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Remote Year: Hanoi food favourites

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This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure statement. All photos are © Barbara Cameron Pix, unless otherwise noted. Before I travelled around the world with Remote Year, when I thought of Vietnamese food I conjured up Canadian-ized-versions of it. Tasty, yes, and a favourite choice for a frugal meal out. But after spending a month in Hanoi and enjoying many of the classic...
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Split, Croatia

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This summer I spent three months in Split sandwiching a two-month trip around eastern Europe (Belgrade, Kiev, Odessa, Krakow, Warsaw, Minsk, Latvia). But before that, in June, my vacationing sister and her family met me in Cavtat (where I spent a month back in 2015) and Dubrovnik before returning to Split. In June I visited one of the islands off of the Croatian, Dalmatian coast,...
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Can You Really Adapt to Other Cultures While Keeping Your Own?

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It’s a strange thing as a digital nomad- after traveling for a certain amount of time you begin to feel like you belong no where. You never fully belong to any place you settle in, and as time passes, you feel like you don’t really belong to your own culture. It feels like you’re becoming some sort of cultural voyeurist- eagerly consuming other communities way...
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What’s magic, anyway?

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I live in Los Angeles now so saw a lot of people in real life that I had only seen on TV before. It was weird. First it was elating, and unbelievable, and exciting. And then it was just another human being talking.I spent some of the time amused (these were comedy shows). I spent a good amount of the time questioning why I was...
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This works but the only problem is that it looks to be pretty slow because it has to load the…

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This works but the only problem is that it looks to be pretty slow because it has to load the object into memory first and then upload it to your S3 bucket. I think a better way to do it would be a direct bucket to bucket transfer directly on s3 using the .copy method as seen here: https://boto3.amazonaws.com/v1/documentation/api/latest/reference/services/s3.html#S3.Bucket.copy
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Minsk, Belarus

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I spent a week during the end of August in Minsk with no expectations. Travelling like this — everything feels novel, new and interesting. My apartment was close to downtown and the city is very walkable, has a subway and even Uber. I joined a nautically-themed gym named Moby Dick and frequented “Surf Coffee” — a small coffee shop themed after a surf shop. I...
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Thanksgiving Side Dishes & Wine Pairings

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Thanksgiving is a foodie’s dream holiday.  Well, one of the most notable food holidays of the year anyway. Yes, we love turkey day, but it’s really all about the sides, isn’t it? Every year, I look forward to the many side dishes that surround my slices of turkey as well as the other critical must-haves: stretchy... The post Thanksgiving Side Dishes & Wine Pairings appeared first...
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Riga, Latvia

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I was in Riga for a week. I was busy with work but really enjoyed the architecture. It’s a beautiful, peaceful city that made for a great visit. The highlight was one day exiting a café I was working from to have an old friend message me on my phone — “Reid did I just see you leave Rocket Bean Roastery here in Riga?” My...
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Krakow and Warsaw, Poland

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I spent a week in Krakow and a week in Warsaw working and exploring Poland for the first time. Somewhat surprisingly, after hearing many people tell me I would prefer historic Krakow to a “bland” Warsaw, I actually enjoyed Warsaw more. Krakow is the city that wasn’t destroyed during World War 2 and so all of the old, historic architecture is still in place. And...
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Interview with Remote Working Hub

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I was interviewed for the website Remote Working Hub on opportunities and challenges of my lifestyle; you can view the article here.
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Spring Events

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I’ve got some really exciting book appearances coming up this spring, so if you’re in any of these cities at the right time, please come and say hi: March 23rd @ 1pmLocal Author Signing South Hills Village Barnes & Noble Pittsburgh, PA April 11th @ 7pm In-Conversation with Tracy Banghart (author of Grace and Fury) Trident Booksellers Boston, MA April 12th @ (time TBD) In-Conversation with Tracy...
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Remote Year: Street Photography in Lisbon, Portugal

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This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure statement. One of my goals this year is to up my game in street photography. Starting in Lisbon, Portugal with Remote Year is truly one of the best travel destinations in the world to capture some compelling street photography shots. When you first hit the streets of Lisbon you may think it’s a bit chaotic. I know...
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Remote Year: One Month Reflection

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It’s weird to think that I’ve been traveling for almost 2 months now, and almost all of that has been international. It’s even weirder to think that I’ve been living in Lisbon for five weeks and it completely feels like home. So much so that the idea of moving to Croatia tomorrow fills me with anxiety, and leaves me a little bit sad. Leave Lisbon?...
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Remote Year Month #8 in Review: Lisbon

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I can’t believe I have now wrapped up my time in Europe. Lisbon was an incredible city to end the experience in, full of culture, captivating beach waves and incredible port close by. I also flew to London and Belfast on two separate occasions; the weekly travel reminded me of consulting travel projects. Below is my month in review of Lisbon. Took a little longer...
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The City of Illusion

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An island of 1.6 million people becomes a minefield of memories.Continue reading on Medium »
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Friendship breakups are weird and hard

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Friendship break ups are a mysterious thing. Unlike regular breakups, where we have rituals, romcoms, cliches, basically a script to follow, friendship breakups are a much murkier proposition.How do you tell a friend that your lives no longer align? That you no longer find the relationship mutually beneficial? You don't dislike the person, you just aren't inclined to spend time or energy to continue to...
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Euro Trip 2018: Part Deux

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The month of July was going to spent in Split, Croatia. I was excited for this month for multiple reasons. The month did not disappoint and was a month full of my new catch phrase “No Bad Days”. Remote Year Darien Reunion - Part TwoCroatia would bring me back together with several of my friends from my Remote Year Darien group. It was great to...
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Stone’s Miles: I Am Building Myself.

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Lisbon Update: I ate grilled salmon. I shared stories with new friends. I took yoga in Portuguese. I explored Alfama and did a walking tour. I ate pasteis de nata (again and again again). I cooked dinner with friends. I took Portuguese class. I ate an entire dinner of codfish. I took a cocktail class. I took surfing lessons. I learned how to slice cheese...
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The Coast

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While almost every place I see on my travels holds value, the coasts and beaches have really continued to be my favourites.  The west coast of Chile was no different.  Concon was the highlight of the day with its smaller but increasingly modern vibes and largely untouched coast.   A place I could see myself returning to visit for a longer stay.   Concon Vina Del...
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100 Days of RY Aurora: Number 100 – just data with a soul

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I’m spending a year traveling the world with Remote Year Aurora: a group of fifty-something strangers that came together last New Year’s Eve to form a nomad community. Last month we passed our one hundredth day on this experience, and in the spirit of “doing something different” with this podcast, over a span of two weeks I spoke with twenty-seven people from the cohort in...
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