Who is Gio?
“Gio” comes from the abbreviated form of my name Giorgia, and you should pronounce it like “Joe”. Gio is a 24 years old ginger, vegetarian, Italian human being.
However even if I’m 100% Italian, I see myself as a citizen of the world. I think that this beautiful planet is just a huge school and traveling around the world allows you to learn plenty of things about different cultures, languages, ways of living, nature etc.
I have never written a blog before nor I studied communication or journalism, that’s why I ask you to be patient if sometimes my pieces don’t correspond to your expectations. I just write things following my way of being (seems like a stream of consciousness sometimes) and to me it’s already quite hard to write in English which is not my first language so…
Enjoy reading pieces written in a perfect broken English! 🙂
But let’s start from the beginning…
I was born in 1991 in a small forgotten village in the northern, cold, misty, rainy mountains of Italy. As my parents divorced when I was only 5 years old, I start moving quite often changing houses, schools and friends every few years. That’s why even now I can’t stay in one place for more than a while!
Since I was a child, my parents used to take “somewhere” on holiday every year and this allowed me to start traveling and discovering a little bit the world.
A part of traveling, I have many different hobbys:
I love horse riding (more than 10 years experience), I used to practice jumping but then I also tried Reining and the “american style”;
I love scuba diving, I got my first certification in 2007 and last year I became a professional diver achieving my Dive Master certification;
I found out that I also love free diving, even if my lungs decided they can’t bear the same air for more than 2 minutes…I still need to practice;
I love cakes, cupcakes and bakery/pastry in general, so in my free time I bake quite a lot…trying also some vegan recipes;
I love cooking in general and while traveling I always try to collect new recipes;
To relax and to avoid killing people, I practice yoga and meditation…ohhhmmm (inner peace);
I am a Reiki therapist, so if you think your chakras need a boost, let me know!
I love reading especially before sleeping;
I’d like to save the world, that’s why I recycle, I’m vegetarian and I volunteer for Sea Shepherd (yeah, I’m a part-time pirate);
I love sharks, whenever I can I go for a swim with them, they are simply wonderful but misunderstood creatures.
I also love photography, I have a Nikon (yes I’m team Nikon) D5100 with a tripod and 35, 70-210, 18-55 lenses…and I have a Go Pro Hero 4 silver for my videos.
My primary school teacher found out that I was quite good in learning English so I ended up in choosing a foreign languages high school where I started learning German and French as well.
This allowed me to take part to some school exchanges in Germany and in France, where I had the chance to live in a family and to better learn the culture and the language.
It’s time to choose a University and I applied for the Italian famous “School for interpreters and translators” (yes, they call it school even if it’s a university) in Triest. They accepted me and I had to choose 3 languages I wanted to study for 3 years. I say bye bye to English (sorry), and I chose German, French and Arabic.
During my studies, I also got the chance to take part in the Erasmus program, that allowed me to study for 6 months in a University in Graz (Austria) and I got an internship in Paris (France) for one month.
After 3 years I graduated with 110 cum laude (the highest grade). And now what? I didn’t know what to do but I was quit fed up of studying all the time, I wanted to leave Italy and discover the world, but at the same time I wanted to give my studies a sense.
Luckily I found an itinerant Master degree in cultural mediation: 3 months in Barcelona (Spain), 3 months in Venice, 3 months in Meknes (Morocco) and 3 months somewhere in the world for an internship…and I chose the Galapagos islands!
Thanks to this Master I could add Spanish and Moroccan dialect to the languages I could speak.
During my university studies I had the chance to study at 6 different universities:
And I took part in 3 different interniship programs:
And now that I was done with my university duties I told my parents it was time for me to explore a little bit the world before becoming a serious adult with a normal life (even thought I don’t think I will ever become a “normal” person).
Want to know more about where I’ve already been? Just click here .