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3 Thoughts about Machu Picchu

According to Wikipedia, “Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley. Built in the 15th century and later abandoned, it’s renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar, intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments and panoramic views. Its exact former use remains a mystery.”

Five things I do when arriving in a new place

When arriving in a new place (city or country), or even sometimes before takeoff on a travel day, I have a checklist of things I immediately do. I’ve developed this list over the course of traveling in South America, Europe, and Asia for the last year with Remote Year. Even when I’m not traveling with the group, I pretty much immediately pull up this list and run through the items as soon as I open my laptop in a new place. I figure that other travelers, remote workers, and digital nomads might also find this list useful.

3 Thoughts about Oslo, Norway

When I was in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in March this year, I started looking at conferences and other events happening further along our route for the year. I applied to two or three things, including the first DevOpsDays Oslo, in Norway. A few months later, I received an acceptance email, and began planning a trip in September from Split. This was also my first time using AirBNB, and I was hopeful that it would be a good experience. On all fronts, the trip was enjoyable and a success.

3 Thoughts about Bosnia & Herzegovina

Last month in Split, some friends and I decided it would be interesting to rent a car and travel through Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), staying a night each in Mostar, Konjic (near the Blidinje National Park), and Sarajevo. I remember growing up and seeing TV news programs about the Bosnian war, humanitarian aid in Sarajevo, and NATO’s bombing campaigns of Bosnian Serb forces. On this trip, I had a chance to re-familiarize my older self with the details of the conflict, as well as explore the beautiful geography of the BiH region.

3 Thoughts about Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I’m rounding out week three in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (or just “KL” for short), and I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface of what I could do here. We’re staying in the Maple Suites, and our workspace is a 15 minute walk to Bukit Bintang, a large retail shopping district. There’s even a, “Times Square,” nearby. This city feels like a well-balanced amalgam of Chinese, Indian, and ex-colonial British culture. It has miles of shopping malls, food stalls, and traffic. It’s come a long way from its, “muddy confluence,” namesake.