I was born in Burgos, a city in the north of Spain, and although I lived there most of my life, I was fortunate to live in other countries as well. At 9, I lived in France for six months. At 12, I traveled around the world for 10 months with my family while being homeschooled. At 16, I lived in the US for 10 months as an exchange student. I moved to the Netherlands to study psychology and I’ve been living here ever since.
What I learned during my studies mirrored things I had seen in my own life: time alone does not heal all wounds; suffering can make you more compassionate and wiser, but it also leaves you with a heavy burden to carry; the quality of our lives goes hand in hand with the quality of our relationships… And most importantly, most things about humans are paradoxical: we want closeness in relationships yet we want to keep our freedom, we admire when people open up yet we think it’s awkward or embarrassing when we do it, we see the potential in the things around us but it’s not so easy to see it in ourselves, etc.
Spanish is my native language and I learned English when I was young. My French is not as good as that of a native speaker, but I understand very well and can speak fluently. I may occasionally say some words or phrases in English if I am not sure how to say something.