Post-RY Day 30

We should probably talk about the elephant in the room (or in the Elephant Nature Park – aw, remember that?). I completely fell off the face of this highly trafficked very important blog for the last 6 weeks, which includes my last 2 weeks of Remote Year. Like a punk. I had every intention of documenting the…

Day 356

Adding to the cheesy and beautiful moments that make up the final weeks, tonight we cooked dinner together at the workspace + then watched Home Alone 2 and Lily brought us snacks out of the BLUE like a goddess, and it was just simple and comfortable and lovely.

Day 355

I’m finding I have much less motivation to go out and “do” much during the day, because I just want to be where the people are so I grab coffee + go to the workspace hours before I have to start work because I just want to see these faces as much as I can.

Day 354

Bet you didn’t know that people in Japan eat horse meat, or that on the same conveyor belt as shrimp tempura + california rolls you can find “Horse Meat + Mane”. On that note, here’s a photo from a vegan restaurant.

Day 353

I started my day with a meditation session with the head priest of a Buddhist temple (this is what I’m saying, in three weeks my day will be starting with hoping my Orange Line train isn’t on fire) who, incidentally, will be giving a talk at MIT in February, and ended my day with someone…

Day 352

Given that Saturday was draining as hell (but more amazing than I can explain), we all lazied around one of the workspaces + relaxed + napped + ate snacks + played games, a group of us went to dinner for Julissa to say a formal “kbyyeeeee!” to Julissa but then followed that up with a…

Day 351

Today was our final farewell of the year since people start leaving this week. It was everything we could have hoped for: somewhat structured but overall informal and cozy, filled with affirmations towards each other about what we appreciated about each person in the group, the Meraki musicians performed, people got up to speak from…

Day 350

It’s not that all of my life will be totally weird and jarring when I go back to Boston, it’s just going to be weird when I can’t wake up at 10am on a Friday and spend my afternoon wandering through a craft market at a Buddhist temple, smelling coffee in the air + hearing…

Day 349

We have a #mentalhealth channel on Slack that has become my favorite place in the Remote Nation. People from all of the programs join, ask for help or opinions, share good tips or articles, and it is one of those spaces that’s somewhat anonymous but still warm and welcoming because you know you’re sharing an…

Day 348

Zoe has gastritis and is feeling like garbage but she came to the workspace tonight and cooked us all dinner because she said she would. A huge group of people showed up to the workspace for happy hour a little bit drunk after their sake tasting track and we all took turns stealing Alex Vanston’s…

Day 347

Christmas in Kyoto feels like Christmas at home, with the lights and the music playing in all of the stores and the cold, but without the creepy mall Santa’s, the treacherous driving conditions, snow in my shoes, and the pressure to buy buy buy…what I’m saying is, if I can’t be with family and friends…

Day 346

Our track event today was one of my favorite because we learned about + practiced Taiko drumming, which was once used to communicate from town to town but is now used to bring a bit of stress relief to a group of 20 remotes whose lives are about to get flipped upside down, and who…