Who is Sebastián?
I was born on what was probably a warm Summer day in beautiful San Diego, California. A few months later, my family relocated to Guadalajara, Mexico, where I lived until 2004—the fateful year I went on my first solo backpacking trip when I was 19 years old.
Before the trip ended I decided that I didn’t want to stop exploring the world, so a few months after my return to Mexico I packed my backpack again and moved to California.
After five years living in California and Oregon, I got the chance to go to Heidelberg, Germany as an exchange student. Back then I studied History and German at Portland State University, but had always wanted to come back to Germany. Long story short, after my first semester abroad I transferred, completed my B.A. And stuck around for my M.A.
After completing my M.A. in Eastern European History I lived in Berlin for a while and ended up here in Hamburg, where I work full-time as a translator.
What am I passionate about?
Literature. You’ll always find me reading a good novel or real travel literature with a cup of black coffee.
Music. Especially Metal. I’ve been a Metalhead for over half my life, but by now I’m really open-minded with music and listen to everything from Latin American Folk to Ukrainian Hip Hop, Country and whatever sounds good to me. But I’m still a huge enthusiast of Death and Black Metal, etc. Metal has positively influenced my travels and I’ve made lots of friends thanks to it!
Boxing. My latest passion. I started boxing a year ago and since then I’ve just been getting more and more into it. I trained for a month at a gym in Ukraine and train three times a week here in Hamburg.
Football. The beautiful game. You can learn a lot about a country by discovering its football landscape. Because of that, I try to visit a game whenever I’m abroad!
Traveling, of course! I’m mostly attracted to destinations due to their history, and visit mostly sites that you could categorize as Dark Tourism. I like visiting abandoned sites, battlegrounds, concrete architecture and cemeteries. I’m also very much into hitchhiking!
Random facts about me?
I could eat Mexican food every single day for the rest of my life. I also have a soft spot for Indian and Georgian cuisine.
My favorite countries are Ukraine, Latvia, Estonia, Bosnia and the Czech Republic (notice a pattern there?), and my favorite cities are Kyiv, Mexico City, Portland, Sarajevo and Prague.
I am fully fluent in English, Spanish, German and speak decent Russian. Also competent in Polish and Portuguese. Languages are cool.
I have a Simpsons quote ready for every situation I might find myself.
Why Between Distances?
Between Distances is a blog with a Punk DIY ethos. I research and write passionately about the places I love. Here you won’t find listicles with instagrammable locations or sponsored content written in exchange for freebies. No, my aim with this blog is to bring back travel writing and document my experiences! Because of that, this blog is free of ads and sponsored content.
My travels are usually improvised, but that only adds to the adventure. I travel rough and am both a master at getting into sticky situations as well as getting out of them! I am all about interacting with locals over a beer or ten, and exploring as much as I can—and do everything with child-like enthusiasm.
After all these years, my interest in the world has only grown—and continues to do so with every new country or even city I visit. Hence the name of the blog: I’m torn between that which I’ve left behind and what’s ahead of me. I live Between Distances.
“En aquél tiempo yo tenía veinte años y estaba loco. Había perdido un país pero había ganado un sueño. Y si tenía ése sueño lo demás no importaba.”
― Roberto Bolaño