“It’s beautiful to be able to look back & see how much you have grown in the process, both mentally & spiritually. ” – Giannina
I met Giannina in high school; we were both living in Weston, Florida at that time. We had classes together, went on school trips together and being a small suburban town we even dated the same guy. Since she dated him first, she kindly warned me about him; I should have listened.
- Nomad: Giannina
- Where were you born? Caracas, Venezuela.
- Current Location? Barcelona, Spain.
- Where were you last? Madrid, Spain.
- Where are you going next? Czech Republic and then Greece.
- What do you do for work? I am a professional hairstylist and makeup artist and I love what I do, so it doesn’t feel like a job. I am currently going to school for a bachelor’s in business to pursue future business goals.
- What’s the hardest thing about living this lifestyle? Knowing how to face challenges positively. Not everything is going to be as you expect and there’s going to be bumps on the road. Cultures vary a lot by country, sometimes cities, and you have to learn to adapt as you go.
- And what’s the best part? Being able to expand one’s comfort zone. Getting to know yourself, as you learn about others. It’s beautiful to be able to look back and see how much you have grown in the process, both mentally and spiritually.
- What do you like to do for fun? I enjoy doing sports. I like running, cycling and interval training. On a regular basis I do long distance cycling, for about 65 kilometers, with a group of friends. It’s challenging but the speed is thrilling. Riding my bike is therapeutic; it gives me a sense of freedom.
- What is your dream project? Opening my own hair studio and developing a product line. This of course, when I decide in which city I want to build my nest.
- When & why did you start traveling? I started traveling with an ex-boyfriend who was passionate about it. It kind of rubbed off on me. I always wanted to do it, but didn’t dare. Now, I suffer from wanderlust. The more you expose yourself to new horizons, the more you realize there’s so much out there to explore.
- Favorite Travel quote? “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley
- Favorite place in the world? This one is always a tough question to answer. I am not good at choosing favorite anything. I will compromise this time though, and choose a beautiful, small and remote, Asian country that captivated me while traveling last year; Laos. It is an incredible gemstone- the countryside; the rice fields, the mountains, the waterfalls and the people stole my heart. I had never experienced so much kindness, happiness and peacefulness as I did when in contact with Laotians. The locals never hesitate to welcome you with a genuine smile. The flavor of the food in Laos was some of the best I’ve ever tasted. Think of it as an amazing fusion of Asian and French food, accompanied by Laotian coffee (which is served with sweet condensed milk, yum!) and pain au chocolat for dessert. Bottom line, visit Laos!
- What would be your life advice to a group of high school students? Let go of fear and most importantly, create a life you love! While in Madrid I read the following, which I think is great advice: “Practice the good life, smile a lot, travel, and do more of the things you like. Learn from others and also learn to make your own mistakes. And to get up again! Discover, create, love, fall in love, dream…. and do it now, not tomorrow. Remember that you are alive to find happiness. “
- What book are you currently reading? I am currently reading “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn; I was in the mood for some suspense when I chose it. Besides, I haven’t seen the movie, so I don’t know the end.
- Last book you read? “In the Shadow of the Banyan” by Vaddey Ratner. It is a very compelling novel, which parallels her own life, as a survivor, and the genocide her country suffered under the Khmer Rouge in late 1970s.
- Are you currently in a relationship? I’m single! I’m focused on being the right person for me, loving myself and putting myself first… which I’ve learned isn’t selfish, but necessary at times.
- Do you believe in love at first sight? I’m not sure about love at first sight. It is interesting though, how sometimes you can meet someone with whom you immediately connect with physically, mentally and spiritually. The thrill is exciting, overwhelming almost; some might call this love.
- One tip for any one thinking of joining this nomad lifestyle? Keep an open mind. When that doesn’t seem to be enough, submerge yourself in a book related to the city or country you are in. It allows you to empathize and experience your current destination in a deeper level. Learn from them, wherever you may be.
- Anything else you want to share? “It’s all messy: The hair. The bed. The words. The heart. Life…” – Unknown
Interview by Nomads of Today.