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Reflection from Month 1- My time in Croatia

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As my time in Croatia is coming to an end I want to reflect back on my first month abroad. First, I am the happiest I have been in quite some time. For the first time in many years, I am finally living in the moment and enjoying each and every day. For two years, I planned for this trip and thought about it each...
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Croatia – Week 3

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Spending one month in a new country may seem like plenty of time to explore the sights and get a good feel for the culture but remember we’re also working! Trying to find the balance of work and adventure is even more tricky when your workspace is on the beach.   The first two weeks were filled with program orientation, code of conduct, managing expectations...
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Dubrovnik in 48 Hours

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Last night I returned home from Dubrovnik, Croatia from what was one of my favorite vacations of my life. I have never seen anything like the city before. An entire town surrounded on all sides by massive stone walls. It really feels like you are living in a medieval city that has been untouched for thousands of years. Over the walls, giant cliffs jut out...
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I’m GREAT!! Hvar You?

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So…. side trips! Apparently a large portion of Remote Year is doing side trips.  So I signed up for the first side trip which was to go to Hvar which is only a ferry ride away. I had never even heard of Hvar but it was suggested to us and it was a GREAT decision, definitely one of the highlights of my trip thus far. It started...
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Lead or follow – how do you know?

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Do you ever feel like you’re so far behind that you’ll never catch up? That everyone else is so far ahead you wonder if you’re even on the right path? I did…until I learned an important lesson this week after getting lost in a national park.   It started off with the realization that we’re half way through our month in Croatia and there’s still...
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Level 3 Fun

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One of the wise Remote Year veterans informed me of Level 3 Fun. Level 1 is a typical adventure.  You plan a bike ride.  You take said bike ride and come home.  Everything went as planned. Level 2, you took said bike ride but maybe you ran into one of your old high school friends and stopped somewhere for a drink to catch up.  It...
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Travel, Work, Volunteer, Live!

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So this is my new family for the next year.  Apparently we’re the type of family that wear matching T shirts on the beach.  I never thought I’d be one of those people but I am so happy to say that this is a real fact.  This group of 60ish people have already changed my life.  It’s hard to believe that before coming here I...
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Croatia – Week 1

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  Split, Croatia – my first of 12 international homes over the next year and I feel like I won the lottery! My apartment is right on the beach of the Adriatic Sea. I’m still pinching myself that I get to wake up to these stunning views! And I couldn’t be any closer to our co-working space – it’s on the ground floor of my...
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Novaturient

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I have always been intrigued by words especially foreign words that do not have a direct English translation.  These are some of my favourites: I have a little collection of these words… it’s almost beautiful in a way, that there is no direct translation, like it cannot be fully explained, only felt and I find something so poetic about that. It’s funny because when I...
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Journey to Croatia – Part 2

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  The international side of an airport has always been my favourite – it means you’re going somewhere fun!  Sometimes I stroll through and pretend I’m getting on a big plane for an exotic vacation. The excitement of a new city or country continues to entice me and seems to wipe out my memory of economy travel, but today I had a ticket and I...
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