Storytelling by Jane & Javi | Two Young Explorers

 

Today on Culture with Travel, we’re excited to share our interview with the Two Young Explorers.

Tell us a bit about yourselves! Why do you love travel? How do you think travel unites us or teaches us more about the world?

We love travel because we are able to experience what it’s like to be part of different cultures as we go from city to city. We believe that traveling is an awesome way to unite people, because it can break down cultural barriers and can expand the mindsets of people who might be more close-minded.

Traveling shows us that there are many different kinds of people throughout the world, but that amidst all the differences, we are also very similar and are all part of this beautiful planet.

Can you tell us something about the culture in your country? 

We did not really have an option of going somewhere else, because both of our parents immigrated to the USA while we were still very little, and it has been our home ever since. We have a very fast-paced culture, and many people here have very little time to travel compared to other cultures that we’ve interacted with.

What surprising aspect of culture do you love about your country (or your specific town/city) that travelers may not be aware of?

In our specific state of Florida, we love that we can be very close to the ocean basically at all times. Also, we love that South Florida has a very big Hispanic influence, because it brings us closer to our roots.

There is a lot of diversity where we live and everyone is very accepting of each other. Jane and I both have Hispanic backgrounds and greatly enjoy the Hispanic culture.

Which dish do you feel best represents where you’re specifically from? Share a picture and tell us why you love it!

Here in Florida it’s very tropical, so the dish we picked isn’t really a dish, but we believe it’s a great representation of our state. We chose the coconut!

Growing up in your country, what’s something that you believe makes it unlike anywhere else in the world? 

We like that the United States of America is kind of a trendsetter in the sense that a lot of our brands are famous throughout the world.

Talk about the role of family in your life. What does family mean to you? Which family values are valuable to you? 

We live in Florida with our parents and we believe that family time is important, even if it’s only a small amount.

How important is spirituality and religion in your daily life? What do you do to celebrate the two? 

We are actually not very religious, but we do believe that it is important to be a good person and to help others as much as possible. This is why we try to volunteer when we can, and why we take certain measures to try to be more environmentally friendly.

Share about a custom/tradition you observe. What makes it special?

A little custom that we have is that whenever we are on an airplane, as it is lifting off we tend to hold hands. It’s special because it has become our little tradition without us even realizing it. We have done it since we’ve started traveling together.

Two Young Explorers

Art and dance can tell a deeper story about local culture. Tell us the story of a specific artwork or dance that has a meaning for you. Share a photo, if you can. (It can be anything from street art to a festival to a painting to architecture to woven artwork, to woodworking, a family heirloom, etc.)  

We love a dance called bachata because since we first started dating it has been a dance that we are both able to perform well in. Whenever a bachata song comes on we always try to dance to it.

Languages not only give us the power to communicate, but also can unite us across cultures. What’s something you love about the multitude of languages spoken in your country? Share a favorite saying you have, or teach us something in your native language. 

We love the diversity of the people in the USA and we love the fact that we can hear so many different languages. We have even made a little game where we try to guess the countries where the language is from.

Jane & Javi
Jane & Javi

What local spot in your city/town do you love most? Why is it personally important to you? 

There is this marina that we both love called Black Point Marina. We have both gone there many times and it is a cute secluded space. It is a nice place to relax if you ever need to get away from the big city life.

Have you ever met a stranger during your travels who made an impact on your life in a certain way, or maybe it was you who helped someone else? Share the story! 

While we were in London, we met this biker who told us about his amazing bike ride around Western Europe. He biked “to bring people together and to spread ideas that can create social, as well as technological, change.” It was very inspiring to hear his story and one day we hope to be able to bike around entire countries. If you would like to check out more about Robin’s bike ride, go to facebook.com/BikeRideforUnityandProgress/

Unfortunately, stereotypes exist in the world. What are some common misconceptions you’ve heard about your country? What is considered disrespectful in your culture that visitors should be aware of? 

It depends on where in the United States we are referring to. What is considered disrespectful in one area, might not be considered disrespectful in another area. 

Jane and Javi at the Eternal City
Jane and Javi at the Eternal City, Rome, Italy

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