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How to Be a Broke Twenty-Something Digital Nomad in Medellín, Colombia

I feel like an ass every time I use the phrase, but since arriving in Medellín it’s gradually become a normal part of my speech. ‘Digital nomad‘ is the social media trendy way of referring to me and at least a couple hundred other mostly Westerners in Medellín and dozens of…

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Bogotá: Backpacking the Birthplace of Cultura Ciudadana

Bogotá is a city that, two years ago when I first left the Netherlands, I was hell-bent on living in. Colombians, backpackers, and Colombia-based expats all preached to me the gospel of Medellín, but I’d done my research and didn’t wanna hear it: I’d made…

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NOLA to Bogotá Update: Bienvenidos a Colombia

In October 2014, I left the Netherlands to move to Colombia. That quickly faded into backpacking overland from the US to Colombia, which turned into living in Mexico City for half a year, which turned into a lot of different and confusing things. Now, one…

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12 Reasons I’m Moving to Colombia this Week

At a recent family dinner while futily trying to explain to my grandparents what I ‘do’, I told my Papaw that I’m’moving to Colombia in January. He got all excited because he thought that meant I’d gotten a ‘real job’ there, so I let him down…

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How a Year of Language and Travel Made Me a Better Global Citizen

This isn’t the pretentious ‘global citizen’ that you hear in hostels from hipsters who think their own passport isn’t cool enough to warrant a straight answer when you ask where they’re from. I mean the actual philosophical, civic, and social idea of being a global citizen and…

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Tallahassee: Florida’s Up-and-Coming Cool City

Color me biased, but I think Florida gets such an undue bad rap these days. When I was a kid growing up outside Jacksonville, my home state was known for its beaches, great college football, awesome Cuban food (and Mexican food, and seafood in general),…

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16 Ways to Study a Language Abroad for Free

Language immersion is not only the best way to learn a new language, but also sort of the reason this blog exists. When I turned 21, I only spoke English, and one of the reasons was that I thought I’d just never have the time…

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How to Sit Alone on a Greyhound

If you’ve ever taken a long-term backpacking trip or just been a poor college student in the US, you’re probably familiar with the horror and suffering known as the Greyhound bus. And if you’re a regular rider, the only hope for maintaining your sanity may lie in finding a seat…

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A Backpack’s-Eye View of East Nashville

I find it really silly and almost cute when people say that the United States has no culture. First of all, just on logical grounds that’s a ridiculous statement — the definition of ‘culture‘ is basically just all the stuff that happens when a group…