CURACAO

TRAVELING: ESSENTIAL FACTOR IN MY
BELGIUM
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL
COLOMBIA
DEVELOPMENT, AND THUS DEFINING WHO
I...
TRAVELING: ONE OF THE ACTIVITIES I ENJOY THE MOST IN MY LIFE
Personal
Definition of
Travel

My Travels

North America

Cen...
TRAVELING EXPERIENCES
Personal
Definition of
Travel

My Travels

North America

Central
America and
The Caribbean

South A...
NORTH AMERICA (1/2) – MEXICO AND UNITED STATES
Personal
Definition of
Travel

My Travels

Mexico
2005

Mexico’s Takeaway:
...
NORTH AMERICA (2/2) – MEXICO AND UNITED STATES
Personal
Definition of
Travel

My Travels

United States
2011

USA’s Takeaw...
CENTRAL AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN – CURAÇAO, GUATEMALA, PANAMA, AND
EL SALVADOR
Personal
Definition of
Travel

My Travels
...
SOUTH AMERICA – COLOMBIA AND ARGENTINA
Personal
Definition of
Travel

My Travels

Argentina
2008

Argentina’s Takeaway:
Pa...
EUROPE (1/2) – SPAIN, SCOTLAND, AND ENGLAND
Personal
Definition of
Travel

My Travels

Spain
2003 and 2008

Central
Americ...
EUROPE (2/2) – GERMANY, AUSTRIA, CZECH REPUBLIC, HUNGARY, AND FRANCE
Personal
Definition of
Travel

