We travel not only as adventure seekers, thrill chasers, as relaxers, food lovers and culture. But, more often, we travel to see the contrasts–between those places familiar and those traveled, and between ourselves at home and abroad.
Welcome to SeeMargoGo! If you have landed on this page you are here to start your own adventure–whether it be by living vicariously through this blog or starting a trip of your own.
As a student and avid traveller, I write to inspire, motivate and give practical steps to young adults looking to enrich their lives with travel (or, at least, enjoy my stories/advice).
What’s in it for you?
Hopefully, a lifetime of great stories. Through my posts, I promise to give you helpful tips on…
The best ways to travel
Best places to visit in Europe (and hopefully a smattering of other countries)
The highs and lows of learning a new language (especialmente Español)
Food, dance and fun
And whatever else of importance pops into my head
Most of all, I promise to be entertaining. I commit to make this the most original and humorous travel blog by a soul-seeking student out there (note: currently the internet is clogged with blogs of this sort, so I’m making quite a promise here). Be sure to check out my video logs for some creative content. You can also find me on YouTube.
Who I am
My friends often joke around that I am too worldly, that I like Spanish too much, and that I claim to be a food lover while refusing red meat and most seafood. I suspect they think I also like to dance to strange cultural music and watch classic Samantha Brown episodes or my man Rick Steves too much in my free time. So, I suppose you could claim the following: I am Spanish nerd who likes to travel…and eat…and dance. Again. I sound like many bloggers already out there.
The difference, I suppose, I see in myself is my perspective on travel.
The first time I left the country was to go to England with my mother. I was in seventh grade and I remember thinking that it would be cool to go explore this place that so many people had talked about (and of course brag and be the coolest 11-year-old in middle school). I went, and I remember thinking the whole time how novel everything around me felt. Every change in lifestyle captivated me, making me both envious and appreciative of the lifestyle I had.
I travelled more after that trip (even despite a small “fear of flying” stint) and soon, I found myself collecting stories, historical facts, independence and maturity. Sometimes, I would worry that the “novelty” feeling would go away…that I would look at something and think, “Well, this church is nice, but it is no Sagrada Familia.”
It’s the feeling everyone hates: where you think you will love a song forever and then you listen to it too much and then you get bored of it and then the radio plays it and you get sick of it and you notice how similar all the songs on the radio are and then you wonder if anyone in the music industry could even possibly come up with new material after all the love songs and pop ballads over the years and then you think that life probably has to blow up and start over so people can start singing stories that make people feel a new feeling again. And then you start talking in run on sentences.
Anyways, I began to worry that I would run out of experiences in my life that felt new and different. Sure, there were a lifetime of places to discover, but what if they all started to offer the same things. That is when I discovered I loved Spanish.
By taking on the challenge of learning a new language, I discovered that there could be a lifetime of novelty. Learning a new language is challenging and time consuming, but it also allows you to discover culture in an entirely new way. After living in Costa Rica for the summer, I started a language journey that had me listening to bachata, reading books in Spanish and chatting up my host mom.
The best part, there are so many wonderful languages with fascinating cultures in the world that no human could possibly become fluent in them all. I hope that this blog inspires you to take up one of those languages out there. I promise you that you will so enjoy your journey–or at least the associated job opportunities.
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