There has been debate about what people mean when they say America. I specifically remember the first Spanish teacher I ever had telling the class that America is more than just the United States. After all, the North American and South American continents encompass more than 20 countries. As an eighth grade student who had never left the country, and wouldn’t for another seven or so years, a statement like that dramatically shifted my perspective of the world.
With apologies to my eighth grade Spanish teacher (still love you!) and the beautiful people I have met across The Americas, when I say American destinations I do mean the US. It’s not to be hegemonic, dominant, or difficult. It’s me simply falling back on the shorthand of my youth while acknowledging the problems with said shorthand.
Also, I do not have posts of all of the American cities and/or regions that I have lived in or visited. Please feel free to reach out to me to discuss a place that you’ve seen on my (im)migratory map that is not written about in this blog.