Jet set

A slice of cool-girl wan­der­lust

Emirates Woman - - Jet Set - COM­PILED BY: NATALIE WEST­ERN OFF

What draws you to each des­ti­na­tion you travel to? I'm drawn to places that hide a wealth of cul­ture and odd places un­der­neath all the clubs, fancy new restau­rants and 'it' des­ti­na­tions. I'm re­ally a wan­derer at heart and ex­plore on my own for hours, so ide­ally it would have to be a very walk­a­ble city – the kind with a lot of his­tory, lit­tered with old build­ings and hid­den gems you come across only if you al­low your­self to get lost. The ones whose charm comes from preser­va­tion and who make it a point not to erad­i­cate any sur­viv­ing green­ery for the sake of con­stant con­struc­tion. Europe is al­ways in my heart – it has all of this and more. I've come across the most in­ter­est­ing places and peo­ple there. Which coun­try have you vis­ited and felt like you could live there? France all the way – but that's cheat­ing a bit as I know it so well since my fam­ily would go there ev­ery sum­mer and win­ter. If we're talk­ing places I've scarcely been to, I'd say Thai­land – specif­i­cally Bangkok. That city is on fire! I stayed alone in a hos­tel and wan­dered all over, look­ing for in­ter­est­ing lo­ca­tions and vin­tage mar­kets. I re­mem­ber hop­ping on the back of a food de­liv­ery bike with nowhere to hold on to and speed­ing on the high­way to­wards the outer rims of the city be­cause I'd heard from a lo­cal I'd find a lot of re­ally cool Ja­panese vin­tage. Your im­ages are very cool, what in spires you? Cu­rios­ity. Life and ad­ven­ture are in­spir­ing, be­cause you are al­ways learn­ing, al­ways meet­ing new peo­ple and find­ing your­self cu­ri­ous about things you'd never think you'd look at be­fore. It's all those spon­ta­neous mo­ments. I see a whole string of sto­ries be­yond what my eyes tell me I' m look­ing at. What place in the world do you feel most at home? That's a hard one. As a third cul­ture kid I never had a city that truly em­bod­ied who I was. I feel more like an amal­ga­ma­tion of bits and pieces from so many places, and so I' ve got­ten to a point where I' m able to feel at home wher­ever I go. I just sort of set­tle.

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