With both French and Italian heritage, Alice now lives in Brazil and has been a traveller since she was a child. A true definition of global citizen, Alice shares her travel experiences with our readers.
Alice is 21 years old and comes from a village in the south of France, near the border of Spain. She went to University and currently she is in Brazil for an exchange program.
What travel advice would you give our Wonderers?
The recommendation that I’ll give to visitors in general, and that have made my travels interesting are:
First, don’t stay in the classic tourists tours. If the tour isn’t authentic, and you’ll not see the truth of the place.
Secondly, search for someone local to show you the place, and can explain you deeper reasons of the things you see. If you like to walk alone and you’re not in a place where is no danger, get lost in the city or your surroundings. Look for the cats, the old people, the street art…whatever but go and explore!
And finally, don’t be shy! Being a traveler is kind of a privilege that allows us to be outgoing and people are generally happy to get to know travellers. Yes, even in France! It’s a touristic place where lot of strangers go, but there will always be someone who traveled too and is curious… having an art to support the travel can be a real plus, be it music, painting, poetry, circus. This enables you to share a bit with the local people’s life and routine.
What’s your story? What can you tell us about yourself as a traveller?
My dad is French and my mom is Italian, so I always had opportunities to travel, even as a child and that was a blessing. I’m grateful for my parents to give me this chance to understand the world better. Last year, I’ve met some friends from Belgium that were traveling with an old writing machine, I’ve bought one here so I can travel doing improvised poetry workshops.
Now I’m an exchange student in Brazil, in the city of Aracaju. It’s been an incredible adventure! I discover things that were impossible to imagine, another mentality, another vision of the world and also of myself, of my country, of the history of colonialism. I know that I’ll never be the same after this adventure, which has been sometimes hard but mostly wonderful.
Why do you think it is important for women to support other women?
We need to understand, listen, and share our experiences with each other. That is something that helped me a lot. Some conversation about the relationships we have with our own body, like the cycles and how we feel, the specific diseases, but also spirituality, intuition- these are important. The difficulties that we have faced for being women. Moreover, I believe that there is a witch with pockets full of magic in every woman!
And did you have a hero/heroine growing up?
Some of them are Nina Simone, Frida Khalo, Angela Davis, the french singer and pianist Barbara.
What three advice would you give other younger women?
Dream, and be patient! Think on whats happening in a way that you’ve not imagined, and mostly things are even better than what you expected. Follow your intuition about people, don’t trust if you feel something is bad, look in the eyes of the other so you can show that you have a good energy and to see the other person’s energy.
If you could go back to your youth, what would you say to your younger self?
Just trust in yourself. You’re stronger than you think. Also, be proud of who you are, what you feel, because there is nothing wrong with you, it’s just you- perfect!
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Interview by Nazaré Estévez