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Mentorless

I’ve never had a mentor. Not in the usual sense of the word, anyway. I didn’t have that one person who excelled at everything I cared about, blazing trails that I hoped to follow, telling me “Someday you’ll be as successful as I am, if you play your cards right,” and “No, no, let me show you how it’s done.”

I do have unusually supportive parents, and I’ve been fortunate enough to learn under some really amazing professors in the past, but I’ve never found the already-wise Plato to my still-learning Aristotle; the streetwise Artful Dodger to my naive Oliver.

I don’t know if it’s a matter of no one having stepped up, or if I just haven’t come across the right person yet.

Or maybe, just maybe, I’m not mentorable at all.

A part of my personality that is both boon and bane is my tendency to learn from everything and everyone. I get the biggest kick out of conversations with absolute strangers, and the lessons I can take away from a novel experience are sometimes life changing.

On the flip side, I have a very difficult time trusting the opinions and knowledge of individuals. Sure, if Sir Richard Branson were to lecture me about diversification or if Seth Godin offered to teach me everything he knew about building a brand, I would absorb everything I could, take detailed notes and very likely change the way I do certain things.

But I would not strive to become a Branson or a Godin. Branson and Godin already exist. I’m Wright. I’m different.

Eureka!

It was due to this realization that I decided to add a somewhat novel, community-driven aspect to Exile Lifestyle when I first conceived of it back in April. I wanted to give my readers the ability to tell me where to live. I knew the kind of readership I wanted: people with ideas and opinions that I could inspire and who would inspire me in return. People who knew things I didn’t know and could easily spell words I couldn’t even pronounce. I didn’t know how this relationship would work then, but after almost 6 months of writing this blog, I know what I want.

I want my readers to be my mentors – my gurus – and to reciprocate the best I can.

And so far, you folks have not let me down. I’ve gained a massive amount of insight on topics ranging from celebrities to hand-to-hand combat, the Law of Attraction to tipping; Label Theory to online dating. I hope I’ve given back even a fraction of what you’ve given me.

Voting Results

In regards to you telling me where to live, after a month of voting and anticipation, the results are in and another stellar bit of crowd-sourced gurudom has been performed.

Around the 15th of January 2010 (about 3 months from now), I will be moving from Argentina to New Zealand (see detailed voting results here).

What I currently know about New Zealand is limited to the jokes I’ve heard on Flight of the Conchords, the landscapes I saw in the Lord of the Rings movies, and the few descriptions I’ve been given by extreme sports enthusiast friends who have visited in the past. Otherwise, I’m totally ignorant about Australia’s noble-neighbor. What do they do for fun? What’s their currency? How do they live?

These are things that I’ll be reading up on before I go, but I would love to get your input, as well. Shoot me an email and let me know where I should visit while I’m there, whom I should meet and what I should do. While you’re at it, tell me a bit about yourself! I love meeting new people, and chances are if you are reading this blog we’ll get along swimmingly.

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

As I continue to build my life here I Buenos Aires, I’m acutely aware of the fact that I will soon be saying goodbye to all the amazing friends I’ve met and the city I’ve come to love. In less than a month I’ll be moving to a different part of the country — someplace a little less urban — so that I can take in more of the beautiful rural landscapes that make up most of Argentina. There will be a whole new set of challenges to face, cast of characters to meet and lessons to learn; starting over won’t be easy. Not one bit.

Through it all, though, I have you – my mentors, my gurus – to help stimulate my mind with a clever comment or pick me up with a kind email. I may not have an Ayn Rand to my Alan Greenspan, but I do have a steadily growing audience of intelligent and thoughtful people who take time out of their day to read my words.

I think I got a much better deal than Mr. Greenspan.

53 comments

  1. Haha! Fabulous! My diabolical plan to take over your brain is proving to be a success as you hand over the keys to your life to your readers.

    I know nothing about New Zealand other than freakishly expensive airfare to get there. So cheers to that and awesome landscapes and community building yet again! Can’t wait to read about this next adventure!

