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Changing your perception of Colombia- The story of Medellín

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When you think of the country of Colombia, what are the words that come to mind? Drugs, Violence or Government corruption maybe? If those are, I certainly don’t blame you as many of those types of things made the headlines 20-30 years ago and before I came to Colombia I would’ve said the same thing. After living in Colombia for the last two months, the...
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What they don’t tell you about coming home

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I’ve traveled lots, usually in six-week time frames, and it was always hard to get back in the swing of things – to set an alarm, to commute to the office, to reconcile what you’ve seen with where you live.   So I imagined it would be the same after coming home from a year of travel, perhaps a little bumpy at first but things...
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Lessons learned from traveling for a year

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Now that I’m home, everyone asks me one of two questions: where was your favourite place or what did you learn?   It’s too hard to pick just one city but my favourite place to be is always on the water so anywhere near water wins my heart.   As for what I learned, here are a few random thoughts: (Note: the idea for this...
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Laughter and tears in Mexico City

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Month 12 of my adventure was a time for reflection and planning for the future. One of the things that rolled through my mind was – how do I want to show up in my community when I return?   I’ve lived in Kelowna for 10+ years and have lots of friends and business contacts I’m looking forward to reconnecting with. But is there something...
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Living local in Mexico City

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Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world, with over 24 million people! Being a small city, water girl, I wondered if I’d like it. Keeping an open mind, I decided to try as many local things as possible and discover why so many people call this city home.   As a local, the first thing you must try is tacos! Mexicans...
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Change is constant, especially on Remote Year

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As we left Bogota behind and headed to Mexico City, I was excited. Yes, it meant the final month of this year-long adventure, but it also meant I got to see friends from home!   I’ve been meditating with a group of ladies for almost five years and we have an annual ocean retreat. This year we chose Ixtapa – a quick 45-minute flight from...
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Why you win too when you realize someone else’s dream

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Travelling for a year with 50+ people is an amazing experience. You always have someone to share adventures with but sometimes it’s nice to take off by yourself too. As I sat in my apartment in Colombia, I pulled up a map and looked at the options for my solo escape.   I didn’t want to backtrack, so I looked at neighboring countries. My options...
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Life in Bogota

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The most interesting thing about Bogota is the weather. I’ve never lived in a city where the weather drastically changes, consistently, every day.   The mornings always start out hot and sunny (so I put on shorts), but the afternoon sees torrential rain showers (I come home drenched) and the evenings are freezing (need to buy a hoodie).   I know they say ‘dress in...
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How to top the most amazing year of your life

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We welcomed in the new year in a new city – Bogota. While everyone rushed out to parties and clubs to celebrate, I decided to honour a tradition I started several years ago.   I like to find a quiet space and spend time reflecting on the past year, celebrating my successes and learning from my failures. Then I dream about the new year and...
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How I found/drank craft Beer in Europe

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As I began my year long trip around the world, I wasn’t sure which things I could continue abroad and which I needed to drop. Back home, I love to play golf but I knew that wouldn’t be reasonable in each country I visited. I also love going to the beach but many of the cities wouldn’t have beaches. One thing I knew I could...
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