What’s this all about?
I write about my jaunts around the world & how it’s totally possible to have a home base (mine’s Austin) and still make travel a priority.
I hope this blog chases away your fears about travel & sparks your next adventure.
Kristina Perdida? What does that mean?
I studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain. Till this day, I can still smell the blossoming orange trees as I dragged my suitcases for three blocks on cobblestone (thank you Spanish taxi drivers).
I was so busy taking everything in– the sights, the smells, the sounds– that I ended up getting lost. That day and many more days after that… So my Spanish friend dubbed me, la niña perdida, or the lost girl.
How it all began…
Growing up, it was just my mom and I. Her dream was for me to go to college, mine was to travel. I dreamt of faraway places for as long as I can remember. Mostly Europe because at age 10 you don’t know what else is out there.
We weren’t the type of family that could afford to travel. We went on a few trips here and there, but I had an insatiable desire to visit the places I read about in books.
I started planning my semester abroad my first day at The University of Iowa. Studying in Spain changed everything. Cliché, but true. My destination bucket list got longer, my desire got stronger, and the second I left Sevilla, I knew I had to come back.
It felt wrong, not knowing if or when I could return to Spain.
I applied to teach English in Spain. Much to the confusion of my family, I moved to Madrid after graduation. I spent the year creating this blog, traveling Europe, and eating chocolate for breakfast.
After living abroad in Madrid, I decided to come home.
I struggled with returning to “the real world”.
I made a promise to myself that if I came home, I couldn’t stop traveling.
Do I miss Spain?
Of course! But one visit was all it took for me to pack my bags for Austin, Texas. I may have “settled” here, but the list of places is still as long as ever.