About Alexa Hart
Now, for more about me!
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!
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.
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.
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.
- I was born and raised in the sunny San Fernando Valley in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
- I 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.
- I 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- I like podcasts.
- I 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.
- 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!