From the point of view of science, I am a member of the big family of the, Eukaryota, Unikonta, Animalia, Chordata, Vertebrata, Mammalia, Theria, Eutheria, Primates, Haplorrhini, Simiiformes, Catarrhini, Hominoidea, Hominidae, Homininae, Hominini, Homo sapiens.
A poet would say in a nobler manner that I am a Man, living on Earth.
My name is Nathanaël, Natha, Nath’, but I easily accept variants from my interlocutors. In England, I was named Nathaniel, in Spain Nathán (Natha, was not allowed because nata, is the word for cream) or Zlatan (This one I never quite understood, something to do with a Soccer player, I believe). There are also the diminutives and nicknames from my childhood, Thanel, Tatousolaire (God only knows), Thatoo (I choose this one), juveniledelinquant (Thanks to my brother).
For this adventure / journey, and on this website, I'll be known as Yogo. I don’t know how this nickname came to the mind of one of my University friends, but I like it. It is easy to remember, there is little chance of confusion in a foreign language (well that is a personal belief). And finally for those who have studied a bit of English or Spanish, there is a pun :-)
I have always had the chance to travel. First with my parents, each year we would alternate between a European country and a French region: Czech Republic, Basque country area, Hungry, Bretagne, Auvergne, Portugal…
During my High School years, we put together with my professors and fellow classmates an exchange program between my school in Lorgues and the High School of Mandjakandriana in Madagasgar. In our senior year, we collected, refurbished and sent 8 WEB connected computers, scanners and printers. We also created a local network. We spent a week living with our Malagasy friends. The second week we discovered the country in bush taxis.
When I got my High School diploma, I worked for 2 months in London before I started studying at the University of Marseille in a preparation program for the Engineer schools exams. This was probably the most stimulating period in my life intellectually speaking. I decided not to let the pressure of the upcoming exams get to me and concentrated on studying subjects that I chose and found interesting. I was lucky in that I discovered the beauty of mathematics.
When I was accepted at the Polythecnic University of Savoie and my bother at the University, we gave ourselves a one month tour of Scotland with our back packs.