Who I am.

DCIM100GOPRO

I am a 22 year-old curious explorer with a passion for traveling, learning, improving my life, and simply doing as much as I can before I die.

All we know for certain is that we have this one life to live. So why not make the most of it?

2 thoughts on “Who I am.

  1. Hi, I came across your blog yesterday and I have to say it’s so inspiring. The fact that you have so much wisdom at such a young age is amazing. I truly dig all of your content, so please keep it up. Going through hardships in life can either make you bitter or invincible. But its truly a powerful feeling when those hard times help you to realize that its all about living in the moment, appreciating the beauty of what is now — because that’s all we have, is the now. We mistakenly seek happiness and validation from outside things and beings, while everything we really need and want resides within us and the decisions we make.
    I came across your blog while searching about Brazil. I keep going back and forth on whether to make a trip for the World Cup. Reading different websites and blogs i’m completely on the fence. Some are saying, it’s not worth it to come at this time, that it will not be safe.. to just watch it in the comfort of your own home. Whereas others are describing it as once in a lifetime opportunity (which no doubt each World Cup is). Do you have a recommendation? Is it worth shelling out over 1500 for flights to Rio in addition to the flight to Brasilia (which is where I have a game ticket)? I know you described Rio as a dangerous place as it is. Not sure how crazy it will be for the World Cup. I can imagine tourists will not be welcomed with open arms.

    • Hi Dhmeta!

      Please forgive the delay in getting back to you; it’s far too easy to get caught up in the vortex of things that makes up my life.

      Thank you so much for your kind words. Yes, yes, YES! I absolutely agree with you. We look for external validation that leads us through such painful experiences, when everything we need is within :).

      I don’t know that I can give you a recommendation as to whether or not to go, but I will try and give you some helpful info based off what I have read and heard. I have personally never been to Rio de Janeiro, but like I mentioned in my article, it is known as one of the more dangerous Brazilian cities. Just today, in fact, I learned from my boss, that the first time she visited Rio, she was caught in gunfight crossfire, TWICE; The first time happened downtown; the second on a bus. However, the next time she visited, nothing happened. So it really depends.

      This is a great website with news about crime in Brazil. I’ve found it to be very informative, as well as interesting. ( http://www.insightcrime.org/brazil-organized-crime-news ) There, there is a particularly good (and super relevant) article about increased violence against police in Rio de Janeiro. ( http://www.insightcrime.org/news-briefs/rising-attacks-on-rio-police-bad-sign-as-brazil-world-cup-approaches )

      I think it would be hard for you not to have a stellar time in Brazil during the world cup. It would definitely be an unforgettable experience. But, I also think it’s intelligent of you to weigh the risks of personal safety.

      I wish you the best of luck with your decision, and if you liked what you read, you can subscribe to stay tuned to my future adventures!

      Carpe Diem!

      Andre

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