Muffadal Saylawala

La Nina: Semana Santa in San Juan Del Sur Nicaragua

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I stood on the beach admiring the sun’s descent over the horizon, as I do every day. Another beautiful sunset. This day was different though. I had trouble keeping my gaze on the oranges and reds, I was drawn to all the Semana Santa action. All along the beach, there were stages, a climbing wall, bumping sound systems, families, couples, partygoers and people who came here to rob drunken people. Semana Santa translates to ‘Holy Week;’ it’s the biggest celebration in Nicaragua all year leading up to Easter Sunday. Tens…read more

Tribal Alliance Round Up

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Tribal Alliance is a leadership immersion retreat for individuals creating holistic solutions to our world’s woes. Over 100 passionate people came together in the lush jungles of Costa Rica for five days. We gathered round in a big circle under the stars to begin our five day ceremony. The night sounds of the jungle welcomed us into the space as the organizers blessed the gathering. We called upon our spirit guides and protectors. There was fluid supply of burning sage and incense. Smoke has been traditionally used for eons as…read more

Lessons that Keep Learning from Experience Institute

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Before joining Experience Institute (Ei), I was already sold on experiential learning. I’d been a nerd in my younger years – always studying books and seeking answers to my many musings – but, learning how to be a better human didn’t happen through studying books, it transpired over seven years of nomadic living. So, when it came to continuing my higher education, I didn’t need convincing that experience was the best way to learn. There’s a few lessons from that year of designing my own graduate degree that continue to…read more

Progress is Practice

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I have been writing a bit. I set a goal of 1,000 words a day on my computer. That was 150 days ago: September 23, 2014. I didn’t hit the goal every day, its undulated considerably. Setting the goal and telling people about it put a flag in the ground. It gave me something to stand for. I’ve gone weeks out of practice. Things come up, I’ve been moving around and manage a schedule that reports to myself. I even went on a real vacation where I didn’t write a…read more

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Hope for One More Block

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We met him the night before in the dorms. He was a tall fellow from California, a young one. He’s traveling through Nicaragua for ten days solo because one of his best friends from home is Nicaraguan. Mr. Californian hadn’t tried gallo pinto yet, so we went on a mission searching for authentic Nicaraguan grub. I let the Californian lead. I’ve gotten lost and found many, many times, so much so that the possibility of getting lost doesn’t cripple me with fear or anxiety or any of those unpleasant things…read more

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Evolution of Tourism: Riviera Maya

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The Caribbean coast was mostly uninhabited before tourism arrived in Cancun 20-some years ago. Taking it from the top, there’s Cancun. It started out as a super exclusive place for select wealthy nationals and expats. People started investing in the area, developing the beachside with luxurious resorts and getaways. The powdery white sand and warm turquoise waters filled with blossoming marine life didn’t stay secret for long. Word got out and it spread like wildfire. Then the town exploded; hotels and nightlife as far as the eye can see, eating…read more

I choose me.

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Your Turn Challenge Day 7: What are you taking with you from this Challenge? I did it. I wasn’t sure if it would be possible. Its day seven, the final post of the Your Turn Challenge. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be. One small step at a time. Once I accepted the challenge, I made it a daily priority. I gave myself time. Its something I’ve been meaning to do for a while. The challenge gave me just enough structure to make it fly. The…read more

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Surprise

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Your Turn Challenge Day 6: Tell us about a time when you surprised yourself I surprise myself every moment I am present. When my lungs breathe oxygen into my bloodstream. When one of the trillions of cells in my body dies. When one of the trillions of cells in my body comes alive. When I get sick and my body recovers itself. When I take a step and can put my foot precisely where I look and want to put it. When I try surfing and get thrashed by the waves,…read more

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Stop Trying So Hard

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Your Turn Challenge Day 5: What advice would you give for getting unstuck? No matter what I did, it didn’t work. I was trying so hard. Just like I had my entire life, the more I try, the better I do, the more successful I am. This time though, the more I tried, the worse it got. I had escaped my job climbing the corporate ladder for a life of entrepreneurship. I thought I had great ideas, but nothing seemed to work. My significant other didn’t love me anymore and…read more

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How to Be the New Guy

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Your Turn Challenge Day #4: Teach us something that you do well My sense of traveling has evolved. When I started, I was a tourist wanting to take a photo of virtually every single step, so that I could update my status on Facebook to show my friends and family all the cool places I’d been. I’ve transformed into a seasoned traveler, immersing myself in communities and helping bolster ecologically-minded projects. Many of the local friends I make are artists, musicians, organic farmers and yoga instructors. I’ve developed a knack for connecting…read more

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