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A Road Trip Through Dresden, Cologne, Berlin • Digital Nomad

A Road Trip Through Dresden, Cologne, Berlin • Digital Nomad

We have taken some time absent from the regular on the web channels to emphasis on creating, mastering and establishing new technologies, and enjoying daily life itself.

10 times soon after deactivating my Fb, I let everybody know I will before long be deleting it, and substantially of my other, so-called, social media.

I’m placing with each other a lengthy Medium article about the relationship of Large Tech and US intelligence, and its position in the failing social-financial procedure of nowadays. To set brief, I am vastly let down with this artificial, income-centric world purported by The usa, and its cronies in Australia, the British isles, even Canada and New Zealand. I want no even more involvement other than to perform to a planet I want to be a section of.

I hope the progressive younger generations of the West glow by, and that they can see via the nonsense world that has been hurled at them. No marvel so quite a few folks are suicidal.

Long walk down the Tempelhof runway
Strolling the runway at Tempelhof Airport, Berlin

Some people handled the information as if I was departing without end, by no means to be witnessed once more. This is symbolic of our slavery to technological innovation, and the mainstream expectation that all of us regularly take part in it. Life goes on!

All I’m doing is shunning the status quo, and enjoying a job in building the future generation of Internet – that of decentralisation. It is a paradigm of assumed, but a variety of beta flavours of it are coming before long. A lot of of which, particularly people pushed by the regular corporate giants, will not be genuinely decentralised whatsover. This is a reaction to these kinds of forces.

I’m also setting out to show that we need not count on significant know-how networks or social media for our projects to prosper. We have grow to be too passive and dependent on specified networks, forgetting that field has thrived for hundreds of yrs, and lifestyle for numerous hundreds of thousands, just before our crazed affliction with electronic equipment and addictive apps. Human beings will endlessly find ingenious implies of advertising and trade.

So, all is very good in this article. I’m not sitting down all over executing nothing at all, but I am at last starting to make some decisions I should really have built a very long time in the past. And, that is to enable go, of attachment, to know-how.

If you enable observing what you can do to make improvements in your have (on the net) everyday living, say hi there any time.

Highway Journey from Krakow to Dresden, Cologne to Berlin

Schiffsherberge Pöppelmann hotel on the Elbe river in Dresden
Schiffsherberge Pöppelmann resort on the Elbe river in Dresden

Previous 7 days we embarked on a seven day highway vacation, starting up from our residence base in Krakow, Poland.

On board the ship hotel, Dresden

After a push of around seven hrs, the very first night’s halt was in Dresden, the German town in the vicinity of the Polish border. I identified an great offer on a transformed ship, that is now a hotel on the landmark Elbe river.

The up coming working day, we drove to Cologne, to keep with old pals – the exact first place I stayed after departing India, pursuing 8 months in Asia. I’m mentoring a buddy and creating the technical system for Memtell, a family members memory bank undertaking.

In Cologne, we frequented an brilliant new neighborhood centre, entire of artists and tech lovers. Jono and I worked all working day from the StartPlatz co-functioning room. On the Thursday evening, the four of us shared feed-back and suggestions on our different assignments, lasting effectively into the night time.

Return to Berlin

Tempelhof Airport, Berlin
Tempelhof Airport, Berlin

The impetus of the full vacation was the David August concert in Berlin. Inspite of a transient cease through Berlin a number of months before, this was a go to to the town I lived in right before Krakow for about 3 1/2 months.

David August Live in Berlin

David August carried out his outstanding solo display at Columbiahalle, a previous US Air Pressure hangar. He performed alternatives from his latest D’Angelo album, with a couple of teasers of his magnificent back catalogue. He continues to be my favourite artist in the planet at the instant.

Berlin Braves Baseball in Tempelhof
Berlin Braves Baseball in Tempelhof

We stayed in the Tempelhof space of Berlin, beside previous Tempelhof Airport, which was rebuilt and expanded by the Nazis. Because becoming out of fee, it has been preserved, that includes the occasional underground rave, and now property to non permanent housing of countless numbers of asylum looking for migrants.

Our resort was the special Scube Park Hotel advanced, comprised of small bins for rooms. Overnight, with subzero temperatures, attained our place the identify, Ice Dice.

Ice Cubes - Scubes Hotel

On Sunday I drove through Berlin exhibiting particular highlights, from Kreuzberg, acquiring misplaced in the occupied vacationer pedestrian aspect of Brandenburg Gate, and as a result of to the Vietnamese centre of Don Xuan.

Soon after a short travel down Sandinostrasse, we headed back for the fast six hour push to Krakow. Dwelling to adorable cats and a warm, loving residence.

The cats of Zielonki

India on the Horizon

Journey strategies for a 10 7 days journey to India and Sri Lanka are shaping up, and quickly to be thoroughly verified. With the receipt of my Indian organization visa, we are tracking flight charges on Skyscanner.

