HELLO! BONJOUR! HOLA!
I’m Brittney and here are a few important things you should know about me. I’m an Indian cuisine fanatic. I have a deep love for antiques and interior design. I love to cook and read nonfiction books. I’m a skincare nut. I gladly claim myself to be Anthony Bourdain’s biggest fan. Music feeds my soul. I enjoy practicing yoga and jiu jitsu. I’m also a museum admirer.
WHY I CREATED THIS BLOG
My main mission of this blog is to inspire readers through storytelling and beautiful photography to push beyond their comfort zone and explore the world. I aim to “show and tell” that we truly do live in a magical, diverse and kind world! My curious disposition has emboldened me to launch this blog and share my experiences with you.
Travel has given me a glimpse of what life is like for other cultures. It has questioned how I live my own life at times. It has taught me patience, acceptance and has forever given me a serious case of never ending wanderlust.
Traveling is one of the most enriching and valuable experiences you will ever have with others and yourself. Invest in making those memories. You deserve it.
WHERE I AM RIGHT NOW
This year I took on a new position as a freelance virtual assistant based in Chicago, Illinois. I also recently took on the new title of wife back in November. Currently my husband and I are living life to the fullest with our two fur babies that are the light of our lives. Luna the spunky Bernese Mountain dog and Patty our loyal English Bulldog.
When I’m not working I can often be found wandering in a museum, indulging in a meal with my husband or girlfriends at one of Chicago’s finest eateries OR curled up on the couch in my pajamas pinning interior design inspiration until my eyeballs fall out.
WHAT DOES CULTURAL CURIOSITY MEAN TO ME + MY FIRST MEMORABLE ENCOUNTER WITH CULTURE
The name of the blog comes from a well known characteristic of myself which is my curiosity. I’ll tell you little story about my first “cultural curiosity” experience. I grew up in rural Missouri and you can imagine what that looks like, very conservative and very white. My first memorable encounter with culture was way back in 9th grade when I became great friends with a foreign exchange student from Montenegro named Anja. I was quickly captivated by her unique beauty, accent, and foreign culture. She smoked hookah, performed Turkish coffee readings for me and introduced me to music I had never heard before. It was all so fascinating to my 14 year old self.
After graduation I moved for college to a place I imagined roared with culture and diversity, and hopefully many more hookah smoking Eastern European people like Anja. I’m talking about New York City baby. I made friends from Iceland, Canada, Nigeria, and England. Sadly it was a move that was short lived, only six months.
Too much too soon for an 18 year old country girl. It was tough being away from my old friends and family. So back to Missouri I went. Two years quickly came and gone. I still felt like my life was lacking something so I booked myself a vacation to figure it out and quickly decided a relocation to Chicago was just what I needed. Chicago reminded me of a mini New York. A city full of excitement, culture, fantastic restaurants and close to home. That’s a win-win!