This week’s guest post comes from Sydney, travel blogger behind Siempre, Sydney. She explains ‘In 2010 I stuffed my car, leaving the colorful state of Colorado for Ashland, Oregon. At Southern Oregon University I competed with the women’s soccer team, nerded out over biochemistry and worked at a winery. It was a wonderful 4 years where I made amazing friends, met a handsome wrestler and started a journey of self-growth and exploration of Oregon’s beauty. For the final semester of university I ‘studied’ abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I lived with a lovely family, got a glimpse of South America’s beauty and ate too much red meat and red wine, while falling in love with tango and Castellaño. This is when Siempre, Sydney was born. Started simply as an avenue to document and share experiences with loved ones back home, it turned into an all-consuming passion. Writing, photographing and sharing the incredible places I had the opportunity to experience filled me with joy and excitement’.
1. What is your name and where do you come from?
Hi there! I’m Sydney – originally from northern Colorado in the states. However it’s one of my few homes as I went to university in Ashland, Oregon, lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina for half a year and am now going on a year living in Aberdeen, Scotland!
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
As much as I love traveling, what I have found I enjoy even more is setting down roots in new areas. It gives me a chance to really get to know the people and culture while going on smaller trips to places that might not have been accessible before. I would classify myself as a part-time traveler living in a location where I always feel like I’m seeing new things.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
Currently in Scotland I work full-time for BrewDog, an awesome craft Scottish brewery. I got to design our new brewery tour (which is awesome – come visit if you make it to North East Scotland!) and manage the events for a local bar. My boyfriend is over here studying, so my visa (which is a dependent to his student visa) allows me to work full time.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
Oh man, so many absolutely incredible places on this planet! Right now San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina comes to mind – gorgeous lakes in every direction. Biking, hiking, kayaking – an outdoor wonderland. Truly an magnificent entrance to Patagonia, hence why I’m dying to trek the entire thing.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
I’m the type of person you could plop down most anywhere and I’m going to make the best of it. People can so easily find reasons to complain about their current circumstances and location when in reality if you just have a small paradigm shift then all the sudden you realise how many incredible opportunities surround you!
However if I did have to chose, I think an experience I don’t ever I feel I need to repeat is going on a massive cruise. Although very fun and luxurious, it’s just not my style. I would so much rather eat with the locals and experience the wonders of each island versus being herded around and spending most of the time on a ship.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
I don’t really keep a bucket list and instead try to grab any opportunity that presents itself. Living in Scotland allows for cheap flights to almost anywhere in Europe and what I love is just waiting for a 4 day weekend and then choosing one of the cheapest flights. That’s how we ended up in Piemonte, Italy a few months ago!
Although right now I’d say 3 places I’m dying to spend some extended time are Germany (all of it), trekking Patagonia (starting in Bariloche and finishing in Ushuaia) and Thailand (just to eat).
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
My Olympus OM-D EM10 mirror less camera, Timberland hiking boots and my iPhone.
8. What makes you happy and why?
Growth and movement. I’ve noticed that a trend in my life is when things start to slow down and get comfortable I make big changes. Moving to Oregon, Argentina, Scotland – you name it. I always need to feel as though I’m working towards something meaningful that is helping me to grow in a personal way. Whether it’s my blog, listening to podcasts, reading books, photography, piano, working out, meditating, cooking fun healthy foods – I always want to be evolving into a better person.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I have been blogging for about 2 and half years now. I started it about 6 months before moving to Argentina to study abroad. I wanted to record my experiences and photos of life mostly for myself, but also to let people back home know what I was up to. It then turned into an all consuming passion and today it is my biggest ‘hobby’ that brings my joy and fills my spare moments.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
Siempre, Sydney is a mixture of travel, advice, inspiration, real life and the pursuit of happiness and fulfilment. It’s an ever-evolving representation of my passions and life loves. It’s an adventure we can all join together, whether you’re looking for travel tips, itineraries or just a chance to daydream. It’s unique because my life, just like yours, is unique and special and I can’t wait to share it with you.
From ESLT – thank you Sydney for taking the time to answer our questions. Safe Travels 🙂