Ikigai

Borrow From My Bookshelf, Part 4

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The holidays are fast approaching and aside from spending time with my friends and family, there’s nothing I enjoy more than cozying up in front of the fire with a new book that I can’t put down. With that in mind, here are ten of the best books I’ve read recently; ones that you may want to borrow from my bookshelf or wrap up and...
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An Ode to Japanese Convenience Stores

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There are a lot of great things about Japan. The people, the culture, the buns at the convenience stores... Wait...what?After living in Japan for five weeks, it came to my attention that:Japan is more expensive than any other place I’ve lived abroad.I would probably never get sick of the food in Japan.I didn’t have enough money to sustain eating out all the time...except for when I...
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4 Days in Chiang Mai

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4 days isn’t enough in Chiang Mai.I could actually spend weeks, months, maybe even years here, eating the most delicious $1 meals, soaking in the hospitality, visiting the incredible islands and towns that surround it, and mostly, eating mango sticky rice until I get stomach aches every night.The city is incredible, covered in gorgeous temples and badass dragon statues that I want to take home...
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The Other Side

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It’s been exactly two and a half months since I returned from Remote Year. I’m on the other side. How’s it going? Let’s just say I take things literally one day at a time. You may have noticed I never wrote a post about my time in Argentina, my last months. That’s because of a few reasons: a) I spent that time saying yes to...
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Gettin’ Salty in Bolivia: What to do in and around Uyuni

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B’oh-liviaaaaaa! *sung to the tune of the Activia commercials in the US from 5 years ago* Have you heard of this place? I had, but never put it on a list, never thought I’d be hand-standing (then falling) on salt, and certainly never thought I’d book a five day trip with 33 of my best friends to go there with. But, I DID! And with...
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Design gonzo: Non-places in hot and cold places

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It was a hot August morning in a busy Portuguese town when I opened the door to my first experience in a co-working space. Tens of people frantically clicking trackpads and typing with purpose, some talking in a nearly-shouting voice to their headsets trying to put out a really important digital marketing fire somewhere far, far away, some with a non-microphoned version of headphones, listening...
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It’s Who You’re With

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I just took my bag down from the overhead compartment of a train and my umbrella switfly propelled out, both hitting and waking up a sleeping Japanese man."Gomen-nassai! Sumimasen! Okinamayaki! GYOZA!"After mumbling every Japanese phrase I could remember (note: via the links above, you can tell that they didn't all translate to, “oh my god, I’m SO sorry, I am a terrible human being and...
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The Questions I Keep Answering about My Remote Year Experience

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As I’ve been reconnecting with friends and family around the country, I’ve found that the same questions keep popping up about my 12 months of traveling with Remote Year. I find myself kinda glazing over and starting to give the same rote answers, which is never a good way to engage in conversation. So, here […]
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Kinda Kaizen: Becoming a Remote Year Citizen

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“I thought you were done with Remote Year?”Yeah. I am. But I wasn’t ready. I don’t think a lot of us were. You can probably tell that from my series I did featuring five posts about Remote Year. (Here's one, two, three, four, and five if ya wanna read 'em.)“So, what are you doing now?”Oh, I joined Remote Year again. It’s not what it sounds...
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Prost to Oktoberfest: Survival 101

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Prior to going to Oktoberfest, the most I knew about it was that I would be drinking liters of beer every day and possibly trying to nurse my liver back to life with the amount of sausages and sauerkraut I would eat.After attending Oktoberfest, I found this to be true. Very, very true.Here are my dos and don'ts for a jolly good time, and a...
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