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An Affordable Getaway in One of Southeast Asia’s Super Cities

Posted on Nov 28, 2016 in Tales from the Nomadic Adventure
An Affordable Getaway in One of Southeast Asia’s Super Cities

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: October 27 – 30, 2016 Long-term travel is truly whatever you make it. It can be fast or slow depending on your rhythm and needs. For me, it’s important to have a nice balance of “chill time” in a home base for several weeks before jumping around in short bursts. When we started out in April, we settled in Spain for 8 weeks but still found ourselves bouncing around the country visiting local cities on the weekends. Having a home base to return to after each trip, kept things feeling grounded and somewhat normal. We then set […]

First Month in the Digital Nomad Capital of Asia

Posted on Nov 19, 2016 in Tales from the Nomadic Adventure
First Month in the Digital Nomad Capital of Asia

Thailand: Chiang Mai & Bangkok | September 30 – October 27, 2016 Thailand, and more specifically Chiang Mai, has become the unofficial digital nomad capital of Asia in recent years. Its low cost of living, great weather, and relative ease with which a “westerner” can arrive and settle in town, have made it a primary destination for many on their nomadic journey. In addition, bloggers like JohnnyFD and ChristheFreelancer have continued to promote the community and the culture, attracting hundreds of life changers seeking to escape the “9-5” and make a new life for themselves. Ironically, our first month in […]

The Paradox of the Pivot – A Fool So Less Courageous

The Paradox of the Pivot – A Fool So Less Courageous

How best to handle freedom and opportunity? Might you bury yourself in the warm comfort of complacency or would you welcome the discomfort, challenge, and fight like hell to overcome some of your deepest fears? This is my current struggle and one that seems to grow louder with each passing day. In a previous Self-Care Chronicles post written earlier this year titled, 30-minute Mondays, I started it with this short paragraph. Freedom is a privilege, an opportunity, and a responsibility. Being able to wake up everyday and practically do whatever you want is amazing and I wish it for everyone […]

Brief Return to the Divided States of America

Posted on Nov 17, 2016 in Tales from the Nomadic Adventure
Brief Return to the Divided States of America

Chicago & Northern California: September 15 – 29, 2016 It’s been almost exactly 2 months since the day we stepped foot back in the US after the first 5.5 months of our nomadic adventure. For a variety of reasons, it’s taken me this long to simply collect my thoughts regarding our initial experience of what’s usually called, “reverse culture shock.” Our shock was a bit lessened given that we’d spent the previous 7 weeks in Montreal, Quebec, which in many ways felt like being back in the States – except that we were exempt from the political divisiveness and media […]

Mid-summer Moments in Montreal

Posted on Sep 18, 2016 in Tales from the Nomadic Adventure
Mid-summer Moments in Montreal

Montreal, Quebec: July 22 – September 15, 2016 After 105 days in Europe, including stays in 4 countries and trips to 20 cities, a return to the “Americas” for a few weeks was much needed break in our travels. I’ve been used to working and traveling since I began my location independent adventures back in 2011. Yet, this time in Europe was different. It was a lifetime of fun packed into 3.5 months, but it was also tiring and the heat/humidity of the European summer was surely adding to the discomfort. So as we departed Madrid and headed back across […]

Pura Vida in the Mountains of Costa Rica

Posted on Sep 11, 2016 in Tales from the Nomadic Adventure
Pura Vida in the Mountains of Costa Rica

San José, Costa Rica: August 30 – September 9, 2016 Costa Rica was never part of our original itinerary. Well, at least not in the first six months. We had no intention of venturing through Central and South America until we already had made the decision to work our way back home to the States after our time in Asia. That was supposed to be next year. But after a few months of researching options for a minor elective medical procedure, my wife decided that a doctor and place of respite in Costa Rica were her best options. So at the […]

Thirsty – My Tongue’s Eternal Battle With a Knife

Thirsty – My Tongue’s Eternal Battle With a Knife

Stuttering. It’s a simple action (or lack thereof in its truest essence) that has dramatically impacted nearly every facet of my life. As best as I can remember, it became noticeable in my speech pattern at age 6, when my family moved from the South Side of Chicago out to its southern suburbs. Entering second grade with a completely new set of faces exposed a hereditary trait that I  didn’t know I had. Soon, I found myself fumbling to say simple words, which caused anxiety and the anxiety caused further shuttering (or stammering, as it’s also called). Stuttering is a […]

Behind the Pen: Life Experiences Through a Poetic Lens

Posted on Sep 7, 2016 in Reflections, Series
Behind the Pen: Life Experiences Through a Poetic Lens

It’s been almost exactly 14 years since I wrote my last poem titled, “Who I Am.” I highlighted the final lines of this poem in my post – The 4-Year Gap: My Blogging Blackout Period – my re-entry into the blogosphere. At the time, I chose to introduce those final lines as a way to connect the closure of one period to my life to the beginning of another. While I may not currently have the same creative energy to write poetry again, I still feel that I have much to share. However, this time I’ll employ past works to […]

A Tale of Two Italys

Posted on Sep 5, 2016 in Tales from the Nomadic Adventure
A Tale of Two Italys

Italy: June 22 – July 20, 2016 As I was peering outside my window of the Italo high-speed train from Rome to Napoli, enjoying the southern Italian landscape, I was flooded with memories of how this country has both inspired me and challenged me over the years. My initial Italian experience was one of my most difficult (linguistically) back in 2006. I’d studied the language on my own for the previous 6 years and took a trip to Tuscany and Liguria to test myself and expand my skills. Yet, within two days, I had completely shut down and returned home […]

Two Weeks Outside Schengen – Coastal Croatia

Posted on Sep 4, 2016 in Tales from the Nomadic Adventure
Two Weeks Outside Schengen – Coastal Croatia

Split, Croatia: June 7 – 22, 2016 Red roofs atop white stone buildings, pristine sunlit gravel beaches, and sharply rising mountain landscapes are some of the first thoughts that come to mind when thinking of Croatia. Prior to visiting the country, I didn’t even have that much in mind. Croatia had been one of my wife’s long-held dream destinations for many of the reasons mentioned prior. For me, as a 20th century history enthusiast, I had visions of a war torn country with limited economic prosperity – a former member of Yugoslavia beset with a personality rough around the edges. […]

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