Hi, I’m Nadya, and I thought I’d share a little bit about what I, and this blog, are about.
I hadn’t always wanted to travel, mostly because it never crossed my mind as a possibility. When I was in my mid-teens, however, I read an article in National Geographic about the Camino de Santiago, and a fire was lit. It became a dream, to walk the Camino, but I also knew it would never be more than a dream.
You see, it wasn’t really considered the acceptable thing to do. Instead, I should settle down, have babies, and why don’t I have a man yet?
Blah, blah, blah.
Eventually, I was stuck in a job I hated (and was allergic to, literally), stuck in a rut with my life and desperately wanting change but not sure what to do.
Then, my sister tells me she’s planning on going to the UK to live and work. I was jealous. I’d briefly looked into it a few years before, but I was well past the age limit now. My sister decided to check with the company she was going through and discovered that the minimum age for the Youth Mobility Visa was raised to 30! I had to get my visa application filed before I turned 31, so I did.
I jumped through hoops, bent over backwards, and long story short, I spent my 31st birthday walking trails through the Cairngorm Mountains, near where I lived in Aviemore, Scotland.
And last year, my dream of walking the Camino de Santiago became a reality, and I walked it from St Jean Pied du Port to Finisterre, wild camping most of the way, eating delicious food when I could afford it, and meeting a variety of people from all different nationalities along the way.
Thus began my journey of self discovery, finding out that I had more skills and stubborness than I’d every dreamed of. I faced my fears on a daily basis. I hiked, hitch-hiked, wandered through cities whose first language wasn’t my own, camped, got rained on, boiled under hot suns, rode trains and buses and discovered that you don’t have to stay where you were born. You can find your place under different stars.