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Coding By Train: Leg 2 (Washington, DC to Chicago)

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After a snack in Union Station, I  boarded the train for Chicago. There was an option to make reservations for dinner in the dining car. Seating was limited and community seating is used, providing an opportunity for you to meet new people. I opted to skip dinner in lieu of hanging out in the observation section with few beers (shocker!). This time the only decent...
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Coding by Train: Leg 1 (Wilson, NC to Washington, DC)

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For the next week and a half, I am experiencing a new form of travel. Rail. Rather than take my normal flight from RDU to DEN for one of our company meetings, I’ve decided to take the scenic route via an Amtrak train. The first leg of the trip is the Palmetto line from Wilson, NC to Washington, DC. Cost The cost of a ticket from Wilson, NC...
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As We Begin Again

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With this post, I am hoping for a return to more frequent and relevant posting to my blog. It is my opportunity to begin again. The year has been quite busy (too many projects undertaken) but I’ve not taken time to reflect on the things that I have experienced, which is the whole point of this blog. In the interest of brevity, I’ll just summarize: On the development...
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5 Things I love about October

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… and how they inspire brand excellence. 1. Canadian Thanksgiving I hope my Canadian cousins had a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to get together with my family and friends to share in tradition. Even though I always eat too much! I want to take this time to thank YOU for following me over the years as I build my business....
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The Taj Mahal

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i should have taken 5 more seconds to center up this photo...sorry taj i was going to do a joint post with agra fort and delhi, but i have decided the Taj Mahal deserves a post of its own. to be honest, i went to see it over a quick weekend trip and i expected it to be a checkmark on my india list and...
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Single Serving Friends…maybe

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"Tyler, you are by far the most interesting single-serving friend I've ever met" -Fight ClubA special treat when traveling are the "random" conversations i have with complete strangers. (yes i know this can happen anywhere, but i have higher success rate of engagement among travelers). There is a different dynamic and freedom in conversation with someone whom you will likely never meet again vs. a friend...
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Ganpati festival

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India is full of interesting surprises. I had heard about the festival of colors and a few other things, but i had know idea how there were many festivals throughout the year for the different gods. i happened to be in mumbai during the time of Ganpati festival, where ganesh or ganesha is celebrated and is obviously a city favorite. i attended both opening day...
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Good swastika, bad swastika

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I can't tell whether it's because i haven't learned enough world history or whether it's because our views are completely skewed by certain events that overshadow everything else, but i'm constantly finding myself in a cycle of what?!?...oh, ok. Good swastika  So i started noticing swastikas everywhere around Mumbai and then the rest of India. many are horizontal in orientation, but you'll also find the...
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Welcome to Mumbai

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Before I acquaint you with my new city, i want to give thanks to everyone who has played a part so far in the greatest year ever. Creator of the universe and all you people in it, THANKS!    I can conclusively say that 26 was my worst year and 29 has been the best yet. I am truly at home wherever i may roam. WELCOME...
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hostel life

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I am in Mumbai currently and although there seem to be many things to like, internet speed is not the strongpoint here. i'll do what i can, but it is tedious to upload anything. you'll see Mumbai soon enough though, on to this post.I recently had a few week layover in NYC between travels and acquiring visa for India. When i first arrived it was...
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Why You Should Drink Coconut Water On The Daily

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I am not a nutritionist so take my advice with a grain of salt but because I love real coconut water so much I wanted to share my perceived benefits. It is delicious It is fun to watch them cut the coconut and hope they don’t chop a finger off Usually the coconut sellers are […]
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Business Headshots

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Malaysia: Tour D’Horizon

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Malaysia is two countries in one, split in half by The South China Sea, made up of two federal districts, and eleven states. Kuala Lumpur aka The Concrete Jungle was my home-base for the month, and I had the pleasure of visiting three other states.Malaysia is as abundant as it gets, and has something special for every type of traveler; cultural diversity, buzzing city life,...
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Screw the Cubicle Career Transition Coach Lydia Lee

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Lydia is the founder of ScrewtheCubicle.com and The Unconventionalists. She helps people leverage their skills to become coaches or consultants who work 1 on 1 to help clients. I had the pleasure of meeting Lydia a while back when we were both presenting in a workshop in London. She has such an interesting career story so this episode is a real treat. You’ll hear about what...
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Week 34 – 35: The Last of Croatia (Dubrovnik, Hvar, Split)

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The last couple of weeks in Split were pretty chill. Work was keeping me busy with prepping for an upcoming team-building session in NYC, Split was getting to be fully shut down by this point, and a slight winter chill could be felt in the evenings. I spent time working by the seaside cafes in Split, trying to soak up sun, having casual coffees and...
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Turning Point

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After a solid two months in Colombia, the next destination was Lima, Peru. It was our 10th month on the road with only two months left of Remote Year. Lima was a drastic change in environment from the lush rainforests around Bogota and Medellin. Lima, the capital of Peru, is a coastal city that sits on the edge of the … The post Turning Point...
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A Year Working Remotely: An Introduction

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What is Remote Year?Continue reading on Go Remote »
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Borneo’s Wicked Wildlife – Pt 3

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Years ago, I watched BBC’s Planet Earth series and was transfixed by the Caves episode.  Bats, snakes and insects make up this incredible ecosystem.  Borneo’s Mulu National Park boasts some of the world’s most impressive caves and underground passages and is featured in the BBC episode I saw.  Mysterious Mulu was beckoning me… In Kuala Lumpur, we visited the Batu Caves, which was basically Mulu’s baby...
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7 thoughts after 7 days: Bali, Indonesia

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Month thirteen of Remote Year. (AKA Post-Remote Year Life)Anyone could have told you that the days, weeks, even months following the end of Remote Year were going to be weird. We just didn’t know what kind of weird.I’m currently in Bali, Indonesia for about a month. It’s my first solo trip in quite awhile — all year, actually. It feels good. It feels scary. It feels weird. It’s a...
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Self-ish

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(Click the picture for slide show).November 29, 2015When the clock struck midnight on the big day, I was dancing the night away at a wedding oblivious to anything but a beaming couple and the air of love in the room.  Time became endless, and I was gliding from one moment to another without stopping. I completely forgot it was my birthday, nor knew what day...
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