In my 8 years as "Frequent Flyer" (Radar and Telecommunications Engineer) I visited 57 countries, in Asia, Europe, Australia, Latin America, North America, Middle East, and Africa. Most of the times were business trips, staying a few days in major capitals. Yet, often I would go visit nearby towns and villages.
In 2011 accepted a position to be a Professor at a Latin American university. Rather than flying over there, I opted to drive my car instead, touring 10,000 miles across Central and South America. More about that on button "LatAm Trip".
I grew up in Spain (born in Vigo, attended university in Barcelona, military service in Madrid and Cáceres). Lived for about a year -or more- in France (Paris), Puerto Rico (San Juan, Ponce and Mayagüez), Paraguay (Asunción and S. Lorenzo), and -of curse- in the USA (where I have been for 45 years). Became US citizen in the Bicentennial (1976), that is, about 40 years ago.
As they say, "traveling goes with the (engineering) territory". As Engineer, every time you change employer, chances are you will have to sell your house and move to another State. In the USA (other than Puerto Rico) I resided in New York (Long Island and NYC), Colorado (Louisville, Boulder and Denver), South Dakota (Sioux Falls and Hartford), Kansas (Lenexa and Overland Park), Minnesota (St. Cloud and New London), Wisconsin (Two Rivers), and Florida (Miami, Wellington, Surfside, Cape Canaveral, Okeechobee, and Stuart).
Stayed for about a month, or longer, in many other international cities that I loved, like Cancún (Mexico); Cartagena de Indias, Caucasia and Riohacha (Colombia); Lima, Arequipa and Chimbote (Peru); Guayaquil (Ecuador); Sucre (Bolivia); Rio, Sao Paulo, and Florianópolis (Brazil); Oberá (Argentina); Seoul (Korea), ...
Since early childhood I loved the adventure of international travel, to meet people, and learn from their cultures. I speak fluently 4 languages and that eliminates the "idiomatic barriers" that discourages others for interfacing with other nationalities. I became aware of their idiosyncrasies, their assets, and their difficulites.
I think this unique INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE can serve me well in the US Congress.
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