HELLO, I AM LAURA!

I am a student that loves traveling. I am Italian and grew up in Trapani, a small city in Sicily. I've spent my high school years there, and after getting my diploma I wasn't quite sure of what my path would have been. After some uncertainties I have decided to study languages, both because I liked it and because I am quite good at it. By that time I had been learning English for many years, but I was eager to start a new challenge with Chinese. I had been told it was a good choice because it would have given me the chance to find a good job pretty quickly (people say), but what I really wanted to do was to face something different moved to Pesaro, in the center of Italy, to start attending my bachelor in Foreign Languages and Culture –major Chinese, minor English. I have been living there for three full years, going back to Sicily to visit my family every now and then, sharing a flat with one of my classmates. When I graduated I was firmly determined to get an international education, so I decided to study abroad. I applied to Leiden University because it was the best institution in Europe for Asian studies, and now I am attending my master with a specialization in Chinese Studies.

WHAT AM I DOING NOW?

I am currently in China, because of a study abroad period: if you want to master a language, you have to master its culture. To be fair, I still have a long way to go before I’ll be able to master Chinese, but I am working hard on it. I am grateful for having had the chance of living in China for one year, not only because this allowed me to practice a lot and to meet a lot of interesting and inspiring people, but mostly because it made me open my eyes: it’s been the first time that I have been living really far away from my family, my language and my culture. It pushed me out of my comfort zone. Most importantly, it made me curious: being immersed in such a new world, so different from what I’ve been used to, made crave for new experiences. So every time I have the chance to, I pack a few clothes, some books and my diary, and leave for new adventures.

WELCOME TO MY BLOG!

And here is the aim of this blog: sharing experiences, inspiring people. The great thing about traveling is to challenge ourselves by confronting new cultures, new situations and new people, share what we've learned with someone else. I thought that blogging could fit me because it allows me to do two things that I love: writing and communicating to people. This is my primary goal.

Dear guest, you might be someone looking for a specific post, or maybe you ended up here by chance. Maybe you are just curious, or you are a young girl that is afraid leave for adventures on her own. Whoever you are, thank you for stopping by! I hope you’ll find what you are looking for here. What it’s really important to me is to tell everyone that traveling is for everyone, no matter how much time or money you have, the world is out there we just have to dare to choose to go and see! Let's not give up the challenge!

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