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Hi, my name is Nick Cruz and I love to travel. In 2011 I went on a four month trip to 13 different European countries and Israel with 42 other students of my college - since which I have been unable to stop thinking about traveling again. I love having a good time and making people laugh. If I could just spend time with friends and meet new people I would be set for life! I especially enjoy cooking for others and trying new things which I would not have thought to do on my own accord. Now that I have travelled a fair amount, it has become a necessity for me to learn about people's ideas from around the world, experience new cultures, and hopefully share my own knowledge and experience with friends - new or old. Some people are "the glass is half empty" folks; some people are "the glass is half full" people. I say who cares if it is half full or half empty, its what's in the glass that counts. Life provides soo many opportunities - I am just trying to take them as they come.
Well first off I really love technology. Spending time around electronics such as computers and phones has become a hobby of mine. I would love to work in a company like Intel or Apple if I could - if not create my own business in technology. Second I love to explore the wonderful outdoors. Hiking, swimming, climbing - I'll do it all. In my experience, some of the most beautiful wonders are found in nature. Of course seeing the creations mankind has been able to produce is nothing short of incredible either. I am passionate about architecture and the aesthetics of things. And FOOD, oh how I love food. I'm fairly lean and stay fit (well try anyway) but when the food is good, I EAT. Going to many countries and trying all of the local cuisine has been one of my favorite parts of traveling. Music also plays a large roll in my life, as I am constantly indulging in its presence while trying to find the best possible sound. There is plenty more that I spend my time with and am interested in, but to keep it short and sweet, lastly I am a "thrill junkie" as we would say in the States. I am quite fond of things that give you a rush, such as roller coasters, sky diving, and pretty much anything that makes you go fast. But don't worry, I know when to take it slow too. Other ways I spend my time?, just ask me!
- outdoor activities
- scuba diving
- rock climbing
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I have been quite blessed to have as many amazing experiences as I have had so far, but hopefully many more are to come. When I went to Europe, my first destination was Edinburgh, Scotland. On the train ride from London to Edinburgh my friends and I examined the scenery flying past us, witnessing all the green hills and exotic (to us) buildings and structures. I remember feeling such a sense of excitement that accompanied being somewhere completely new - somewhere I had never experienced before totally out of my comfort zone. As we passed the vibrant shrubbery and aged brick formations I remember thinking "This - this is extraordinary". Coming from the USA where this land felt so foreign to me, I was anxious and inspired for what was to come - and, as I write this, reminiscing on this past experience leaves me awestruck once more.
Another moment that left me awestruck was when I was on a fairy from Dover to France.
During my second year in college I was in a English Literature class where I was required to read various books and plays. One such play that we thoroughly analyzed was the play King Lear by William Shakespeare. Now if any of you have read Shakespeare's King Lear, you may understand where I am going with this. Any who, in the play there is a specific scene where a main character, Gloucester, wants to jump off the "hills of Dover" as he feels it is the only thing that shall end his sufferings. After reading over this part in the play, my teacher decided that, as a class, we discuss the imagery of the Dover Hills talked about in the play in great detail. After spending nearly three classes analyzing what it looked like for Gloucester to jump off these "hills of white", I had a pretty good description of Dover in my head, or so I thought.
As I made my way to France by means of the giant fairy, I looked back towards England to find myself staring directly at the hills of Dover we spoke so vividly about in class back in California. It was at that moment that I gasped in astonishment. That moment when you think you researched something so well but had yet to actually see it in person, and then it appears right in front of your eyes - that was the moment I was caught in between. The beauty of the cliffs and the stark white of its color was unlike anything I could have ever truly imagined. Astonished, amazed, awestruck. These were the cliffs which inspired Shakespeare to write about in one of the most famous plays in the world. For a moment in time I was Gloucester, ready to jump from the pure white cliffs of Dover before me, if only to end my late life of sorrows into the cool blue of the English Channel.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In