  2. Haha! Fabulous! My diabolical plan to take over your brain is proving to be a success as you hand over the keys to your life to your readers.

    I know nothing about New Zealand other than freakishly expensive airfare to get there. So cheers to that and awesome landscapes and community building yet again! Can’t wait to read about this next adventure!

  3. Dollars I believe is their currency – just like Australia.
    I had a friend who just returned from studying in Auckland so I’ll try to get her to read this and e-mail you with her tips and words of wisdom.
    Cheers to Kiwi Land!!! Cheers to you!

  4. Dollars I believe is their currency – just like Australia.
    I had a friend who just returned from studying in Auckland so I’ll try to get her to read this and e-mail you with her tips and words of wisdom.
    Cheers to Kiwi Land!!! Cheers to you!

  5. No one’s un-mentorable! :P I would definitely say it’s hard if not impossible to find ALL the things you want in any one person, but typically that’s not how a mentoring relationship works anyways. I mean, c’mon, Plato’s are hard to come by.

    I’ve been lucky to have quite a few individuals I’ve considered mentors—at least 4 who each taught me some important lessons, constantly pushed me to be the best I could, and expanded my knowledge in different areas.

    Anyway, I’m sort of rambling now, but just some thoughts you sparked with your mentor talk there. Good luck with the move to NZ my friend! Hope you enjoy the rest of your time in Argentina.

  6. No one’s un-mentorable! :P I would definitely say it’s hard if not impossible to find ALL the things you want in any one person, but typically that’s not how a mentoring relationship works anyways. I mean, c’mon, Plato’s are hard to come by.

    I’ve been lucky to have quite a few individuals I’ve considered mentors—at least 4 who each taught me some important lessons, constantly pushed me to be the best I could, and expanded my knowledge in different areas.

    Anyway, I’m sort of rambling now, but just some thoughts you sparked with your mentor talk there. Good luck with the move to NZ my friend! Hope you enjoy the rest of your time in Argentina.

  7. New Zealand! Yeah!!!
    By the way, this blog post is not only insightful, but heartfelt – really says alot about you – who you are and how you treat others. (And thanks for mentioning your amazing parents!)

  8. New Zealand! Yeah!!!
    By the way, this blog post is not only insightful, but heartfelt – really says alot about you – who you are and how you treat others. (And thanks for mentioning your amazing parents!)

  9. Hey I retuned from a year in Auckland. I had someone who answered all these questions for me so I would be more then happy to pass on the info! Feel free to look my up on facebook and ask away:)

  10. Hey I retuned from a year in Auckland. I had someone who answered all these questions for me so I would be more then happy to pass on the info! Feel free to look my up on facebook and ask away:)

  11. Besides the obligatory bungy jump you must go swimming with the dolphins near Kaikoura on the south island.

    Hands down one of the best experiences of my life.

  12. Besides the obligatory bungy jump you must go swimming with the dolphins near Kaikoura on the south island.

    Hands down one of the best experiences of my life.

  13. I think I am fairly similar with the whole mentorship thing. I am like a sponge absorbing information from everywhere but have never met someone who is exactly what I want to be. I have met certain people who have been huge influences to certain parts of my life, but nobody who is the whole package. I’m not sure the reason why either… Maybe my standards are too high? But screw that, this is my life and I’m not settling.
    One thing I have learned recently in exploring the art of seeking mentors is that you need to offer as much value as possible while costing your mentor as little value (similar to most relationships/interactions). This means you need to have put in some ground work yourself to show you are serious, and you should ask advice on intelligent and specific questions.

    Thus I feel that as my life develops, my access to greater mentors will also expand, especially if I take a proactive approach.

    Maybe this is one of the reasons for you also?

    Regarding NZ, there are basically 3 things to do.

    1. nature stuff
    beaches
    mountains
    trekking
    boating

    2. extreme sport stuff
    literally everything that exists

    3. drinking stuff
    beer and wine!

