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I am Ana (Part 1 of 3)

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Part 1:There will never be enough time to do everything you love. When you truly love something (or someone) and you do not have it/him/her, the mind, body, and soul discard their individual wants and collectively rebel to ignite an insatiable hunger. Every single day I think about how to craft my next post. I expected that finding the time to maintain this blog would be...
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Why Vote?

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I never knew how patriotic I was about Canada until I lived abroad. There’s just something about defending your country to a table of Americans in Viet Nam that will do that for you. But I also never knew how fortunate I was to be from Canada until I experienced firsthand the appalling, every day realities in other countries. Across the globe I saw degrees...
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HOTEL MOUSAI | PUERTO VALLARTA

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I recently scored an incredible Travelzoo deal and took a spur of the moment long weekend trip to Puerto Vallarta. It took me about 26 minutes after looking at the promo to decide I just had to go. A  new hotel slightly south of the Old Town of Puerto Vallarta was having an off season sale. Basically a room that would typically run $800+ was...
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Mexico revisited Part 1: Prior context

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There are many ways that people view Mexico: from the border, to the beach, to Mayans, or to the Mexican immigrants in the states. Some people may even be foolish enough to believe the words coming out of donald trump's mouth. I have been privileged to visit mexico 3 times over the past year or so, and i had a certain perspective of my own that...
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Summer’s Last Stand

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Music and I are not-so-secret lovers. As a birthday gift, I spent Saturday of Labor Day weekend at North Coast Music Festival with a festive group of amigos. We started off the day with obligatory flash tats: They were left over from Lollapalooza which meant the pickings were slim. Clearly, saved the best for last. First on the line-up, SILENT DISCO! This was new to me. Everyone puts...
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The Girl from Ipanema

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To create your first blog post, click here and select 'Manage Posts' > New Post. Blogs are a great way to connect with your audience and keep them coming back. To really engage your site visitors we suggest you blog about subjects that are related to your site or business. Blogging is also really good for SEO, so we recommend including keywords that related to your site...
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The Mexico Diary, Day 1: Oaxaca

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Mykonos with Mr. & Mrs. Smith

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A Baby is Born

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I’ve always felt ambiguous about birthdays. I’d close my eyes and go to bed on August 26th every year hoping, but not truly expecting, to wake up the next morning feeling – different. I get this question a lot: How are you only XX years old? I began school in San Jose where September was the enrollment cut-off. We moved to Austin  (on my eight...
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Saying “adios” to Valencia with boogie and booze

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My last 2 weeks in Valencia were not as eventful as the first few since my tracks were over, but I still had a blast exploring the city and hanging out with my Atlas tramily. Here's what I got up to:City of Arts and Sciences At-lasses night out! All the At-lasses decided to have a rowdy night out at one of the most popular spots...
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When the hell did I become a capsule wardrobe person?

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Hey - remember when I spent 8 months complaining about my (literal) capsule wardrobe and how I was so sick of the same three outfits etc etc etc?I was so full of it. Here I am, sitting in the fashion capital of the universe, finding that I wear a version of the same outfit every day.Black jeans. Dark-colored top. Black sweater. Simple gold jewelry. Moody lipstick,...
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Euro Trip 2018: Part One

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In the Spring of 2018 I decided I was going to spend my summer in Europe. The reason was mainly due to two events, a reunion with my Remote Year group in Prague, and my friend’s wedding in France in August. On June 1st, I left Phoenix and headed to NYC to spend the weekend in the Big Apple and see a good friend before...
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Mulled Wine & Black Teeth

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I hadn’t yet been in the workspace to, you know, work, work. I was a little behind on actual work, very much behind on blogging and even more behind in my company accounts. So after catching, yet another, Uber I soon found myself in the corner of one of the long benches at the workspace working my way through an incredibly long ‘to do’ list....
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West US/Canada Road Trip: Week 5 – Washington & Vancouver

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The fun continues as we make our way North and into Canada. We are nearing the end of our trip and cannot believe how quickly it has flown by. Starting in Arizona just six weeks ago, we have made it all the way up into Alberta. This past week, we explored a lot of Seattle, spent a night in Bellingham, and adventured around Vancouver. We...
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Azam Hisham: Inspiring Small-Scale Sustainability at Biji-Biji

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Most people would walk into an office covered in trash and see a mess. Azam Hisham sees an opportunity to change the world. Welcome to Biji-Biji, one of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s fastest-growing maker spaces and sustainability initiatives. Founded by 29-year old Malaysia native Azam Hisham and three friends–Gurpreet Singh Dillon, Rashvin Pal Singh, and Zoe Victoria–Biji-Biji is on a mission to create and inspire. If...
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Bogotá, Colombia: Tour D’Horizon

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Bogotá is Colombia's sprawling high altitude capital. It's a cool urban city that is protected by the chilly eastern Andean mountainside. Cobbled historic colonial buildings are intermixed with modern high rise developments. With a population of nearly 8 million people this city has everything from working-class barrios to ritzy entertainment districts. All throughout the city are predominant splashes of lush green parks, and high mountain...
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And we’re off! 

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Today’s the day. I’m writing this while I sit at the airport, waiting for boarding, and I’m still oddly calm. There have been a few moments throughout the day though. A knot in my stomach here, a tear almost welling up there, but overall, still calm. I’m ready for this. I’m ready for what’s next. Let the adventure begin! But I couldn’t get to this...
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Remote Year Month #5 in Review: Split

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My month in Croatia was significantly different than all previous months. It was the first month I took a longer trip away from my Remote Year group on my own, travelling to Paris, Macon (near Lyon) and Milan. It was also the first time I had the chance to meet other individuals from the Remote Year network outside of those I travel with. Although Remote...
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Getting Centered in Chiang Mai

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To say month ten got off to a rough start would be an understatement. Traveling for a year doesn’t come without challenges, and I hit my breaking point at the beginning of our month in Chiang Mai. I knew something was going to have to give eventually due to a variety of things going on the previous months. There was drama within the group, work...
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