My very first memory as a small infant is on an airplane with my family while we were moving to Europe for my dad’s graduate studies. I remember camping with my family in Europe and seeing some sights that most people only dream of seeing. I blame my need for Wanderlust on that experience. Being just a child and still craving for new landscapes and different views. When we moved back to Brazil, I remember being really excited about the Christmas Holidays since we would go on road trips to different states and visit family. My brothers hated being stuck in a car for 5-12 hours depending on where we were going; I, on the other hand, loved it. The whole process was fun to me, from packing to seeing the Atlantic Forest, the Coast and all the different signs along the road. But what really changed the game for me was my first solo trip to somewhere new. I was about to turn 18 and start college. My dad asked if I wanted to spend a week at a Christian Camp and I jumped at the idea of traveling on my own.
Since then, I have visited 5 different countries and most of the major cities in Brazil – my home country. And each time I travel I feel the need to go somewhere new. When I started dating my husband, I knew of his aspirations of doing his graduate studies abroad. I remember telling him that if need be, I could easily move with him. And here I am today, living in California. But this is not the first time as an adult that I’ve lived abroad. In 2011 I lived for about 5 months in Cape Town, South Africa, for my English studies.
Here’s a quick list of the places I’ve traveled/lived in as a grown up.
- Porto Alegre
- Sao Paulo
- Belo Horizonte
- Buenos Aires
- South Africa
- Cape Town
- Cape of Good Hope
- United States
My husband and I are moving again in the summer to southern California. And I’m excited about the opportunity to see and explore new places while we are here in the United States. Also, being married to a philosopher makes it easy to travel, since there are philosophy conferences everywhere. Oh! It’s important to add that my husband wanderlusts as much as I do – that helps too. We have a deal that we’ll go somewhere new at least once a year. Meanwhile, we’ll continue to see the different places around us.
How did you start to Wanderlust?