    Its lacking on the cultural and history side but really does excel in the above 3 areas.

  14. I think I am fairly similar with the whole mentorship thing. I am like a sponge absorbing information from everywhere but have never met someone who is exactly what I want to be. I have met certain people who have been huge influences to certain parts of my life, but nobody who is the whole package. I’m not sure the reason why either… Maybe my standards are too high? But screw that, this is my life and I’m not settling.
    One thing I have learned recently in exploring the art of seeking mentors is that you need to offer as much value as possible while costing your mentor as little value (similar to most relationships/interactions). This means you need to have put in some ground work yourself to show you are serious, and you should ask advice on intelligent and specific questions.

    Thus I feel that as my life develops, my access to greater mentors will also expand, especially if I take a proactive approach.

    Maybe this is one of the reasons for you also?

    Regarding NZ, there are basically 3 things to do.

    1. nature stuff
    beaches
    mountains
    trekking
    boating

    2. extreme sport stuff
    literally everything that exists

    3. drinking stuff
    beer and wine!

    Its lacking on the cultural and history side but really does excel in the above 3 areas.

  15. I like this. Reminds me of a bad ass quote…and I totally relate to your enjoyment of learning and hearing stories from strangers…because in a sense…

    “Every man I meet is my superior in some way. In that, I learn of him.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

    When I venture out to Buenos Aires, you’ll have to “mentor” me on the beautiful city! Have fun in New Zealand!

  16. I like this. Reminds me of a bad ass quote…and I totally relate to your enjoyment of learning and hearing stories from strangers…because in a sense…

    “Every man I meet is my superior in some way. In that, I learn of him.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

    When I venture out to Buenos Aires, you’ll have to “mentor” me on the beautiful city! Have fun in New Zealand!

  17. I demand a recount!

    Just kidding–this is great, Colin. “Australia’s noble neighbor”…hilarious. Stoked to hear that you’re happy with the outcome. Would it be possible to see a breakdown of the votes? Might be interesting!

    Thanks for keeping us all updated.

  18. I demand a recount!

    Just kidding–this is great, Colin. “Australia’s noble neighbor”…hilarious. Stoked to hear that you’re happy with the outcome. Would it be possible to see a breakdown of the votes? Might be interesting!

    Thanks for keeping us all updated.

  19. New Zealand eh? I like it.

    I really feel your thoughts on possibly being unmentorable. I too have a hard time placing trust in someone else’s thoughts and opinions. I guess you could say “Question everything” is my motto. Really looking forward to reading more about your new move, and this blog continues to inspire me every time I visit it.

  20. New Zealand eh? I like it.

    I really feel your thoughts on possibly being unmentorable. I too have a hard time placing trust in someone else’s thoughts and opinions. I guess you could say “Question everything” is my motto. Really looking forward to reading more about your new move, and this blog continues to inspire me every time I visit it.

  21. You and I went to the same school of NZ so I have nothing to offer you on that subject, but I do know about mentors.
    They present themselves when they are most needed. Sometimes, the lessons your mentor leaves you with outlives the relationship you have with them.
    But you’ll know exactly who they will be in your life when you find them.
    Enjoy your last months in BA!
    Take Care,
    Jill

  22. You and I went to the same school of NZ so I have nothing to offer you on that subject, but I do know about mentors.
    They present themselves when they are most needed. Sometimes, the lessons your mentor leaves you with outlives the relationship you have with them.
    But you’ll know exactly who they will be in your life when you find them.
    Enjoy your last months in BA!
    Take Care,
    Jill

  23. Crap, I was hoping for Albania. Maybe next time?

    As for New Zealand, I liked it but it is sort of like Australia’s little brother. Kind of like Canada to the USA and Kiwis have the inferiority complex to go along with it, just like us Canucks. Aussies and Kiwis have a friendly relationship though and the banter between them is excellent.

