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“[Remote Year] Welcome to Cusco!” in A Remote Year

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Local street scenes, buildings, food, our workspace, our welcome party, and my apartment. I’m loving Cusco!Continue reading on A Remote Year »
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David Shields: A Social Entrepreneur Combining Volunteerism and Mobile Payments

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David Shields is the co-founder of GEM Project, an organization based in South Africa that uses a mobile payments platform to reward volunteer service in local communities. Through an easy-to-use mobile interface or USSD technology, users can browse local opportunities, and sign-up to volunteer, all with just a few clicks on their mobile phone. In return for their service, volunteers earn “GEMs,” a currency of...
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Remote Profile: Geetika Agrawal

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GEETIKA AGRAWALFOUNDER, VAWAA; CREATIVE DIRECTOR, R/GAINDIA WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME ON REMOTE YEAR? Sometimes you just have to kick yourself out of the nest, especially when a parachute gets handed to you and all you have to do is fly. I had been dreaming of combining my travel and work life for a while but it always felt daunting to do it alone. So,...
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CreativeMornings Chapters Come in All Shapes and Sizes

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Reposted with permission from CreativeMornings. CreativeMornings/DC is a behemoth, with tickets selling out in minutes and venues holding hundreds of people, usually time to meet and talk with just a minuscule number of the interesting people assembled for any given event. When I visited CreativeMornings/BUE, I found myself in a much more intimate setting, located in a government-funded industrial park that houses varying creative initiatives...
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Positive Community Impact: RY3 in Tigre, Argentina

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At the beginning of Remote Year 3, we had an Orientation Day where we set down our intentions and community values for the next 12 months. How did we want to affect each other, and the communities we'd be adopting as we traveled each month? One recurring value was Positive Impact.Tigre is a small town in the Paraná Delta that sits on an island 28 km...
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Coming Up For Air

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Where did the past three months go? I’ve found myself uttering those words a lot to myself lately. It feels like just the other day that I’d taken my seat at an outdoor cafe in Montevideo and penned my characteristically optimistic post “looking over the horizon” of Remote Year. The glimmer in my eyes was a reflection of the monumental leap that I had just made....
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Week 9: Bye, Buenos Aires!

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It feels like we just got to Buenos Aires, and yet the last week came and went. We had a pretty jam-packed week, with some special highlights: La Bomba de Tiempo, an incredible drum show that occurs every Monday at the Konex Theater in Buenos Aires. We watched 14 drummers, got to see two female rappers perform, and generally had the buena onda (good time)....
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Level 4 fun

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During a group lunch one day, our community manager, Travis, was prepping us for our time in La Paz. Our accommodations weren't going to be nearly as nice as in Buenos Aires, and he wanted us to have the right expectations. He proceeded to explain his own analogy about how there are 3 levels of fun, and he assured that if we had the right expectations,...
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BAFICI – Aardman Animation QnA

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The Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente (BAFICI) is an 11 day film festival that happens in April.  The event spans 27 different venues around BA.   I was exploring the Centro Cultural Recoleta area, and noticed some familiar faces on signage for BAFICI.  Good ole Wallace n Grommit from Aardman Animation Studios!  The British animation studio is celebrating 40 years and was a big part...
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Life on the Lake

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One Saturday morning I woke up early and headed to Copacabana, Bolivia with a few of my friends. Copacabana sits on the edge of Lake Titicaca, which is both the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable body of water in the world. The lake stretches between Bolivia on the east and Peru on the west. From La Paz, getting to Copacabana is...
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Comment on Week 30 – Rediscovering Travel by Pedernales Electric Cooperative

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When the environment is not as inviting, remember those that were and the hope that the remainder has a lot of new surprises. Your determiantion is fabulous. LikeLike
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Malaysian City Life: Street Food, Art, Cafe Culture, & Infinity Pools

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Within a few days, or even hours, of setting foot in Malaysia you quickly begin to realize how central food and beverages are to gathering in modern Malaysian culture. Our Remote Year city hosts, Nik, Rez, and Wan, have done an awesome job of giving us a taste of the various flavors of Kuala Lumpur – from the Lot 10 Hutong underground food stalls to...
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The Road Trip

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In April of 2018 two buddies, and I embarked on a month long journey in an RV. We didn’t have an exact itinerary planned out, but we had an idea of where we wanted to go and we would figure it out along the way. We completed the trip and us three men survived a month of living in the close confines of a 30...
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Rabat, Morocco

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Salaam, Rabat! We’re only four days in, and so far, Morocco is exactly what I was looking for: I’m feeling energized and re-committed to the idea of traveling for a year. Many of my fellow remotes are using the month to re-center ourselves, going smoke, drink, and sugar-free. (I’m not sure I can do the sugar, because of the delicious moroccan mint tea that is plentiful, and...
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The Best (and Worst) Hike to the Top of Table Mountain

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I may have found the best and worst route to the top of Table Mountain. It’s long, it’s beautiful, it’ll make your friends want to hate you for dragging them all over mountains. Was it worth it? Yes? Length: 4 hours, if you’re straight hustling (which we were) Distance: 5.8 miles Height: 3,200 feet Difficulty: Easy to Advanced (FYI, Easy in Cape Town means your...
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Day 207

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By all accounts, today was a very normal day with very little of interest going on – gym twice, work, making food at home, just the normal stuff.
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Article should be titled “Benjamin discovers old iPhone feature and writes Medium article about it”

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Article should be titled “Benjamin discovers old iPhone feature and writes Medium article about it”
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Obrigada & Gracias

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As you can probably surmise from the fact that I haven’t written a post in quite some time, Lisbon was a freakin whirlwind! Albeit a super-duper-awesome-neato-amazing-so-much-fun whirlwind! My time in Lisbon seemed brief which is mostly due to the fact that it was since I took a vacation to the south of Portugal and Spain before flying to Porto in the north of Portugal for Christmas....
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A Nomad’s Guide to Mexico City

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Mexico City is one of the most diverse, cultured places I have had the pleasure to experience. It is not only an incredible city to visit, but it's the perfect place for digital nomads to settle in for a bit and enjoy everything CDMX has to offer. I have to be honest with you - Mexico City was never on my bucket list of places...
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A must watch short film on the reality of what masculinity and…

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A must watch short film on the reality of what masculinity and homophobia look like in America.
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