Growing Up In

Personal stories on growing up in different places, near and far.

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Global travel blog that features travel stories on living, traveling and growing up in cities, villages and towns around the world!

Astana, Kazakhstan: A New Capital

I was born in a Soviet town called Tselinograd, the future capital, known as Astana today. In my childhood, every Sunday, my mom and dad used to walk with our neighbors to the central bazaar. It seemed that everybody knew each other in the town, because every time we walked there my parents would greet everyone […]

Hunza, Pakistan: Growing up in Hunza

What is it like to grow up in Hunza? Well, first let me tell you what it is not. It is not just enjoying these views from your window Imagine looking out your window at grape leaves silhouetted against a backdrop of mountains, and all of this goes unnoticed because you wake up to it […]

Esquipulas, Guatemala: January 15, Day of the Lord of Esquipulas

The year has begun, 15 days have passed in the month of January and a magical feast is approaching – the day of the Lord of Esquipulas. This reminds me of the great pilgrimages that are made on this day, and which I made with my mother and grandmother when I was a kid. But […]

St Ives, Cornwall: Musings on the Great English Seaside

When you imagine a holiday at the English seaside, does it fill you with longing or horror? Do you think of picturesque beaches, steaming fish and chips and sunny strolls, or do you shiver with the thought of bright arcade lights, sunburnt families and getting attacked by seagulls? Now, I put my hands up and […]

Montreal, Canada: The City of Diversity

I know what you’re thinking already, “Canada, damn isn’t it cold there” — and you are most definitely right. Montreal is a hot spot for tourists from various countries, usually people migrating from hotter places to a more chilly place for a new vibe. I’ve lived in Montreal ever since I started to walk, talk […]

Guatemala: The Magic of Holy Week

Easter in Guatemala reminds me of the magical smell of corozo, which floods all of the Guatemalan houses and streets, the magical flavors of the fish to vizcaina (a mixture of the culture of the Spanish conquerors and the native people of my Guatemala), the torrejas, the molletes, the chilacayote drink, the beautiful carpets made […]

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: A Place of Realizations

I was born and grew up in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Thirteen years later, I moved to the Philippines where my mother is from. Today, I’m in my 20s working as a Finance and Operations Coordinator in Manila, and a freelance writer on the side. I am half-Arabian and half-Filipino, and it’s a given that whenever […]

Chicago, Illinois: Urban Crime, Mayhem and Metropolitan Beauty

My father is from Mississippi and my mother grew up in Chicago, both lived in unforgiving environments. My grandmother (father’s mother) moved to Chicago in the 1960’s when many black folks from the south were relocating north for a better life. It seems that when she arrived here she got very comfortable because she sank […]

Swaziland: A Place to Belong

My mother’s story in my words… When I think about my childhood in Mbabane, Swaziland, the first thing I remember is the warmth, the big open bright skies and the two rows of tall pine trees in the garden where my father made a trapeze for me to play on. I would swing and swing […]

Belleville, Michigan: Small Town Lovin’

I have a sort of love/hate relationship with Belleville. I love it for all that it has to offer. I hate it for the sole reason that everyone here knows everything about everyone. That’s just me, I’m a bit reserved. Weird for a blogger right? Why wouldn’t I want to share every single detail about […]