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3 Thoughts about Split, Croatia

My 4 months in Europe have come to an end after a final month in Split, Croatia. I’m thinking about my time there, fresh on the heels of landing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Outside of the summer months, Split appears to be a sleepy little beach town with an interesting mix of Eastern European and Mediterranean vibes; during our first week there, the last week of the season, it came alive along the water with everything from concerts to trapeze artists.

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Thinking about Remote Year? My thoughts halfway.

In terms of days, Battuta is now over halfway finished with Remote Year. We’ve visited at least 6 countries, taken flights and buses and ferries, spent $12,000 Dollars on housing and a workspace, made new friends and had to say goodbye to a few remotes along the way. At this point, what do I say to someone who is thinking about Remote Year? I’d recommend it, but it’s more complicated than a simple yes or no.

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Can DevOps and Remote Work learn from each other?

More people than ever are working from home. Estimates range from 10% (in the least remote-work-friendly countries) to 60% in the United States. Even global data shows that half of all workers may be remote by 2020. DevOps, the cultural movement towards more agile systems administration, has also been gaining traction. Gartner estimates that 25% of global 2000 businesses will employ DevOps as a mainstream strategy by 2016.

So what can DevOps and Remote Work learn from each other?

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3 Thoughts about Belgrade

Upon arriving in Belgrade, we were taken by our landlord (Milan — it seems to be a very common name here!), to a 4th floor walkup apartment in the heart of Skadarlija. This area seems to be the equivalent to Montmarte in Paris (aside: I looked this area up, and found that I’m not the only one who thinks so!) but much smaller — it’s a cute area, with tons of restaurants, a few other clubs, and a ton of cobbled streets. As we head South, it’s nice to find more and more aircon, which has been a welcome relief.

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My Remote Year Profile: Martin Smith

Check out my Remote Year profile, featured today on


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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