Hardware Retailing

OCT 2017

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October 2017 | HARDWARE RETAILING 95 9. All Around Peru Lesson: Turn your personal challenges into opportunities for growth. During May, I woke up next to a tarantula in a rainforest treehouse. I visited a poverty-stricken village along the Amazon river. I experienced mild heat exhaustion while hiking up Machu Picchu. I slept under coats and blankets on a block of salt and went showerless for days while road tripping in Bolivia. Travel isn't always glamorous, but every challenge made me stronger. 8. Bogotá and Medellín, Colombia Lesson: Invest in learning a new skill. After residing in Spanish-speaking countries for two months, it was time to get a language tutor. Although I'm seven-months deep in Spanish lessons and I ventured around Spanish-speaking countries for six months, I would still consider myself a beginner. Learning a second language isn't easy for me, but I'm committed because I know it's a sound investment for my future as a traveler and a professional. 10. Córdoba and Buenos Aires, Argentina Lesson: Follow your heart, reflect often and love your family. At the end of the program, I thought a lot about my decision to participate in Remote Year and determined it was one of my best. My days in Argentina were mostly spent holed up in restaurants, coffee shops, co-working spaces and apartments with my Remote Year family. Everything I did and saw was awesome, but the people I met and lessons I learned were most impactful. 7. Mexico City, Mexico Lesson: You can't judge a book by its cover. I love Mexico City. However, prior to visiting for a month, it was never on my list. I figured it couldn't be all that great. How could it compare to the beaches in Cancún? Well, there are no beaches. But the city offers a bright spirit, energetic attitude and laid-back personality with some of the most delicious food, lively parties and smiling faces you'll ever see. I guess it's true that you can't knock something until you try it. 3 4 5 6 1 2 10 9 8 7

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