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Past Smalltalk When Traveling

Hi Sebastian,

This is first time actually contacting you, or anybody through blog for that matter. But you make it almost too easy(you must be bombarded with e-mail, good luck!).

I'm interested to know your strategy or preference on maximizing meaningful conversations abroad or even back home. I mean do you have any particular tactic or is it mostly random. Any public places or events that stir up conversations with strangers, any small talk lines or questions(etc. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?) that lead to insight and good conversation.

I'm from Finland and I'm going to travel a bit in asia(Okinawa, Seoul, Katmandu, Bhutan) and I find conversations as the best way to learn and experience different cultures. It would be such a waste to do it randomly if it there's is a way to do it most efficient way.

If you have any book recommendations, please make them available in amazon.co.uk with your affiliate id I would be happy to support you somehow.

Topics! What an idea!

On The Words of Focus Project

Well today's been awesome. I hung out with Tanner, with James and Samuel and Dana and Mat and the a bunch of other Dynamite Circle peeps. I did some good reading, said goodbye to Laura, chatted with some cool people online.

One thing I've been thinking about these works: should I be 'allowed' to do other work in this hour?

The point of this writing is "training myself, proving to myself, that I can resolve to do something, and then persist to have it done". The medium to train myself was to be "A challenge to the very core of my being. Can I sit down, every single day, for one whole hour, for 90 days in a row, and write?".

Well, it doesn't matter what I write according to that. I can devote the writing time to philosophizing, to repeating the same word again and again, to trying new stuff, whatever.

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