So, who is behind Gringa Journeys?
My name is Leah, a 24-year-old from Atlanta, GA. After pursuing a B.A. in Spanish and an M.A. in Interpreting and Translation, I moved to Santiago, Chile to chase the life I had always dreamed of. After two years of galavanting around South America, I have recently moved back to the United States. I currently work remotely as a Spanish-to-English translator and am busy planning my next adventure!
I love to travel, but my real passion is for foreign languages. At the moment, I speak English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and I’m always looking to expand my language skills. Therefore, you will probably find some nerdy posts about linguistics. I hope to inspire you not only to see the world, but also to expand your knowledge. To me, traveling is all about consistently learning, growing, and making connections with people. How about you?
What does “gringa” mean?
Since I’ve started my blog, many people have asked me about the term “gringa”. In Spanish, “gringo” is a word that describes someone who is foreign and can be used both affectionately and derogatorily. Personally, I love when Spanish speakers use this term with me in an endearing way. Also, I think it accurately represents the fact that I tend to be foreign in the places that I visit while also connecting in my love for the Spanish language. Spanish was my first love and in many ways will always be the apple of my eye.
Where are you hoping to go next?
My number one dream destination at the moment is Portugal. After learning Portuguese in Brazil, I have been daydreaming about exploring Lisbon and Porto. Other places that I would love to see in the future include Greece, Cuba, Colombia, and Russia!
Please feel free to contact me anytime with other questions!