Pip Jones has been traveling and writing for the past 10 years in hopes of recreating a Carrie Bradshaw-esque fantasy of sipping wine and tapping away on her laptop. She joins Without A Path in Düsseldorf by way of Wales to talk about Welsh culture, drinking cocktails on a rooftop in Palestine, and how a childhood admiration of Pip Longstocking started it all.
“A big part of travel is speaking to lots of differnet people and lots of different perspectives and not forming ideas and opinions just from what you’ve read in stories. It’s actually going to these places and speaking to the local Palestinians and all the pople that are affected by the situation there and making up your own mind about the situation and what’s going on.” — Pip Jones on traveling in Palestine
Courtney Tenz is a freelance writer and translator based in nearby Cologne, Germany. We met up a few weeks ago in a park outside of the K21 art museum in Düsseldorf and talked about everything from being an American immigrant in Germany to how you can tell an American from a European by the way they dress.
“One of the things I’ve been doing in the last couple of years since people have bene talking about refugees ‘invading the country’ has been really paying attention to how other people are being treated around me, using my privilege as an English-speaking immigrant to call out the xenophobia and the bad experiences that other people are having.”
Immigrant and Classical Guitarist, Arturo Castro Nogueras
Arturo Castro Nogueras has been an immigrant for most of his life. Born in Mexico, his family moved to Puerto Rico where he continued his exploration of music and his familial roots in Cuba. As he progressed with classical guitar, he moved to Düsseldorf, Germany to study in the heart of classical music, blending his favorite influences from Latin America with his new surroundings in Europe.
“I cannot identify 100 percent with Mexico right now or Puerto Rico or Germany even. But that liberates me in a way.”
Where Do I Belong: An Indonesia Travel Story, Alex Jordao
Belgian writer Alex Jordao didn’t feel like she belonged growing up in Brussels. She had a Portuguese last name and didn’t look like the other kids because of her Indonesian father. Finally, an opportunity came to learn more about her ancestry and meet her long-lost grandmother for the first time when she traveled to Indonesia with her father. Oh, and she had some half-siblings out there, too, that she didn’t learn about until just before the trip. Alex shares her Indonesia travel story, meeting her grandmother, her siblings, and finally making sense of where she comes from.
“Sometimes it’s a bit hard. I don’t know where I belong. It’s really hard to answer the question, ‘Where are you from?’.”
Judson Moore knew he wanted to make the world better place at an admirably young age. After backpacking around Brazil between high school and college, he finally started to get a sense of how he could contribute. This eventually led him to the Peace Corps and serving in the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan. Judson joins Without A Path to share on-the-ground stories, from the horrific experience of watching a goat sacrifice to his own Kyrgyzstan travel tips so you can follow in his footsteps.
“I solo backpacked Brazil. I was visiting friends, people who I had met along the way, and many of their families were also involved in their local Rotary Clubs, and so I participated in a lot of service projects across Brazil through these Rotary Clubs. It was the combination of these two things that instilled in me a very real passion for international travel, international relationships, and a sense of my ability to one day make the world a better place in some small way.”
Katie Quinn knows her food. For over three years, she’s been uploading a new video per week showcasing different recipes she’s learned — from her grandmother in smalltown Ohio to her training at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Ironically, her now successful career in food journalism all started with a bit of chance and what appeared to be bad luck.
I felt that spark that I hadn’t felt in years. Even as I was going along in my career and things were going well and I thought I had everything together, I realized this is what I missed. I missed this kind of raw creativity, which I think all creatives know what I’m talking about, and I felt it again. — Katie Quinn
Managing Editor at The Tico Times and Author of Love In Translation: Letters To My Costa Rican Daughter
Katherine Stanley Obando used to be my boss. We met over three years ago in San José, Costa Rica when I was looking for an opportunity to write at The Tico Times, Central America’s largest English-speaking publication. She grew up mostly in New Hampshire, taught in Arizona with Teach For America, and followed that up in 2004 with a move to Costa Rica where she’s worked in journalism and the public and non-profit sectors.
Katherine joins Without A Path to talk about what’s kept her in Costa Rica, her thoughts on the debate between who gets to be called an “expat” versus an immigrant, and why Americans should travel or live abroad.
When you can live abroad, even if it’s for a short time, it definitely opens your eyes in a way traveling through probably can’t . — Katherine Stanley Obando
Iran comes packed with stereotypes in the western world, but Iranian travel blogger Sara Louee says Iranians have their own stereotypes for westerners. After backpacking Europe herself, Sara has turned her sights toward mending this gap with her own writing, traveling across the Persian nation, and sharing her travels among a collective of Iranian solo female travel writers at Saboktar.
I really want to let the world know about my country, because Iran has so much potential for traveling. — Sara Louee