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Finding your way back when everything has changed

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It’s been over month since my last blog (thank you to those who have asked if you’re still on my list – it’s nice to know I’ve been missed and you enjoy reading my blogs!) So, it’s time to dust myself off and share where I’m at.   First, let me say a huge, heart-felt thank you. The outpouring of love from my last post...
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Kitesurfing in Colombia? – come to Chivor!

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Throughout the year, Remote Year would provide “plus events” for the group to participate in. Remote Year would setup all of the logistics, you simply needed to pay to join the trip. Many of these trips were very unique, local experiences you couldn’t find in a normal tourist shop. They were organized by the city team and were really meant to give Remotes a feeling...
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America’s favorite “exotic” destination – Costa Rica

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This past week, I was able to spend a week in Costa Rica. In college, I spent a month in Costa Rica as part of a study abroad trip. Ten of us traveled around the entire country with two Costa Rican teachers from the business school. Throughout the month, I was able to see so many different parts of the country and I am grateful...
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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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