    If you’re into camping then NZ will suit you. If you’re not into outdoorsy things then it might not appeal quite as much. Get into rugby… they love it there and support their All Blacks like it is a religion. Going to smaller local games or even joining a ‘touch’ team yourself will allow you to meet lots of great people who play hard and drink harder.

    The best way to explore is by car. If you can’t afford one, get a job picking fruit for a look at backpacker culture in the country. Or if you stick around long enough for the winter, head to the ski hills on the South Island. Americans can get a working visa (http://www.workingholidayinfo.com/americans/new-zealand.php) and I would say to get one, even if you don’t intend on working. It’ll keep your options open and if you decide you want to land a job in a pub a couple nights a week just for the craic, then it’ll allow you to do it.

    Check out http://www.helpx.net for some work exchange opportunities. I can recommend one awesome family that are currently building their dream home and probably need a hand. There are lots of other interesting people listed on that site. You work a few hours a day, get food and accommodation in return and also get away from hostels and into a family’s home for a look at real Kiwi life in the countryside.

    Have fun! Give me a shout if you have any questions.

  24. Crap, I was hoping for Albania. Maybe next time?

    As for New Zealand, I liked it but it is sort of like Australia’s little brother. Kind of like Canada to the USA and Kiwis have the inferiority complex to go along with it, just like us Canucks. Aussies and Kiwis have a friendly relationship though and the banter between them is excellent.

    If you’re into camping then NZ will suit you. If you’re not into outdoorsy things then it might not appeal quite as much. Get into rugby… they love it there and support their All Blacks like it is a religion. Going to smaller local games or even joining a ‘touch’ team yourself will allow you to meet lots of great people who play hard and drink harder.

    The best way to explore is by car. If you can’t afford one, get a job picking fruit for a look at backpacker culture in the country. Or if you stick around long enough for the winter, head to the ski hills on the South Island. Americans can get a working visa (http://www.workingholidayinfo.com/americans/new-zealand.php) and I would say to get one, even if you don’t intend on working. It’ll keep your options open and if you decide you want to land a job in a pub a couple nights a week just for the craic, then it’ll allow you to do it.

    Check out http://www.helpx.net for some work exchange opportunities. I can recommend one awesome family that are currently building their dream home and probably need a hand. There are lots of other interesting people listed on that site. You work a few hours a day, get food and accommodation in return and also get away from hostels and into a family’s home for a look at real Kiwi life in the countryside.

    Have fun! Give me a shout if you have any questions.

  25. @Kristin: Thanks! And I’m more than happy to turn the ol’ brain keys over to my readers! I’m sure they’ll drive better than I can!

    @Restless Mama: Ah, that would be great! Thanks for the connection!

    @Cody: Thank you, sir! I can’t help but hope for a Plato somewhere along the lines, but I haven’t found the right combination of attributes yet, I suppose.

    @molly: Haha, as one of those amazing parents, I can tell you that you definitely deserve the credit!

    @Michelle: Thanks so much! Looking you up now!

    @NomadicNeil: Oooh, I hadn’t thought about swimminging with dolphins. I’ll add it to my list!

    @Vinay: I totally agree…I don’t like to be a burden on people, and maybe that’s part of why it’s been hard to develop the kind of mentor relationship with the kind of person I would want as a mentor? Hard to say. I’ll let it happen if it’s going to happen, but otherwise not worry about it too much! Thanks for the NZ info…I’ll definitely have to partake in all three of these main aspects of New Zealand culture.

    @Ronnie: LOVE the quote. And as soon as you make it to BA, let me know and I’ll fill you in on all the ‘need to knows.’

    @Mary: Yeah! Let me know if/when and we’ll grab a beer and catch up!

    @Alan: Honestly I’m happy to go anywhere I haven’t been at this point, but I have heard really great things about NZ. If you want to see the breakdown of votes, go here: http://exilelifestyle.wufoo.com/reports/the-results-are-in/ It was linked to in the post, but isn’t super visible up there. The numbers are on the chart at the bottom.

