Today I want to introduce to you a dear friend of mine Baska Ilic. Baska is a marketing consultant and content marketing manager. She worked for NGOs, startups, solopreneurs and small to medium-sized businesses. She is the go-to expert when it comes to digital marketing including social media marketing, PPC, newsletters, SEO and of course her favorite content marketing. You can find her expert articles on many Slovak and international sites such as Lifehack or Lifehacker.
But you can find this kind of information about her online. So, today, I want to talk to her more personally. About her travels to the USA, India, Serbia, about her marriage and about her passion for women’s rights. I believe you will enjoy this personal conversation.
However, I do apologize for the quality of the sound on my side. I hope it won’t bother you too much and won’t ruin your joy from the interview.
Now, let’s get right into the conversation with Baska.
IN THIS EPISODE:
Everything was tough there. It already actually started back in Slovakia because I just decided I wanna go and because of that I kind of broke up with my boyfriend who didn’t like the idea that I’m gonna leave him for 4 months and I believe it was one of the best ideas I’ve ever had. So, it paid off. And I’m not even sure if I had enough cash to buy a flight ticket and pay for all the paperwork and everything. But, somehow, I got it going and things happened and I finally arrived to the United States and it started to be tough from the very very beginning. I still remember when we were at the airport and waiting for our drivers who were not about to appear anytime soon and it was middle of the night and then we got to our place which was completely locked and nobody was waiting for us there so we kind of open the window and got in. It was kind of crazy.
I was at the airport in Budapest, in Hungary. My parents’ car broke there, literally right in front of the airport. It was my birthday by the way and I was supposed to fly with my friend who has a birthday in the same day I do so we were planning – we are gonna celebrate in the sky, we are gonna drink wine and look forward to our adventures in India because we’ve read so much about India. It was my dream. I didn’t mind, you know, all the mess and everything because I was actually excited about everything there. Well, she got sick and she couldn’t get her vaccines. So, had to take another flight and I was flying for the first time in my life all alone and it was not easy.
The toughest moment and toughest decision making happened in Dharamshala, in the Himalayas, the place where Dalai Lama lives. I was there with my friends and one of them tends to get sick often from anything. She has somehow this aura around her – that’s the girl who got sick when we were starting the journey. Also, the camel fell on her so she had such bad luck back then when we were there…..Because she got already sick in Delhi, we didn’t make it to Manali and we decided to go straight to Dharamshala. So, we got there and she was already fine….the next day I woke up in the night because she fell in the bathroom. I found her like laying down…
We decided that we are going to have a picnic there. We are going to go there, to the park. We are gonna sit down, we are gonna read our book about India, we are gonna plan our travels, we are gonna eat bananas. We were so excited about this idea. The park was literally close by. So, we went to the park and as we were walking, we were noticing there just men in the park. From little boys to adults – adult men. We were walking there and I’m wondering….everyone is looking at us but we were already used to that everyone is staring at us so whatever…and then I was like -there is a bunch of dogs behind us – I think they are following us….and suddenly one jumped on my back… I started to scream because it was a shock that suddenly I have a dog on my back…so now, even those few guys or boys who didn’t stare at us started to stare at us… suddenly we have 30 men around us…it was so absurd…
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