Engineering, Kung Fu & Rock’n’Roll

(Para ler este post em Português: Engenharia, Kung Fu & Rock’n’Roll)

What is this trip about???

First important thing about this adventure is to establish what are my main interests. They will guide the trip, based on them I will decide when and where to go.

1- MUSIC. I love rock. And blues. Folk. Jazz… And all the other good stuff beyond that. I enjoy discovering new sounds, rhythms, bands, relaxing music, loud music, great lyrics, beautiful voices, singing, screaming, dancing, shaking, partying… My plan is to watch my favorite bands doing their small gigs and to look for new and undiscovered bands too.

2- KUNG FU. Hey I need to say that I’m not a violent person ok? 9 years ago, in a time of my life when everything had gone wrong, I was depressed, unemployed, unhappy, and broken… After several years of a solid career working in big construction projects I was fooled by the man I was engaged to and he left me with a half million debt.
Back to my parents’ home I had nothing to do. Economy was terrible for civil engineers and I couldn’t find a job. Then one day I decided to take Kung Fu classes. My father thought I had gone crazy! What kind of person would begin practicing martial arts at the age of 27?!? Someone a little bit crazy… But I was soooo sad, had nothing left to do… Why not to give it a shot? I started slowly, two times a week only, just a regular grasshopper. But it made me feel so good and balanced that I couldn’t stop… Now back to present I’m a black belt who practices KF 6 times a week and has a few vitories and medals to show…
Always remember that a thousand miles journey begins with a single step, as says the Chinese, and nothing is impossible when you believe your dreams and work really hard!

3- FAMILY MISTERIES. There is a misterious story about my grandpa… Some years ago I was in a relationship with an Italian guy, who lives in my neighborhood. One night there was a big storm that got us stuck inside the condominium starving so we decided to join my parents for a pizza. While we were waiting for the delivery boy to arrive with our food my mom brought us a letter written by my gran grandfather to my grandfather in the 30s. My boyfriend translated it for us… In that letter my gran grandfather said that “everyone was a little sad in my grandfather’s marriage but also that that was the right thing to do…”
Wait… What?!? That was BEFORE my grandfather met my grandmother!!!
We always knew that something wrong had happened for my grandfather to leave Italy without ever coming back… But did he marry another woman before grandma?!? And is it possible that I have an unknown uncle or perhaps an aunt???
These are just suppositions… Which I want to investigate…

4- ENGINEERING.This is what I HAVE to do to justify the license at IBM. I love civil engineering and never thought about doing something different with my life since I was 17, but at the same time it’s difficult to decide what kind of specific knowledge can I get from a trip like this.
New technologies? Smart buildings? Project management? Planning? Structures? I’m not sure yet. There are so many options!
I’ll develop this theme later after doing some researches…

5- LANGUAGE. Language is something that had always interested me. I grew up among books, it’s something I earned from my mother.
At home my family commonly chose a book instead of a TV show. And as a teenager I used to exchange letters with my close friends to update the news instead of giving them a call.
I like speaking English. It would be great if I could be fluent in Italian. Maybe some French, why not? And perhaps a little Mandarin too… haha…

I’ve listed here only 5 of my guidance interests, but there’s still much much more: tastes, culture, people, food, nature, views… What are yours?

I’m looking forward to all the amazing things I’ll be able to learn worldwide…
Follow me and I’ll show you!

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