My name is Ana Beatriz, I´m 17 years old and I am from Brazil. Since I was a little kid my parents have been talking about a 1 year exchange program during my senior year and now it's happening. I decided to come to Morro Bay, California to find out who am I and get to know me better before throwing myself in the adult world of college and work.
The cultural differences are huge, starting by the size of the city to the daily routine of californian people. My daily routine in São Paulo would be going to school at 7am, getting a 1 hour traffic just to go back home and spend the rest of the day inside an apartment with computers and cellphones. But here is a whole different rhythm, maybe going to the beach, doing a hike or maybe just spending time at the sunlight.
Since I got here, in the middle of August, I have been noticing how this atmosphere has changed me and my lifestyle. Coming here was one of the most important and definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made. Getting to know people from other places and what do they do as a daily basis routine is so encouraging. This experience has only made me grow and helped finding myself and what do I want to do with my life for the next few years.
The Way Photography Changed My Views
To have the ability to capture life’s passing moments as a still, is a blessing I’ll always be thankful for. If one were to see my SD card or my camera roll, they’d see the joy, the sadness, the mysteries, the love, and those awkward moments life brings us. The beauty of the world can be captured in its wholest and purest moments by just the click of a button. It takes only a fraction of a second to shoot the perfect candid that displays a person’s true self.
There may be guide books to photography, blogs for beginners, and videos describing how to capture the beauty of something; relating it back to shapes, symmetry, balance, and harmony. But idealizing these ideas, limit the truths and hidden pulchritude that nature and humanity hold. Overtime, photography teaches true beauty in many forms that people would have never imagined of. Photography has opened my eyes to the natural art that surrounds me in my everyday life; whether it’s a flower’s vivid hue, students interacting at school, or even a tree mirroring its image on a puddle beside it. I realized that the simplest things add the most meaning in life.
Using photography to express myself, gave me many opportunities to try out new things and pinpoint the subjects I loved to shoot the most. I’ve learned that I can be as creative as I want with my own unique style of photography. Shooting the happiness of my friends and candids of my family members reflects on my own emotions and creates an overall message that is significant to me. As well as capturing nature’s scenery in its simplest and realest form. Because nature and people are very free range subjects, it made it easier for me to successfully try different perspectives that reflect what kind of person I am. To me, photography is more than just taking a picture, it is about telling a story and being able to capture the beauty of one single moment that can last through generations.
Pirate Girls of Morro Bay High
Travel, travel, travel..
As I searched for a December topic, Bria suggested writing about my background and my travel experiences. Here is a summary of my background. I was born in Casablanca, Morocco. Both my parents are also North African, my father from Casablanca and my mother from Constantine, Algeria. After World War II, most Jews around the world immigrated to Israel. In 1956, my family immigrated to Israel too. When I was ten, my family moved to Marseille for one year while my father worked for the French government. When back to Israel, I lived in a small town situated in central Israel, about 30 miles east of the Mediterranean. I am the middle child sandwiched between two older siblings and two younger siblings.
In 2000, after I earned my BA in Mathematics, I moved with my two daughters to Los Osos. Both my daughters Danielle and Natalye are graduates of MBHS. I feel fortunate to be a part of MBHS and the community of Central Coast. I am a lucky grandmother who gets to visit her grandson with a quick ten-minute walk.
Since my mother was the head cook for all the public schools in my hometown, I have developed a love for cooking. My love for numbers comes from my father who was an accountant. I have had the great fortune of traveling to many countries and love learning about different cultures. As a young woman, I saved up enough money to take a year off and travel around Europe. I visited England, Italy, Greece and France, Amsterdam, Budapest, Prague, and Vienna. In my 20’s I stayed at my cousin’s Paris flat for 6 months. Living in Paris was a wonderful way to discover the many different neighborhoods, cafes, stores and museums.
The beauty of my life in Israel was having so many family members close by and having a community full of diversity. There were at least a dozen different languages spoken in any neighborhood. So, the fact that I speak 4 languages is not at all unusual.
In 2007, I was invited to chaperon a European trip with Mr. Orton who was a counselor at our HS. That was such an incredible experience, that it led me to organize few trips of my own. In 2016, I traveled with 16 wonderful students to Europe, and I have an upcoming trip with 14 students to Japan. I have always been fascinated with the esthetics of Japanese art and architecture and am looking forward to this new adventure.
I strongly believe that expanding our understanding of the world and becoming more sensitive and tolerant of differences cannot be learned in textbooks, but is learned by traveling and seeing how other societies live and behave.
According to Mark Twain, “travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts”.
Miguel de Unamundo said:” Fascism is cured by reading, and racism is cured by traveling.”
“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life – and travel – leaves marks on you. “ ~ Anthony Bourdain
Pick a place you haven’t been to and go discover it.
T. Abuan - Editor in- chief