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Remote Year: A Recap Of Lima, Peru

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Hi everyone! If you’ve been following my travel journey, you know I am currently doing Remote Year and spent month one in Lima, Peru. I’m going to share the deets on accommodation, workspace, tracks, and Lima itself. If you have any other questions regarding Remote Year, please comment below or email me at info@ariellesays.com and I would be happy to help. You can also follow...
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I’m Moving To Peru, Colombia, And Mexico For Four Months

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**PERSONAL NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT**Holy. Effing. Shit. I cannot believe I am actually typing this, but I am moving to Peru at the end of this month! I've been working at BuzzFeed for more than five years now, and it amazes me that I can still get the most incredible opportunities far beyond what I believed possible. Two weeks ago, BuzzFeed approached me about a program they're collaborating...
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Black Friday: Essentials To Buy For Travel And Vacations

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Happy Black Friday! Because everything is on sale and I’m currently living in South America, I figured it would be cool to round up some of my favorite products I’ve used during my travels. If you have any specific questions about anything, let me know! Hope this helps.Please also note that I will make a small amount of money for some stuff purchased from these...
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21 Things To Do In New Orleans

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Hi everyone! A lot of you know by now, but I was laid off in January from BuzzFeed, along with 250 other talented reporters, writers, and journalists. It stings a bit, but now is the time for me to take a break and travel (especially since I got a very nice severance package). This trip was actually planned before my layoff, but it couldn’t have...
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Recipe: Brussels Sprouts + Mushroom Grilled Cheese

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Hi friends! It’s been a while since I’ve put a recipe on the site, so I figured it was time. This Brussels sprouts + mushroom grilled cheese is super easy to make and tastes SO GOOD. It’s inspired by the apple + Brussels grilled cheese from Skinnytaste’s Fast & Slow cookbook (which you should buy, it’s amazing!). Please note that I no longer weigh and...
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Laguna 69: The Hidden Gem Of Peru — Here’s What You Need To Know

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The best part about travel is discovering places you never thought you’d see. When I joined Remote Year last year and knew I would live in Peru for a month, I obviously wanted to plan a trip to hike Machu Picchu. But because I had five weeks in Lima, I wanted to take advantage and explore other parts of Peru that I hadn’t thought of....
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Henna!2/7Had a full-blown girls day, heading to Henna Cafe after…

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Henna!2/7Had a full-blown girls day, heading to Henna Cafe after the YSL Museum. This is a wonderful place to support because it’s an educational center for Moroccans, offering free henna classes to locals. They use all-natural red henna with no additives. It’s also fun because you can order food and sip tea while watching the artists in action, with a rooftop view of the medina....
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Exploring TangierThis was my favorite city in Morocco!2/2We…

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Exploring TangierThis was my favorite city in Morocco!2/2We continued from the Kasbah to the medina, still within the walls of the old city overlooking the Atlantic/Mediterranean seas. I was awestruck, not realizing how fantastic this place would be. There is wonder around every corner, eye candy in the form of rich colors and textures, curiosity as to what’s around the next bend. We stepped into the...
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Rockin’ the Kasbah: Tangier, MoroccoTook a weekend trip to the…

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Rockin’ the Kasbah: Tangier, MoroccoTook a weekend trip to the northernmost tip of Africa. Started from the bottom now we here.2/1A group of us flew from Marrakech to Tangier, a quick one-hour flight that was extremely turbulent the whole way (Noad kept me calm and after we landed told me he was secretly terrified too… next time I’m taking the train!)We arrived around 11pm, had...
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Medina Food TourYep, still eating!1/31Really what better thing…

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Medina Food TourYep, still eating!1/31Really what better thing is there to do in a city than eat your way through it? I’ve come to realize that dining out is my favorite way to experience a new place. It brings you to the city’s hot spots in the best neighborhoods and on the cutest streets, it’s the easiest way to meet with locals, it allows you...
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Medellin: From Most Dangerous to Most Transformed

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   Medellin...You absolute stole my heart!I know I said I could live in Lima. But, I might have to take that back...and it hasn't even been a month since I left. Because Medellin...oh my god. How do I even start on Medellin and how much I loved the month I spent here? I want to stay. I wish I could stay. I don't want to go on...
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Recap of our time in Spain and Ireland

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Well we just broke the halfway mark of Remote Year having left Valencia, Spain and rounded out month six. Here’s my normal video recap that shows where we lived and worked there: I was fortunate to get outside of Valencia too this past month and travel around Ireland and to Barcelona. Here is the month told in photos: Prev1234NextPrevNext Salient things that stand out about...
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“Write a blog,” they said. “It’ll be great,” they said.

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Greetings and welcome to my blog. If you’re reading this you’re probably a good friend of mine or maybe an old friend/classmate/colleague that I haven’t talked to in years save for a few Instagram likes and Facebook comments. You may even be a new friend trying to figure out where I lie on the crazy spectrum. It’s okay, I probably have stalked or will stalk...
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Why We Have a Love Hate Relationship With Social Media

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Why is it that we love to take pictures, yet hate pictures were taken of us? Why is it that we are quick to point out the flaws of others but fight to defend our own flaws? Why do we seek friends and likes in social media, yet, we demonize social platforms?It is because we tend to love others and hate ourselves. We either put...
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6 Things to Know Before You Travel to Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka is the best destination for finding off-the-beaten path hiking, amazing food and rich culture. We rounded up our top tips about accommodation, transport, money, food and health & safety for you.
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The Sun

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Mae Ra Moe, Thailand. 2018.  Today, once again, from a tent on a beach, at 6:42am, I watched with amazement, the sun presenting itself to the day, as each time is the first time. It reminds me of the opportunity we have as people to enter the day, brand new, with style and grace. There were hues of light blue, purple, orange, and pink that...
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Side Tripped Out

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Really the only kind of problem I’ve ever had is a first world problem. Maybe the one that sounds the most ridiculous is that I’m exhausted from side tripping. But looking back, it’s been an amazing two weeks. Joey visited (!!!), we went to Phuket & Phi Phi, and it was an absolute dream to travel together and explore these beautiful places. Ok, in reality...
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Retrospective Feb 11 – 24

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  A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have. — Steve Jobs Last week was missing a post because I decided to switch to a...
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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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A DAY IN HIROSHIMA & MIYAJIMA

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Leveled by an atomic bomb in 1945, a visit to Hiroshima provides invaluable insight into the devastation the city and its people faced, while also providing a sobering reminder of the dangers of nuclear warfare, a reminder that seems more pertinent than ever in recent months. Just off the coast from the city, the island of Miyajima offers small town charm and is home to...
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