Born to Cuban and Canadian parents, I formed an early appreciation of our world’s diverse cultures and heritages. As children, my sister and I were introduced to ethnic cuisines and exotic flavors that would instantly transport us from Central Florida to faraway lands. Our home was filled with classical music rather than popular 1970’s Disco and still today Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez is a beautifully stirring memory. Voracious readers, our parents shared with us an abundant book collection on fine art, world history, and biographies.
I first traveled to Europe for a summer semester at the University of Salamanca in Spain. What might have been a shock to the system for a young woman away from home for the first time was in fact a moment of realization: the tastes, the aromas, the sounds were not just exciting, but comfortably familiar. Since then I continue to explore Europe through a culturally curious lens.
As a travel advisor, I offer professional planning services to other culturally curious travelers eager for discoveries beyond the guidebooks. During our initial consultation, tell me what excites you most about your prospective travels, about any special hobbies, your favorite authors or composers, and that ‘must-do’ culinary experience. These are THE key to designing a customized itinerary within the context of the destination. Imagine a Colosseum tour with your expert guide who not only retells the essential story of gladiator life, but speaks to the foodways of the time, music of the Emperors or the artisans of the period. That book you read on Vincent Van Gogh just might lead you to Provence for an evening with the author for an unforgettable ‘Book Club’ evening.
Let the next journey be your journey!
*And, yes! Those three coins left at the Trevi Fountain did bring me back to Rome.