Roam Sweet Roam

I don’t want to work

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I studied computer engineering. And for us geeks, there’s only one place to be in the world if you want to be called “the cool kid” instead of “the nerd”. And that’s San Francisco. The Silicon Valley. The Mecca of all tech stuff. I managed to get an internship there. Today, I still think that it was the best internship I could have gotten, it was exactly what I wanted at that period of my life: a stimulating job, a well-known startup, a perfect city. And I really liked it….read more

Hitchhiking in Mexico

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I’m not an experienced hitchhiker. Before this current trip, I’ve only hitchhiked once: from San Francisco to Mount Rushmore. It was because I had one week of holidays and nothing better to do, so I wanted to try hitchhiking. Plus hitching through half of the United States sounded fun, I too wanted to be a Sal Paradise or a Dean Moriarty, to be one of those “mad” ones, “the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the…read more

My Very First Impressions of Mexico

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I didn’t know much about Mexico before crossing the border. Tequila, sombrero, large moustache. And fiestas. I had no Mexican Lonely Planet or any other travel guide, I forgot all the Spanish I learnt in high school, I knew nobody in Mexico; I just had in mind I wanted to reach the southernmost point of Baja California (is there even a city down there?). But still. I walked through the door. A totally mysterious world was waiting for me. Two armed Mexican soldiers were standing there next to the door….read more

Why I Hate the New Couchsurfing Website

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I didn’t want to write this article at first, I was planning to write one about my very first impressions of Mexico. It would have been a happier article, maybe. But today I was using the website version of Couchsurfing to plan my next trip, and man was I disappointed. Even a bit furious. For those who haven’t heard about Couchsurfing, it’s a worldwide community of people who will open their homes to guests at no charge. Couchsurfing aims to bring like-minded, travel-obsessed people together for the sheer good of…read more

The Morning of my Life

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Go to school, work hard, get a good job, buy a nice house, take a two week vacation, retire, take a year long vacation, die. That is the introduction from a guest post written by Jamie from The Great Big Scary World. When I read it for the first time, some three weeks ago, many thoughts crossed my mind. Thoughts about my own life. Thoughts that made me want to write this article. These 100 characters were the perfect description of the whirlpool of my life, of the life I was supposed…read more

The Who, the Why and the What-Does-That-Even-Mean?

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Done. One of the three questions above answered. One third of my blog post written. Only got the Who and the Why of Roam Sweet Roam to answer. Who am I? January 13th, 2014. It was a windy Monday. The sun was shining but it felt cold. I was nervous. I was about to ask something unusual to my school direction. I went to see them, and asked them if I could apply for a gap year before my final year at college. I told them, I don’t want to…read more