Ever since I was a child, I was always following my five older siblings, like a backpack. Since my father was a train driver and all of my family were into traveling, I also became interested in traveling. As the youngest child, I always had the chance to travel a lot. In summers and new year’s holidays, I was always traveling in different provinces of Iran. One time with my older sister, one time with an older brother and so on. Now I almost visited every province in Iran.
How I started to act like a geek!
I was also following my brother who was and is a geek and for the first time introduced us to the magical computer. We were one of the first families in our neighborhood who had a computer. He always allowed us to work with the computer when he was at work. I started learning to work with this machine and after a while, I got really good at it. When my brother bought a new computer the previous one was inherited to us. So that’s how I got interested in computers and after that to the internet and the digital world.
How I learned English
My brother was also really good at English and my mother says he always put you in bed with Michael Jacksons’ songs. I think that’s when I started to like English. I didn’t have any other choice. I needed to understand the lullaby. When I was pursuing a bachelor’s degree, I studied English_Farsi translation and as a result, I got more familiar with other cultures and countries.
How tourism changed my philosophy of life
For my master’s degree because of my passion for traveling, I followed tourism management. As I entered the tourism world, I found out more about the businesses in this area, and since I was interested in the digital world as well as travel and tourism, I was more interested in digital tourism businesses. I even did my thesis on TripAdvisor. Another interesting thing I came across was the CouchSurfing site that changed my attitude about travel altogether. I started traveling also outside of Iran, I visited some countries and hosted tens of people from other countries and continents to our home.
How I end up blogging
After my graduation, I worked in some tech companies and startups and even tried to have my own tourism startup with my friends. Meanwhile, we were moving to a new country because of my husband’s job and I couldn’t continue with our team and I decided to follow my dream to be a blogger and started writing this blog. I hope with this blog I can get familiar with new cultures and languages and widen my philosophy of life. Now here I am, trying to write all my journey through life and the things I learned from different people. Next people can be you, don’t hesitate to share your experiences with me. 🙂
Why like a swallow?
My name is Parastoo which in Farsi means swallow. Of course not as a verb, but as a bird. 🙂 I like my name because I was born on the 21st of March at the beginning of spring my family named me Parastoo. I like the characteristics of swallows. They most of the time fly and migrate to a better place. It is also said that the female and male swallows look like each other and I like that kind of attitude.