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How to Travel when You Have Dietary Restrictions and No Car

5 April 2012

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How to Travel when You Have Dietary Restrictions and No Car

I’m sitting on the patio of a fancy touristy hotel, overlooking the historic district of the oldest city in the United States, St Augustine, Florida. I’m staying a few blocks away, at the local hostel, which (though lacking a coffee shop), is cozier, and far more amenable to my needs. One of the coolest things […]

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Returning Home

19 December 2011

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Returning Home

Ahh home. Sweet, sweet home. Sleeping in my own bed feels amazing. Working from the road was certainly doable, but I was surprised by what happened when I returned. Sure, I was exhausted and jet lagged. But as soon as I sat at my desk in my old “idea workshop” (bedroom), I was hit with […]

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Trust Your Intuition, Always

1 December 2011

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Trust Your Intuition, Always

Today was one of the worst days of my trip. This may seem like a far cry from my last post, but it actually isn’t, since they’re both about listening to yourself. Here’s the thing about chance meetings: when opportunity presents itself, you must use your intuition. As my friend, Ev’Yan puts it, your intuition […]

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Magic Days in Santa Cruz

28 November 2011

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Magic Days in Santa Cruz

I was all ready to sit down at a cafe and write about confidence, or following your dreams, or something. But then I met someone and everything changed. Imagine jangling crystal jewelery, curly silver hair, a maternal energy. She turned to me in line and asked how my day was going. I mentioned that this […]

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Why Do You Travel?

14 November 2011

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Why Do You Travel?

As I make my way down the coast, I’ve started wondering about my intentions. Why am I traveling right now? What’s the point of this trip? To most people, the “point” of traveling seems self-evident. You get to see the world, meet interesting people, have adventures. Traveling in and of itself, is the point. Logically, […]

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Finding Value in the Hard Times

7 November 2011

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Finding Value in the Hard Times

Walking down Valencia Street in San Francisco’s Mission District this morning felt like a breath of fresh air. The last week has been filled with errands, moving out, doctors appointments, trip preparations, and a few unpleasant “interpersonal situations.” I’ve hardly had any time to work. Although the week has been a series of clunky transitions, […]

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Culture Shock: A Fantastic Reason to Travel

16 December 2010

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Culture Shock: A Fantastic Reason to Travel

I’m writing this at the Munich airport during my layover, which seems appropriate for a piece on transitions. In about eight hours, after five long months abroad, I’ll finally be touching down in Montreal. In some ways I will be returning to a past life- familiar faces, places, a culture I know well. But in […]

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