My name is Pavlína and I am a 26 years old journalism student, living in Philadelphia. Born in the Czech Republic and moving to the U.S. at the age of 20, I experienced a full-on cultural shock, and I fell in love with the feeling — with getting to know local people, getting lost in new cities, trying deliciously smelling food and learning everything there is to learn about different cultures and customs. While the scope of the cultural shock itself has lessened over the years, my love for it has only grown. The OWHC Young Travelling Scholarship has been love on first read. Winning it has been nothing short of a dream come true. Not only I get to do what I love — to travel, but I also get to write about it, which for an aspiring journalist and writer is a priceless experience. I am excited beyond words for the adventures within reach.