Sunday, March 30, 2014

5 Benefits of Living Without a Phone

Photo: The Addiction Continues by Lemuel Cantos, used under CC BY 2.0 / Cropped from original

Before I left Chile, I sold my iPhone as part of an experiment to find out whether I really need to carry one.

After a couple of months, I have a solid appreciation of the benefits of having a mobile communication device... but I'm also aware of many of the seductive dangers that come with them, too!

This week, I'm going to talk about some of the benefits I've experienced from a life sans phone.  Watch out for next week's article where I talk about the challenges I faced... and the ultimate outcome from the experiment!

So, what's so great about not having a phone?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Day 518 of 1827: Bangkok

When I started Five Years Abroad a year and a half ago in Medellín, I was completely overwhelmed by all of the unfamiliarity of my surroundings.

I didn't know the language nor the culture, I had no idea what to expect, virtually no network to speak of, and it became obvious very quickly that I was nowhere near prepared for what I was getting myself into.

Some 500 days later, I decided to test myself by launching back into exactly the same kind of environment.

And this time, it started before I had even arrived in the country.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Day 510 of 1827: Important Pieces of Paper

Over the course of the past 500-odd days, I've had to overcome many challenges.

I've been kidnapped by overcrowded buses; I've dealt with passive-aggressive homeowners; I've faced off against vicious attack dogs and poisonous spiders.

But today, finally, I went up against my greatest adversary yet:

The bureaucracy.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Day 497 of 1827: 2014 Goals

I just got back from the US embassy after getting pages added to my passport.

This thing looks ridiculous.  Moreso than usual, I mean.

And no, visiting the US embassy doesn't count as "setting foot in the US" during my Five Years Abroad.  That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Day 483 of 1827: 2013 Wrap-Up, Part 2

So I've been getting my hair cut at this place in Providencia for a couple of months now.  They do a great job and are very friendly, but I forgot to find out what the place is called.

The other day while I was walking past, I finally caught the name.

It's called Lovely Woman.

Which just goes to show you; I'm so manly, I have to have my hair cut at a ladies' beauty salon just to balance it out.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Day 473 of 1827: 2013 Wrap-Up, Part 1

So, as 2013 draws to a close, it's time for me to look back at....

Argh!  Stupid jet lag!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Day 460 of 1827: No Retreating Allowed

So... it just occurred to me today.

Five Years Abroad has failed.