From the founder of NananTravel, Germán de la Melena:
“My name is Germán. I was born in Peru and therefore grew up speaking Spanish. Germán is a Spanish name but people often think I’m called “German”, like the language they speak in Germany. The correct pronunciation is xer’man, with the “x” being a very strong H sound (similar to the “ch” in “achtung”). And the accent being on the second syllable and not the first. So: H’r-maahn. I know – it’s tough initially, isn’t it?
“When I was a small kid, even I couldn’t pronounce my own name. I would often refer to myself as Nanan (pronounced “Nay-nahn”). It’s not an exact match to my real name, but it does rhyme in an odd way. Very soon, this became my official nickname within my family. To this day, I have a few aunts in Peru who still call me Nanan instead of Germán. Because it is so much easier to pronounce—and remember—than my first name, it was the obvious choice for this business. Some people spell it Naynan or Naynahn or even Nahnan. I don’t really mind. As long as the name, NananTravel, becomes synonymous with excellent travel memories, I’m very happy.”