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About Alexa Hart

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Here I am in the desert in India

Here I am in the desert in India

Hi all! I’m Alexa Hart, your host for Atlas Sliced. I created this site because I spent over two years living, traveling, and working abroad. It changed the way I view the world in such a positive way that I wanted to share stories like mine with everyone.

Below is more information about my educational and travel background. Take a look!

Timeline

2008: Graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a major in Communication Studies and a minor in Professional Writing (emphasis in Business Communication).

2008-2009: Traveled around Europe, and then took a job in the PR world. The job wasn’t the right fit for me, so I quit after five months to travel solo and volunteer in Cusco, Peru. I bought a one-way ticket.

Volunteering in Peru

Volunteering in Peru

2009: While in Peru, I helped paint a battered women’s shelter, looked after underprivileged kids, took Spanish classes, and became TEFL/TESOL certified with an organization called Maximo Nivel. I also decided to travel to a few more places in South America and almost moved to Buenos Aires. I was ready to move into an apartment and then decided I wanted to teach in South Korea instead!

2009-2010: Went back to the U.S. for a few months to get my ducks in order for South Korea. Then, I went to Seoul, South Korea to teach English for two years.

Pajama Day with some of my students

Pajama Day with some of my students

February 2010 – June 2012: Taught English in Seoul and traveled around Asia. I took some pretty epic and adventurous trips.

June 2012: Came back to the USA and started re-vamping Atlas Sliced completely.

Random Facts

  • I was born and raised in the sunny San Fernando Valley in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
  • love playing racquetball.
  • Chocolate is my weakness.
  • When traveling in India, my friends and I got screwed by our hotel staff, who failed to book us train tickets. We hired a driver to take us all the way across India. It entailed off-roading, getting lost, extremely crazy driving, sleeping in a mosquito infested hotel room, and THREE flat tires, one of which was fixed by sticking a rag in it.
Rag piece in a flat tire in India

Rag piece in a flat tire in India

  • got the most common and deadliest form of malaria on a family trip to Uganda. It was the kind that doesn’t reoccur, and I was cured quickly.
  • While in Krabi, Thailand in April 2012, there were two massive earthquakes in the Indian Ocean. There was s tsunami alert, and chaos ensued. Luckily, the earthquakes were horizontal and not vertical, and there was a harmless, tiny tsunami. My fear of waves did not abate.
Waiting out the tsunami alert on higher ground

Waiting out the tsunami alert on higher ground

  • I did the classic Gibbon Experience in Laos, where I zip-lined and trekked through the jungle and slept in a treehouse. If you are in Laos during the dry season, do it.
One of the many tree houses

One of the many tree houses

  • I am afraid of waves, especially really big ones. When boating from the Gili Islands back to Bali in Indonesia, we encountered huge waves that went over the boat. I have never been so terrified in my life and thought that we might actually not make it. Deep breaths were the only thing that kept me from having a full-blown panic attack. By the way, Indonesia has very unsafe boating standards.
  • I got Open Water scuba certified in Coron, Philippines (Go there — It’s not that touristy and gorgeous.), where there are tons of World War II wrecks. I am a horrible swimmer and was scared the whole time. But, I would definitely dive again.
Coron, Philippines

Coron, Philippines

  • like podcasts.
  • used to be very shy/reserved before I went to university.
  • My skydiving instructor and I did five summersaults out of a plane when I went skydiving near Santa Barbara, California. The skydiving place is no longer allowed to do summersaults with clients out of planes due to safety precautions.
Skydiving near Santa Barbara, CA

Skydiving near Santa Barbara, CA

  • I like quality TV shows, movies, and music, but don’t watch/listen very often. That being said, if you mention an actor or musician to me, it’s possible I will have no idea who you are talking about.

I have many more stories but have gone on for far too long. Anything else you want to ask or talk about, go ahead and comment below!

Comments:

  • http://www.facebook.com/HappyJiyoung Jiyoung Yun

    Hey!!! Alexa!! So nice to read and know about you! So brave!! :) You know I haven’t gone out of Beijing in China(except overseas trip) since I moved here…afaid of trying…even how to get train ticket and go to Shanghai… :)) I should just wake up and do it!! Thank you for the inspiration! YOU ARE GREAT! :)

    • http://atlassliced.com Alexa Hart

      So great to hear from you, Jiyoung! China is a tough country to navigate alone. Luckily when I was there, my hostel helped me get train tickets. I remember a station in Xian being very confusing and hard to understand, but a nice Chinese man helped me and my boyfriend get to where we wanted to be. Knowing English can go a long way. Hope you’re able to explore some more. Good luck!

  • Wheretonext?

    Atlassliced- does this mean that Atlas Shrugged might be one of your favorite books?

    • http://twitter.com/AtlasSlicedShow Alexa Hart

      Good guess, but no! I just liked the play-on words :)

  • mike

    I’d love to know where you’re getting all this cash from

    • http://atlassliced.com Alexa Hart

      No clue what you’re talking about…