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In Stories

11 More Stops Till Main Street Station

Eleven more stops till Main Street Station. There are plenty of open seats, but you choose to prop your hip against the railing and stand by the door. You feel safest when you’re near an exit. The subway emerges onto a bridge crossing over a highway and you can see the city lights passing by in a blur and now you are thinking of the line 6 in Paris that passes over the Pont de Bir-Hakeim. It has the best…

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In Digital Nomads/ Product Reviews

Best VPN for Travel: A VyprVPN Review

Happy Data Privacy Day! This holiday focuses on raising awareness about protecting your personal information online, so it's a fitting day to talk about why you should use a VPN and which is the best VPN for travel (in my opinion).I'm nearly three years into being a digital nomad, and I'm ashamed to say I only recently started using a VPN. That means my Internet connection and all my data, from emails to bank accounts, have potentially been exposed to…

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In Digital Nomads/ Stories

“Oh, So You’re a Digital Nomad?”

It is 7 p.m. when I hear the knock on my door. I have just moved in and don’t know anyone here, so I can only guess it is my downstairs neighbor. There is no light on the porch, so I can’t see anything outside the large uncovered window on the door. I stall for a second as I peer through the darkness, but I know whoever is on the other side has already seen me, so I swing the door…

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In Food/ Toronto

Fantail Bakery-Cafe in Toronto

Not to sound shallow, but I knew the moment I set eyes on Fantail Bakery-Cafe that I would love it. I mean, any bakery that lets you know the exact moment you can get their baked goods fresh out of the oven gets me on a deep level. On a sunny day in September, I walked into its bright shop in sleepy Roncesvalles, immediately taking note of an eccentric poem printed in gold lettering on one of its blue-and-gold filigreed walls entitled…

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In Stories/ Toronto

The First Snowfall of the Season in Toronto

November 20, 2016. The first snowfall of the season in Toronto. I am lying on my back in bed about to drift to sleep when I notice something on the skylight above me: a smattering of slush obscuring the glass. I throw the sheets off and run out my front door in nothing but a Florida T-shirt and shorts. The cold air stings my legs and my bare soles crunch ice on the deck.…

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In Remote Work

How to Pay Quarterly Estimated Taxes Online

Yes, you can pay quarterly estimated taxes online! When I was a newbie freelancer back in 2013 I was pretty confused by the concept of paying income taxes four times a year, instead of just once a year like employees do. For more details on quarterly estimated taxes and how and why freelancers pay them, please see my Freelancer’s Guide to Quarterly Estimated Taxes. When Are Quarterly Estimated Taxes Due? Depending on the year, the exact date can vary by a…

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In Stories/ Travel

Blue Sky Ceiling

I wake up to a blue sky ceiling, white sheets bundled at my feet. A black cat purrs against my chest.I do not lock my bedroom door. I couldn't even if I wanted to; there is no lock. I have learned to always keep the door ajar while I sleep, or else the cat will paw mercilessly at it, begging to be let in.On laundry days, we hang the sheets to dry on the deck. I like the sound, and…

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