WHAT DID YOU DO FOR A LIVING?
I made 1 to 4 murals (paintings on walls) in most countries visited. I’ve been a practicing artist for a long while, I merely thought I’d make work on canvas or paper and roll it up while travelling- and maybe exhibit it later down the road. I fell into doing my first mural almost by accident- I had travelled from Rio down the Brazilian coast – Paraty, Isla do Mel, Floripa, Foz de Iguazu (waterfalls)- I was pleasantly surprised the Spanish learned was assisting me for logistical bits and pieces in Brazil. The funny thing there is that they will understand your Spanish quite well, while you won’t understand a syllable of their reply! So, I was keen to enter Spanish speaking territory and had written to volunteer in the Rock hostel Buenos Aires. I got a reply asking for me to make a painting on a wall there. So, I had a bit of time to think about it, make some sketches before showing up.
HOW MUCH MONEY DID YOU SPEND ON AVERAGE PER DAY?
£10.. No, really each day was really different, as the travellers often point out that when you stay in one place you automatically spend far less (possibly not the big cities). I really like hostels, it’s the people that make it what it is- that’s really different than why one would like a hotel. I saved a lot by making murals, which turned into a bit of a cultural exchange as stayed longer I got to know the locals that worked in the background of the hostels –whom only spoke Spanish- we slowly built trust, they grew in curiosity about me as I wasn’t just passing through, it resulted in really improving my Spanish conversation. I recommend to anyone that travels with a little more time on their hands to have a project that connects them to the local people which is outside of simply seeing wonderful things.