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My Favorite Cities Part 3: Asia

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Here we go, the finale of my answer to the question “Which city was your favorite?” In case you’re still catching up, check out Part 1: South America and Part 2: Europe, where I recap pros and cons of each of the cities I lived in last year. As you can probably tell by how long this blog series has gotten, picking just one favorite city has...
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My Favorite Cities Part 2: Europe

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As you might have seen in part 1 of this post, I’ve been getting asked one question in particular a lot since my return: Which city was your favorite? After last year, I think I have as many favorite cities as foodies do favorite bougie restaurants, so I’ve just given up on ranking them and made pro/con lists instead. Part 1 covered my favorite South...
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My Favorite Cities Part 1: South America

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Ever since finishing Remote Year, I’ve been asked the same question over and over: Which city was your favorite? This is akin to asking an author what her favorite book is. I can’t answer it without at least 1 hour of your time and a PowerPoint presentation. So, in lieu of owning a working copy of PowerPoint, I made a pros and cons list for each of the...
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Cake and Heartbreak in Buenos Aires

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The beauty and grandeur of our second Argentinian city was a welcome relief from the squalor of Cordoba, and while the road would continue to be bumpy emotionally, the peaks confidently outweighed the valleys in June.I loved my apartment from the second I stepped into it, had the best sleep in over a month, then sprung out the door on the first morning to run through...
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EATING KYOTO, A FOOD GUIDE

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The artistic and cultural hub of Japan, Kyoto is a foodie paradise and offers a wide range of dining experiences spanning traditional Japanese to the more avant-garde and international. The craft of cooking, as in all facets of Japanese life, has been honed over the generations and a respect for the ingredients, the quality of the presentation, and the overall harmony of a dish manifests...
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10 MUST SEE SPOTS ON NEW ZEALAND’S SOUTH ISLAND

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With the Southern Alps jutting into the sky, glaciers crashing down into coastal rainforests, lakes in myriad shades of blue, and the otherworldly Fiordland National Park offering endless exploration, New Zealand's South Island is an outdoor enthusiast's dream. Whether you're an avid hiker or one who simply enjoys stunning scenery, the South Island has it all. The following were my top destinations on a recent...
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An Argentinian Rollercoaster

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When you start Remote Year they tell you that you will experience your highest highs and your lowest lows, that your “concentrated dose of life” will send you on a rollercoaster of emotions, sometimes lurching from joy to despair and back in the space of a day.No other month illustrated this better than May.Starting the Dream JobThe first week of this month was actually spent in Los Angeles...
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BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO JAPAN RAIL

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Beyond its obvious natural beauty, world renowned cuisine, and rich cultural heritage, Japan is home to one of the most efficient rail and public transportation systems in the world, linking virtually all parts of the country. One of the greatest travel perks available to visitors to Japan is the Japan Rail Pass, a simple and affordable (relative to buying individual tickets) way to travel throughout...
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Bogotá Views & D.C. Blues

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Waking up to a dreamlike view of the Andes mountains and the fresh air in Bogotá every morning has offered a nice contrast to the heaviness of Mexico City. I no longer hear the tamale man circling around our block with a megaphone trying to sell his delicacies or the echoing of dozens of dogs barking in the street. My chest also feels way less...
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Cusco, Lima, Boston, LA… everything

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It’s hard to overstate the importance of this month, but I will try anyway: April 2017 was the greatest month of my life to date. If that sound’s a little silly after last month’s glowing post, just hear me out.Hiked Machu PichuAte at two of the top 10 restaurants in the worldRan the Boston MarathonPartied at CoachellaStarted consulting for one of my favourite game companies of all time.Where month 3...
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