Interview: Sueli Marsella

Interview: Sueli Marsella

For our “Founders” column we had the pleasure of interviewing Sueli Marsella.
Thank you Sueli for deciding to tell about yourself to the blog and to the family of Dot-e!

Let’s start immediately with our interview.

So, I heard that you’ve joined many Erasmus projects, right?

Yes, I started when I was very young. Luckily I share my passion for travelling with my mom: she was also an explorer.  So, for my first exchange I went one year to Germany during high school with AFS Intercultural Programs. I stayed with a fantastic family in a small town between Koln and Bonn.

At university I studied History of Arts in Pisa, then I went 6 months to Germany (again), in the small but amazing city of Bamberg. It was a magical place: I felt like I was in one of Grimm Brothers fairytales. When I went back to Italy, I did my internship in the Erasmus office, helping the students with the bureaucracy.

What does Erasmus mean to you?

Even if many years passed from my first exchange program, I still have the same opinion. I realized that people from different countries have different approaches. For example, there is this stereotype that says that Germans are usually cold people. They are not, you just have to learn how to interact in their way. So, in my opinion, Erasmus is based on differences that make the world a better place.

Erasmus Travellers know each others

Do you feel like you’ve grown up during these exchanges?

Definitely, especially during my first exchange. Erasmus let you understand the differences. I learnt that they’re a gift that everyone should learn about.

I learnt to see life in different ways I’d have never thought of. I came back as an open person, with a lot of new ideas because I was in touch with other cultures

Why does drive you to travel?

Unfortunately to this day I’ve travelled only in Europe, but in the future I’m sure I’ll explore some other continents.
In general, I don’t like routines.
I love Couchsurfing, a platform where I can be hosted by a local in his/her house. And to me that’s fantastic because it’s the only way I can really know a place and a culture. I can see things that I wouldn’t understand just by looking at a picture or listening to a story.

Erasmus travellers exchange hospitality

I’m not a big fan of planes,  I prefer buses and trains because I can live truer adventures. When I was in Germany, I did this special trip to explore some other cities around Bamberg that will stay in my heart forever.

Why did you decide to become a Dotter?

I loved Dot-e since the first minute I heard about it. I think it’s a more advanced way to know a city, even better than Couchsurfing. Dot-e is like a big family, full of open minded people. It’s a special way to see a place: through an Erasmus student’s eyes. It fills me with positive energy!

To become a Dotter means to grow up personally, to trust people who open their arms (and houses) to receive you even if they don’t know you, only because they believe in the goodness of the world

My home is open for whoever wants to visit me!

Written by Alice Bouhagiar

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