I’m Lauren Dueck. I’ve been a lot of places and seen a lot of things, thanks to an unusual upbringing that instilled an abiding wanderlust. I started traveling when I was twelve, and started translating and interpreting about six months later.
I now speak three languages and read four more, only two of which are dead. I work for an organization that lets me travel and teach and learn with college students for a living. I’ve visited every US state (except Alaska) and every Canadian province (except Newfoundland). My “countries visited” list numbers in the mid-thirties (that’s more years than I’ve been alive!), and includes every habitable continent except South America. I once got within 40 miles of the Columbian border.
I spent two years of my adolescence living in a motor home. I’ve traveled by plane, train, bus, bakkie, kombi, rickshaw, horseback, camelback, elephant, boat, dinghy, felucca, and parachute.
I love new things, and I’ll try (almost) anything once. I am a mediocre photographer, and a connoisseur of very little. I am equal parts museum fanatic, outdoor enthusiast, and adrenaline junkie. I like to travel light, and being uncomfortable IS my comfort zone.
There’s a lot I don’t know but can’t wait to find out. Follow me, and we’ll figure it out together.
PS: Because some people are curious…