My name is Carmen. I’m 27 years old, born and raised in Toronto, Canada.
My first trip (that I can actually remember) was to Disney World in Orlando, Florida when I was about 4 years old. My parents loved taking my younger sister and I on vacation every year during our time off school. For the first 19 years of my life, we mostly traveled within Ontario, Quebec, and down to the States. The year I turned 20, my parents finally took us to Hong Kong – where they were born. It was the first time in 20 years (since right before I was born) that they went back to their hometown and it was an amazing adventure. That trip started our bigger adventures in Asia and Europe.
In 2012, I graduated from York University in Toronto with an English degree and a Bachelor of Education. I wasn’t quite ready to start pursuing a teaching career in Toronto but decided to use my teaching degree and get some real experience. In February 2013, I moved to Seoul, South Korea and started teaching English as a Foreign Language in a public elementary school. During my time in Korea, I continued to travel. Most of my adventures then were centered in and out of Seoul; I did venture out of the city to other cities in South Korea. And I also made a few trips to Japan – my first solo out-of-country trip was to Tokyo, Japan.
I came home to Toronto in 2015 – making stops in Taiwan and Thailand along the way with my parents. And since then, I’ve been working at building my teaching career here in Toronto. But I haven’t stopped traveling. I don’t think I ever will.
I’m not much of a writer — don’t be fooled by that English degree. We were taught to read and analyze text, not to write the prose and narrative. Even so, I hope you still enjoy my little anecdotes and photography-filled posts about the places I’ve been and the places I have yet to go to.
Adventure is out there!