    @Nate: Glad to have another admitted questioner in the house :)

    @Jill: Guess I’ll just have to keep waiting, then! I’ve done pretty well so far, so maybe I’m just holding out until some really dramatic, terrifying, etc moment? We’ll see. I would definitely rather have someone around then when I really need it than now when I don’t really…

    @Kirsty: Wow, look at all that information! Thanks so much, and I may be contacting you for further details as the move date gets closer!

  26. @Kristin: Thanks! And I’m more than happy to turn the ol’ brain keys over to my readers! I’m sure they’ll drive better than I can!

    @Restless Mama: Ah, that would be great! Thanks for the connection!

    @Cody: Thank you, sir! I can’t help but hope for a Plato somewhere along the lines, but I haven’t found the right combination of attributes yet, I suppose.

    @molly: Haha, as one of those amazing parents, I can tell you that you definitely deserve the credit!

    @Michelle: Thanks so much! Looking you up now!

    @NomadicNeil: Oooh, I hadn’t thought about swimminging with dolphins. I’ll add it to my list!

    @Vinay: I totally agree…I don’t like to be a burden on people, and maybe that’s part of why it’s been hard to develop the kind of mentor relationship with the kind of person I would want as a mentor? Hard to say. I’ll let it happen if it’s going to happen, but otherwise not worry about it too much! Thanks for the NZ info…I’ll definitely have to partake in all three of these main aspects of New Zealand culture.

    @Ronnie: LOVE the quote. And as soon as you make it to BA, let me know and I’ll fill you in on all the ‘need to knows.’

    @Mary: Yeah! Let me know if/when and we’ll grab a beer and catch up!

    @Alan: Honestly I’m happy to go anywhere I haven’t been at this point, but I have heard really great things about NZ. If you want to see the breakdown of votes, go here: http://exilelifestyle.wufoo.com/reports/the-results-are-in/ It was linked to in the post, but isn’t super visible up there. The numbers are on the chart at the bottom.

    @Nate: Glad to have another admitted questioner in the house :)

    @Jill: Guess I’ll just have to keep waiting, then! I’ve done pretty well so far, so maybe I’m just holding out until some really dramatic, terrifying, etc moment? We’ll see. I would definitely rather have someone around then when I really need it than now when I don’t really…

    @Kirsty: Wow, look at all that information! Thanks so much, and I may be contacting you for further details as the move date gets closer!

  27. I don’t know your age, but I have to say, I am more inspired these days by young minds like you, Cody, Dwight, Sean, Paul, Cath to name a few. Maybe we’ll have a chance to meet when we visit New Zealand!

    Never had a mentor myself, but I’m finding my connections through social media true inspirations.

    Looking forward to continue following your journey!

  28. I don’t know your age, but I have to say, I am more inspired these days by young minds like you, Cody, Dwight, Sean, Paul, Cath to name a few. Maybe we’ll have a chance to meet when we visit New Zealand!

    Never had a mentor myself, but I’m finding my connections through social media true inspirations.

    Looking forward to continue following your journey!

  29. Kudos my friend. To hell with standard gurus, hail normal wise people. I’m don’t know much about New Zealand except from the fact that I want to go there at some point, but if you ever decide to take a small trip to Perth, you know how to get in touch with me :)

    You’ll do great, wherever you go. Keep it rocking man.

  30. Kudos my friend. To hell with standard gurus, hail normal wise people. I’m don’t know much about New Zealand except from the fact that I want to go there at some point, but if you ever decide to take a small trip to Perth, you know how to get in touch with me :)

    You’ll do great, wherever you go. Keep it rocking man.

  31. Hi Colin , I stumbled across your link from 20sb..I think this is awesome that you are doing that , traveling and letting the reader decide CRAZY! Great thing you have awesome parents! Well I am Nigerian so trust I ll be voting Nigeria as soon as I can..I am going to read more and catch up on what I have missed , as I am new here. Well I have a fashion consulting business and am also a personal shopper :) so if you ever need anything :O contact me . I offer virtual services!
    Nikki.

