My name is Daniel Grocock and I grew up Sheffield, UK.
Layer Culture is a project I set up after I realised my day-to-day patterns were no longer serving me.
For me, everything starts with a question.
After two of my best friends passed away I began to question my purpose in life.
I’d ask myself questions like:
Am I happy with my current situation?
Am I living my truth?
Who do I want to be?
In 2012, I decided that I was going to make a big change in my life.
In 2013 I travelled to the United States to connect with the Jamaican side of my family. I’d not seen my cousins since a visit to my late ancestors when I was a child.
After the 3 months of living with them, we became very close. I learned a lot about the life in New York and the so called American Dream.
I extended my stay to California. I ended up getting overly inspired by the neighbourhoods, especially Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles.
Thinking deeply, I realised that it’s the culture that makes a place unique.
You see this inside Melting pot cites like New York, London and Buenos Aires etc
How to Layer Culture
From the outset, encountering a new culture seems complicated (language, food, customs, timezone). However, the patterns are usually reminiscent with your life back home. You can still run your basic routines and rituals.
The rest is adapting, but at the same time, you’re learning more about yourself through a new environment.
Fascinated by this idea, which all stemmed from my short stay in East Los Angeles.
I became infected by the language I heard in the streets. I wanted go deeper so I began writing down words and phrases.
I started practicing Spanish by ordering food from local street vendors. This new Latin Culture as it were, had inspired me with a new insight for living.
What solo travel can do for you
Travel is the fastest way to innovate your life. I connected with families and lived in different households. I began to realise that everything
I knew from home was kind of obsolete. I had to learn how to live in a new culture. Upon arrive to my home country I felt like a completely new person.
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