Why We Travel

We brought the MH team to the bench to learn why they travel, and asked Andreea Mironiuc to illustrate their reasons.

The travel bug doesn’t bite everyone the same way, nor with the same intensity. People travel for many reasons, with some doing it because because they were forced to do so, and others because they just aren’t able to stop. It also depends on when in their life you ask them. Here at Meeting Halfway we’ve met with some people from the first group, namely refugees and immigrants who had to leave their homes for a shot at the life they were looking for. After, we will also give you a glimpse at the other group in a series of interviews with people who live for the purpose of traveling, and who seem incapable of staying in one place for too long.

Apart from that, we also brought our own team to the bench to learn why they travel, and asked Andreea Mironiuc to illustrate their answers. Since all together we form such an intercultural and curious youth, it was hardly surprising that we had a large number of shared perspectives: many of us traveled to broaden our horizons, to meet different people and different cultures, or to learn new languages. In a word, travel is for everyone a way of being compelled to deal with our prejudices while enriching ourselves in the process. Not to mention most of us just don’t trust other people’s photos!

Travelling to me is like treasure hunting, and experiences are my findings. And my little secret: I like to see the sky in different places in the world

Anastasia Karouti (Greece)

I also travel to visit new landscapes by myself, instead of settling for photos and videos made through someone else’s eyes.

Miriam Vázquez (Spain)

Trips help me to make friends I hope for my whole life.

Nina Groznykh (Russia)

I also believe that travelling is like reading with your whole body.

Nacho Urquijo (Spain)

I like the feeling of constant move, travelling from one place to another, I like the journey most of all, as they say, not so much the destination.

Yiorgos Toumanidis (Greece)

I love the feeling of arriving in a new place and having so much to discover.

Monica García Sanchis (Spain)

Every new place we see is an opportunity for once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Kristina Busheska (Macedonia)



Andreea Mironiuc (Romania)

Freelance illustrator, chocolate addict, full time dreamer.

Studies: Multimedia Design and Communication

Speaks: Romanian, English, Spanish

Europe is… where my heart is.

Portfolio: www.andreeamironiuc.com

FB: www.facebook.com/andreeaillustration


Miriam Vázquez (Spain)

Studies / works: Journalism and Political & Administration Sciences

Speaks: Spanish, Catalan, English, some French and German

Europe is… a unique place where people from different cultures, languages and points of view live together

Twitter: @mirabroad


Anastasia Karouti (Greece)

Studies/Works: English Language and Literature, Translation Studies / Educator, Trainer, Translator, Painter

Speaks: Greek, English, Romanian

Europe is… my nest, my starting point, the place to show my potential; Acropolis and the divine light of Transylvania.

Blog: caramelisedfruits.tumblr.com


Monica García Sanchis (Spain)

Studies/Work: Journalism and Human Rights

Speaks: Spanish, Catalan, English and some French

Europe is….  An attempt of a social and economic union that we have to push so that it serves to the interests of civil society and nature. It is home of different cultures, landscapes and people that I’d love to discover and it can be, if we try, the example of a world without frontiers.

Blog: http://creillaquereguilla.wordpress.com


Nina Groznykh

Study/work: International Relations/Regional Studies

Speak: Russian, English, German

Europe is full of amazing stories.

Website: http://ngroznykh.wix.com/ninagroznykh

Instagram: http://instagram.com/ninagroznykh


Kristina Busheska (Macedonia)

Studies: French language and literature

Speaks: Macedonian, Serbo-Croatian, English, French, some Spanish, a little bit of Romanian

Europe is…a culture dimension, a way of life, a home of great minds.

Twitter: @Miss_Busheska


Yiorgos Toumanidis (Greece)

Studies / Works: European Culture Studies, Theatre, Theatrical Writing & Creative Writing

Speaks: Greek, English, Spanish

Europe is: a great blend of cultures that needs to be shaken the proper way.

Twitter: @yiorgostouma


J. Ignacio Urquijo Sánchez (Spain)

Studies / Works: International relations, Journalism

Speaks: Spanish, English and a bit of German.

Europe is: the perfect place to start the journey.

Twitter: @NachoUrquijo

Blog: http://ignaciourquijo.wordpress.com

Author Mariana de Araújo (Portugal)

Studies: Physics

Speaks: Portuguese, English, some French, Spanish and German

Proofreader Miguel Monteiro (Portugal)

Studies / Works: Classics, Philosophy. Translator, teacher.

Speaks: Portuguese, English, Italian, German, French, Latin, Ancient Greek.

Europe is: meine Heimat.

Blog: pedradaponte.blogspot.com

Author: mariana

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