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Curing Cancer: A Work in Progress…
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Curing Cancer: A Work in Progress…

I don’t talk very much about the work I’ve done as a professional writer, mostly because people don’t ask, but also because it’s complicated. I’ve ghost-written everything from tech-oriented white papers about anti-virus software to ebooks about raw food diets. I’ve written what I call “corporate poetry”—meaningless emotive blips about products that are often placed on the home pages of web sites to inspire ...
Mexico Construction: How We Got Scammed and Still Survived — By Jennifer Shipp
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Mexico Construction: How We Got Scammed and Still Survived — By Jennifer Shipp

Someday, when I have time to reflect on things, I’m going to look back on the past five months of my life and say, “Wow. That’s was fucking hard.” When that day comes, sometime in the future—maybe a decade or so from now, I’ll feel it and I’ll probably think that I handled things okay under the circumstances. But right now, and for the past year and three months, I’ve felt mostly stupid, vulnerable, ...
De Colores: Callejoneadas en Guanajuato Parte II
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De Colores: Callejoneadas en Guanajuato Parte II

In this video, the audience begins moving toward the alleys of Guanajuato while the estudiantina group continues singing De Colores.Related Posts:Lydian and the Estudiantina Group in Guanajuato, Mexico: Photo GalleryLydian Performs with the Estudiantina Group in Guanajuato, MexicoLydian Performs with the Estudiantina Group in Guanajuato: Part IILydian, John, and Jace on a Callejoneada ...
Realities of the Digital Nomad Lifestyle and the Rule of 3’s
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Realities of the Digital Nomad Lifestyle and the Rule of 3’s

The most stable social systems in the world are based off of triangles. Think about it:  in order for you to have a stable couple-dom with another person, you need to share something in common. Maybe you both like to watch TV. Maybe you both like to travel. Maybe you have kids together or a cat or you own a house that you’re renovating. Without that third thing, or activity, or person to stabilize a ...
Experiences with Upwork: An Historical Overview
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Experiences with Upwork: An Historical Overview

My husband John and I started using the Upwork platform back in the days when Upwork was still two companies: oDesk and eLance. Before that, we’d been the owners of several businesses, some successful, some not successful. Between 1998 and 2002, John and I started an online business that worked primarily with getting newspapers onto the web. Then, between 2002 and 2010, we owned a web development business ...
Deshacerse De: To Get Rid of…
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Deshacerse De: To Get Rid of…

Before our last and final trip back to the United States last week from Mexico, I struggled to find the right words in Spanish to describe what we would be doing back in Nebraska. In English, I use the word “get” in conjunction with the word “rid” and the vague preposition “of” to describe the process. How do you “get” rid? You don’t. You “get rid of”. First you “get”. Then you “rid”. And finally, to wrap ...
How Our Finances Changed When We Moved out of the United States — By Jennifer Shipp
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How Our Finances Changed When We Moved out of the United States — By Jennifer Shipp

Our family has been traveling for decades, but our home base has always been in the United States. We are, after all, citizens of this country. But the more we traveled, the more we started to understand what “citizenship” means and how the tethers we had to our native country and even our state (Nebraska) was actually hurting us financially. After moving to Mexico “officially” in January 2017, John and I ...
White Horses at the Jardin de la Union in Guanajuato, Mexico
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White Horses at the Jardin de la Union in Guanajuato, Mexico

There's always something cool going on at the Jardin de la Union in Guanajuato, Mexico. One weeknight, we walked down to the Centro to see men dressed up as giant white horses and people walking around on stilts.Related Posts:White Horses in Front of the Nuestra Señora Church in Guanajuato, Mexico (video)Sad Dog Begs for Food in the Jardin Union in Guanajuato, Mexico (video) ...
Hoxsey Cancer Treatment Center: The Bio Medical Center in Tijuana, Mexico
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Hoxsey Cancer Treatment Center: The Bio Medical Center in Tijuana, Mexico

The Hoxsey Clinic (aka Bio Medical Center) in Tijuana, Mexico has been successfully treating cancer for years. The Harry Hoxsey Formula is affordable and it works. Patients need not undergo chemo in order for it to be successful. Canadians, Europeans, and Americans flock to this place for treatment because it represents a viable cancer cure that's simple and effective and much healthier for the body and ...
Lydi Talks about Being Sexually Harassed in Mexico…and She’s Pissed.
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Lydi Talks about Being Sexually Harassed in Mexico…and She’s Pissed.

