Meet Travel Expert: Alessandra Motola

Alessandra Motola is one of the recent additions to the Blue Parallel team. Hailing from the Southeast of the United States, Alessandra brings a southern charm with a multicultural twist, having spent many summers in her mother’s native Colombia and spending time in Shanghai with her expat father. Graduating from NC State University with two bachelor degrees in Psychology and Visual Art, she strives to both capture and understand the beauty that the world offers from an anthropological and geographical perspective. Alessandra has spent her life traveling the world, living and working in countries spread out across 5 continents. Her travel-style is focused on discovering authentic experiences through adventure, folklore, local cuisine, and traditional dance and music. From salsa dancing in Cali, Colombia to participating in a traditional tea ceremony in Japan, she is always eager to keep an open mind and to enjoy each experience one moment at a time.

Favorite place you’ve been to with Blue Parallel:

Peru

When planning a personal trip, what do you always include?                              

 Spa time and local restaurants 

Most memorable #BPontheGround moment:         

While in Peru we visited a little town called Chinchero to see these Incan agricultural terraces and ruins. We noticed a quaint church above the hill and decided to go see what was inside. After stepping through a little door we were pleasantly surprised by the baroque interior complete with ornate statues, ceiling murals, and an abundance of religious paintings. We weren’t expecting such an extensive church with such a humble exterior.Also, getting to play one of the oldest organs in South America dating back to 1626 in Andahuaylillia!

If you could instantly learn a new language, it would be:

Arabic 

Describe Blue Parallel in one word:

Exclusive 

Travel accessory you can’t live without:

Cell phone for music and navigation apps 

One thing people are surprised to find out about you is:

I was one of the founding artists for CircusSpark in Raleigh, NC – an artist festival dedicated to the circus arts 

Next destination on your bucket list:

Either Torres del Paine or Sicily!