  32. Hi Colin , I stumbled across your link from 20sb..I think this is awesome that you are doing that , traveling and letting the reader decide CRAZY! Great thing you have awesome parents! Well I am Nigerian so trust I ll be voting Nigeria as soon as I can..I am going to read more and catch up on what I have missed , as I am new here. Well I have a fashion consulting business and am also a personal shopper :) so if you ever need anything :O contact me . I offer virtual services!
    Nikki.

  33. Hey Colin. I just stumbled across your site and love what you’ve written and what you have been doing. I think it is fantastic. Also, I am going to New Zealand about the same time you are. I will only be there for a month this time, but we should definitely meet up while we are both there!

  34. Hey Colin. I just stumbled across your site and love what you’ve written and what you have been doing. I think it is fantastic. Also, I am going to New Zealand about the same time you are. I will only be there for a month this time, but we should definitely meet up while we are both there!

  35. Hate to tell you this Colin but here are the pop figures for NZ…

    Total- 4.1 Mil people

    Cities
    Auckland- 1.3 Mil
    Wellington- 500,000
    Christchurch- 300,000
    Everything else is Springfield or smaller.

    I personally would recomend Queenstown, it’s a golden goose and with 10,000 people has enough infastructure to support some towny type stuff.

    Finish Argentina strong! Chris

  36. Hate to tell you this Colin but here are the pop figures for NZ…

    Total- 4.1 Mil people

    Cities
    Auckland- 1.3 Mil
    Wellington- 500,000
    Christchurch- 300,000
    Everything else is Springfield or smaller.

    I personally would recomend Queenstown, it’s a golden goose and with 10,000 people has enough infastructure to support some towny type stuff.

    Finish Argentina strong! Chris

  37. NEW ZEALAND!!

    Man thats exciting, I have always wanted to go there. I didn’t realize you were also moving to a different part of Argentina as well. You certainly aren’t trying to make things easy on yourself are you? Guess there is no reason to considering how well you seem to be doing.

    Really excited to learn more about your adventures, and I look forward to the day in the (hopefully) near future where our passes will cross and you can tell me all about how you punched a local in the face over whatever the local brew of choice is.

    Keep it up man!

  38. NEW ZEALAND!!

    Man thats exciting, I have always wanted to go there. I didn’t realize you were also moving to a different part of Argentina as well. You certainly aren’t trying to make things easy on yourself are you? Guess there is no reason to considering how well you seem to be doing.

    Really excited to learn more about your adventures, and I look forward to the day in the (hopefully) near future where our passes will cross and you can tell me all about how you punched a local in the face over whatever the local brew of choice is.

    Keep it up man!

  39. Hey Colin. What I wanted to write was much too long to leave as a dignified comment. However, I just wanted to say that I truly loved this post and that it’s my favorite on your blog so far. I don’t think that anyone really has that awesome biped turtle sage dude from Kung Fu Panda guiding them along the way, but that we all find that through our connections with others. That’s why I travel; that’s why I read blogs; and, as you said, that’s why you (and I, and many others, I’m sure) write them. Leaving Argentina will be difficult, most likely, but at this point, my closest friends have come from time spent on “the road” (more like “the planes”), and they each came from different places at different times and for different reasons. The more places you go, the more likely you are to meet those that you will later call your family. The hardest part is knowing that you will probably never be with all of them at once (barring some super-special event in your honor), but it’s a small price to pay to know so many rad people. Oh, and congrats on deciding on NZ. I’m sure you’ll have a BLAST!

