I grew up on the North Shore of Chicago (Riverwoods, to be exact) so you can imagine I had quite the exciting childhood. No wonder I felt the need to travel…
Q: What is your favorite international city?
This is tricky. I love Buenos Aires & Lyon to live, but was probably the most overwhelmed by the history of Jerusalem. It’s hard to pick a favorite when each city holds some hidden treasure. Party in BA, eat in Lyon, dive into the history of Jerusalem. Done.
Q: What is your secret talent?
I used to be in theater and I was pretty good at it. Even won an award in a film festival once.
Q: If you could eat only one country’s style of food for the rest of your life, which would it be and why?
Turkey!! No question. I had the best meal of my life in Turkey in an awesome, cave-like restaurant. Turkey was/is the crossroads between Europe and Asia for centuries so the cuisine is diverse, fresh and absolutely the best. Even the Kebob I had on the street was to die for.
Q: Complete the sentence: When I grow up I want to __________.
Own a farm. Raise some goats and chickens. Have a big garden. Make fresh pies daily.
Q: What is your spirit animal?
A bird. Not so I can fly away, but so I can fly around
Q: What is your favorite travel “AHA! moment” or memory?
I have family in Argentina and visited them before my semester in Chile. When I first got there I couldn’t understand anything and was getting frustrated. After a month in a half in Chile, however (Chilean Spanish is perhaps the most difficult to understand of any dialect), and feeling like I wasn’t making progress, I visited my family in Argentina again. I understood almost 100% of what was going on. I realized then how coy learning a language can be and how I needed to keep at it. I decided at that moment to spend a longer time in South America so I could really focus on learning the language and building meaningful friendships with locals. Many of whom I’m still in touch with today.
Q: What is your favorite thing about working for Greenheart Travel?
I love talking to people about travel. Working here gives me the opportunity to do that on a daily basis and I feel lucky after every conversation. I get to hear about interesting destinations throughout the world while *hopefully* inspiring others to book their ticket. You progress personally at an accelerated level and I always want to learn from others and share my personal experiences to get others traveling. Just one step becomes a huge leap when you travel.
Stay tuned for next month’s meet the staff blog our High School Programs Manager, Hope Pavich!