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Kiev & Odessa, Ukraine

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Ukraine has the best traditional cuisine I never knew existed. My friend Zeke says that it’s just traditional Jewish fare — potato pancakes, lots of meat, pickled vegetables — not much bread. I arrived in time for the summer harvest of berries and purchased kilos of black berries and blue berries along with pickles, fermented cabbage and salads. My homemade breakfasts and dinners were charcuterie...
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Where I’ve Been

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This was just a fun quick creation from a link that a friend posted. See where I’ve been around the world. Create your own visited countries map or check out the JavaScript Charts. The world […] The post Where I’ve Been appeared first on A Re-Discovered Life.
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Manila, Philippines

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I planned a trip to Manila as a pit stop on our way to see some incredible diving in Puerto Galera.  Check out my dive trip to Puerto Galera here. We decided to stay in Makati at the City Garden Grand which I would highly recommend as it was a mid level price range, nice […]
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Diving in The Philippines

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My dive buddy from my Cuba trip, Karla and I planned a trip to Puerto Galera to go diving based on a trip that a Chicago crew was on but we couldn’t match up dates.  We booked through Scandi Divers who booked us a private van and water taxi to the dive resort and greeted us […]
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Interview With #JustAddGratitude: How Getting Bitten By A Dog In The Jungles of Malaysia Changed My Life

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Want a Better Life? Just Add Gratitude! I had the honor of sitting down with fellow Remote Year participant, Shannon Kurkendahl, a couple months ago to discuss the importance of gratitude on the Just Add Gratitude Podcast. In this interview I recall one of the most challenging experiences of my life, and why I’m so […] The post Interview With #JustAddGratitude: How Getting Bitten By...
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Kyoto wrap up: Thoughts on month 7

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(a.k.a. the most fascinating, magical month) Japan was by far the place I was most excited to visit out of our Asia destinations (Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, and Malaysia). I’ve wanted to go to Tokyo for a long time, which should come as no surprise to anyone who knows how much I love New York City.
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Kuala Lumpur: Apartment and Office Tour

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KL was touted to us all year as having the best accommodations on Remote Year, but I hadn’t heard too much about the workspace. Read on to see all of the details on where we spent our month in KL. Apartment This month, we all lived in the same building, spread across two floors. I
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Thailand Full Moon Party – A Complete Guide

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The Full Moon Party is just one of those things that seemed like you couldn’t go to Thailand and not do. I was pretty skeptical about how fun I’d think it actually was, given that I’m now well into my 30’s and have mostly outgrown the time in my life where I could party all
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How I got over $1000 of value from my one week Japan Railpass

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I thought I’d do a separate write up about how I used the Japan rail pass (JRP), since planning for it ended up taking much more time and effort than I’d initially anticipated. Part of why it took me so long was that I really had no information about Japan and no sense of where
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Kyoto: APARTMENT AND OFFICE TOUR

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Apartment Minutes to the workspace: 3 peaceful minutes Style: three bedroom apartment Roommates: 2 – Kaisa and AlyssaBathrooms: 1Neighborhood: downtown KyotoBest thing: The apartment was super close to the workspace, and my roommates were great!Worst thing: There were a few: sleeping on the floor, the musty smell, and lack of privacy Like many things in
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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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