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I cried in Prague

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  I’ve been travelling for six weeks now, part of a 52-week social experiment with 60 strangers living in a new city every month. It’s exciting and adventurous – and it’s also overwhelming.   You leave behind family and friends, your home and favourite breakfast spot, a regular paycheque and comfortable routines. And I’ve been fine so far – it’s only one year, right?  ...
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Prague- my first ten days

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I had always heard great things about Prague. Friends and family that had studied or traveled there always had good things to say about it. In fact, I’m not sure I heard one bad thing about the city before I arrived.  Leading up to my trip and our arrival it was one of the cities I was most excited to visit because of all the...
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When to (not) follow the rules

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I’m a rule follower, I always have been. I use my signal lights, cross at crosswalks, and follow posted signs. I file my taxes on time. I read the owner’s manual for every appliance I purchase and review instructions before putting together furniture.   People laugh at my “10 and 2” hand position and tease me about how long it will take to get somewhere...
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Month 1: Croatia

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 “You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” ― Benjamin Mee Before joining Remote Year I came across this quote and it resonated with me. So many times in my life I have held back because I was afraid.  Afraid of what others might...
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Why I love birthdays

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Birthdays are a funny thing – some people love them and others hope the day passes without anyone noticing. In my family, birthdays are celebrated, sometimes lasting for a week or more.   My mom always let us stay home from school (if we wanted) and I’ve carried on that tradition – I never work on my birthday and I only do exactly what I want!...
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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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