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Three Things I Learned from the Monks in Thailand

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One of the delights of Chiang Mai, Thailand (and there are many), is that as you wander through the unmarked streets, smog lovingly stretching across the horizon, as you pass the countless temples, you might randomly cross paths with a monk. Adorned in orange, their hair cut close, monks blend in seamlessly with the city. Up until now, I had only seen monks through American...
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Why I’m Over Anthony Bourdain's Food Recs

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My friend Nora and I began our trek in the middle of the afternoon. She had found the location of Bun Cha Huong Lien, the restaurant Anthony Bourdain shared a meal with President Barack Obama at during our best (yeah, I said it) President’s first visit to Vietnam. It was only 20 minutes away from our office in Hanoi – and of course, we had to see...
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All the Moments a Man Followed Me Around in Marrakesh

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The first time was the day after I landed in Morocco. I’m traveling with a Remote Year, a remote work and travel program, and a week before they gave us a presentation about Marrakesh. Being the good student I am, I listened hard and I thought I knew what to expect. “Their customs and cultural norms are going to be different than what I’m used to,” I reminded myself that early...
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How a waitress in Lisbon saved my curls

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It was on the fifth day in a row of tugging, teasing, stretching and pulling my kinky 4c curls back in a ponytail–that would then be hidden from the world in a funky wrap–that I finally threw down my wide tooth comb. I had enough. I was living in Lisbon, Portugal as part of the work and travel program Remote Year (we live and work together...
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I shouldn’t be catered to

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Maintaining your natural hair when traveling abroad shouldn’t be an endless struggle. When I packed up my apartment in Washington, D.C. and set out on a 12 month journey across the globe, I knew I might have to do a little extra searching to find products for my hair. But I knew it wouldn’t be impossible.It’s been three months now of doing my hair in...
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Bring peace to my soul

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Do you have that movie that whenever you see it’s streaming on a service you already pay for, you immediately turn it on? (I was going to use an analogy about seeing it just playing on your TV, but let’s be real nobody has time to pay for cable.)For me, that movie is Inception. I absolutely adore the Christopher Nolan espionage / action / thriller...
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Why I signed up for Remote Year

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I settle. Not in a bad way. More in a “settling in” kind of way. When I create a home, a community, a life that I find comfortable and satisfying, I am in no rush to pack up and leave it all behind.And I did it anyway.I signed up for Remote Year. The 12 month program takes care of the travel and housing logistics for...
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Art is its own reason for being

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I had a moment. It was when I was typing in search tags into my YouTube window, preparing a video that was scheduled to go live the following week. I would type possible tags into the search window and almost every search term was linking to an incredibly popular YouTuber. It was 2 in the morning.  I leaned back from my computer screen and peered...
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A Guide to Food in Chiang Mai From Broke to Ballin' ($$$)

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There is truly no greater pleasure than going to a country and eating the food it’s famous for, especially if you’ve only had the bastardized U.S. version of it. I’ve never been a particular fan of Thai food (I KNOW, I KNOW, please no emails) so when I settled into Chiang Mai, I had no idea what this city had in store for me. What...
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What Being a Black American in Cape Town Taught Me About Privilege

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I promise it’s not hyperbole when I tell you I have never seen a city as beautiful as Cape Town, South Africa. Staggering cliffs. Roaring oceans. Vineyards that look carved from the Garden of Eden and canyons so vast it seemed they were invented so the sun would have a reason to set.When I was in the airport lounge on my way back – because this...
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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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