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The Absolute Biggest Mistake I've Made While Traveling

Leaving places where everything is right "just because."

I just arrived in Beijing. The air is cold and crisp, the pace is fast, people are wearing suits and carrying briefcases and the general vibe here is I'm on a mission.

I hate cold weather except in small doses, and I haven't spent more than two weeks in a cold-weather place during a cold time of the year since... I don't know when, it's been a long time. A few years.

I forgot how the cold makes people move fast, crisp, not dally, not lounge about... it's refreshing. I feel like I'm in New York a little before Christmastime, which (shitty cold weather aside) is one of my favorite times in one of my favorite places in the world.

But let's about traveling (and life) mistakes. The biggest mistake I've made, by far, is leaving a place where I'm very happy or productive or I've got a good workflow. Occasionally, everything is just right somewhere... and when everything is just right, I'd recommend you milk it for all it's worth.

Blurring The Days

On Huan M. Nguyen

Is it Monday? No, it's Wednesday. It seems like I just went to bed Sunday night. Open up Twitter, refresh... Haha that's funny... Okay, open up Facebook here, let's see what's going on. Just like every other day...

I've gotten up way earlier than I normally do the past two days, in time to see watch the light of the rising sun reflect red off the mountains. As I write here, it's already bright enough that the mountains have regained their usual brown and green, and the treetops outside my window are their vibrant yellows and greens, made more so by the angle of the sun.

Being able to watch the sun rise and the world lighten just clicked something in my head.

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