My Travel Into Colombia: 2 Things I Did Wrong and 1 Thing I Did Right

I made it to Colombia! WOOT WOOT! I have arrived in Bogotá, and I am starting to get to know the layout of this city a little bit. It is a MASSIVE city, with something like 8 million people. (I luckily arrived during the time when many people from Bogotá take a vacation, so the [...]

Something I Should Have Done Ten Years Ago

At last. When this post goes live, I will be en route to Bogotá, Colombia, the start of my 3 month (minimum) trip abroad. It’s the first long-term travel I’ve ever done. I am so excited. I am totally stoked. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am. The first part of [...]

How I Accomplished My 2010 New Year’s Resolution and What I Learned In The Process

I did it. This past weekend I completed the final lesson in Pimsleur Spanish 3. This was a New Year’s resolution of mine that I kept, with a week to spare before the end of 2010. It was not easy… It was tedious at times. It was boring at times. It was annoying at times… [...]

Your Time is Now.

About 3 months ago, a man I knew of, with no history of health problems, suddenly passed away in his sleep one night. According to the postmortem autopsy, he had major unknown heart problems and would have needed a heart transplant had he survived the night. I did not know the man very well, but [...]

The Paradox of Motivation

Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor. -Soren Kierkegaard Learning a language is a project. It’s not something you can just do well “in your spare time” or while you are significantly committed to other things. I was reading a blog the other day that talked about how language is not [...]

How Fast Can You Really Learn Spanish?

How Fast Can You Really Learn Spanish?

As you may know, I am attempting to learn Spanish in preparation for my trip to Colombia. I have really been working hard at it during the last 2 weeks… trying to avoid things that slow me down, and often studying over an hour a day. Now, if you think about it, an hour a [...]

The Young and The Restless: Five Emerging Blogs In Adventure & Lifestyle Design

As many of you know, I only recently started my blog in lieu of my upcoming trip abroad to Colombia and my acquisition of Spanish. In the past month or so, I have come across some other blogs in the adventure / travel / lifestyle design space that have really encouraged me, not only because [...]

5 Ways You Are Slowing Your Progress To Fluency

5 Ways You Are Slowing Your Progress To Fluency

The past few weeks I have been studying Spanish pretty hard. It really feels like working out. I literally feel tired after an hour of intensive study. My method has mainly been the Pimsleur audio program and LiveMocha courses in Spanish, and occasionally I have a Skype conversation with a native Spanish speaker. I am [...]

4 Packing Questions I Have for Experienced Travelers

I am going to Colombia in January for 3 months and I could really use some help in planning. Since now my trip is less than 90 days away, I want to begin making a packing list– especially of items I might need to purchase as I need to allow time for ordering and shipment. [...]

Does Going Abroad Make You More Affectionate?

In case you didn’t know, I have booked my flight to Colombia. I am officially going on my first extended time abroad in January. This week I have been reflecting on what will happen when I go abroad. What will I learn? Who will I meet? Will I change significantly? How will I deal with [...]