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Rise of the Digital Nomad

I’ve been thinking and I’ve realized that for the past year and a half, at least 50% of our meager income came from freelancing. Whether I was crafting a sponsored post in our sweaty Granada apartment, finishing up a consultation on the banks of Lake Sevan, or typing out my guidebook in a Moscow cafe, I could (and did!) work …

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Moscow Flashback: Tsaritsyno Estate

Welcome to Tsaritsyno Park – by far my favorite out of all the tsarist estates in Moscow thanks to its spacious grounds, over-the-top architecture, and hidden treasures throughout the park. The perfect place to wander around no matter the season, Tsaritsyno is one of my go-to areas whenever I show people around the city. The rest of Moscow also seems …

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What Happens After Travel

Several thrift store purchases lie strewn on the bed. A cat chatters to the birds flitting around outside the window. Our fridge is pretty full – and not just with mimosa and snack ingredients. I’m starting a new job soon which, while part time, is much heavier than anything I’ve done so far. It’s in education dealing with children with …

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Required Reading [USA]

It’s been a long week for me. Not only was I sitting in classes for eight and a half hours, but I was hearing horror stories, learning non-aggressive restraint holds, and even protecting myself with a pad as a 250+ pound man came at me, kicking, hitting, and screaming. Not exactly my typical week. But I’m actually excited about all …

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5 Must-Visit NOVA Farmers Markets

One thing I really love about my body is its inherent ability to wake up early. No matter whether I’ve got a job that requires an early morning or not, I’m up and ready to go, hands wrapped around a mug of coffee, long before others might be. In Moscow, that habit was practically depression-inducing. Waking up three hours before …

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That Time I Saw a Less Famous Jonas Brother

For as long as I can remember, we all ripped April from our calendars and a palpable feeling of excitement would sweep through the town. The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival had arrived. Held the first weekend of May in Winchester, Virginia, the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival was first celebrated in 1924 as a way of honoring the acres upon acres …