My Travels

Germany
20...
AFRICA (1/2) – SOUTH AFRICA
Personal
Definition of
Travel

My Travels

South Africa
Johannesburg - 2010

South Africa’s Ta...
AFRICA (2/2) – SOUTH AFRICA
Personal
Definition of
Travel

My Travels

South Africa
Cape of Good Hope - 2010

South Africa...
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  1. 1. CURACAO TRAVELING: ESSENTIAL FACTOR IN MY BELGIUM PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL COLOMBIA DEVELOPMENT, AND THUS DEFINING WHO I AM GERMANY Santiago Castro CURACAO December 2013 BELGIUM COLOMBIA GERMANY
  2. 2. TRAVELING: ONE OF THE ACTIVITIES I ENJOY THE MOST IN MY LIFE Personal Definition of Travel My Travels North America Central America and The Caribbean South America Europe Africa One of the activities I enjoy the most in my life is traveling. It has been an essential factor in my personal and professional development, and thus defining who I am Despite of how dictionaries define “travel” or “traveling”, I have developed my own definition according to my experiences: “Travel” definition by Merriam-Webster travel verb tra-vəl • to go on a trip or journey : to go to a place and especially one that is far away • to go through or over (a place) during a trip or journey • to move from one place to another “Travel” definition by Santiago Castro • Traveling is more than moving from one place to another or to have a quick view of landscapes and architecture in new places • It is the experience of getting temporarily involved in a new culture through people, food, architecture, politics, religion, sports, art, and history, among others • It is the opportunity to understand, partially or completely, the people, the place, and its history • It is also a first-hand experience with cultures from which one is able to learn and replicate positive attributes to one’s daily life
  3. 3. TRAVELING EXPERIENCES Personal Definition of Travel My Travels North America Central America and The Caribbean South America Europe Africa I have had the opportunity to travel to 17 countries and to have first-hand experiences with people from a wide range of countries and regions of the world However, there is still a whole world waiting to be discovered… My travels: North America Europe • United States • Mexico • Spain Central America • England • El Salvador • Guatemala • Panamá • Scotland The Caribbean • Austria • Curaçao • Czech Republic • France • Belgium • Germany • Hungary South America • Colombia • Argentina Africa • South Africa
  4. 4. NORTH AMERICA (1/2) – MEXICO AND UNITED STATES Personal Definition of Travel My Travels Mexico 2005 Mexico’s Takeaway: If people centuries ago with a lack of technology were able to build the pyramids, what is the world’s potential? North America Central America and The Caribbean South America United States 2007 USA’s Takeaway: Education and research lead the country Europe Africa United States 2011 USA’s Takeaway: Why not come back and live a different experience in the same place?
  5. 5. NORTH AMERICA (2/2) – MEXICO AND UNITED STATES Personal Definition of Travel My Travels United States 2011 USA’s Takeaway: History, food, and travel… everything in one city! North America Central America and The Caribbean South America Mexico 2013 Europe Africa United States New York - 2013 Mexico’s Takeaway: Teotihuacán: Impressive urban planning USA’s Takeaway: “The best revenge is massive success” Frank Sinatra
  6. 6. CENTRAL AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN – CURAÇAO, GUATEMALA, PANAMA, AND EL SALVADOR Personal Definition of Travel My Travels Curaçao 2010 North America Central America and The Caribbean South America Europe Guatemala 2010 Curaçao’s Takeaway: A calculated risk is totally worth living Guatemala’s Takeaway: Violence can literally hamper the economic development and foreign investment in a country, regardless its potential Curaçao’s Takeaway: How can misery coexist in paradise Guatemala, Panama, and El Salvador 2010, 2012, and 2013 Central America’s Takeaway: Increasing purchasing power and fragmented markets, the ideal scenario for private equity Africa
  7. 7. SOUTH AMERICA – COLOMBIA AND ARGENTINA Personal Definition of Travel My Travels Argentina 2008 Argentina’s Takeaway: Passion for soccer can actually drive a country North America Central America and The Caribbean South America Europe Africa Colombia 1986 - 2013 Colombia’s Takeaway: Diversity throughout the country shapes different perspectives of life Colombia’s Takeaway: Opportunities that with education provided by IE can transform into awesome projects
  8. 8. EUROPE (1/2) – SPAIN, SCOTLAND, AND ENGLAND Personal Definition of Travel My Travels Spain 2003 and 2008 Central America and The Caribbean North America South America Scotland 2007 Europe Africa England 2007 England’s Takeaway: Two months living a diverse multicultural experience and an opportunity to improve my English Spain’s Takeaway: One thing crossed out from my bucket list and … …an added value that IE offers Spain’s Takeaway: “If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants” Isaac Newton Scotland’s Takeaway: Lets get in-depth knowledge about a industry in which I am completely ignorant… cheers!
  9. 9. EUROPE (2/2) – GERMANY, AUSTRIA, CZECH REPUBLIC, HUNGARY, AND FRANCE Personal Definition of Travel My Travels Germany 2008 Germany’s Takeaway: Wounds might heal, but scars can last for a lifetime North America Central America and The Caribbean South America Austria, Czech Republic, and Hungary 2008 Takeaway: Keeping an open mind will allow you to explore beyond conventional ideas and find beautiful things Europe Africa France 2003 and 2010 France’sTakeaway: I never thought museums could be so enthralling
  10. 10. AFRICA (1/2) – SOUTH AFRICA Personal Definition of Travel My Travels South Africa Johannesburg - 2010 South Africa’s Takeaway: “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner” Nelson Mandela North America Central America and The Caribbean South America South Africa Cape Town - 2010 South Africa’s Takeaway: Four Nobel Peace Prize Winners, something that must be learned and that we do need in Colombia Europe Africa South Africa Robben Island - 2010 South Africa’s Takeaway: Mandela was 27 years in this jail: a lesson of selflessness
  11. 11. AFRICA (2/2) – SOUTH AFRICA Personal Definition of Travel My Travels South Africa Cape of Good Hope - 2010 South Africa’s Takeaway: Seized the opportunity to taste new flavors… Subtle differences have broad implications at different levels North America Central America and The Caribbean South America South Africa Pilanesberg National Park - 2010 South Africa’s Takeaway: Although it is a developing country, there is a deep respect for nature. An example to follow Europe Africa South Africa Soccer World Cup - 2010 South Africa’s Takeaway: Another tick mark in my bucket list: FIFA World Cup Final 2010 Spain 1 – 0 Netherlands
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