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So I Moved to Lisbon

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Everyone I’ve talked to lately, whether before, during or after my transcontinental move, keeps asking me why. “Why do you want to live in Lisbon?” I have a few different answers, but mostly I just wind up asking a different question altogether. Specifically: “why would I want to stay in the United States?” Wanderlust aside, I have some big issues with my country of origin. Healthcare I’m freelance, so I pay out of...
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Week 11

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The end of last week and the beginning of this one were completely and totally insane. Between the month-long festivals in Lisbon coming to their crescendo and Ilana/Sonia coming to visit, I kissed any chance at sticking to/developing a routine goodbye. I also learned that Joaqin was the least of my problems. Due to the festival of St. Anthony on Monday night, Portuguese independence day...
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Weeks 12 & 13

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The past week has been an incredible experience- I knew Morocco was beautiful and crazy and hectic and hot, but I truly didn’t even know the half of it. The country is GORGEOUS. Like eye opening, stunning, don’t-know-what-to-do-with-yourself gorgeous. From mountains, gorges, deserts, and valleys filled with luscious forests, to huge crazy cities and smaller more relaxed ones, this place has it all. Plus people...
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Week 15

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This one is going to be short, guys. And that’s a good thing. I arrived in Sofia early Tuesday morning and IMMEDIATELY felt more relaxed. It’s amazing how certain cities will just do that to you (I’m looking at you, Prague). I took this week to decompress from my last three weeks of being around people by being a hermit in my adorable, huge apartment....
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Week 18

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I’m here! I made it to Asia! (Minus one wallet..but we won’t talk about that..) g Hanoi is quite simply insane. As organized and regulated and civilized as Europe is, Hanoi just throws all of that out the window. There seem to be exactly zero rules here. We went from the quiet stillness of a sleepy eastern European town (Sorry Sofia, you’re pretty much a...
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Week 19

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Week two in Asia was just as good as week one, if not better. Hanoi still never ceases to amaze me and I’m just melting of happiness with the food…and because it’s sooo freaking hot. No joke, it’s like 95 degrees with 95% humidity here every. single. day. g Work has gotten less crazy and my body seems to be getting a little better with...
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Week 20

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Bear with me this week, y’all. This is going to be a long one. (But don’t worry, there are also a lot of pretty pictures to get you through!) What I did this week: Went to lunch with the city team on Monday- Kat and I shared a cab there and then somehow found ourselves paddling a swan boat across a man-made lake because #Hanoi....
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Week 21

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I made it to Thailand, y’all! I’ve been dreaming about going to Thailand for honestly probably 10 years or more- basically as long as I can remember. And I’m finally here. And not just here to visit for a week or so. I’m going to be here for FIVE weeks. Of course that’s not nearly enough time to explore this majestic country, but it’s a...
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Week 22

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Ahhh! So one of the things I wanted to prove to myself this year was that I can travel alone. I’ve never done it- this week was my first solo trip ever. Which tbh was equal parts exciting and terrifying. It’s awesome to not have to accommodate another person’s desires, but it does also remove that safety net (which unfortunately is a legitimate consideration when...
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A Guide To Chandler Arizona Wine Bars

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Phoenix, Chandler, Scottsdale, Sedona….it really doesn’t matter where I am in Arizona, the state makes me happy.  It feeds my soul in some indescribable way even though I never pegged myself to be a mountains kinda gal. However, if I ever decide to leave the frigid-ass state of Minnesota, Arizona would be among the top... The post A Guide To Chandler Arizona Wine Bars appeared...
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Distant Love

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Five months before heading off on my year-long journey abroad I played a silly April fool's joke on a stranger. A joke turned into an instant undeniable connection. We were in Austin, he lived in Houston, I lived in Boston, and I was only moving even further away. Nonetheless, our only option was to give it a shot.Being in a long-distance relationship is no one's...
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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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