Travel Pro Interview Series: Alejandra and Ruben of Patching the World

This couple moved to Europe and found a new passion for travel.

By Ankita Seth


Q: When you travel, what is your best hack for getting from one place to another?

A & R: We love to travel light and to take advantage of every second of our journey so we started leaving, our carry on behind and grabbing just our backpacks. Then we came up with the idea to collect patches and personalize our bag packs so it was perfect, comfy and a great way to save and share memories from our trips.

Q: What is the craziest thing that has happened to you while flying or taking a train?

A & R: It was not something that happened hahaha it was something we did, we really wanted to sit close to each other in our flight, but nowadays the airlines (at least the low cost ones) makes you pay to choose your seat. So Ruben (photographer of Patching the World) said to the stewardess that it was our engagement trip (a lie of course). The super kind lady changed our seats and brought champagne, she was incredibly kind and it was an awesome flight but then we felt terrible for lying hahaha.

Q: What is your favorite place in the world to travel and why?

A & R: I love traveling! No matter what the place is, you will always find something cool or interesting to do. However, if I had to choose I think it would be any Italian little town, they are always gorgeous, people is super nice and food is amazing.


Q: Who is the most interesting or strange person you have met on your travels?

A & R: One of the strangest thing that ever happened to us was in a park in Sofia, Bulgaria. We were just walking around and this guy completely wet asked us if we could loan him the battery of our cellphones for him to make a call. He had an iPhone! You can't take out the battery! We were kind of shocked and he started running and screaming saying that he was a Bulgarian Minister. Super crazy, we still don’t understand that scene hahaha.

Q: When did you start traveling, and what made you want to travel?

A & R: I have always loved traveling and my family too. At least once a year we travel together, but it wasn’t until like two years ago that Ruben and I moved to Europe and started planning trips to get to know around. Before we knew it, it became our hobby and passion.

Q: What was your favorite meal that you’ve had while traveling?

A & R: It was in our first Rome trip, before we even thought of moving here. We found this tiny restaurant nearby the Coliseum and we had the most amazing Gnocchi ever! The place is called Taverna dei Fori Imperiali. Cute, cozy and delicious!

Q: Where would you go if you could fly anywhere in the world right now? What would you do there?

A & R: I would go to Paris, I just can’t get enough of that city. I would stay in Sacre Coeur all night long to watch the sunrise from there.


Q: Do you ever take days off from exploring while you’re traveling? If so, how did you spend those days?

A & R: We always take at least half a day to just chill, walk around without pressure or entering places. We call it in our blog the recognition day, is a moment to breath in the city and get to know its vibe.

Q: What are your top two aha moments brought by travelling?

A & R: One would definitely had to be the first time I saw the Duomo in Milan, it was so unexpected because we were just exiting the subway station and out of nowhere this incredibly majestic building appears. When we got to visit the Parthenon in Athens, it was a pretty big moment for me. I am an architect, and the Parthenon is pretty much the base of architecture…so being there, actually getting to see it was unbelievable.

Q: If you could become a local in one of the places you’ve travelled, which place would it be? And why?

A & R: This is really hard to answer for me because when I arrived to a new city I never imagine myself living there but once I leave I started thinking ways to move there hahaha, but the place that I really thought it was perfect for us was Berlin, awesome city, loved the people and the vibe.

Q: How has traveling long term changed your view of home?

A & R: Home is kind of a weird term for us, because our home will always be Caracas, Venezuela so when we think about home as the place we live in we don’t feel that attached to it. Our home is when we are together no matter where.

Q: What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you while traveling?

A & R: We have a lot of funny stories but the first one that appeared on top of my head is one from one of our most recent trips. We planned this multi-city trip to Amsterdam and Brussels, and we had the amazing luck of enjoying a perfect weather in Amsterdam , which it was pretty much a miracle because they told us that it rains more or less every single day. So when we arrived to Brussels, after the very sunny and hot Roman summer and these perfects days in Amsterdam, we weren’t ready to let go our summer vibes… or clothes. Ruben was so sure he was able to call the good weather with his shorts and t-shirt but me… I wasn’t that optimistic (the weather app marked rain all day long) so I took my jacket. It started raining cats and gods and the only place that was open at these early hours was a souvenir shop that sold only Manneken Pis things, he had to buy this super funny sweater with a gigantic Manneken Pis, ok cool sweater for for Brussels! but we have now a sweater with a naked kid peeing around.

Be sure to follow along with Alejandra and Ruben on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and on their Blog.


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