Hi everyone! My name is Greta, I’m 24-years old, I’m Italian and I’m originally from Milan. I moved to London in 2012 for University and have been living there for the past six years.
When did your love for traveling start?
I’m lucky enough that my parents have always taken me on trips with them from when I was very young. My very first international trip was at the age of five when my dad took me to Disneyland in Paris. You can say that was the start of my love for travelling, once I had a taste of new and foreign cultures, I just couldn’t get enough!
Which 1-2 memorable travel experiences have you had so far that is unforgettable?
I try to find something memorable in all my travels, however if I had to pick one experience that I will always remember, it would be all the hikes we did in New Zealand when I was there in May. I spent one week road tripping with my best friends around the South Island of New Zealand, and every day we made sure to do at least one hike. My favorite but also the toughest was Roy’s Peak. This is a 16km return hike with a 1km incline. Reaching the top was extremely challenging but the feeling of exhilaration when we did, coupled with the stunning views of the snowy mountain tops peaking through the clouds, made for a truly unforgettable experience. Living it with my best friends made it even better.
What other hobbies or interests do you have?
I’m a huge fan of water sports. I’ve tried pretty much any form of sport that can be done in water, including swimming, surfing, sailing, synchronized swimming, water polo and windsurfing. Training in a pool isn’t particularly fun so I love travelling to beach destinations where I can try practicing these sports in the sea without the confines of a pool.
Have you been in an embarrassing moment before that is funny now when looking back?
Way too many to tell them all! Some still make me cringe more than laugh when I look back on them. Most recently, slipping on the sailing boat I was working on this summer just after having given the safety demonstration and whacking my head. Needless to say, on that day people did follow my advice and always held onto a railing.
Is there something you’ve always wanted to do or learn but haven’t had the time?
I would love to learn another language. I consider myself mother tongue in both English and Italian and I can make myself understood in Spanish, but I’d love to learn another language, especially a tough one like Arabic or Chinese. I even gave it a try at University and attended a language class that the Arabic society organized but it clashed with water polo training and I never had the time to pick it up again.
Some consider also coding and programming a language and I’d love to learn that too. I manage everything for my blog by myself which means very often I end up breaking something in the HTML coding and have to ask someone for help to get my site back up and running.
If you could time travel, where will you go?
I’ve always been a fan of fantasy and historical fiction books and movies so I like the idea of travelling back to before the Industrial Revolution, to Europe during the Middle Ages, Renaissance or the Age of Discovery. The idea of living in a time where there was still a whole world to discover excites me! Realistically though, I think I’m a bit too used to modern comforts to actually enjoy living in the past!
Which city or area do you feel is most romantic for a getaway?
It really depends on your idea of romantic! Some people find Paris romantic but the idea of a busy and chaotic street doesn’t appeal to me. I’d much rather go to a quiet beach destination where you can have a drink on the beach at sunset, undisturbed by the crowds.
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions Greta. One question before we end, how do you define “sexy”?
Confidence. To me when someone is comfortable in their own skin they appear “sexy”.
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