Category: Other World

How to hitchhike around the world

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Hitchhiking: traveling without paying for it. The short and objective explanation above indicates usurpation, a benefit without offering something in return, an act of detriment to current social standards. I’m not referring to the paid rides of apps like BlaBlaCar. They do not count on this. They are a paid way of moving around. I’m…

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Tattoo and Traveling

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Tattoo. A noun. The art of engraving on the skin, by means of colored pigments (or not so much), generally indelible icons that symbolize forces of nature, doctrines, or any other design or spelling that one wants. They can be associated with rebelliousness, personality, and demonstrations of love. Just as they may have no meaning,…

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Cultural Shock

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Cultural shock. Two words. A complicated concept. Shock: violent encounter, with impact or abrupt concussion, between two bodies; a collision. Culture: a set of artistic, social, linguistic and behavioral manifestations of people or civilization Putting together the two words we have a conflict of values, customs and beliefs. What you consider normal and routine, can…

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Retrospective 2017

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The year began in Da Nang, Vietnam, in a slightly different way than usual. After studying for a semester in South Korea, it was time to explore new locations, and Southeast Asia was the chosen one. By following a different calendar, the Tết (Feast of the First Morning of the First Day), or Vietnamese New…

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Friendship

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Friend. Noun. A person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard, who gives assistance, and is on good terms with another. Someone who is not hostile. A comrade, a confident, an ally. Definitions sound sometimes so pure and light, so easy to achieve and apply. But, how long is it necessary to…

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Packing my life

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A trip, a departure, an arrival, vacations, or a complete change. It doesn’t matter! In any of the above situations, luggage must be packed and subsequently unpacked. What you put into it depends on a number of factors, such as climate and geography. Wind, rain, sun, beach, mountain, forest, snow, heat. Each aspect implies a…

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How I hate to receive guests!

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The year was 2013. Unhappy with the direction my career was taking, I decided to stop complaining and take action. What no one expected or wanted to believe was that this would implicate in a drastic change. From the comfort and convenience of a steady job in Brazil to the bustling Indian streets. Vaccination, visa,…

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The Midlife Crisis

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Finally this moment has arrived, feared by many and longed for by few. The notorious crisis of the 30’s, of the middle age, of the collection of results and successes. But what defines your success? Depending on the place where we were raised, the conditions and adversities faced, the love and affection received, and unfortunately…

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Saudades

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Saudades! A Portuguese word without a literal translation to English, and commonly used in the literature and music. A feeling, an experience, a person, a place, or an event that once brought you excitement. The concept is complex. It cannot be well explained, but deeply felt. Some say that it is a mixture of loneliness,…

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Home, sweet home!

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Home, sweet home! What does a place need to have, so that you can call it home? Family? Friends? The feeling of being loved? Infrastructure? Safety? A stable job? A good educational system? All of them together? The answers are really personal and should not be judged. Living abroad sometimes is seen with glamorization glasses…

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