Author: Flavius Popan

The Greatest Gift I've Ever Received

The wheels on the bus went round and round, inching me ever closer to the emotional cesspool that I called middle school. Each bump in the road made my CD player skip, a serious grievance when the likes of Eminem and D12 were spitting straight fire on the 8 Mile Movie Soundtrack. I was 12 years old, and boy were daddy issues all the rage back then. My relationship wit...

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Beginnings of Belonging

Status Report: Everything's changed. I'm on a different hemisphere working in a foreign country where January means summer, learning to speak a new language, and hanging out with friends I've only known for a few weeks. And yet the strangest aspect about this situation is that despite all of this, I've never felt more stable in my life. I'm exactly where I want to...

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The Things I Carry

Now that I've officially left for Remote Year, I can bask in the satisfaction of listing everything that actually made it with me. The final 24 hours felt like Survivor meets QVC, so without further ado, here are the winners! Bags Eagle Creek Load Warrior Luggage - It's got tons of space, compression straps, durable wheels, and lots of handles which makes getting...

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This Is Why You Suck

Over the next few weeks, you'll probably get asked about your New Year's Resolutions at festive gatherings. And perhaps you're inclined to reply with ideas like going to the gym more often, reading more books, spending more time with family, etc. All wholesome endeavors no doubt; people will agree with you, say they need to do the same, and then everybody moves on to...

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The Syntax of Self

"So what happened between you two?" he asks, breaking the silence. Suddenly trillions of neurons fire all at once, memories summoned by a symphony of emotions. The scent of her conditioner fills my nostrils, stomach sinking from the weight of shame remembering that stupid comment. Delight takes hold for a brief moment as her smile blossoms in my mind's eye, followe...

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Crypto Genesis: The First Steps

DISCLAIMER: I am not a financial advisor. I have no affiliation with any of the products/services mentioned in this post. I am not responsible for your actions. Your mileage may vary. After founding a crypto startup a few months ago, I've had a good number of friends, family, and friends of friends reach out to me asking for advice & guidance on getting start...

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RY Aurora Climate Analysis

Hello fellow premotes (and curious clickers from the world wide web)! Here's a little something-something to help us plan, purchase, and pack efficiently for the grand adventure! Let's jump right into the nitty gritty, shall we? Temperature Averages Good news everybody! 2018 is going to be a very easy year to pack for. Here's the general gist (my apologies to all...

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2018 Itinerary Reveal

12 cities, 12 months, 10 countries, 4 continents, and 75 friends. Hell. Yes. After many months of anticipation, the final itinerary has finally been released! Without further ado... Remote Year - Aurora Departure Date: December 31st, 2017 01 - Buenos Aires, Argentina 02 - Córdoba, Argentina 03 - Lima, Peru 04 - Medellín, Colombia 05 - Bogotá, Colombia 06...

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The First Month

Hello friends! I known I've seemingly fallen off the face of the earth since July so I figured it's about time to break the silence. The two weeks following my last post were spent handling family matters and moving out of my rental home to live with my mother for the next few months. I began my first day of self employment on August 1st, so here's an honest look at a...

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Good Mourning

At the time of this writing, it's 3:40 AM on Wednesday, July 12th 2017 and I just got off the phone with my mom. My step-father passed away a few minutes ago and I can't sleep. Gerald Andrew Savel died this morning of pulmonary fibrosis at the hospital which he spent the last 38 years of his life working as a pharmacist, making IVs for newborns and administering medic...

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