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Out of my comfort zone

I just got off the phone with my cousin who I haven’t spoken in two years. The conversation we had reminded me why I left my home-country. And also why we don’t talk much. You see, we have different goals in life. I’ve been working abroad over the past few years and facing new challenges almost every single day. My cousin never lived outside his village. He keeps telling me to “come home”, “find a job here”, “stay here”. To be honest, these words don’t warm my heart. I tried so many times to explain to him that the world outside is so much more than stereotypes, monuments and sunny spots. The world has so much more to offer: home sickness, uncomfortable places and a learning process about who you are. Through all these years I haven’t found a place where I would make myself a home so instead of chasing it, I’ve started to move around. I decided to live with other people, to share stories, to open myself to new possibilities and realize …

A scary question

This is not a judgmental point of view about a very sensitive subject. This is a reaction based on current events. I decided I wanted to share with you a piece of my craziness. Because there are crazy things happening and sometimes my brain doesn’t know how to process them. When Trump was elected, I was stunned as most people were. I was also appalled that Trump was not the first man to be accused of severe crimes such as sexual assault and still roam free without facing any justice or criminal system. But most of all, we were scared because he won’t be the last man who doesn’t face the consequences. But things are changing thanks to civil rights protests and the voices of the people who are shouting louder and louder reminding bigotry that we are all human. On the streets, online, on the media. We don’t tolerate hate anymore. So with all of this in mind, I had mass confusion in my mind: “why did he win?!”, “what is going to happen?”, …

The way I travel

I get questions about my traveling habits more frequently that I would like to. So I’ve decided to write this post to clarify things (and then to send it to people who ask a lot of questions). First of all: there are beautiful mornings waiting for you in every corner of every place you visit. That being said, there is also amazing people you can meet. It was in this spirit that I got involved with the Couchsurfing community back in 2011. Since then every time I travel with friends, we always choose couchsurfing first before anything else. We love meeting random people and also discover new places through their knowledge of the city. It’s a unique experience and completely changes how you travel. But what happens if there’s no host available or all hostels are expensive?! You can always check Airbnb. Read the reviews beforehand and then book any type of room that you would like. Enjoy a pleasant stay in a local home for a more accessible price. Worth it. That’s basically how …

The Secret Life of Muslims

I love online content that can break barriers between people. “The Secret Life of Muslims” is a documentary web-series directed by Joshua Seftel that shows American Muslims being real about their lives, accomplishments, expectations and values. It shows people being people. It shows that we, together as a society don’t know everything about each other; but that’s ok as long as we are open to listen to others and to get to know their story. Because what the media shows it’s never 100% true. Besides the video below you can check more episodes here.

Immigration symptoms and its antidotes

We all start somewhere. Even after you’re born and you grow older, we all have new beginnings. When it comes to living somewhere new, I learned how to detect certain diseases/feelings/symptoms that were new to me at the time. So here’s some of them: The issue: Isolation The cure: Feeling 100% isolated can be really stressful. Especially if you don’t speak the language or you don’t feel identified with the culture. The first step to combat isolation is to go out. Explore for yourself, enjoy walking and the moments you create along the way. After you discover some places you like, I recommend trying an app called Meetup. Over there you can find different groups with common interests. Join the ones you like. It’s free. Meet people, hear their stories and also, share your struggles. Fighting isolation is not as difficult as it seems to be but I confess it can be a constant struggle (especially when people you meet are also moving somewhere else and so on). I can also recommend the couchsurfing platform. …