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Feb 17, 2019 20:36:30

Alter-Nomad: Preface - attempt 1

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Basile Samel

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Just like many people my age, I ask myself existential questions. I do not avoid them. I experiment in an attempt to find answers. This book documents one of those experiments: living as a digital nomad.

It started as a mandatory essay I wrote during my years in engineering school, pompously titled "Nomadism as an ascending vector". The location-independence idea fascinated me - I had just read The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris - so I decided to investigate the topic of nomadism and write about it. I ended-up with a theoretical essay of 20 pages which opened myself up to fresh and innovative ideas about remote work and the art of travel. I lacked one thing: firsthand experience living as a full-time traveler.

A year later, I went abroad to study software engineering at Stockholm's University. Sweden has one of the most advanced education systems in the world, so I got the opportunity to study online. All the lectures were recorded, and the professors were freely available via email. It was even possible sometimes to schedule Skype calls with a teacher. I would work from my appartment when I was not feeling like braving the cold to attend a live lecture. I was able to sleep till 10AM without having to worry about being on time. I had a Macedonian girlfriend at the time, so I seized the opportunity to visit her in her home country for two weeks while studying remotely. That was my first experience as a digital nomad, and I've never stopped moving ever since.

to be continued...


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