We’ll be in India from February 1st for two months, starting in Delhi, and earning our way through Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore, Tiruvannamalai, Auroville and Kochi. At the end of March one particular of my dearest good friends celebrates his wedding ceremony in Sri Lanka. We’ll spend a number of weeks doing work from the beach front there, and back again to Europe.

The far more I settle into domestic existence here, the extra I see 2019 as invaluable for productiveness and the development of some of my most significant everyday living projects. Aside from my System Sea e book tour, I expect to be Europe based by means of the summer, and then determine out the techniques to check out New Zealand around the transform of 2020. I would like to check out China on the way. I have no genuine notion or inclination, and it doesn’t definitely make any difference anyway.

Much more to appear, but some fascinating travel stories and classes to be shared before long.

Anjuna Beach view
View from Anjuna Beach, Goa, India

Back again to work

Not significantly much more to update. These common journey stories will make way for the authentic intent of DigitalNomad.Blog, which is important suggestions, guides and lessons for the digital nomad life-style.

I’ll also before long be sharing a lot more of the future fascinating, next generation technology I’m operating on. This might be my main opportunity to make a sizable effects in society and for the in close proximity to upcoming of humanity. Time will convey to.

Have a excellent time, where ever you are, and never forget to dream. Step by phase, piece by piece, they are certain to come about.

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Back on the Road, Nomadic in Delhi • Digital Nomad

Back on the Road, Nomadic in Delhi • Digital Nomad

Lotus Temple, New Delhi
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My life was a short while ago cat pics

It is been silent at DigitalNomad.Blog, as has been lifestyle alone. Not to worry… exhilaration has returned!

I used the past number of months laboriously typing absent at my book, System Sea. The 2nd draft is fairly much completed, and the Prepare Sea e book is scheduled for a June 13 launch.

We largely stayed indoors in a warm property close to Krakow, sheltered from plummeting, freezing temperatures, and thick snow. My to start with, prolonged domestic interval in decades. I was incredibly productive, finding out about matters like Reliable and turning out to be a qualified Holochain developer, though thinking about some of the larger concerns in life. Experienced a serious fantastic prospect to slow down and master even deeper what is taking place in the entire world. It is not great. A number of motives for optimism, but it demands additional bravery from a lot more people to unchain themselves from fashionable ideological slavery.

Earning dramatic alterations to each day regime, I located the happiest harmony and internal peace. Every single morning, waking early, meditated, straight into writing. No internet, no news, no email, no social media, no distractions – nothing at all – though inspiring tunes played in history. Composing for many hours, a split for lunch, capture up on do the job matters, every thing beneath command. The deficiency of worry from on the internet news, view and social nonsense makes a gargantuan affect, habits that will not soon return.

Furthermore, as I resolve remaining attachments in everyday living, I focus on the items I want to do. Appropriate now, key concentration is split among finishing Program Sea, and positioning Mom.Domains as a pioneer in up coming-gen World-wide-web. When finish, concentrate will shift to audio, movie and artwork. A several, pick work jobs. Some further more, important alterations in enterprise are on faucet.

I’m refreshed, recharged, and inspired to enact remaining tweaks demanded to set totally free.

First… the make any difference of a a few thirty day period trip by India and Sri Lanka.

The (Funds) Adventures Continue on

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Mosque in Old Delhi

I’m producing from a rooftop condominium in south Delhi, near to the heart of Mehrauli Village. Applying airbnb credit rating, I saved €30 off a week’s keep, managing €18 a night. In the past weeks I’ve booked €16 flights within India, sub-€300 flights to India on great airways, identified 3-star motels for €30, additional hidden gems for €10 a night time, and a 7 days of an executive King space with a balcony in Goa for €77 (€11 per night time). I’m traveling with any individual – building certain luxuries 50 % value. Everyday everyday living like all foods and community transportation is all-around €12 just about every.

There is an artwork to discovering fantastic travel bargains. I argue the considerably less revenue a single has to travel, the a lot more open one will become for amazing encounters. Set in the time to analysis, apply building and dwelling by selections, and it gets to be a lot easier and much easier. Every solitary working day is an adventure, and enjoyable. Challenging to keep in mind dwelling in pyjamas for months in a comfy property and program.

BlogX in Delhi

BlogX 2019 in New Delhi
BlogX 2019 in New Delhi
Back on the Road, Nomadic in Delhi • Digital Nomad
Speakers at BlogX 2019

This Friday February 8 I return to the stage of BlogX, India’s leading nationwide conference for bloggers and vloggers. This time about, I’m moderating various panels of top Indian bloggers, and chatting the long run of interactive written content.

Articles to talk about? The World wide web is about to be disrupted, from internet 3.0’s Linked Details, the put up-blockchain room, and advances in augmented fact. The days of Fb and Google are, mercifully, numbered. Adjustments are coming. Embrace them, put together for them, support pioneer. Save the planet, one particular selection at a time.

BlogX 2019 subject areas involve insights into Podcasts and Search engine optimisation, “Movie is the New Influencer: Leading Traits & How to Master Them“, “Harnessing the power of contemporary age Influencer and affiliate Marketing“, “Interactive Content material that Moves the Needle“, with blogathons and competitions. A super lunch is served, and a VIP afterparty, as perfectly as unsurpassed networking alternatives.

