Sharing stories that go untold.


John Kazaklis

What Istoria Means to Me

I want people to feel more connected and more empathetic towards each other. I think this happens when we are open to learning about others outside of our tribe and getting to know them. One way for this to take place is through being curious and reading. I hope that reading stories from Istoria will make you feel more connected to your neighbor-- whether they are in your own backyard or on the other side of the world.


I come from a crazy family of Bolivians and Greeks where English, Spanish, and Greek were spoken at home. Born and raised in the DC Metro Area, I grew up in one of the most diverse suburbs in the country. My childhood was where I was exposed to people from just about every kind of cultural, religious, and linguistic background. My father also played a pivotal role in helping me interact with all kinds of people that were different from us. I remember him always inviting people he would randomly meet around the neighborhood over to the house to share a cup of coffee or a meal. Because we had extended family in both Bolivia and Greece, we traveled to both places throughout my childhood. This is where I developed my love for travel and feeling like "home" could be multiple places instead of just one single location.

I also had the amazing opportunity to work extensively in the Philippines and East Africa for 3 years with Trash Mountain Project from 2013 to 2016. TMP focused on transforming trash dump communities in the developing world through the empowerment of indigenous leaders. Because of my childhood, family, and life experiences, I have developed a constant desire to learn about history, different cultures, and languages. 

Although the colors and faces of new cultures are beautiful and exciting, the belief that images can change people’s realities is what truly inspires me...believing that you have the power to make a difference can really change the atmosphere of how you approach everything you do.
— Jeremy Snell