About me

Thanks for reading Adventitious Violet!

This is a travel and lifestyle website dedicated to sharing stories about life abroad in Scotland. This is the right place for you if you love to travel, if you like a nice adventure and if you love good books and good food. I write mostly about Scotland, so if you are planning a trip to Scotland or are dreaming of it, this website is for you! 

I’ve travelled to 17 other countries – most of which, extensively – so if you love travel in general, you’re in the right place!

If you’re new to Adventitious Violet, here are a few posts to get you started:

10 things not to miss on your visit to Scotland
The best afternoon tea experience
My Ode to St Andrews
Grad School & the Impostor Syndrome
7 Reasons You Should Visit Chile
My reverse bucket list

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Why Adventitious Violet? 

Adventitious means foreign/not-native. Violet is my middle name – well actually it’s Violeta (spanish for Violet). I’ve combined both to create this name – because it represents my constant foreign nature, growing up between two different cultures and my current life as immigrant in the UK.

Who are you?

Good question! Who am I and why am I doing this?

My name is Camila and I’m a 30-year-old writer, feminist and wanderluster currently based in Scotland.

Being raised by a Chilean father and French Canadian mother, I always lived between cultures. Between the North American and South American cultures. Between the French and English cultures of Montreal and Canada. Now, I live in Scotland with my British partner and it still feels like living life in between.

Adventitious Violet is the place where I share and discuss my many travels and the ups and down of living abroad. It includes the stories, tips & photos of my life between cultures. 


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