“We are humans” is a freelance project, with which Lundagård journalist Eleonora Kleibel and photographer Hauke Steffen aim to point out the great cultural variety the entire body of Lund University has to offer. This week we present a student of the university: Alexa Glo.
Where do you come from?
– I was born in the United States, where my parents met. My dad is from an extremely big family in France and my mom is Nicaraguan-Italian. When I was three years old, after living in Europe for a while, we moved to Nicaragua where I grew up. So when people ask me, I always say I am Nicaraguan. Only if they further ask me, I’ll say I’m also French and have a US citizenship, although I don’t feel North American at all.
Where do you feel at home?
– I would say Nicaragua is my home, but I feel home in several places. At this moment, home is Sweden. When I graduate, it will probably change.
How did you come to Lund?
– I wanted to move to Europe to be closer to my dad’s family, that I don’t see very often and to learn from this continent what I could later apply in mine. I’ve been to Europe several times but I never stayed for long and thought my Master’s was a great time to explore it. A friend recommended I look up Lund and the more I found out, the more I realized it was basically everything that I wanted. Not only Lund, but Sweden in general.
– I won’t lie, the cold, or more precisely the almost no sun-situation, scared me. But the pro’s won: the ultra-sound was invented here. Dynamite. Spotify. The separator of cream and milk. A lot of things you would not immediately think of. They are leaders in innovation.
– I also wanted to live somewhere that was small in order to have a tight community around me and really get to know the people in the town, not only at Uni, and that’s what I have found in Lund. But the nature part was what attracted me the most here; Sweden has the right to public access to wilderness, and being a fervent traveller and a huge hiking and nature lover, I saw how this would be a great place to be.
Can you tell us the story of your name?
– There is no particularly amazing story behind it; my mum just liked the name. In Latin American countries it’s very common to get your first name after other family members. So, for example, a lot of my family members are called Gloria: My mum, my grandmother, etc.
– My mum said she hates that; she wanted her kids to have different names. So neither of my siblings and I are called after somebody from our family.
Do you have a word you particularly like in your first language?
– Imponente [impressive, imposing]. I really like the word because it captures how amazing something it is when something stands out by itself. This is the word that comes to mind when I think of mountains, trees and volcanoes.
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