Hola hola :)
My name is Anita, I'm a traveller, photographer, wannabe writer. I started traveling in Latin America in January 2018 in order to better understand the people of this continent, their way of thinking and living.
But where did it all start?
I have always been interested in languages and other countries. As a kid, I wanted to be a tour guide. As a teenager, I wanted to be an ambassador. I went to Budapest to study International Relations and make this dream come true. There I joined a youth association (European Students' Forum / AEGEE) which opened many doors for me: traveling to a different country every other month. But it wasn't just traveling, it was erasing borders, it was finding ways to have a more united, borderless Europe. Fighting against racism and stereotypes. FIghting for equality and youth rights. Conferences, cultural projects, giving and participating in workshops. Encouraging everybody to engage in volunteering, to go abroad, to dare.
Without realizing, I spent my first month abroad all alone - learning French in Paris. It was frightening but exciting, one of the best experiences of my life.
So I just turned 20 and I got bitten by the travel bug. And since it's an uncurable disease, I spent the following summer in Sofia, Bulgaria with an internship. After the university, it was obvious that I HAD TO move abroad to immerse myself into a new culture. Since I spoke French, I already knew the country a bit but not enough: I applied successfully for a long-term voluntary project in France. One year is not good but not enough for a country so after the volunteering, I tried my luck in Paris.
A vibrant metropolis, my first "real" job as an event organizer, and a big group of new friends. I got to know a French-Peruvian guy and the next thing I know is that I have 20 friends from Latin American countries. I ended up going to salsa and cumbia parties every Saturday, listening to their conversations in Spanish and laughing with them even if I hardly understood anything. But their joy and friendliness enchanted me.
When I understood the stressful Parisian lifestyle, commuting 4 hours a day and watching the rain every day is not for me, I thought: it is time to discover a new place. A continent which is different from everything I have seen so far. Countries where I speak or can learn the language easily. Countries where the people are hospitable and appreciate the small things in life. Where friends and family is important.
And this is how I started traveling in Latin America in January 2018. I started traveling on this continent in order to better understand its people, their way of thinking and living.
Are people really happier here? How can they be happy if the poverty is so significant? Is it that dangerous to live in Latin America? Why does everybody want to go to the USA? How does one spend his days in a lost Mexican village or in one of the most dangerous cities in the world, Guatemala City?
I wanted to hear all this from the locals. True stories, own perspectives. And I wanted to share it with my friends and family:
"This is Latin America. This is the Real Latin America, not what you see in the TV, not what you hear on the radio."