Hi, I’m Nadya, and I thought I’d share a little bit about what I, and this blog, are about.

In a nutshell, self discovery through travel

Because let’s face it, it’s when we step out of our comfort zones that you really learn about yourself.

I hadn’t always wanted to travel, mostly because it never crossed my mind as a possibility. I had no concept of who I was or what I wanted to do. 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, even though I’m American born, I’m of Russian descent, and conservatively raised in a fairly closed community. We grew up on a small farm. We raised own animals for butcher, had a cow for milk, chickens for eggs and grew our own vegetables in a garden the size of most people’s back yards.

So travel 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.

While I didn’t know what I wanted, I did know what I didn’t want.

And that was the life people assumed I should lead. I wanted a life less ordinary.

With the support of siblings, cousins and friends, I set out to live and work in another country, and along the way, my journey of self discovery began.

In 2016, 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.

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.

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