Handing my Heart to Prague

Now officially settled into Prague, it was time to hit the ground running in what was quickly becoming my new favorite city. Boy, was it a busy week! I kicked off Sunday eating a tasty brunch with Erica & John at Kavarna Zanzibar. I could eat that beet root, avocado & egg toast forever! After…

Reflections on the Adriatic

Of all the places to start this crazy adventure, Split couldn’t have been better. I’d been in major cities for the past twelve years, and was used to their demanding, full-speed-ahead nature. Split provided a welcome change with the relaxed state of fjaka that forced me to take a step back. In NYC, fjaka is…

Welcome to Transition Day

Saturday, May 26, 2018  8:30 AM: The doors to WiP were open and waiting for us each to wheel our luggage in, officially vacating our first Remote Year homes. Deb, Erica and I wrapped up our packing, and started hauling our lives downstairs. We brought down our offerings for the next group (can’t let the…

Sweet Dreams are Made of Cheese

Tuesday afternoon found me back in Split just in time to host a PI fundraiser – The Grilled Cheese Invitational!  Because sweet dreams are made of cheese… (thanks to John for the awesome tag line!) The cook-off consisted of 6 contestants who each had 20 minutes to deliver their best creation made solely of 5…

PI and a Hop Across the Pond

After recovering from my action-packed tracks weekend, Monday took me to a local dog shelter. It took some charades with our Uber driver to get to the right place, but once we found the entrance, our little group spent time playing with the dogs. Deb quickly found herself in a pile of puppies as soon…

Bikes, Rafts & Hiking Boots

Adventure is worthwhile in itself. — Amelia Earhart Our second full weekend abroad brought two action packed days of outdoor adventure and cultural experiences. Each day offered one of two full day tracks and from what I’ve heard, they were all incredible! Early Saturday morning, half of the group (at least those that were awake!)…

Goodbye: The Sequel

Below is the sequel to the goodbye blog I wrote earlier this summer. This blog has been extremely difficult to write because it kept evolving as my experience progressed and my perspective changed; every time I thought the blog was complete, something big seemed to shift or change. At one point, I erased it all…

Finding Balance: Work, Play, Service

Following my action-packed weekend, it was back to the grind and figuring out that work/life balance we all strive for.  Monday came with a full day of work and the start of our positive impact (PI) planning.  Members of Kairos came together to learn about how Remote Year helps the communities in which we live,…

29 Again? Not Me!

My mom may say she’s younger than me at this point, but turning 30 was worth it! Joining a new community of people right before my 30th birthday left me thinking I would ring in a new decade with a quiet evening celebrating by myself.  I could not have been more wrong!  These strangers who…

Jumping Right In

With arrival day complete, it was time to jump right in.  We kicked off Monday with a city welcome, introducing us to our Split City Team, workspace and the place we would call home for the next four weeks.  They provided important information on themes like the political climate, minority acceptance, and how to tip….