Some say I'm strange, others that I have spunk and and originality.
One thing's for sure: I'm not your average redhead.
What attracted me to traveling, therefor to VT, is the discovery of unknown places, the embrace of different cultures, the meeting of new friends and my parents' heritage (read below to find out how my parents played a great role in that influence).
Being a translator, makes me very inclined to always go further in understanding what I discover, as to completely embody or personnify what I am living at a given time: when one translates, the rendered work has to be completely clear, fluid, exempt of any conotation containted in the starting language, it has to feel in total synchronicity with the arrival language, but translating is also about culture, body language, facial expressions, dreams and emotions... as Grisha so nicely noted.
So applied to my traveling experience, it means you will never find me in a luxurious hotel with conditionned air, room service and bell boys, nor will you see me running for major touristic attrations or cheering in five stars restaurants; I'm what you could call an "anti-polished traveler". I don't despise such travelers, just have learned from past experiences that the best trips are the ones where I was able to melt myself in with the real people, breathe the same air they do.
I look for the people's true way of life, try to learn the language before I visit, experience foreign cooking before leaving home, learn about customs and manners to adopt once at my hosts, listen to their music, even brush against different ethnic crowds before I leave; thank goodness, the multi-ethnic city I live in allows me to do so.
All of this still doesn't make me a rugged traveler, I am not a sports or nature buff, I enjoy great sceneries and fresh air, but like saving my feet and back for the next day's visit.
I am a fan of music, cooking, gatherings and frienship,
Flamenco, Jazz, Grunge, Disco revival, Gregorian chanting even Hari Krishna; my taste in music is as ecletic as my character.
Indian food, Thai cuisine, Foie-gras or a good cabane a sucre meal, anything goes as long as doesn't come from the sea. I love cooking, I think I do it well, I'm creative and daring and it always just magicaly ends up being great. One thing I miss is the real taste of some foods, as if with time and worldwide commercialisation, some fruits, vegetables and different other foods don't taste as they did when I was young, so one should not be surprised when on vacation, to see me have an "orgasmic" reaction to a bite or a simple sniff of a regional fruit!
I don't like crowds too much and tend to look for the more private way of meeting and celebrating with people, rather than huge social event, I will seek the little celebrations that end in the wee hours of the morning, the ones in which you often make friends for life.
The most important aspects of my life are translated into love, hapiness, originality, discovery, sensuality and the most important one, that embodies all of the above: my daughter.
I am human and let nothing human be strange to me