Alexa Lastowski

Coordinator of Classroom Global Exchanges/ Coffee Lounge Barista/World Traveler/Certified Crazy Person

New York, USA

Expressos, squezze oranges and falling in love

Who is "you"?
Alexa is a hardworking, free spirited, and full of life. She finds it quite difficult to stay in just one spot for long periods of time, or take herself too seriously. But she tries to enhance her senses and create positivity by serving her community, traveling the world, and finding a new trails to hike. She also loves spending time having fun with her friends who support her clinical insanity. After graduating university, she knew she wanted to live her life without regrets and with as many opportunities as she could find. Alexa is particularly passionate about immigration rights and hopes to one day complete a Masters in Immigration Studies and Human Rights. Currently, Alexa is an espresso addict at the coffee lounge she works in, as well as an educational coordinator for a global exchange company. She enjoys her two part time jobs because they allow her to hop across the ocean anytime she wants.

Wich is the thing you love the most in your city?
I live in a beautiful area of New York called the Hudson Valley. It is a true New York secret and hidden gem because we are nestled right above New York City, and not many foreigners or tourists like to venture to the north. The best thing the Hudson Valley has to offer are these amazing views from the peaks of the highest hills which show a beautiful vista of the 3.5km wide Hudson River. Sunsets are dynamite and a must see if you are ever in New York and are sick of rubbing up to the sweaty guy next to you on the subway, bliss is just 60 minutes away.

What makes you travel?
I have a longing to connect with people. Every single person has a story; every single place has a unique essence. I want to experience and appreciate as much as I can because it fulfills me.  

Places you´ve been in the world?
I’ve traveled to Portugal, Italy, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Norway, Morocco, and have lived in Brazil for about a year. I felt the biggest connection with Lisbon, Portugal. The first time I visited Lisbon was in 2011, just a month after my grandfather passed away. He was Portuguese, and for a majority of my life I could not communicate with him because of the language barrier. I knew he was strong and that I was missing out on his wisdom, I always regretted not knowing more about him. When I visited the Cristo Rei in Almada, I had an unforgettable feeling, like I was where I was destined to be. I was “home.” After that, I promised myself I would learn Portuguese--and now, five years later, I am almost fluent.

Tell us a smell, a taste, a color, or a sense you remember from a place you´ve been?
The fresh squeezed orange juice in Marrakech, Morocco & all of the flags of the world being displayed at the street parties during the World Cup in Brazil. Thousands of colors.

What is the silliest thing you ever bought in your trips?
A ticket to a circus in Berlin after spending all day at a beer festival. If you have an imagination, I’m sure you already know the ending to the story.

If Lisbon was a person, who does it remind you of?
If Lisbon were to be a person, they would be that person who everyone wants to be around, someone that doesn't feel the need to go around telling people how special they are, most everyone wishes they could be like Lisbon. Lisbon is someone who has been through a lot of hardships but has overcome all of them and glows with resilience.

We hate tourism tours?
If we hate tourism tours were a person, I would imagine them to be equivalent to that inappropriate uncle who sits next to you at Christmas dinner--but also is the only person you would choose to take with you on a trip across the world, because he enjoys every moment and every person as they come, and never takes himself seriously. He would also probably streak naked down the Avenida Liberdade if he had enough Sagres in his blood, or give a homeless person a plate of food to eat because he has a huge heart.

Have you ever fell in love with someone when you travel?
Yes, I fell in love with one person, you guessed it, in Lisbon. (hint: he wasn’t Portuguese) (another hint: it didn’t last very long) (last hint: he was really hot) I also fell in love with the 60+ Syrian refugees that I met while volunteering in Berlin. Teenagers who stole my heart, and I was just honored to spend an evening with them.

The most embarrassing/funny moment you had while travelling?
Having to on myself during Carnival in Rio because I couldn't escape the crowd. No other options, nobody noticed, problem solved.

Next stop?
I am making preparations to apply for Portuguese citizenship. I have all of the qualifications, and I eventually hope to go to the European Union as a legal resident. One day in the future I would like to visit Southeast Asia and volunteer for a school or hospital. The adventure never ends, and I just can’t sit still.

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