After about a week of teaching classes at a local language school, Lydian arrives home to tell us that she's sick of being sexually harassed on the street when she walks alone.Related Posts:Lydi Talks about Being Chosen as an English Teacher in Guanajuato, Mexico (video)Lydi Talks about Teaching English to Kids in Guanajuato, Mexico (video)Teaching English: My First Day as an English Teacher ...
Lydi Talks about Being Chosen as an English Teacher in Guanajuato, Mexico
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Lydi Talks about Being Chosen as an English Teacher in Guanajuato, Mexico

Right after she arrives home, Lydian talks about how she got chosen to teach English to two kids in Guanajuato, Mexico. Initially, she was just supposed to substitute for a teacher who took some time off, but the parents decided that they wanted Lydian permanently for their kids. Since this was only her first week of teaching, she was pretty excited about it.Related Posts:Lydi Talks about Being ...
Lydi Talks about San Miguel de Allende Health Food Shops
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Lydi Talks about San Miguel de Allende Health Food Shops

In the United States, health food items are only a few clicks away. It's easy to order things and it's easy to have them shipped, but Mexico is different. Finding health food items is all about hitting the streets to shop in-person at little shops. In this video, Lydian talks briefly about some of the stuff that she found in San Miguel that day. She spends a lot of time baking healthy foods for our family ...
Lydi Talks about Taking the Bus in Guanajuato, Mexico
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Lydi Talks about Taking the Bus in Guanajuato, Mexico

Public transportation is something that's uncommon in rural Nebraska, so it's taking some getting used to as Lydian finds her way back and forth from her classes in Guanajuato, Mexico. In this video, she talks about her experience finding the right bus that morning to take down to the Centro. Though she could walk to her classes, she can either take the tunnels (25 minutes) which are dark and dangerous for ...
Teaching English: Lecturing vs. Conversing in an English Class — By Lydian Shipp
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Teaching English: Lecturing vs. Conversing in an English Class — By Lydian Shipp

On Wednesday, I had another English class with the 20-something college student. It was my last one with him, which I was very grateful for. I didn’t find out it was my last one until after the class was over, but that was okay. It was good news.I’d been trying to work with him from a more interactive way for the first three lessons. I prefer to take this approach since it’s more fun (usually) and as a ...
Making Piñatas at Escuela Falcon in Guanajuato, Mexico: Photo Gallery
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Making Piñatas at Escuela Falcon in Guanajuato, Mexico: Photo Gallery

In 2013, we spent a month in Guanajuato, Mexico. While we were there, we took Spanish classes at the Escuela Falcon language school. The school hosts a lot of special events and activities outside of classes and while we were there, we signed up to make piñatas.Related Posts:Making Piñatas at Escuela Falcon, Guanajuato Language School -- By Jennifer ShippMuseo de las Momias (Mummy Museum) in ...
Digital Nomad Life-Hacks: The Best Banks and Debit Cards for Getting Cash While You’re Abroad
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Digital Nomad Life-Hacks: The Best Banks and Debit Cards for Getting Cash While You’re Abroad

In our digital age, where online banking is a ho-hum everyday sort of thing, you’d think that traveling and managing your funds would be easy and straightforward. But it’s not. When we first started traveling, many of our debit cards didn’t work when we were abroad. And since having loans is the anti-thesis of travel, we were also really low on credit cards. But since our earliest days of travel, we’ve ...
Teaching English: I Have My Own English Class! — By Lydian Shipp
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Teaching English: I Have My Own English Class! — By Lydian Shipp

Tonight I taught an English class for a 10-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy. I was told at first they were two 11-year-olds, then that they were 8 and 9, but they both seem their age. I was nervous because I wasn't sure how I'd be able to handle two kids on my own. I've worked with kids a lot, but never really on my own in the way I would be working with kids in an English class.
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Teaching English: My First Day as an English Teacher in Mexico — By Lydian Shipp
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Teaching English: My First Day as an English Teacher in Mexico — By Lydian Shipp

Today I taught my first English class. I spent the entire night last night going over my plan for the class in my dreams (and dreaming that I’d gotten ready to go at the right time and then somehow still ended up at least an hour late). I’d like to say it was good for me, but it wasn’t. It was totally unnecessary.

I had everything ready for the morning. My bag was packed with my English ...
Digital Nomad Life-Hacks: Global Health Insurance — By Jennifer Shipp
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Digital Nomad Life-Hacks: Global Health Insurance — By Jennifer Shipp

To date, I haven’t had a lot of interest in Global Health Insurance probably because I’m so sick of paying a super-high rate (in 2017 our monthly cost was $1400/month) for health insurance in the United States when I don’t intend to use the healthcare system there. I don’t like the U.S. healthcare system and I try not to use it EVER, even when we’re in the U.S. Over the course of a decade of travel, I went ...
Digital Nomad Life-Hack: Travel Vaccines — By Jennifer Shipp
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Digital Nomad Life-Hack: Travel Vaccines — By Jennifer Shipp

Although I don’t agree with everything the CDC does or espouses in the U.S., the CDC Yellow Book is a must-have for any world-traveler. When I first discovered it, I read it cover-to-cover as a primer in common diseases that occur worldwide. There are maps, charts, and other handy tools in this book to help travelers (and non-travelers for that matter) manage their own vaccination schedules, decide which ...
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