My name is Josep Falguera and I was born on the 31st of May 1988 in Lleida, a small town next to Barcelona. When I was 18, I moved there to study Architecture. While in university, I did some volunteer work in places such as Mongolia, India, and Togo, and I lived for one year in TORINO, Italy, as an exchange student. Besides, I worked as a walking tour guide, meeting lots of travelers and experiencing the world whenever I couldn’t go abroad. After graduating, I left for my FIRST big trip.
I traveled for 8 months, visiting 21 countries and traveling more than 25.000km overland. Starting off the Yucatan Peninsula, in Mexico, I saw Mayan Ceremonies in Chiapas, visited colonial villages like Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende, and made all the way across the West USA coast, walking around LA, San Francisco and Seattle among others. Later, I rode a motorbike across Thai paradisiacal islands, and I witnessed thousands of lanterns released at the same time in Chiang Mai. In Myanmar, I followed George Orwell’s steps, sunsets of a lifetime in Bagan, and sailed the Irrawaddy river.
I spent Christmas in a muslim country, Malaysia, and New Years’ Eve exploring the New South Wales’ coast, in Australia. I hitchhiked a thousand kilometers, from Melbourne to Adelaide, worked at a farm and hiked across Tasmania, the perfect place for trekkings! What about the Middle East? I became friend with a camel breeder, in the UAE and was invited in an engagement OMANI ceremony. In Jordan, I had a barbecue in Moses burial place overlooking the “Promised Land”, and I sneaked into Petra, following and ancient Nabatean way. I saw both parts of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, visiting a refugee camp in Bethlehem and an illegal kibbutz settlement. Tens of Istanbul’s minarets welcomed me back to Europe while crossing the Bosphorus Strait, and after visiting the Balkans region and the Italian Alps, I got back home.
Later on, I decided to move to Santiago de Chile. Why? Well, I had never been to South America! I worked for a year and a half at an Urban Planning Studio. Afterwards, I left for my second big trip:
Traveling for 6 months, leaving my loved Chile and crossing the Andes to Bolivia. I visited some of the most surreal places on Earth: colorful Altiplano lagoons and reaching Uyuni salt flat, turned into a mirror. I worked for one day in a silver mine and climbed Huayna Potosí, my first 6.000m (20.000 ft) mountain. Peru awaited me with Inca cities, canyons, and the Amazon river, which I sailed across sleeping on a hammock. I climbed a few volcanoes too. Like the one in La Fortuna, Costa Rica, with a lagoon inside its crater. Or the one in Masaya, where I could see lava flowing. In Nicaragua, I hunted and eated iguanas and sought fortresses around old pirate ways.
Honduras has part of the second largest coral reef in the world, perfect for diving. Have you ever explored Maya ruins surrounded by the jungle or taken a bath in a hot water waterfall? Then, Guatemala is for you. El Salvador was a huge surprise in a tiny country. And Mexico… I’d probably never end… The last and most diverse one. From attending a buddhist retreat to exploring ancient ruins over rugged coastlines besides the turquoise Caribbean waters. Or the seven colours Laguna Bacalar.
Right now, I just moved to Guadalajara, in Mexico. I can’t wait to see what the future holds. I invite you to come along!
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