Travel is Possible ProvesWorking Class Filipino Kiara Mijares
20 March 2017 | Kiara Mijares
Name: Kiara Isabelle MijaresCurrent Age: 22Gender: FemaleNationality: Filipino
Age When First Traveled: 9 (internationally)Time Spent Traveling: on and off for yearsCountries Traveled: 20Class When 1st left: Working Class
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Who was the most fascinating person you met on the road? What made him/her fascinating and how did you meet him/her? I met this man in Rome last year whom I found uniquely fascinating. He was a server at one Trattoria restaurant my Mom and I had eaten at. He was surprised to see Filipinos eating at his restaurant. He talked about how much he loved visiting Sri Lanka and going on expeditions around Asia. What I loved was how he looked so simply, and seemed to be living a decent life but then when you hear stories of all his adventures, it was like you were transported right there with him. He was one of the first storytellers I met abroad. What is your most treasured travel experience? Why is this one your favourite? It’s nothing fancy, honestly. It was just me riding at the top floor of a double decker bus in Barcelona, seeing the city from it for the first time and mumbling to myself: ‘I need to live here.’ Going to Europe, overall, really changed my perspective in life. But I was also full of self-doubt and confusion since I went just right after graduating college with no real plans afterwards. I just remember feeling so elated by being in Barcelona and wanting to tell that story to others. It’s my favourite one even more now as I really started making plans and opportunities for me to move there. And in September, I will. If you could travel anywhere in the world where money wasn’t an issue, where would you be and what would you be doing? In essence, describe your idea of the perfect traveling experience. Brazil. I was never the girl who dreamed of seeing Paris or Rome. I had always wanted to go around South America, see the Amazon, and take tourist shots in front of Christ the Redeemer. I barely remember a time where I didn’t want to go to Brazil. My ideal vacation would be lounging at a beautiful hotel (I’m an architecture + interior buff) that’s both modern yet full of character right at the centre of all the attractions. I’d love to drink lots of coffee, meet locals, and ride a car to go around the city alongside neighbouring towns. And I don’t mean the stuffy cars, I mean one where the windows are open and you’ll feel the wind gushing through your face kind of feeling. And yeah, my perfect vacation wouldn’t include traffic. Or the sun, for that matter.
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Travel Tip #4
Now that you know traveling is possible for Kiara; do you still think it's not possible for you?