Trying to explain Remote Year to people was challenging. Most cannot grasp the idea of working remotely while traveling. Seems too good to be true? But, it could be possible for YOU! My fellow Remote & product guru Charles Du is launching an online course on “Becoming a Successful Digital Nomad - The Complete Guide”.Read More
One of my goals for this Remote Year is to host 1 public speaking workshop per city. 12 cities, 12 workshops. I’m calling the series 'Communicate Like Cousteau'. (RY3 code name = Cousteau) Jacques Cousteau was a true Renaissance man. A revolutionary scientist, explorer, filmmaker, conservationist, photographer, author, etc. Cousteau was also an orator who often gave speeches about his ground-breaking work and political views. I think Cousteau would be proud of us. And, I hope we honor his name.
The last of my 4-part Buenos Aires Art Museum review series. (BTW, there are much more than 4, but I have so much more to talk about, like the scintillating Street Art...)
Bellas Artes, aka Fine Arts. The granddaddy of all museums. It's finer than a fine wine. Magnificent. Grand. Reminiscent of the Washington DC National Gallery of Art. Like a second cousin once removed.Read More
The Contemporary Art Museum is right next to MAMBA and it is a great complement to the Modern Museum. Minimalism is the main motif in MACBA. 'MAC' might as well stand for 'minimal and clean'. While a bit smaller than the other 3 museums we visited, the space was brilliantly curated and aesthetically on point.Read More
Another rainy weekend in Buenos Aires made for memorable art museum adventures! Lucky me, I met the most amazing mujer, mi novia nueva Fernanda, who is studying to be an art curator. She showed me 4 museums in 2 days: two in San Telmo, and two in Recoleta. (Both are awesome artsy areas of BA)Read More
We have two co-working offices in Buenos Aires, called La Maquinita Co. Both are modern, hip spaces with high ceilings. Very cool & creative environments. I highly recommend checking them out if you’re in BA!Read More
My fellow Remote Arestia Rosenberg is a Moth StorySLAM Champion! A StorySLAM is an open mic storytelling competition. Storyteller names are picked out of a hat randomly and each person has 5 mins to share a story based on the theme ‘del dia’. Arestia hosted a StorySLAM last night, and of course I wanted in.Read More
El jueves pasado, I left Spanish class and heard rhythmic protesting, and occasional kabams! (the norm in Argentina) Careful curiosity drew me near...Read More
I met the coolest Buenos Aires chica Fernanda, who invited me to a live show on Sunday with her amigos Bruno and Fernando. The show was at this garage venue El Emergente, and started super early for Buenos Aires (~6pm) because it was Sunday.
(Wait, so I guess they do follow SOME laws here?)Read More
I love tacos. (Main reason I moved to LA) Al pastor 'til I die!
Mi amigo (Jeremy) and I have a favorite taco truck in LA. I miss her sweet trompo. Córdoba does empanadas really well, but not really tacos. Before I left for Buenos Aires, Jeremy researched and found: La Fábrica Del Taco.
Turns out, it’s ~5 blocks from mi apartamento nuevo!Read More
On Remote Year, there are events ~every night. We arrived in Buenos Aires late Sunday, and on Monday, there was an open mic night called “Folk You Monday” at this cool little artsy venue. 4 of my travel mates got on the list and performed live!
Kudos to Travis, Kirsten, Tanya and Mike for stepping up and absolutely killing it!Read More
My last post about lovely lady Córdoba. A little sad. But, time to move on! I’ve already got plenty to write about for Buenos Aires. Here are the 7 best blog posts I never got around to writing...a rare 7-in-one! Argentineans are known for their meat. This blog post is MEATY.Read More
The first thing I do on a long bus, train or plane ride is pop on my headphones and listen to the “Into the Wild” soundtrack by Eddie Vedder. All the way through.Read More
Thursday night was our Farewell Dinner Party for Córdoba. We had dinner at ‘El Arrabal’, featuring a brilliant Tango Dance show by beautiful dancers!!
I’ll let this video speak for itself. Es muy caliente!
And, some party pics!
I have an 11 day streak on Duolingo and am now (supposedly) ~4% fluent in Spanish. (I should have a 33 day streak but they got me on a technicality: past midnight. Days here end at 3am!)
I highly recommend this aplicación to anyone who wants to learn Spanish or another language. But, we need to talk about some improvements.
Stop reinforcing words that are practically, if not identical to English words. Eg. Refrigerador, Actor, Televisión, Teléfono. Once is enough. Trust me, I got these.
Stop teaching me ridiculous phrases that I’ll never use. Mi caballo bebe leche. No, my horse does not drink milk. How many people even own a horse? Tu quieres un león. Nooo, I’d venture to say you do NOT want a lion. How about: “El león quiere comer usted”?
