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LOST IN WANDERLUST

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Hello there!

For those of you who know me, you know that I’m pretty much a confused global citizen aka I don’t have one specific place I call home.

Let me elaborate a little bit for those who don’t know me. My name is Aditi Saldanha and I am a fourth year architecture student at Iowa State University. Through my parents’ jobs and university, I’ve lived in three different countries (Malaysia, Qatar, and the U.S.) – but have an Indian passport. Each of these countries holds a special and dear place in my heart and I am fortunate to call each of these countries home. In-between all the shuffling around, I was able to travel to over 17 countries spread over 5 continents.  Thanks to my parents, I have an innate desire and passion to travel and see the world – to visit foreign lands, experience new cultures, taste new cuisines, and everything in-between. Not to mention, I get to eat lots and lots of airplane food (No, I’m not crazy, I just really enjoy airplane food).

This year, I decided to add a new home to my list: Cork, Ireland. Over the next five months, I will be studying architecture at the University College Cork in Ireland while also using some of my weekends to explore Ireland and the rest of Europe. As much as I love Ames (ok, I’m not sure how much I really love Iowa), four years in a small Midwestern town after living in huge metropolitan cities was getting old. Time for my next adventure!

Moving and living around the world has formed who I am and has given me the perspectives I hold today. Though scary and daunting at first, it has given the opportunities and experiences most can only dream of. As I prepare to fly out tonight, I am no longer scared of moving to a completely foreign land – I have nothing but excitement for what is to come! Even better, I get to explore Europe with my best friend, Arthi! I hope this blog will be a synopsis of all my adventures abroad.

wan·der·lust
/ˈwändərˌləst/
noun
  1. a strong desire to travel.

 

 


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  • Rita Noronha
    January 9, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Have fun Adithi God Bless Aunty Rita

  • Alka
    January 10, 2017 at 6:09 am

    Very few students get this amazing opportunity of exploring and studying at different universities in foreign lands. Aditi, you are an independent and focused girl who has earned all of it and you are heading to gain exposure at a different university to add to your experience and knowledge. Much deserved and we are happy and proud of you. God Bless!