What do we value in life? Freedom has always allured me. Throughout my childhood, my family has granted me great freedom in choosing my own interests and, ultimately, my own path. With that comes responsibility. At the age of 14, I stumbled upon the German Pirate Party which, at the time, stood for freedom. I took up various roles in that party before the project ultimately came to a hold, but I came to hold the values of freedom and tolerance very close to my heart.
Fast forward a few years and I finished a BA in Political Science as well as an MA in Chinese Studies, across the Universities of Marburg, Edinburgh and Shanghai. But what really influenced me more was the first time I visited the homeland of my mother, the Philippines. The place felt so strange but at the same time, oddly familiar. Through my own family history, I felt connected to the people and the culture.
I returned to Asia many times. I always felt the need to connect to the people of the land and get away from the typical tourist hangouts. Actually, I didn’t really feel connected to the tourist or ex-pat scene in any of those places. I wanted to experience the life of the locals, eat where they eat in their lunch break and understand what moves them in their everyday lives.
In January 2021 I boarded a one-way ticket to Mexico and this is where I currently reside. The food and the Mayan pyramids have enchanted me since my teenage years and I feel glad to finally be here. I hope that my stories can offer a glimpse into what this fascinating place has to offer beyond the tourist resorts.
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