Hello and welcome to my website,
I’m Artur. I would like to introduce to you my new project – My trip around the world. In this section you will find more about my history and experience, and reason why I decided to do this. Here we go – from the beginning.
At the age of 16 I went to England, all by myself to learn English. Then every year during my high school vacations I would go for a 3 week language course in southern France (which I didn’t benefit from too much, because my french remains pretty limited.
After finishing high school, I decided to learn a new language, which was Spanish (and now is my number one foreign language, better than English).
In the meantime I decided to try my luck in car racing, which resulted in winning a “Puchar Mlodych” in 2004, which means the top prize in a young talent hunter program sponsored by Peugeot. As the winner I received a Peugeot 206 (training car) for the entire next rally/race season.
That season (2005) I decided to spend racing in the polish national championship. A great adventure, and definitely worth coming back to.
But life is an art of choices, so I had to decide between sticking to racing (in the newly formed Picanto cup), or travelling. The decision was not easy, but in the end I decided to spend over a year abroad. After the 2nd year of my undergraduate studies I went to the USA for a work-study program, that gave me the opportunity to visit many places including New York and San Diego.
But 4 months was too short to combine work with travelling, thus all was done in brief mode – hopping on planes, visiting the most attractive and touristy parts, and that was more or less it. In the end of that trip I decided not to repeat being in a hurried scenario.
After coming back to Europe it was time to spend my entire 3rd year in Spain, living the erasmus life, while also trying to observe and learn habits of local people (which has been my purpose ever since, obviously having to deal with my major, which was sociology at that time). So I spent half a year in Barcelona, and another half in Granada, which I liked way more (because of the fact that Granada is a smaller city that consists mostly of students, with whom I had lots of interactions, helping to perfect my Spanish).
After receiving the degree in sociology it was time to decide on further steps. In that moment my mind was already programmed for heading to South America. It was probably due to the fact that my mentor, Marek Gasiewski, founder of Marco Polo and organizer of trips to South America, promised to get me a job in Sea Cloud, a big cruise boat operating in Carribean once I spoke reasonable Spanish. The poster of Sea Cloud has been hanging on my wall for many years, and still does.
The gap year also presented a possibility to obtain an international tour-leading license, and gain some experience in managing big groups of tourists in Turkey. It was tough, but at the same time a rewarding job.
In 2008 I started studies in the Warsaw School of Economics since I was going to obtain my masters degree in international management. But it was not just to obtain a degree, but mostly to be able to participate in a students international exchange.
Less than a year after enrolling into studies I was on a plane to Buenos Aires. That is where my big South American dream was about to start. In Universidad Torcuato di Tella, where I was enrolled, the group of foreign students was quickly formed, in which due to my spanish abilities and general outgoing attitude I was even named informal exchange president. Studying in Buenos Aires gave me many oportunities to visit Argentina’s best places, understand local habits and participate in a university swimming group.
In 2012 there was a series about Argentina launched, and I was invited to participate in that show.
After half a year in Argentina, the time came to decide what to do with three spare months before coming back to Europe. The original plan was to go Chile, Peru and up to Colombia and Ecuador. However, a good friend of mine, Steffan convinced me to go to Brazil. Which I did! I fell in love with the country – the climate, the language (which I learnt surprisingly fast), awesome food, and most of all, the lovely people. There couldn’t be more to ask for in life. So I spent almost 3 months travelling all around Brazil (I’ve been to Floripa, Manaus, Joao Pessoa, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo) just to name a few.
It was a sad moment in March, coming back to Europe. Thesis writing and looking for a real job was all that I was going to face within the next year. So in early 2011 I accomplished the thesis defence, and a couple months later found a job in the real estate industry. The idea of working with expats and high ranking diplomats, as well as flexible working hours looked tempting. Contacting people from all around the world became a daily routine, and endurance in negotiations became my second name.
Thanks to that within just 5 months of work I saved enough to go on a 4 week trip to Brazil. It was time to explore the northeast of that stunning country. I felt that it was way too short, especially in Fortaleza, which so far is my top place in the world to settle down.
After coming back from warm and welcoming Brazil, I hit the reality of polish winter. Inevitablty, 6 months of cold every year is not particularly nice for me – a lover of hot climates.
After over a year in which I accomplished some nice deals, the idea of travelling around the world started to arise. The daily routine, staying in one place, and most of all lack of personal development made my decision easier.
Why have I decided to do this? The main point of this going-to-be epic journey is to see the interesting places around the world to settle down and live in through the eyes of a young, well educated European with high aspirations. Therefore, I want to take my time and see much more than just the tourist destinations listed in travel guides. The point is to spend time with local people, try to understand the local culture and daily habits, as well as the general environment (and its frendliness for foreigners), and learn the basics of local languages.
From here I would like to give a huge thank you from the bottom of my heart to my parents, without whom all previous experience as well as this trip would not be possible. Chapeau bas.