Words By Samiha Ahmed
May 9, 2019
The very first post of Almost Spanish recalls the moment Ilaha first stepped foot in Spain, describing the nervous excitement of finally arriving in the place she describes as her “dream country.” Since that fateful first day, Ilaha has continued to use photographs and captions to document the daily moments of beauty and reflection she finds her new city and adopted culture.
You can find Ilaha embracing all of her cultures throughout her blog. Sometimes her appreciation for her chosen culture shines through her photos of Spanish architecture. Other times, her love for the cultures she grew up with appears in throwbacks to her family in Australia. Once in a while, above of a kebab shop in Córdoba that consoled her when she felt homesick, you’ll get a peak into the conflicts that come with being from many places. Through it all, however, Ilaha’s enthusiasm reminds those of us that exist in a gray space of cultural identity that we don’t have to choose one culture over another. Why be one thing when you can be everything at once?
When she’s in a new place, Ilaha loves learning about its history and culture, taking in as much nature as possible, and people-watching (to, in her words, “see if the stereotypes about the country are true or not”).
She also enjoys ditching Google Maps and just trusting her feet to take her to interesting places.
For other solo travelers, particularly other women, Ilaha provides some practical advice: use your common sense, be alert, and leave your phone on airplane mode. Traveling alone, especially for the first time, can be daunting to many and for that Ilaha suggest going “somewhere easy,” like a destination that “you have been to before, or somewhere close to your own city, so it doesn’t feel too far from home.”
Next on Ilaha’s travel agenda are Italy and Portugal. After that she will be heading back home to Sydney. As a follower of her blog, you can expect to see photos of her travels, snippets of her daily life as a football fan and city explorer, and thoughts on navigating multiple cultures at once.
For more of Ilaha, be sure to follow Almost Spanish over on Instagram.
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