Atlas

Penguins, sharks, and beer pong, oh my

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Boy, oh boy.Week 3 was even more of a blur than the last two weeks combined. It's when most of our events planned for us and self-planned event collided. I was on the go 24/7 and I'm pretty sure I wasn't sober for more than 24 collective hours. (Sorry, mom.)SundayWe took a gorgeous scenic drive through Chapman's Peak and stopped to take in the incredible...
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Cape Town first impressions and Week 2 happenings

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I've been in Cape Town now for 13 days. I wasn't really sure what to expect from South Africa, but I've been completely blown away by how livable, friendly, and exciting this town is. Firstly, my accommodations this month are pretty sweet. My entire group is one building so it's like adult Spring Break, which is awesome. We're actually in a student dorm for an international...
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A Tale of Two Policies and too much adulting for one day

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So here's a fun story of how I ended up with 2 travel insurance policies because I'm not really an adult and don't understand insurance.Getting travel insurance was one of the first things I did way back in December. I went through one of the recommended plans from Remote Year, picked some insane coverage options, and paid a reasonable $400-some-odd dollars. Cool beans, done.So yesterday...
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My first few days in Cape Town and why I don’t hike

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I landed in Cape Town, South Africa 4 days ago and it feels like 2 weeks already.Everything has been such a blur. Lots of new places and faces to learn. Surprisingly enough, I wasn't too terribly jetlagged when I touched down at 1pm CPT time despite 30 hours of travel -- 2 flights and a 12-hour layover. My view from the plane! I was definitely...
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Departure day is only 8 weeks away and I’m not panicking, you’re panicking

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So I just got back from a Remote Year Info Night and seeing all the confused prospective applicants has made me realize how far I've come.I was like the weird 5th year senior hanging out in class with the 'too cool for school' look on my face because I've heard all this before. Looking around the room, I realized just 3 months ago I was...
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I quit my job to travel then everyone kept telling me how brave I am and I don’t get why

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Yup. I quit my cushy, steady-paycheck job to rely on my own hustle and talent(?) to make money while I go travel the world.People have told me my whole life how brave I am.They told me I was brave when I left college in my home state to be the first foreign exchange student in Australia on the other side of the world. They told...
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Diary: Dirty dancing and flying balls in Valencia

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Marina Beach ClubSo, I have no pictures of this to supplement my story, and soon you'll understand why.There's this incredible open-air space called the Marina Beach Club. It has a gigantic sound stage, lots of open cabanas for lounging, super bougie bars, and a really Miami, party-scene vibe.I wanted to go so badly.I rounded up a bunch of mis amigos for our first Saturday night...
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Diary: My last few weeks in Lisbon and leaving our mark

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I did spend a lot of time working on my new business and heads down in the workspace, but I did get out my last few weeks in Lisbon. Here's what I got up to:Mixology Class A bunch of us joined an unofficial mixology master class at a local bar called 4 Caravelas. A Remote Year favorite, the owners Marcus and Tania are absolute gems...
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Lackluster Lisbon wasn’t as sparkly as I thought

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Now, before anyone trips over themselves to tell me how great Lisbon is and I'm crazy for not agreeing, allow me to explain.I don't disagree Lisbon is beautiful. I don't disagree there's a lot of rich history. I don't disagree Lisbon has a special place in Portuguese culture.Maybe it was just a bad month for me. Maybe the juxtaposition from Cape Town was too stark....
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Remote Year: Lisbon Accommodations & Workspace

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Accommodations Pros Very residential (which I liked) Apartment had historic charm, but was updated Living with three other people meant a big living room for hosting There was an apartment of 5 above us so we had a good group for dinners and hanging out. There was always someone who was down to walk together somewhere or go somewhere together. My room had a couch...
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