Shakira’s Song “Si Te Vas” Gave Me the Courage to Move to Mexico Alone and Follow My Heart

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As the youngest in five, I rarely had the chance to travel alone.

How could I? With a paranoid mom and a closed off dad, it was hard to ask for permission to venture out on my own. Sure, I had traveled a lot including abroad but I was either always with a family member or close friends. One year, my friend Sandra and I ventured throughout Mexico — a country I had never discovered on my own. When I was younger, I mostly stayed in the state of Nayarit because that’s where my family is from. So I never had a reason, or the courage, to learn more about the surrounding states in Mexico.

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