When people ask me where do I feel home, because they know I have multiple origins, I never really know what to answer. I feel home almost anywhere I have roots. In one place I feel home because of the mentality, in another because of the language spoken and in a third place because of the local food. My identity is the sum of the experiences I have made and how I have been influenced.
I think it's an interesting question asking a person who grew up in various places and who is the daughter of parents of different nationalities to decide for one place as home. I, for instance, feel related almost anywhere in the world. At the same time I can't identify myself truly and fully with local traditions. It's always a mix. When I visited Ecuador for the first time in my life I felt home immediately even though I have no Latin American roots. I just thought: It's messy like in China and the people have the warmth as I know it from Portugal. So I felt home.
Growing up to the women I have become I found an answer to the question of where do I feel home. I realized it had not a lot to do with nationalism. It's about with whom I am with, it's where my beloved ones are. It's where I am with the person I share my life with. When I am with that soul, I can be anywhere in the world - and feel home.
So at the moment home is in Zurich where I live with my partner. I am sharing some photos of our cozy little place.