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The T-T-T-T-Taj Mahal

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For the past four centuries, Indian tourism has had a shadow cast over it by one building and four syllables;TheTajMa--halFirst thing to say, it was 112 degrees. Yes, one hundred and fuckin twelve degrees...And that was in Celsius. To tell you the truth, I felt like overall it looked more impressive from a distance than up close.It looked much, much smaller when I got up...
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A visit to an Indian carnival….kind of

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I had the privelege? of visiting what one might call a carnival.....an Indian carnival. They had all the usual carnival activities that you would expect, a ferris wheel, a merry-go-round, etc. except they were all miniature sized and were hand operated. A man stood there and pushed the "ferris wheel" around. Wow, what a thrill.Then of course, we had the woman dancing with giant pots...
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Jiho

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Well, I am having so much fun here in India, that I have decided to stay an extra week. Sorry to those waiting anxiously to see me. I will tell you, its not cause of the office food...I don't have a lot of new interesting pictures because I have been working 14 hours a day, which is why I'm paid the big bucks. I will,...
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India explained

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India can be very confusing to a first time westerner; so full of magical sights, smells and cows. To help this theoretical first time India traveler, I have compiled a list of some things that will help to understand the culture, climate and driving rules, to avoid death.Cars will not stop for pedestrians (or other cars). It may seem as if they are ignoring lane...
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Here we go again – Indian style!!

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Fans, I have heard you, and I am answering the call. I will be starting this blog (if that whats you call it....I prefer ramblings) back up and post every time I go to a new and interesting place. I have missed posting on some pretty cool places since the middle east (Jamaica, Burning Man, Switzerland, Vegas, Breckenridge, Tahoe, Mexico), so let me sum all...
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The End

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This will be my last post.I know! You're saying to yourself, "But Matt, how will I fill my days if I don't have your blog to read over and over again." I'm sorry sir/mam, I just don't know.That was weird. But, anyways, I leave in like two days. For everyone wishing to see the author of this blog in person, he will be having a...
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Time is running out

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I come back to the States in less than a week (I know you're all very excited to see me).The last few days I have spent in Jerusalem. Most of my time was spent in the old city, which is this extremely confusing maze of alleyways that is completely walled in. Most of the alleys our filled with shops. I'd say there around two thousand...
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In memory of Tom Brady (Is that pessimistic?)

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If you have any spare time, you should check out Jordan.In Wadi Rum we went off road through the desert for an entire day. Our tour guide Ali (Everyone I have met in Arab countries have been name Muhammad, Achmed, or Ali) was hilarious, but pretty crazy behind the wheel. He was flying up and down sand dunes, weaving in and out of rock, and...
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Talking To The Machine class: center, middle # Talking To The Machine #### By: Tyler Duzan ??? Expected presentation run-time is 30-45 minutes --- # Who Am I? * Early start with computing * Started programming at 6 years old * Various technical roles across industries over the last 10+ years * Have worked in many languages over the years, primarily BASIC, C, C++, Perl,...
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Basic InfoSec for Business Travelers class: center, middle # Basic InfoSec for Business Travelers #### By: Tyler Duzan ??? Expected presentation run-time is 30 minutes --- # Who Am I? * Early start with computing * Various technical roles across industries over the last 10+ years * Learned security through direct practice * Previously at Rackspace - Senior role in operations as part of Rackspace...
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What is Home?

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Yesterday, I got a massage at a salon in Prague and I was asked to fill out some paperwork beforehand. Where do I live? What’s my address? I’ve generally taken these seemingly mundane questions for granted. I paused before putting my Prague address down on the form. Sure, if I need to get a piece of mail in the United States, I have an address...
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1.2 | Mangata, my arranged family

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Image courtesy of @bschwalmDespite having connected with many of my fellow travellers on Slack, that first night was the first time I’ve met any of them in person. And there was an ease about it. We talked about our packing woes, our remote work strategies, and the countless times we have recited the list of countries to our families and friends. But there is something...
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Amazon adventures

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The Amazon rainforest, covering much of northwestern Brazil and extending into Colombia, Peru and other South American countries, is the world’s largest tropical rainforest, famed for its immense biodiversity. It’s crisscrossed with thousands of rivers, the most exceptional being the powerful Amazon. River towns, with 19th-century architecture dating to rubber-boom days, include Brazil’s Manaus and Belém, and Peru’s Iquitos and Puerto Maldonado. You must select...
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New Orleans, You Have My Heart!

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WHEN DID WE GO: August 2-4, 2017WHY DID WE GO: USA Road TripHOW LONG WERE WE THERE: 2 nightsthe accomodationsWhere We Stayed: The Shogas Suite Air BnB Admittedly, when we pulled up to our Air BnB in NOLA, I was a little bit skeptical, especially after our experience Nashville. It just really wasn't what I was expecting from the outside. But let me just tell you, that as...
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Cusco highlights

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The city Machu Picchu See all Machu Picchu photos Vinicunca Mountain See all Vinicunca Mountain photos Piscos & poker Copa America Puppies! Lima Amazon See all Amazon photos
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Day 309

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Life at the end of the month = buying more Starbucks tea than you want because you need the wifi code at the bottom of the receipt to get internet to order yourself an Uber + being forced to eat the “King of Fruits” before you leave the country and almost crying your way through it because it is so foul you literally have to...
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A Litany For Survival

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  Audre Lorde For those of us who live at the shorelinestanding upon the constant edges of decisioncrucial and alonefor those of us who cannot indulgethe passing dreams of choicewho love in doorways coming and goingin the hours between dawnslooking inward and outwardat once before and afterseeking a now that can breedfutureslike bread in our children's mouthsso their dreams will not reflectthe death of ours:For...
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6 Days of EAT-aly

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 As my first month in Croatia with Remote Year was coming to an end, I joined five other women on a 6-day visit to the neighboring country of Italy. As an artist, it has been a dream of mine to visit this magnificent country since I learned about the Sistine Chapel in 6th grade . Now my ultimate artist-fairy tale was becoming a reality. To...
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Belgrade

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Belgrade, Serbia..my first 15 daysGrowing up, I was always taught to not judge a book by its cover. I have to admit that I have done a good job of this throughout my life, that was until I got to Belgrade, Serbia. We arrived to Belgrade pretty late at night, after a day of driving on a bus. I was hot, tired, and it was dark....
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Czech Republic | St. Martin’s Day

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St. Martin's day signifies the first half of November in the Czech Republic. It's a traditional feast day where goose and "young wine" is usually found on menus. We took a weekend road trip to Moravia, the southern region of the country. We stayed in the town of Mikulov where St. Martin rode in on a white horse and kicked off the festivities at 11:11...
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