I’ve got a great handle on the word ‘manzana’. I was pretty set on it in Lesson 1. Stop forcing apples down my throat. Also, escribo, carta, bebe, come. Got ‘em.
More funny phrases, Easter eggs and humor! Segun mi primo, el vestido es azul y negro. (According to my cousin, the dress is blue and black) When I read this, I burst out laughing. MORE OF THIS.
The Adjectives section (Adject. 1) needed to come WAY sooner. It is 16 sections in and took me ~30 days to get to. But, you taught me how to say crab in Section 5. I really need to know how to describe things as tall, short, first, last, etc. I haven’t seen ‘cangrejo’ on any menu yet. Also, in Section 3: Basics 2, you hammer home diario (newspaper) and cartas (letters). Newspapers and letters are practically extinct. I’m ~30 days in and i have yet to see email, computer, or cell phone. Time for an update, people.
Duolingo es una buena aplicacion! Pero, siempre hay margen de mejora.
Córdoba is known for nightlife. Countless cool clubs, restaurants, lounges, etc. Tonight was my first night at “Late”. #lovedit
Late is a pretty big place, but the outdoor back patio is where it’s at. So many places in Córdoba have phenomenal decor. It’s effortless. Yet, exceptional. And I am so inspired by Argentinean musical taste. Destroyer: Chinatown? Brilliant.
Derryl, Danielle, Miranda, Brecht, Patrick, Anhton, Tom, Casey and I had a ton of hearty laughs, ate delicious dishes, played impromptu & inappropriate Pictionary, and stormed the stage and jammed to Michael Jackson. We were undoubtedly the loudest table at the place. But I think they loved us. (Nope)
When we were dancing, one guy usurped the DJ table when the DJ left for a minute and turned the music down. “This is not America, here we throw oranges at this.” Hmmm...I think he meant throw tomatoes, but I’m still not even sure if he didn’t like the song, or he didn’t like us dancing on stage?
Sorry, but you can’t put MJ on and expect us to NOT DANCE. You can take the Americans out of America, but you can’t take America out of the Americans.
Not to mention, we had an Aussie with us. And a guy from Brussels. Show some love for Brussels, amigo!
If you know me well, you know that I can take down a big bag of Lay’s Salt & Vinegar Chips in one night. (Right, Dad? Not proud.)
When I entered my first supermercado (grocery store) in Córdoba, I noticed a familiar color set. Classic Lay’s amarillo, Sour Cream & Onion verde, and of course, that powder blue color that makes my mouth water: Salt & Vinegar azul!
After looking closer, I noticed something unfamiliar. No jar of red vinegar or ramekin of salt.
Instead, a seared steak on a wooden cutting board. Sabor, Asado. (~“Flavor, Roast”)
My mouth stopped watering. Pavlov effect over. Soul crushed.
But I figure, maybe this Asado flavor is just as bueno as Salt & Vinegar? If they’re willing to give it the powder blue color, it must be mouth watering, si? So, I forked over the 40 pesos and headed home for a taste test.
An Asado in Argentina is a big deal. It’s pretty much a BBQ...a big get together with tons of grilled meat. But, the Asado flavor is not like BBQ flavor chips. The best way to describe the taste is: if you were to grill a steak, trap the juices in a cup, and then pour those juices over classic Lay’s chips. Steak juice chips!
I was weirded out at first, and then warmed up to them. I may not finish an Asado Lay’s bag in one night, but I wouldn't NOT want to eat them in bed while reading. (Like I'm doing in the pic above)
Our first monthly, big networking event! Remote Year invites ~50 local business people to join us for a schmoozing night. First, a cocktail mixer; second, a series of ‘lightning presentations’ (3 min career related speeches by various remotes and locals); and lastly, a sit down dinner.
Last Thursday was our first Junction and I was asked to be a lightning presenter. They put me last, which was an honor. Most of the presenters talked about their specific businesses, but my topic was more motivational: “Find Your Career Zen”. Master Nomi would be proud!
Side note: it was ~40 degrees C, aka ~105 degrees F in this small room and everyone was drenched in sweat. I felt like I played 2-on-2 before speaking. Below, I'm attempting to strip my soaked shirt off my stomach.
This was an awesome event! At my table was one of the other presenters, Marcelo from a local studio MindSmack. It turns out, Marcelo and I have practically identical resumes! We hit it off big time, and I know we will keep in touch and maybe even work together in the future.
Score one for Remote Year! These Junctions are incredibly valuable networking opportunities. It's a global market and you can learn a lot from your international counterparts. #networking
Some pics of the event locale: Paradojas, in the Barrio Guelmes area of Córdoba.
And a rare #selfindulgent #selfie.