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Week 3 – Tokyo and Surroundings

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The second week in Japan held its promise and finished up the experience with a shiny glow of natural hot-spring onsen bathing, 9 course dinners, sulfur-boiled black eggs, and an true highlight in every way, exploring Japan’s epicenter Tokyo! I hate to leave this place, but am also truly excited for my next experience in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where I will finally meet the rest...
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KL Accommodations

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Although I came in with average expectations on the apartment, co-working space and Wi-Fi capabilities, I am rather impressed on all fronts! The apartments are huge!  They are in Maple serviced apartments and are 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a living room and a den.  There is also a pool which is essential in KL.  They […]
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Take a Leap Out of Your Comfort Zone

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On my 15 hour flight to Taipei and 4 hour flight Kuala Lumpur I had a lot of time to think in between the naps and endless food and snacks. I thought, “I can’t believe I am doing this.” Already missing relationships back home but also excited to experience so many new things. I think […]
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Pack vs. Purge: What You Bring For A Year Abroad

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Pairs Well With… “There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis Disclosure: There are a shit ton of affiliate links within this post, which means a) I may get a commission should you purchase any items via links on my site b) your purchase supports me while I travel... The post Pack vs. Purge: What You Bring For A...
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Week 2 – Kyoto and South Japan

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What a wonderful first week in Japan, including geishas, temples, shrines and buddha statues! Check out my newest vlog post and make sure you subscribe to my page and my YouTube channel. Love, Kathrin
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Giggling with the Geishas in Kyoto, Japan

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What a wonderful first week in Japan, including geishas, temples, shrines and buddha statues! To see the second half of my journey through Japan, make sure you also check out my video about Tokyo and surroundings!
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Farewell Chicago

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Home. My mind seeks to define it, my body craves to touch it, my heart yearns to feel it. Being unable to succeed in any of these facets as of late – We are all hurting a little inside. If I get it all down on paper, it’s no longer inside of me. So in my effort to begin facing these emotions, I have written...
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Week 1 – From Hamburg to Hong Kong

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The journey has begun! After having quit my job, put all my belongings into storage and sold my car, I had jumped on a plane to my hometown Hamburg to spend Christmas and New Year’s in Germany. 2017 is to be the year of all years, as I will travel the world on a program called “Remote Year” with 74 other handpicked individuals. I couldn’t...
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Why I Joined VFA

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What motivates anyone to make any decision in his or her lifetime? For me, it’s simple. Self-improvement. What is the best way for me to achieve my goals and become a better person along the way? This is the question I pose to myself daily, almost incessantly. As of late, Venture for America has equipped me on where to begin in answering this question... Permalink
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Peace and Sustainability

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As I sat in the United Nations’ regional headquarters in Bangkok during the Global Peace Youth Exchange (GPYE) Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), I began to reflect on some of the problems in my home country that demand immediate attention. Miami Beach, a slice of paradise and palm trees drizzled amidst the backdrop of a city built on travel, tourism, and real estate....
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