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Daniela Gheorghe: Transforming Education for 1 Million Indian Children

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Daniela Gheorghe has a bold vision: help 1 million low-income children catch up to their reading and math grade levels in the next 5 years. As the co-founder of vChalk, a Bengaluru-based social enterprise that is scaling remedial education across India, she just might do it. Revolutionizing Indian education wasn’t always at the top of Daniela’s to-do list. A native of Romania, Daniela was drawn...
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True Life: I Survived Bolivian Street Food (La Paz Week 3)

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Living through a Bolivian street food tour with my digestive system intact has made me feel like I can do anything. Ironman? Bungee jump? Check my bank account after 3 months of Remote Year? Bring it on. I am invincible. I spent last Thursday on Suma Phayata, a project created to show the world Bolivian street food is both safe and delicious. The food tour...
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How to have a great birthday in Cusco, Peru

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Here's how to celebrate your birthday should you find yourself turning 28 in Cusco, Peru while surrounded by some seriously awesome people.Step 1: Wake up at 7:00AM to a text from your favorite mother. Have no idea what's going to happen during the day. Wait 'til a reasonable hour, follow Rik. Would you blindly follow this man on a birthday adventure? Find out you're going...
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La Paz: First Impressions

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Buuuuuuenos diiiiiias! Let's leave Argentina behind for the moment, with its posh high-heel shoes and endless coups, the empanadas and well-groomed llamas, its mounds of meats and Tinder cheats. All the cosmopolitan wine bars, the gallerias and contraseña speakeasies, the J-Crew Gauchos and the Andean vineyards, the drum circley gritty firecrackey union protests and entwined snake-sultry moonlit tango dancers spinning their accordion tales of doomed...
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Packing for the Trip

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I was very happy to see this bag on my doorstep today because Rick Steve’s claimed that shipping would take 10 business days. That would have made the bag arrive on May 26th and leave me not very much time to pack. Considering I am leaving on Saturday, May 28th. I am planning on taking 2 carry-on bags and packing as light as I can....
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Eat Your Heart Out, La Paz Edition

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Fair warning: eating in La Paz without getting sick is a tough proposition. I've already covered the various ways in which the city/country is trying to kill you, but if you're up for an adventure, are seeking a city with a ton of personality and culture, and have the guts (literally) to experiment with different cuisines, La Paz is a do-not-miss experience. What we found interesting is...
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Iguazu Falls, aka Paradise

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Waterfalls, rainbows and butterflies.  EVERYWHERE.  Iguazu Falls. A few weeks back when I was in Buenos Aires, I took a trip to Iguazu Falls, which borders Brazil and Argentina.  The trip was nothing short of spectacular.  There are anywhere between 150 to 300 waterfalls in Iguazu depending on water levels.  It’s paradise. Way on the left is Brazil.  On the right is the Argentina side which...
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My apartment in La Paz, Bolivia

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For La Paz, our living arrangements aren't too unlike Buenos Aires. We have one large building with about 30 Remotes, another building with about 15 Remotes, and then the rest of the Remotes are spread out in random apartments.I live in one of the random apartments. My roommate and I are the only Remotes in this building, the the closest people to us are about an...
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Week 11: Sensing La Paz

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The last seven days have been full of sensory experiences in La Paz. I feel more at home in this city, comfortable with the altitude, and generally in a good groove. Sights I did a Red Cap walking tour with a few Remotes on Saturday, during which we walked around much of La Paz. We learned about San Pedro prison, made infamous by Marching Powder: inmates...
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Single Digit Days

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It’s officially hitting me. This whole year-long adventure thing starts in 9 DAYS! And as excited as I am, I’m also about the same amount anxious. I’m anxious in the good way – eagerly awaiting the new challenges and people. And I’m anxious in the not so good way – randomly going through a mental list of to-dos, trying to think of things I’ve forgotten. I...
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Peru on Tour

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Our tour officially begins with a briefing in our hotel in Lima in the evening where we get to meet a few of our tour group. The nature of the tour is such that we will pick up new members as we travel along, we are told amongst other things that it’ll be a 4am start - as we eventually find out, the first of...
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Dongs, motos, and smog: so Hanoi

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I handled a lot of Dong in Vietnam. You cannot imagine how many ways you can insert Dong in your daily life. I should probably mention that the Vietnamese currency is Dong.  After our love affair with mostly Europe (Spain, Portugal, Bulgaria, Serbia) and the hit-it-and-quit-it tryst in Africa (Morocco), it was time to move on to South east Asia.  Hanoi was my ‘home’ for...
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Munich, Germany

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After two previous Oktoberfests in a row (1, 2) the wheels came off. I was in Munich for four nights this year — and it turned out to be long enough. Long enough to replace a disappeared pair of lederhosen that seemed to have walked away sometime during the past year (really I think the hardened exoskeleton of chicken grease, potato salad in absence of...
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3… 2… 1… Liftoff

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Chicago to KL… by way of Germany and Thailand My Remote Year adventure began on Friday, August 26th. After a day of last minute errands, a final trip to my storage unit, and a handful of final goodbyes, I jumped into an Uber to head for O’Hare. While kicking off this journey was a bit bittersweet (after all, I’d been in Chicago for only a...
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livin’ that beach life #cocotulum…..#mexico #tulum #coco…

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livin’ that beach life #cocotulum . . . . . #mexico #tulum #coco #beach #boys #gay #sand #sun #ocean #skull #tattoos
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Beograd

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Walking through burnout

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I celebrate… seeing my love for reading books, coming up with ideas, singing, and writing.I clear… my loneliness, and my sadness over getting head lice.I desire… the year-long senior editing assignment at Penguin.Today I’m grateful for…Conversations that light me up and get my juices going.Everything falling into place exactly as it needs to.Knowing who I am.My unwavering persistence toward my goals.I did a coaching session...
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Salar de Uyuni – Short Film

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World’s largest salt flats (~11,000 sq km), Salar de Uyuni was on my Bolivia bucket list.  It’s hard to describe the beauty of this desolate, dried up lake.  Looks like snow.  The exceptionally clear blue skies combined with white as far as you can see make for a brilliant backdrop to shoot a film.   Mi amigo de Los Angeles, Patrick, aka Pootee the Explorer is...
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Proof: Work on the road

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It may be hard to believe, but most days, well a lot of days, I'm still working on my design work. Luckily, I usually end up working under some palm trees with a tropical smoothie in hand! So, as a new series I will start sharing "proof" that you can work and travel by showing you the work I've done. Here is the star wars...
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Week 51: And Then I Jumped (Canyoning in Dalat, Vietnam)

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After being away from the group for the first 1.5 weeks of our last month, I decided to sign up for both upcoming weekend trips that our community leader Travis was organizing: Dalat and Mui Ne. Dalat is a mountain town about seven hours away from Saigon, and a popular destination for canyoning. Disclaimer: when signing up for this trip, I thought we were going...
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