Cuzzo, ESL, Educator Survives Europe

From the pen of the Cuzzo:

I am 32 years old and in my 9th year teaching, currently as an English Language Development specialist in a rural district outside of Denver.  I’ve been married to my husband for 11 years, and we have 2 boys (aged 7 and 5).

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

When I’m not teaching I enjoy reading, sewing Harry Potter inspired quilts and clothes, and spending time with the family.

Salzburg, Austria

I don’t have any hocks to share, but people are more than welcome to follow me on Twitter (@ShelbyReadsAlot) and Instagram (@shelbyreadsbooks), however you will be bombarded with pictures of my kids, Harry Potter Memes, and my cat being weird.


Countries I’ve visited: 

And I’m going to Ireland, Scotland, and England July 2021. 

Follow her: Twitter (@ShelbyReadsAlot) and Instagram (@shelbyreadsbooks)

Salzburg, Austria

Thanks for sharing your story on the internet waves with me!


Episode #5: Michael Nuñez –Headphones, Stockton, Slimy Consistency, Lithuania

Michael Nuñez is my guest on this episode and he had lots to share about his adventures to 20 countries. Of course, we won’t bore your to tears with a complete detailed itinerary of all of that, but tune in for the highlights and reflections! 

Michael currently lives in New Zealand where he is living his best life, teaching English online, and doing photography. He just celebrated his one-year anniversary of “I was sitting at my desk and saw a deal for a cheap roundtrip ticket to New Zealand and I decided to buy a one-way instead” this week. At the time of this recording, I was in China and he was preparing to depart to NZ. But now, he is loving his new life on the far side of the world. Follow him on his adventures and feel free to link up with him to support his ventures and passions.

Check out the episode here!

Countries Traveled:
Dominican Republic, Mexico, USA, Canada, New Zealand, N. Ireland, Scotland, England, Ireland, France, Lithuania, Poland, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Sicily, Malta, Israel, Sweden, Norway.

Websites: (future podcast about podcast and visas) (Life Blog) (Photography)

Instagram Hashtags:

Check out below to see what it looks like to be melanated, abroad, and the epitome of #MelanatedStamps!

Giants Causeway, Scotland, 2016
Kefalonia, Greece, 2015
Nuevo Renacer, Dominican Republic, 2015
Paris, France, 2017
Wailing Wall, Jerusalem, 2015
Waikiki, Hawaii, 2019
(Not abroad, but WAY too cool to pass up!)

Intro to MelStamps

Hey y’all! Welcome to Melanated Stamps! I’m REALLY bad at introductions and such cuz I just feel like you’ll get to know me and who I am as I write and build this new platform. But for now..

Name: Jenaya (Gin-NEIGH-Yuh)
Location: Shenzhen, China
Education: Lots
Countries Traveled to: 28
Race: Black
Ethnicity: Very Black and Unapologetically Boujie
Addictions: Facebook, cookie dough, and naps
Phobias: Worms
Marital Status: Meh.
2019 Vision: Amongst other things, building Melanated Stamps into a dope brand and platform, writing a book, and living my best life in Asia.

Let’s chat now about Melanated Stamps!

MelStamps is a passion project of mine. I love stories, melanated people, and traveling the world. Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to see as many countries as I could before kicking the bucket. And here I am doing just that. In traveling, I noticed that so few of the Americans I cross paths with look like me. This MUST change. And I’m going to do my due diligence to help fix this by highlighting and showcasing the stories and lives of those who look like me and travel like me, sharing strategies that I use to travel, and giving you a front-row seat to my life abroad. I invite you to join in on all the fun and adventure!