This week’s episode features Char Stoever. Char is a Mexican-American bacon lover, travel writer, and diversity trainer with a passion for the intersection between social justice and technology. A graduate of Wellesley College, she is grateful to have attended a women’s college where women’s opinions, aspirations, and accomplishments were valued. In 2011, she studied abroad in France, and after graduating in 2012, she taught in public schools in Boston and San Antonio.
1) Where have you traveled?
Canada, Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, France, Spain, Italy, Scotland, The Czech Republic, and Portugal. I went on a cruise in the Caribbean, but I don’t really count that because I was only in a few countries for a few hours at a time.
2) What’s been your favorite trip so far?
Going to Bogotá, Colombia, solo for the LGBT pride parade. I also took a graffiti tour with Bogota Graffiti Tours and I loved how much I learned about the city and the country’s political and economic past and present through the art in the street. It was incredible to be in a country that has recovered from a tumultuous past but is not letting its past define itself.
3) What are three things you always take with you when you travel?
Earplugs, an inflatable headrest, and a fedora.
4) What’s your next destination?
Cape Town, South Africa! I’ll be traveling through South Africa for about a month and I’ll hopefully end my journey in the Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls.
5) Give us one reason why you travel.
Because I love diving into the unknown, whether it’s picking up Panamanian slang or being tricked into eating rabbit in France.