Who is behind the Globetrotting Detective?

High time to reveal who The Globetrotting Detective is. Hello my Friend! Thank you for visiting my site. I’m Diana from Hungary. I’ve lived in 8 countries and traveled so far in 47 countries in 4 continents. Restless wanderlust, enthusiasm for adventure, passion for discovering new cultures and getting to know amazing people from all around the world drove me to explore and experience different places on this beautiful and exciting planet. I speak Hungarian, English, Finnish, German and Japanese fluently and get along with basic conversations in Turkish and Arabic which help me a lot on the road.

Countries lived
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Diana Lesko

Before becoming The Globetrotting Detective

Ever since I started my academic years at the Institute of English and American Studies, and Finno-Ugrian Studies at the University of Debrecen in Hungary, I was passionate about learning languages, getting to know different cultures and traveling. Day and night I was proactively searching for opportunities to satisfy my curiosity to learn about other parts of the world.

When I was 19 years old, I decided to spend a year in Windsor, England, in order to improve my English. There, I worked as an Au-pair, took English classes at East Berkshire College and also worked in a tea house in my free time. In school and at work I made friends from a lot of different cultures. At that point in time, I decided that I’m going to learn to speak in several languages, travel a lot, have friends from all around the world, and experience what it’s like to live in other cultures.

And this is how it happened. I’ll tell you how exactly.

During my studies, I was awarded several scholarships. I studied a semester at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland with a Finnish governmental scholarship, a year at the Hirosaki University in Japan with a Japanese governmental scholarship and a semester at the Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University in Turkey with Erasmus scholarship. Not only my studies but also my holidays were all about mastering my language skills and learning about different cultures. Summertime, you would find me at a summer university or working abroad. I was granted a summer university scholarship at the University of Oulu in Finland and at the Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. I spent a summer working in a restaurant in Windsor, England, and another summer in Dublin, Ireland.  During my studies in Japan, I even had a part-time job in a hotel in order to get a deeper insight into Japanese culture.

The Globetrotting Detective in Japan

Furthermore, I was an active member of AEGEE-Europe for 10 years. It is run by young people on a voluntary basis who organize the most amazing intercultural events in Europe. I attended many of their international trainings and summer universities. When I happened to be in Hungary, I volunteered with one of the local branches, AEGEE-Debrecen, where we organized trainings and summer universities.

The most amazing thing I did was to initiate, co-found and be the Project Manager of the EuroArab Project of AEGEE-Europe. I  coordinated several intercultural trainings in Europe and the Arab World.

After my studies, I worked as a Project Manager for a Telecommunications company in Hungary. After working somewhat more than a year there, I found myself in Casablanca, Morocco, for the next 9 months. I taught Business English in language schools and did marketing for a British university.

Last but least, I spent all my free time applying for and participating in international conferences, trainings and events.

I must tell you I was never bored.

After spending 9 amazing months in Morocco, I moved back to Hungary. At this time I was almost 30. Everything happened in my life the way I planned. I used all my time to fullest to get the done what I planned: getting a double Master degree, utilize as much scholarship opportunities worldwide as possible, learning languages, working in different cultures, traveling a lot, managing youth projects, organizing and attending international trainings and conferences meanwhile gaining loads of international experience. Wauuu. It was an epic journey!

I thought I should get serious now and settle down somewhere. I ended up in Munich, Germany. I consider this move a major turning point of my life.

Reinventing myself

In November 2013 I moved to Munich.  I started learning German and working as Account Manager for an American IT company. The first three years of living in Munich was an extremely intense and enlightening period of my life with a lot of ups and downs.

After working nearly 2 years for this company, I had the chance to have a long break. After 12 years of constant studying, working, youth work and traveling which I did with all my mind, with all my heart, and with all my strength, life allowed me to have this nice and long break from everything.

I really needed a break!!! We all need a break sometimes! My break happened now and it was my game changer. So what did I do when I had kind of nothing to do? First, I searched for a pretty flat next to Olympia Park which I made my home. I always wanted to live close to Olympia Park, because I love jogging there so much. Afterwards, I decided to celebrate my break and my new home with a solo trip to Cuba. I like celebrating with traveling.  Once I was back in Munich, I put my ass down for a new life project! I reevaluated my entire life and I spent days and nights to figure things out for the future. Conception and initiation phase completed.

I needed a damn amazing plan for continuing my life.  The definition and planning phase started with looking deep into my heart. I listed everything that I am passionate about. I collected what makes and will make me happy in the future.  During this time I fueled my energy level with doing a lot of fun things in order to gain inspirations. I attended German,  Japanese and Arabic courses to improve my language skills. I organized and attended incredibly amazing events in Munich to make new friends. I hiked a lot. I biked a lot. I run a lot. I skied a lot. And I danced a lot…

A few month later, I managed to create my own vision for the future. Yes, I was ready with my master plan!!! Definition and planning phase completed. Execution phase started and ongoing at a high-energy level. The plan is huge, but I’m determined to make it a reality.

This time I will only tell you part of my story. Once we know each other better, I’ll tell you more.

A part of the new plan was studying something useful, creative and fun. So I decided to take courses in Digital Marketing Management in the Wildner Academy in Munich. During this time I started this travel blog to apply what I learned there. This blog is all about what I am passionate about: traveling, connecting with and connecting people from all around the world, learning about other cultures and building communities.

What’s happening now?

And what’s happening with me now? A lot of things …

I’m enjoying my life to the fullest and living the most challenging time of my life. In my free time, I  organize day trips in the Munich Travel Community, write travel tips on my Facebook Page, and work on this website to make it pretty and keep it up-to-date.

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And in the end… You might wonder why I call myself a globetrotting detective. 🙂 Sure, I tell you. I’ve traveled a lot and I love traveling. That makes me a globetrotter. And why detective? I’m an extremely curious person and love researching on topics that I’m interested in, especially on traveling and different cultures.

Are you also a curious person? If yes, be part of the story of The Globetrotting Detective.

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