Tell us a bit about yourself! Why do you love travel? How do you think travel unites us or teaches us more about the world?
I spent my life living adventurously, trying new things all of the time, learning about different cultures and ways of life and building relationships with people, animals and places. I document and share my experiences on my blog and YouTube channel, Hopscotch the Globe, to inspire and connect like-minded individuals.
The most important life lessons I’ve learned during my travels. The world is my classroom and the people I’ve met are my teachers. Travelers are more open minded and accepting people, and these qualities are what unite people.
What surprising aspect of culture do you love about where you’re from that travelers may not be aware of?
Canadians love being outdoors and appreciate nature. I don’t think it’s surprising once you see how naturally beautiful the country is. It’s hard not to spend as much of your time outside. No matter the weather, people are out embracing it.
Which dish do you feel best represents where you’re specifically from? Share a picture and tell us why you love it!
I would say a buffet is a great representation of Canadian food, specifically Toronto cuisine. Toronto is home to every culture and we truly embrace our multiculturalism. Whatever craving you have, you can find it in Toronto, and it will be done well.
Share about a custom/tradition you observe, and talk about the role of family in your life. What does family mean to you?
I celebrate many traditions as my family is very diverse. Between my husband and I, we celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas and Iranian New Year. Also living in Canada, we celebrate every kind of holiday and tradition. I’ve been to everything from Diwali to Caribana celebrations.
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.
I really love Bollywood dancing, and took my first Bollywood dance class when I was living in India and was hooked right away. I love how it really tells a story and in such a dramatic way. It’s over the top, and I absolutely love it!
Languages not only give us the power to communicate but also can unite us across cultures. Share a favorite saying, or teach us something in your native language.
I love the saying in Italian, “Dolce Far Niente” which translates to “The Sweetness of Doing Nothing” in English. It’s not my native tongue, but my mom is from Sicily, and I just love this saying.
Have you ever met a stranger (during travel) who made an impact on your life? Share the story!
I’ve met a countless amount of people during my travels that have made an impact on me. It’s really hard to pick just one. I do have a dear friend named Alex who I met in India that first comes to mind. She opened up a part of my mind and heart for the first time. She introduced me and taught me about spirituality, which remains a huge part of who I am today.