WHO IS SOFíA?
... A ballerina turned award winning explorer.
Sofía danced the role of the Spanish Doll with the Moscow Ballet in the 2009 Nutcracker Season. But a love of ice cream and desire to explore drove her to leave behind her pointe shoes.
Sofía is the 2017 New Explorer of the Year. Her expeditions have taken her to the streets of Managua to the mountains of Madagascar and everywhere in between. As the Founder of AquaAid International, Sofía works with some of Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa’s most remote villages establishing sustainable sources of clean drinking water and basic sanitation.
Sofía is a Health Security Specialist with a concentration on the civil military relations in infectious disease outbreaks and biodefense, for which she has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship from the US Department of State. Sofía holds a Bachelors in Environmental Science and Global Public Health from New York University and is currently working on a Master of Health Security at the University of Sydney.
Sofía is an avid sailor, has sailed across the Pacific Ocean, and holds a 200-ton captains license. At the time of certification, she was the youngest female to ever obtain a 200-ton MCA Yachtmaster Captains License.
Her passion for adventure and discovering indigenous ways of life has led her undertake descents of uncharted rivers in Madagascar, desert transect treks in Namibia, and ethnographic research in the Republic of Vanuatu. Sofía'S work has been featured by National Geographic and the United Nations. Sofía is a Fellow of The Explorers Club and Post-Graduate Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
WHY THE SOFíA LOG?
Far too many of us experience the world through a single cultural paradigm, our own. We all face the same challenges, food, water, shelter, the desire for happiness and love. Yet given the common challenges, the range of cultural adaptation is astonishing! The world is incredibly diverse all these peoples can teach us that there are other possibilities, other ways of thinking, and other ways of interacting with the Earth.
The Sofia Log is not about providing specific travel advice on where to travel and itineraries, but rather sharing stories of adventure, culture, nature, and style in the most remote parts of the world in order to inspire people to live more curiously. Firmly believing the more that people get out and experience other ways of life the better the world will be. The stories are intended to spark your imagination and encourage everyone to follow their own passions and get out of your comfort zone, be that couch surfing in Philadelphia or trekking across Burkina Faso. Exploration is out there!
Wander Wisely, Sofía