los Angeles, CA and Minneapolis, MN. We discussed her time living in Bolivia, where she studied, volunteered, and traveled.

 

Logistics

Where did you travel?
I lived in Bolivia for seven months in 2012. I lived in the northern (rich) part of the Cochabamba for 3 months and the southern (poor) part of the city for 4 months. I also traveled to La Paz, Santa Cruz, Chiquetenia, Rurabake, and many other small towns. For the most part, I lived in Bolivia so I could learn Spanish. I took Spanish classes at a Catholic mission for my first three months, while volunteering with an organization called Maryknoll, then volunteered with a variety of organizations for the second 4 months.

Was it important to learn Spanish?
It was very necessary. English speaking is not at all common there. However, its a really great place to learn Spanish because the dialect, I’m told, is easy to understand and they speak slowly. I think that’s in part because Spanish is many people’s second or third language there since there are huge populations of Aymara and Quechua people.

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Iceland

Leslie in Iceland

Leslie Golden is a chef, food stylist, and producer living in Brooklyn, NY.

Logistics

Where did you travel?
We went to Reykjavic, Iceland in January, 2011. We wanted to go someplace that had a city, nightlife, and art to see as well as natural adventures. We only had about ten days to travel so we also liked the idea that in a short amount of time we would be able to see a lot (most) of the country. Continue reading “Leslie in Iceland”