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My Remote Year Profile: Martin Smith

Check out my Remote Year profile, featured today on remoteyear.com.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME ON REMOTE YEAR?

I have been living in Gainesville, FL, since 2001, and already loved to take longer trips and work abroad, so this program was perfect for me. I truly enjoy meeting new people, and exploring new places, and I relished the idea of being able to do that for a year without having to plan and worry as much about the logistics of lodging and workspaces. Combined with the opportunity to travel with a group of interesting people of all ages and all walks of life, the opportunity to come on Remote Year was a no-brainer for me.

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Montevideo, Uruguay: Two weeks later

After writing about our amazing coworking space, Sinergia, during my first week, and publishing some photographs of street art in the city in Uruguay, I haven’t been able to find more time to put my thoughts down, “on paper.” I feel as though time has sped along back in the United States – that I’ve been gone for months and missed so much; at the same time, my having so many new experiences away in South America has led to a feeling of life passing by slow motion. It’s like time passes slower in Uruguay than the U.S. I’m only now reflecting on the last two weeks and writing this update as I sit on a plane between Montevideo and San Francisco, where I’ll be speaking at Elastic{ON}^2 this week.

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First day working in Montevideo

Today was the first real ‘work’ day that we’ve had in Montevideo. If every workspace is like this one, the workspaces alone will be a huge high point of the Remote Year adventure. This month, we’re at Sinergia Co-work. This place is truly the whole package when it comes to coworking — a team of strong women at the helm, an amazing physical space, an active community of participants, great programs and amenities; and every person there is out to change the world.

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Goodbye Gainesville!

When I was in high school, I used to debate two big major paths — making a positive impact in the world right now, or going to college and learning a skill that could (after a much longer incubation period) be a multiplier on making the world a better place. At one point, I was really torn about waiting another four years before I could make an impact on the world around me when I knew there were projects and adventures I could start right away. Well, after being in Gainesville for more than 15 years, I’m embarking on an adventure that I’ve been thinking about for a while, that has the potential to make a big impact on my life. Goodbye Gainesville!

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