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World Wide Women: Urquisa in San Diego

In our last feature for the second instalment of World Wide Women, I am pleased to introduce you to mother and photographer Urquisa, a true global citizen who has lived in five cities all over the world and has travelled to 17 countries and counting.

We connected on Instagram last year and I immediately fell in love with how she perfectly captures the moment with her photography. You can follow her on Instagram @urquivicente or her professional website Urquisa Vicente

1.    Ni Hao Urquisa! You’ve lived in many different places in your life. How has that shaped who you are and how you view the world?

I was born in Caracas, Venezuela. When I was 18 years old, I left with my whole family to Florida where I lived a total of 12 years. In FL, I went to college, met my husband and had two children, and we were there near both our families until 2012. After that, a total adventure with my husband and my kids began.

We spent exactly 2 years in Madrid-Spain which was AMAZING. We were able to meet so many people and visit so many places and ate such great, yummy food. Unbelievable! After that, we decided to come back to the US and I chose New York City. It was a total adventure with the kids! I was also able to join a great photography school. We then spent the summer between Texas with our in-laws and did some traveling while our belongings were in a storage (crazy, I know!). 
Finally for business reasons, we decided to moved to San Diego, California in August of last year. After 6 months, we decided to go a bit north of San Diego to a wonderful town called Temecula. We have found this a great place to raise our children in a loving community. We'll see what happens when the 6 months here are up! Lol!

This craziness has been an enriching experience. Living in South America, North America and Europe makes you see things a little different. Even moving across the US. It teaches you to love people more and understand them. You take a piece of every place with you, forever. Imagine if you could divide your heart like pieces of a puzzle, with one piece to each place. And on top of that, you also leave friends behind in all of these places... good friends!

2.    Where do you consider home and why? 

Such a hard question, honestly I don't know anymore. I think home is wherever I am with my family at the moment. There is not a "home" anymore. It's a funny feeling. Everywhere I have been has left a mark on me and I miss them all. It's also a bit nostalgic.

3.    Why and how did you get into photography? 

When I moved to Spain, even though I spoke the language I was dealing with culture shock. I didn't know what to do with myself and how to find that "settled" feeling. I also had a lot of free time while the children were at school. It felt as if my life was a brand new notebook to write. New country, new life!

So I said to myself, "This is a great opportunity to do something you always wanted to do.". The answers were photography and cooking, both of which I love. I chose photography thinking I would have time to join a cooking school later. What was supposed to be a short course to learn how to understand my camera ended up becoming a full program at the most prestigious school in Madrid, and I fell in love with it!

4.    What inspires your photography? 

Moments! To me it's magical to be able to freeze time in a sense. Being a mother also has giving me a deep understanding that time really flies. I have learned to appreciate little little things.

I also have an uncontrollable love for traveling and would love to just be a travel photographer and document places and lives of people everywhere.

5.    You are also a soon-to-be mother of three! What do you love most about motherhood? What have you found most challenging? 

I love everything about it, the ups and the downs. It teaches you so much! It's such an indescribable gift to be able to give birth to a person that is all for you to love and take care of. Learning that they are not really yours and how to respect their personalities and dreams as they grow is the biggest challenge.

Motherhood makes you understand in a deeper sense how imperfect you are, and that it is okay not to be perfect!

6.    Can you teach us to say something in Spanish? (It can be a word, a phrase, a saying)

Ummm... Since I'm really hungry right now: Está lista la comida? (Is the food ready?)

Thank you for sharing your beautiful photography with us Urquisa, and I can't wait to continue to follow you on your adventures around the globe!

If you know someone who could be featured in this series, you can email me at tricia [at] nihaonewyork [dot] net.

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