It began innocently enough. Joanna and I met in my native Los Angeles while she was on summer vacation from graduate school. We hung out together for only a couple of days before she went back home to Poland. We enjoyed meeting each other and had a great time together. But never in a million years did we think our chance encounter would lead to an international long distance relationship that took us back and forth between LA and Poland, then to Taiwan, and back to Poland.
My first visit to Lviv absolutely blew me away.
The weekend trip had a little bit of everything. From some super fun highs to some emotional lows. From the sheer affordability of it all to the harsh conditions that some of its citizens live under.
After spending 2 days there, only one thing is for certain. I can’t wait to see it again.
Joanna and I recently spent an epic 48 hours in Budapest, which was not nearly enough time to experience this fabulous city. We had an awesome time, and we can't wait to go back again someday.
Here is the play-by-play of how the weekend went down, what I would do again in a heartbeat, and what I would definitely skip the next time around.
I've gone to more than my fair share of American weddings, so I thought I'd be a professional wedding guest by now. Nonetheless, I was ill prepared to attend this traditional Polish wedding. It was a special event that required me throw out any preconceived notions I had about how much I could eat, drink, and dance.
Four meals, countless times on the dance floor, and who knows how many vodka shots later, I finally hit the sack at four in the morning. I'm just glad my commute to bed only consisted of a short elevator ride.
Having been in Taiwan for almost 3 months, it was time to go for a visa run. Our obvious choice was Japan. Not only was it easy to get to from Taiwan, Joanna and I loved last year's run to Tokyo so much that we couldn't wait to go back to Japan again.
Our main destination this year was Kyoto, an ancient Japanese city filled with temples, gardens, and shrines. It is thought of as the heart of Japan. After all, Kyoto literally means "Capital City", even though pretty much everything related to the Japanese government is based in Tokyo.
After seeing so many beautiful pictures of Kyoto online, we were excited to finally see for ourselves what the hype was all about.
Let's just say we were not disappointed.
It's the beginning of April, which means only 1 thing: Opening Day in Los Angeles.
Spring training is over, and the 2018 baseball season is officially underway. The 25-man rosters are set, and all 30 Major League Baseball teams have started to play for keeps, with the ultimate goal of winning the next World Series.
Wow. What a year it has been. It feels like I fit a decade's worth of experiences and emotions into just one year. Here's a recap of my 2017 year in review.
I quit my finance job, gave up my apartment in Hollywood, and sold my sports car. Instead, I traveled the world with my girlfriend Joanna on the cheap, organized the Work Anywhere Summit, started teaching English online, and launched this blog.
Life will never be the same again.
Here's to 12 months worth of jubilation and frustration, ups and downs, laughter and tears.
Most importantly, here's to doing (most of) it all over again in 2018.
I just spent 4.5 months in Wrocław, a city in southwest Poland, near the German and Czech borders.
In case you're curious about how to pronounce Wrocław, it sounds kinda like Vr-oats-wahv.
w = v / c = tz / ł = w
My first Oktoberfest lasted less than 24 hours, but it is one I'm never going to forget.
Is Shanghai The Best City In The World?
At the intersection of the modernization at the speed of light and the preservation of its rich cultural history, only one thing is for certain.
For better or for worse, you will never forget Shanghai.