Travel has very much been in the blood of since she was born and at a young age she traveled around a great deal with her father who was serving in the military. Her mother would often take her on day trips no matter where they were living, be it northern Africa or the Middle East. It was no surprise then when after finishing college, Tatiana strapped on her backpack and headed out on her own to go and see the world. Throughout the last 5 years she has seen some of nature’s most exciting offerings and she has racked up over 70 countries in total. Tatiana spent some time with me to discuss her favorite spots.
Rio de Janeiro
The first place that Tatiana went n her journey was Rio because an old friend of her’s was getting married there, and it seemed to make sense to make this the first leg of the journey. Tatiana talked to me about exciting it was to first set eyes on the famous Christ the Redeemer statue and from that moment on she was completely blown away by everything else that she saw. The beauty of Copacabana Beach and the Sugarloaf, people dancing Samba in the barrio of Lapa and enjoying people watching on Ipanema beach.
Having already crossed off one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Tatiana was very keen to keep that run going and so she began to make her way over to Peru where she could see Lima and head down to Cusco. It was here where she was able to tick off a real bucket list item which was to climb up and see the incredible Machu Picchu. Tatiana told me that she was utterly lost for words when she got up there, which is quite something for her!
I always assumed that Rio would be the favorite city for Tatiana, but she actually says that Marrakech is the most fascinating place that she has ever visited. It was the history and the bustle which she enjoyed most, getting lost in the souks and eating some of the most amazing food which she has ever tried. Tatiana actually stayed in Morocco for almost 6 months, brushing up on her French and Arabic, and used this as a base from which to see the rest of Africa.
Tatiana tells me that her greatest achievement during her travels was when she walked up to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The climb isn’t considered to be technically difficult but there are challenges to get past such as the altitude and the fact that you are walking for around 8 hours per day. The moment that she reached the peak of Kilimanjaro was the moment of affirmation that her decision to travel had been a good one.
I for one am most certainly looking forward to her next adventures.