Rachel has lived in 8 different countries on 4 different continents. Growing up in the US, she often dreamed of traveling and pursued a career in international business, specifically emerging markets. After extensive traveling around the world and moving to many major US cities while working in the US, she moved back to South America. Rachel loves trying new foods and wines, studying languages, sailing, water skiing, photography, running, and horseback riding. Her goals are to be trilingual or a millionaire. Having achieved the latter (in Colombian pesos), she is now actively pursuing the former.
Lima, Peru – gastronomy capital of South America, jumping off point to Machu Picchu, and where I lived for most of August. Unlike the typical tourist which arrives in Lima, stays a day and quickly departs to Machu Picchu, I was the odd person who actually lived in Lima, watching others come and go discussing the wonder. While others awed over breathtaking views of ruins, I spent my time searching for a job, price comparing coffee makers, negotiating phone contracts, and normal day-to-day boring stuff. I admit, I indulged in a 12-step, 3-hour tasting menu at Astrid y Gastón as well as consuming massive amounts of choripan, camote frito, churros, and pisco in the name of experiencing culture through food.
Besides memorable eating experiences, what I’ll take away most from living in Lima is the amazing memories of hanging out with my friends Kelly & Christian. The one thing I wanted but didn’t take though was 5 soles, the rough equivalent of $1.81.
By: Aigerim Duis
What do Milan and Sofia have in common? They have hundreds of Triptrotters who got together this month for an amazing night out in town with locals and travelers! Great food, drinks and awesome new friends… What else can you ask for?
On October 17, 2011 Triptrotters together with the Free Sofia Tour rocked Sofia’s Club Culture Beat! Thanks to an amazing Location Adviser Boyko, who has put the event together! According to Sofia Tonight “Culture beat is not just a nightclub or boutique- café, not just a bar or a place, where you can eat something tasty. It’s all taken together and before that- it is the new home and cultural center for artists and people who feel such as them. Culture beat is a crazy strong mix of styles. Sofia’s industrial, street vintage and socialism in contrast of elegant and aristocratic elements which have been sited in one great culture chic. Moreover, the entry in Culture beat, the first thing that you can feel is the flowing sense of comfort and coziness” It was a perfect venue for Triptrotting event! Locals, young professionals and students from Sofia and Tilburg Universities came to hang out with travelers and expats in the city.
On October 14 another Location Adviser, Anna, hosted TRIPup in Milan at a local Mag Cafe in the heart of the city. The beautiful photography and art design of the Mag Cafe were perfect reflections of the eclectic culture of Milano! TRIPup Milan brought together locals and travelers – Students from University of Milan and Bocconi, young professionals from local companies and backpackers got to make new friends and enjoy awesome Aperitifs from the Mag Cafe. We are definitely hosting more events in Milan soon!
To see all of Triptrotting’s past TRIPups and even apply to host one in your city, visit our new Triptrotting Events page!