I met Sojourner on the last day of TBEX (the travel blog conference I went to in June) at the closing keynote speech. I sat next to her in the auditorium, but was feeling kind of chatted out, tired and not in the mood to network anymore so at first I just sat there waiting for the keynote to start.
Then something got us chatting (who knows what?) and I’m so glad we did because not only was she super nice and interesting, we had a lot in common! She’s a teacher and I teach art to kids so I was picking her brain on tips to wrangle kiddos. She was the perfect last person to meet at a great weekend of people meeting!
I’m curious ABOUT YOU:
1. I’m curious. Who are you and where do you come from?
My name is Sojourner Walker and I currently live in Brooklyn, New York. I’m originally from Rochester, New York.
2. What is your website called and what’s it all about?
My site is called Sojourner’s Sojourns and I focus on cultural travel, local and indigenous healing traditions and travel with a toddler.
I’m curious ABOUT FOOD:
3. What is the most curious thing you’ve ever eaten? (curious meaning weird!)
I once had FuFu in Ghana. I didn’t like it at all. It was basically a ball of cassava dough with a super spicy stew with fish heads served on top.
4. I love to cook and try to re-create dishes that I’ve had while traveling. Do you have a favourite meal that ends all meals? What was it and where did you have it?
When I was in Mozambique, I discovered Mattapa. It is so good. In Mozambique, people are very clever when it comes to not wasting food. In this dish, the main ingredient are the leafy greens from the sweet potato. Basically, they are sauteed in coconut oil and a peanut sauce is mixed with that. The Mattapa is served over rice and sometimes with spicy prawns. It is simple, but surprisingly rich and full of delicious flavor.
I’m curious ABOUT ART:
5. Is there a particular genre in art that you love (like The Impressionists or the Renaissance Masters) or a favourite artist?
I have always loved Chagal’s paintings. They have such a beautiful dreamlike quality and he has a great use of color.
6. I’m an art destination traveler. I went to Malaga, Spain just to see where Picasso was born and had to go to Florence, Italy to see Michelangelo’s David. Have you ever gone out of your way to see a particular piece of art?
I saw the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris.
I’m curious ABOUT CULTURE:
7. Do you have a phrase that you absolutely MUST LEARN in the language of the country you’re visiting?
I don’t, but I love that idea. I basically memorize the basics- “please, thank you, good morning, etc.”
8. Where is the most culturally different place you’ve ever been and what made it so different?
Stone Town, Zanzibar was very culturally different from the other places I’ve travelled because it was a heavily Islamic city. It was my first time covering my head in public and I had to be make sure I dressed conservative manner.
I’m curious ABOUT THE WORLD:
9. Who is the most curious person you’ve met while on the road (it can be a single person or a whole tribe!)
I’m lucky to have met many wonderful and curious people on my travels. In terms of curious, my friend Akisha, who I met while living in Inhambane, Mozambique stands out. Akisha is truly a lover of culture and people. She served in the Peace Corps, has taught all over Asia and Africa and is currently an ELF Fellow in South Africa.
10. Where in the world are you most curious to visit that you haven’t been?
I really want to go to Brazil. I’m already practicing my Portuguese. I love the music and culture and have even tried capoeira. Brazil is calling my name!
You can visit Sojourners website here -> www.sojournerwalker.com
Follow her on Twitter here -> https://twitter.com/sojossojourns