For as long as I can remember, I’ve adored travelling. With a parent in the industry, I have been incredibly fortunate with opportunities, but my passion for travel began long before that. Most children are read fairy tales by their parents in desperate hope that they’ll call it a night and fall into a deep slumber. Now I’m not saying I didn’t get my fair share of Brothers’ Grimm or Disney classics, nor did I miss out on the tales of Christopher Robin and his favourite honey-eating bear. But I was also put to sleep with tales of my grandfathers’ past, all the places he’d visited while in the Navy and the stories that came with them (perhaps this is where my love of the 50’s and nautical bits and pieces stemmed from as well). In hindsight, stories of retrieving a hat in the middle of a road on a safari trip in Kenya and having to race back to safety, amongst others, MAY have been exaggerated for entertainment, but they inspired me all the same. He’d been all over the world, and that’s exactly what I want to do.
Despite, on numerous occasions, being mistaken for a nationality besides British (Japanese, Arabic, Indian and Spanish, at last count), I have no real exotic heritage to speak of. It’s funny, because I find the people I’m most drawn towards are ones with an interesting background. I was born curious, and I love the idea that people live differently wherever you go. While typical, ignorant, touristy – quintessentially British – kind of travelling can be perfect for taking some time out from everyday life, it’s the real, immerse-yourself-in-the-culture-and-learn-the-language kind of travel that I yearn for. Sadly, I haven’t spent enough time in one country to explore their standards or learn a language properly (my limits are INCREDIBLY basic French, Spanish and Japanese) but I’m hoping that taking a TEFL course over the next few months and then teaching all over the world will change that 😉
So, that’s all for now really…
Hey, blogosphere (do people still call it that?!), I’m Nammie. And I love to travel and things 🙂 xo.