  40. Hey Colin. What I wanted to write was much too long to leave as a dignified comment. However, I just wanted to say that I truly loved this post and that it’s my favorite on your blog so far. I don’t think that anyone really has that awesome biped turtle sage dude from Kung Fu Panda guiding them along the way, but that we all find that through our connections with others. That’s why I travel; that’s why I read blogs; and, as you said, that’s why you (and I, and many others, I’m sure) write them. Leaving Argentina will be difficult, most likely, but at this point, my closest friends have come from time spent on “the road” (more like “the planes”), and they each came from different places at different times and for different reasons. The more places you go, the more likely you are to meet those that you will later call your family. The hardest part is knowing that you will probably never be with all of them at once (barring some super-special event in your honor), but it’s a small price to pay to know so many rad people. Oh, and congrats on deciding on NZ. I’m sure you’ll have a BLAST!

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  43. Like you, I consider the world to be my mentor. I’ve always been a do-it-yourself, teach-yourself, person (which probably has something to do with the fact that I was home schooled my entire life and that I basically taught myself from 8th grade onward).

    While I know I’m capable of accomplishing anything I put my mind to, I’m also humbled by everything and everyone around me; I constantly remind myself how little I know (a quick browse through Wikipedia easily proves the point).

    Striving to be just like a particular person only constrains our ability to grow. We are unique individuals. The best thing we can do is learn from, and be inspired by, the lives of others.

    Having the unrelenting self-confidence to believe you’re capable of anything means you can take inspiration from absolutely anyone and apply it to your own life. I try to do this constantly.

    I’m looking forward to your posts from New Zealand!

  44. Like you, I consider the world to be my mentor. I’ve always been a do-it-yourself, teach-yourself, person (which probably has something to do with the fact that I was home schooled my entire life and that I basically taught myself from 8th grade onward).

    While I know I’m capable of accomplishing anything I put my mind to, I’m also humbled by everything and everyone around me; I constantly remind myself how little I know (a quick browse through Wikipedia easily proves the point).

    Striving to be just like a particular person only constrains our ability to grow. We are unique individuals. The best thing we can do is learn from, and be inspired by, the lives of others.

    Having the unrelenting self-confidence to believe you’re capable of anything means you can take inspiration from absolutely anyone and apply it to your own life. I try to do this constantly.

    I’m looking forward to your posts from New Zealand!

  45. I was reading something else about this on another blog. Interesting. Your perspective on it is diametrically contradicted to what I read earlier. I am still contemplating over the opposite points of view, but I’m inclined to a great extent toward yours. And regardless, that’s what is so good about modern democracy and the marketplace of thoughts online.

  46. I was reading something else about this on another blog. Interesting. Your perspective on it is diametrically contradicted to what I read earlier. I am still contemplating over the opposite points of view, but I’m inclined to a great extent toward yours. And regardless, that’s what is so good about modern democracy and the marketplace of thoughts online.

  47. Colin,
    I just stumbled upon you and love what you are doing. You are an inspiration as I plan to leave this ‘safe’ lifestyle behind and follow my dreams of traveling around the world and writing. I can’t wait to start my adventure and I bet yours has been amazing.

    As far as NZ goes, there is a travel writer I’ve been in touch with that lives there and has great information about it. Her name is Heather and she’s brilliant! Here is her blog, I bet she’d love to talk to you!

    http://kiwitravelwriter.wordpress.com/

    Safe travels and I may have to ask you about Argentina later. I may head down that way : )

  48. Colin,
    I just stumbled upon you and love what you are doing. You are an inspiration as I plan to leave this ‘safe’ lifestyle behind and follow my dreams of traveling around the world and writing. I can’t wait to start my adventure and I bet yours has been amazing.

    As far as NZ goes, there is a travel writer I’ve been in touch with that lives there and has great information about it. Her name is Heather and she’s brilliant! Here is her blog, I bet she’d love to talk to you!

    http://kiwitravelwriter.wordpress.com/

    Safe travels and I may have to ask you about Argentina later. I may head down that way : )

  49. make sure to mention to kiwis you came from “the west island” before arriving in Chch and you’ll get many brownie points ;)

  50. make sure to mention to kiwis you came from “the west island” before arriving in Chch and you’ll get many brownie points ;)

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