I think I owed you this post and a certain update in the life of Nextination.
As many of you know if you have been following me for a while, I have lived in several countries in the last 13 years. Oh my God, now that I am putting on paper, it’s a lot, but yes, in 2010 I traveled to the other side of the World. I went to live in Rio de Janeiro and I was there for a year. The curious thing is that what I thought it would be just one more adventure, the fact of living abroad for a year, was nothing but the beginning of a nomadic life that, to be honest, I never thought I would have.
I never saw myself doing anything other than following the “established path”, which is supposed to be a “normal life”, that is, graduating from university, getting a job and becoming independent and then, settling in a place, with your partner and why not, starting a family and “the end”. That’s all.
And yes, I’ve done all that, or almost everything. What I haven’t done has been to settle in one place, like a tree as if we had roots that anchor us. And don’t get me wrong, that’s a wonderful life too and it was the one I always thought I would follow, but destiny, nevertheless, has other plans on the way.
I met a person who taught me that life is too short to be spent in just one place and that it is much more enriching, for some people, as is my case, to be able to live in other countries and learn the culture of the place, its traditions, its gastronomy, but from the inside, living in the country, sharing every day with local people.
What I want to say is that after our one-year adventure in Brazil, life brought us to Shanghai, China, where we were living for 2 years and after that, to Moscow, Russia where we have lived five years. For our surprise, fate put us back in Madrid for 3 years and it was incredible to be surrounded by the people we love, our family and friends, but then, life has surprised us again.
We have just moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, where we will live for a few years. In this month that I have been here, I’ve met people with a life similar to ours, nomads too, and who have lived in incredible countries. Families with children, who will certainly have such a different childhood comparing to mine, surrounded by people from different countries, different languages and different religions, tasting meals from all over the world and discovering how children and people in general live on this part of the world and specifically in this country.
One of the things I want the most is to be able to continue showing my daughter the world. At only 6 years old she has visited 21 countries but she has also been lucky enough to live in 3 of them and in 2 different continents. We are looking forward to discovering the city and the country. I know it’s going to be a great adventure and I can’t wait to share everything with you.
As you know, Indonesia is an incredible country, better known for Bali and its beaches, but here, on Nextination, and on my Instagram, I will try to show you what Jakarta is like, the unknown capital of Asia and, also, less known places in Indonesia.
Would you like to come with me?
If you want to know more about how I started my nomadic life, here you can find the link to my book.
Thank you so much for reading me.