Mindblown: a blog about philosophy.

  • IVHQ


    Unlike some college graduates, when I walked across the stage with my Master of Arts in Industrial / Organizational Psychology I did not have a job lined up in my field. I considered the Peace Corp, but was unsure if I was ready to make the two year commitment it required. As an experienced world […]

  • 30 Before 30

    30 Before 30

    I often hear people in my generation say, “If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.” However, I barely ever hear Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first elected female in the continent of Africa to serve as the 24th President of Liberia, receive the credit for her brilliant observation. The quote in […]

  • Seventh Wonder

    Seventh Wonder

    I do not recall when I created the goal, or even what made me want to achieve it, butsomewhere along the way I decided to tackle the New Seven Wonders of the World. For those who are not familiar, on July 7, 2007, the results of a popularity poll announced the “New Wonders” as the […]

  • Amman Marriott

    Amman Marriott

    The Marriott wasn’t my first choice, perhaps not even my second, but they came through with a world class experience. The more I travel, the more I attempt to stray away from hotel chains and choose Homestays or Airbnb type properties. This Marriott was equipped with three full restaurants and a piano lounge; all great […]

  • Cousiño Macul

    Cousiño Macul

    Cousiño Macul is the only family owned winery in Chile that continues to be maintained by the family dating back to when they opened their doors in 1856. All the wines are grown, vinted, and bottled on the premises. During my tour of Cousiño Macul, I was allowed to bicycle through the 750 acres estate, […]

  • BA Airbnb Experiences

    BA Airbnb Experiences

    I booked my trip to Buenos Aires and Santiago a week before departing. I found reasonable airfare and Airbnb apartments in prime locations. I had no clue when I arrived how I would be spending my days, and I frankly was not in a rush to figure it out. I was simply glad to be […]

  • Airbnb Recoleta

    Airbnb Recoleta

    I could not have picked a better area then Recoleta. In addition Juan Carlos was the perfect host. He was very attentive to my needs! I found the apartment and the neighborhood to be very safe which made me feel comfortable since I was traveling alone. After walking out the front door I had markets, […]

  • Surviving Cuba

    Surviving Cuba

    Before I boarded the plane to Havana, I was bombarded with a plethora of advice in many different forms. I received calls, texts, and even emails with different options of what to bring, how to pack, survival tips, you name it. So now that I received my Cuban stamp, I am ready to share mine. […]

  • Havana Airbnb

    Havana Airbnb

    When staying in a foreign country, location is key. I could have not been more pleased with the location of Claudia and Sergio’s apartment. After walking out the front door, you have a gelato shop a block to your left, and to your right, four restaurants with a plethora of options. A little further down, […]

  • The Papo Experience

    The Papo Experience

    Papo was a tour guide service referred to me by two friends who used the service on different occasions. As much as I travel, I was skeptical about paying someone to create an itinerary that I could have done myself. However, after months of not planning anything on my own, I finally decided to let […]

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