Who am I?

Who am I?

Arianne in Varanasi
Photo taken in Varanasi, India – September 2015

Hello, bonjour, hola, kia ora, ciao, ni hao, konichiwa, g’day! Thanks for stopping by! My name is Arianne Wolodarsky, and I’m finally ready to brave the digital world and expose what is my lifestyle and my art. If you stumbled upon here, then it’s a great place to understand who I am and where I come from (because believe it or not, it’s not a simple answer). If you came here on purpose, welcome!

By just introducing you with my name, it will not give you any clue as to where I’m from, so I will attempt my best to outline what makes me….well….me!

There’s no point telling you my age either because that is ever changing. Back in early October of 1986 (you can do the maths now), my Colombian mother gave birth to me in London, the United Kingdom, the city where she met my Argentinian father 2 years prior and fell head over heels for him at first sight. It’s one of those love stories that makes your want to fall in love yourself. As you can see already, my blood and DNA are a healthy cocktail of nationalities and ethnicities. My upbringing was even more diverse, but I found a term that encapsulates it quite well; I grew up as a third culture kid. You can Google it if you want (I’ve provided a link to a BBC article), but you’ll hopefully be able to gain an understanding of what that is once I finish with this section of my blog.

Being born in the UK doesn’t mean I feel British, growing up in New Jersey, USA, doesn’t make me “American”, and having also lived in Spain and finished my high school (or lycée) in France doesn’t make me from either of those countries. However, I feel like a local and a foreigner in all of those places all at once. This last link showcases a TED talk from a woman with whom I totally identify with, she pretty much nails it.

As you can gather from the little information I’ve revealed already, as a child and adolescent I was exposed to several cultures and countries. However, I want to focus my writings on how I travel as an independent human being, which has been since May 2013. It all technically began in October 2012, where a minor motor accident catalysed a series of intricately and unseemingly unrelated events that lead to my first “bon voyage” to the land Down Under. Ever since, I’ve been on the move, working, volunteering, hitchhiking, couchsurfing, housesitting and making art around this beautiful planet we call Earth. It goes without saying, but the people I met along the way and that I have had the opportunity to share experiences with have had a major impact on my travels and my growth as an individual, and I am forever thankful for all the wonderful souls that I have met so far.

This blog will be my digital home to harness my art and my travels. I hope to grow as a travel blogger, sharing my own personal experiences of how I move around the world and live like a nomad. I hope you find my blog an interesting and inspiring source of informative excerpts about my life.

Watch this space for possible future edits! Cheers!

Ari