24 Hours in Valencia

I was an awful blog owner last month. Morocco was hard. I’ve tried writing about it a few times and just couldn’t get it out in the right way. I was too whiny. Or just plain sad. Or angry. Or trying too hard to be optimistic. None of the posts felt true to my real feelings. I’ll keep editing the posts though. I will get you at least one. As hard as last month was though, the last twenty-four hours I have spent in Valencia have been 10,000x better. Despite the fact that my luggage got stuck in Madrid over

Remote Year Month 4: Lisbon Recap

The end of one of my favorite months so far. One of my happiest months so far. Especially after my month in London was a bit of a let down compared to my expectations. Lisbon was absolutely the perfect place to recoop! And we got five weeks there instead of the typical four. Now, we are in Rabat, Morocco – a not-too-touristy town that is home to many expats and french cafes. This does mean though that we are 1/3 of the way done with our year abroad. Which is insane to think about. We also had three other remotes

The True Cost of Remote Year For Me: Part Two

Remember when I started writing about the cost of Remote Year? Time for part two!! Last time, I mentioned all the things that Remote Year provides for each program that are relatively the same for each program. Now, I want to dig into some of the abstract and more variable cost factors that I have considered on my specific program. PS, I’m biased, but Darien is definitely the best program of all the current programs ;) Let’s be honest… traveling with a tribe is tough. Before Remote Year (RY), I had never tried to be friends with 50+ people at one time. Let

A Sentence Per Month: PreRY to Lisbon

Let’s do something fun and easy. A one sentence recap of each month. Or a few sentences. Brevity is not my strength. To keep things interesting, I’ll add some pictures. Because we all like pictures. Click on them to make them bigger. Let’s start with pre-RY life: Family, friends, comfort, and home, but discontent. ~*~ June 2016: Prague, Czech Republic Don’t trust your first impressions; give second, third, and tenth chances. And get used to walking everywhere, because you need to balance out all the good foods (and cheap beer). ~*~ July 2016: Belgrade, Serbia Open your heart and let these

The True Cost of Remote Year For Me: Part One

I just learned that at least one more member of our Remote Year tribe will not be joining us on our next move to Rabat, Morocco. My heart breaks every time we have to say goodbye to another great friend. I wish him all the best, but am still upset that he’ll miss out on the many other memories that we have yet to make – we are barely finishing month 4 at this point!! That being said, he is not the only one in our group to have recently vocalized the idea of leaving. When the thought is brought