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Watch Over Us

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To those who are sick, who have this virus, who are uncertain when or if they will feel well again, watch over them. To the medical professionals, who are on the front line, who are working long hours and taking on more shifts, who are exposing themselves and then carrying the burden of bringing that home to their loved ones, watch over them.To the first responders,...
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2019: Year in Review

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Howdy all, It's been a long time since I've posted an update to my blog. As you might have gathered from that I've been busy and kind of forgot about writing for awhile. I originally had a huge post planned to kick things off again with all sorts of ideas, but instead I'm just going to write something that's a bit word salad in the...
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Roots and Wings

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Johan Wolfgang von Goethe said: “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.”What an interesting quote. Roots and Wings. Roots are meant to stay grounded, growing in place. Wings allow you to take flight and see the world. Is it possible to have both?To answer that question, more questions arise. What are...
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RY Darién – Belgrade Day 16

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Hello all! I'd greet you in Serbian, but the fact is I haven't really learned any in my journey yet. The people in Belgrade speak English very well and start learning English in the equivalent of kindergarten, so it's not really an issue here. This is going to be a short introduction for a rather long post and then I'm going to get right into...
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RY Darién Update – September Interlude: A Love Poem for Pastéis de Nata

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Where Have I Been? It's been awhile since I've last written anything here and I apologize for that. I've had a few people ask me when I was going to post something again. The truth is, I've been spending a lot of time working. When I haven't been working I've been reading and sometimes thinking, although reading quite a bit more than thinking. I've thought...
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RY Darién – Prague Day 14

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Dobrý den once again readers. This post is going to be a bit different from my last. I've had a lot of different things go through my mind in the last 10 days. I would say that in general for everyone in my Remote Year group that this first month is a period of discovery. We're learning more about who we are, what our tolerances...
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RY Darién – Prague Day 32

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Dobrý den once again readers. When I set out on this journey I originally intended to write at least one blog post a week. It seems its more difficult to keep with that schedule than I thought it was going to be. For those of you waiting for my next update, I apologize for the delay. Right now my schedule as I travel is pretty...
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Trip Preparation Update – The Day Before My Flight

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Super short update. Tomorrow is the big day I fly out. Between flight time, layovers, and time zone changes I will be traveling for 26 hours straight. Leaving 8AM from San Antonio, Texas, USA to arrive in Prague, Czech Republic at 10:30AM (or thereabouts) local time. 7 hour layover in JFK, 8 hours to time zones, and the rest is in the air. Illness Update...
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RY Darién – Prague Day 4

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Dobrý den readers. It's been a whirlwind the past 4 days, but also very cool. I've met and forgotten the names of so many people over the last 4 days. If you're reading this and you're one of the people I've met, I am apologizing heavily in advance for my bad memory for names. I'm sure I'll ask your name many times during this first...
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Trip Preparation Update – 10 Days Left Packing List and Todo List

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So, it's almost time to depart. Just 10 days left in the US, and I'll be on way for my trip and off to meet 74 strangers (hopefully soon to be some friends) to gallivant around Europe and South America. It's a bit daunting at this point and definitely feels real. Honestly, I don't feel like I have enough time left to do all the...
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