My Personal Story
During the summer of 2014, I moved to Barcelona for an Erasmus exchange. I had always wanted to live abroad, and this was my opportunity. I set a goal to learn the language and make new non-Dutch friends.
Later that year, I embarked on a 2-month AIESEC volunteering project in the Philippines.
My first international experience was mostly with other Europeans, so it was time to broaden the scope. I spent those two months with 50 people of different nationalities. Among them: are Nigeria, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Ecuador, Colombia, Finland, Vietnam, and of course, the Philippines. We slept in the same dorms, worked on the same projects, and spent each night talking, watching movies, and playing cards.
After these experiences, I started a Master’s back in the Netherlands but kept a yearning to explore more.
So I returned to Spain for a few months and landed a job with the Red Cross shortly after. I spent three months working in Kenya, nine months in Ecuador and Peru (where my interest in Spanish culture turned into a love for anything written or produced in Spanish), and several weeks on projects in other countries. This period accelerated my international journey by allowing me to work with people from different cultural backgrounds.
By now, I had built a habit of buying books from local authors whenever I traveled. I saw that culture connected people and produced a better understanding of the world around me. Books led to music, music to movies, and the combination of these 3, eventually to this blog.