Hola! I am Paulina, born and raised in Luxembourg. The size of this cute little country literally pushes to cross its borders! It was thus just a matter of time before my irrepressible wanderlust would uncover itself.
After 8 years of wandering around and living in 7 cities in 3 different countries (Brussels, Passau, Malaga, Madrid, Seville, Tenerife, and Barcelona), I was ready to move back to my pretty home country, Luxembourg.
It was during the Atlantic crossing that I realized that our time is too short to visit all the beautiful places in this world. I decided to treat my travel blog more seriously and it was in January 2020 that I took the leap into full-time travel and doing voluntary work on the gorgeous island of Maio, Cape Verde.
Who would have guessed that I’d spend my lockdown in the island state and end up staying more than 1 year! Enough time to create some of the most in-depth guides about Cape Verde you can find on the net.
The Road is unforeseeable… and it would take me from Cape Verde to Dubai, UAE where I’d live for almost another year. Who’d guess that the UAE is such a heaven for outdoor lovers like me?!
Over time, I realized that I love staying longer in one place. The friendships and connections you make on the road will make you feel at home. A feeling that you’ll sometimes miss when you’re constantly on the road.
Travel is the largest classroom out there and I see travel as a form of intercultural exchange. It’s a constant learning and exchange process that will teach you the most remarkable lessons about yourself and our beautiful world.
Random facts about me:
- I am from Luxembourg, one of the tiniest countries in the world;
- I hitchhiked across the Atlantic Ocean by boat;
- I have a Bachelor’s degree in German and Spanish Linguistics and Literature, a Master’s in Intercultural Communication, and a Master’s in European Studies (Bookworm Alarm);
- I can not cook. At all! But I love to eat! All the time!
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Why a Travel Blog?
I started this blog after realizing that I was forgetting the names of the sights that I visited or the food that I ate during my travels.
On top, people started to ask me for recommendations for things to do while being in Madrid, Cape Verde, Tenerife, etc. And I just could not remember the names of all these hiking trails, fancy restaurants, etc.
How is it possible to forget the details of such intense experiences?! Were there too many? May this be a natural consequence of severe “travelitis”?
I still do not know. This travel scrapbook should countervail chronic oblivion, and present along the way, hidden travel destinations.
Why a Blog in English and Spanish?
To reach more readers? Maybe, but not only! I always enjoyed writing, and I am fascinated by the unequal expressiveness of foreign languages. Thus why not combine both that are so different from one another?
Over time, Spanish became a language that is very close to my heart. Many of my closest friends are Spanish-speaking, and I am in love with the cultural and historical background of the Spanish language.
To my mind, there is no language that is more limpid than English, and no language that is more melodious than Spanish.
I feel that I can not reflect on some impressions only through one of both languages. Therefore, in order to get the full view, I decided to write in English and in Spanish.
What is the main focus of the blog?
Paulina on the Road is about outdoor and sustainable travel: enjoy the great outdoors in a fun way like hiking, sailing or cycling.
The main focus of Paulina on the road lays in sustainable and outdoor travel like hiking, boating or cycling.
For me, it is the way of traveling that will allow you to (re)connect with your surroundings and its people. Traveling slow goes back to the roots when traveling still was a way of cultural exchange.
This blog is focused on less-known destinations and it does not pretend to be a complete guide of the introduced destinations! I prefer to leave this task to the professionals.
May this scrapbook be an inspiration and an invitation to discover these hidden travel gems by yourself!
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