BlogX 2019 takes place at the Eros Hotel, Nehru Area, New Delhi, on Friday February 8. For additional information and facts, verify out

Coming up up coming 7 days

From Mumbai, we’ll evaluation BlogX and our Delhi expertise, on the lookout in advance to the return to Goa. Pleasant weather conditions (did you know Delhi will get chilly?), beach locations, ocean, and inspiring surrounds for composing.

This beautiful, mysterious calendar year continues…


Humayun's Tomb, Delhi
Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi
Long road to adventure
Lengthy road to experience

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Writing From Leopold Cafe, Heartbeat of Shantaram • Digital Nomad

Writing From Leopold Cafe, Heartbeat of Shantaram • Digital Nomad

This week I’m crafting from Leopold Cafe, in the heart of Colaba district, downtown Mumbai. This cafe, set up 1871, is finest recognised as centrepiece hangout in traditional novel, Shantaram, centered on the genuine story by Gregory David Roberts.

Shantaram was usually suggested although touring via India previous year, and grace linked me with a copy in Berlin. It promptly turned just one of my favourite textbooks of all time. Thrilling, descriptive, immersive, uncooked, and serious. Captures the Mumbai experience totally.

I have found that looking at great publications whilst producing one’s very own (Prepare Sea), increases excellent of one’s creating. This has helped condition anything from richer descriptions, engaging narratives, even scientific relativity, this kind of as from Stephen Hawking’s ultimate book, Temporary Responses to Big Questions.

On our way south by way of India to Sri Lanka, following twelve times in Delhi, we extended our remain in Mumbai another night time. 1st thing Saturday early morning we experience the teach to northern Goa, our home for the following pair of months.

I have experienced a non-end fever for ten times, normal bouts of predictable belly ailments, in a little bit of a lull immediately after extraordinary change from preceding domestic regimen. Goa really should help proper this, and Vipassana will absolutely chill anything out.

Lately, I’m questioning why I travel at all, acquiring located comforts of dwelling and a veritable spouse and children. Journey appeared to be my exploring for some thing. Possessing found, whichever, travel now appears to be for the sake of, drawing out a three thirty day period journey on different motivations. All of this is offering superb philosophical musing for the last chapter of my reserve. I’m finding out what I genuinely need from lifestyle, and if there is any hope for me, or humanity.

With that, here’s a recap of the previous 7 days in journey everyday living.

Working day Journey to Haryana

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Breakfast before the journey, with Govind

Right after meeting domainer mate Govind at Kashmiri Gate station for breakfast, we embarked on the 3 hour bus ride to Karnal City, Haryana.

On achieving our destination, the bus didn’t prevent, requiring bursting onto the pavement underneath, as a result of 3 men who’d jumped into the doorway of the bus. Pedestrians have been surprised at the physical appearance of a random gora (foreigner) in a extremely area space. In the melee I shed my treasured water bottle from Auroville, but disappointment lasted seconds. Actual physical attachment, and all that.

At the place of work of Haryana School of Net Marketing (HSIM), I was welcomed with a bouquet of roses. Adhering to introductions to the really noble employees, I chatted in the office with Govind, Navn from my GameX 2018 staff, and numerous team associates. Heaping platters of snacks arrived, which I assumed was lunch. They laughed at me – lunch was nevertheless to arrive!

In fact, with a few tables connected collectively, the overall business office of all around sixteen individuals sat all over to consume. Just about every human being ready a dish to share, complemented by rice, roti and lassi. I sampled specific foodstuff for the initially time, these kinds of as a paneer casserole that was most divine. There had been also various curries and salads. I could scarcely take in any much more, but stuffed myself out of courtesy.

Writing From Leopold Cafe, Heartbeat of Shantaram • Digital Nomad
Just after lunch with employees of Haryana University of Internet Advertising and marketing (HSIM)

Following lunch, I was requested to introduce myself, and share career advice. I started out with my story – how SEA came about – and my knowledge in the Web world. For tips, I urged the younger industry experts to look to the long run to predict and adapt for coming tendencies. Alternatively of stuck in the lull of existing day saturation, early adopters have the gain of additional time and know-how to assert authority. I cited illustrations these kinds of as Good and Holochain, how Joined Info will alter marketing and advertising, and P2P’s coming disruption of internet internet hosting. I been given a spherical of applause, and a hefty e-book on Hindu philosophy.

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Slowly ambling back to more compact workplace, I was quickly whisked absent by one of the women, whose sister and brother-in-legislation arrived. Getting me to their home, I fulfilled the elderly moms and dads and little ones, before even further snacks and desserts have been served. It was the most food I’d eaten in decades.

With a thunderstorm pouring down and dark slipping, I reported farewell to the team, then dropped off at bus end. The bus barely paused, resulting in a gigantic leap over puddles to hurtle myself on the bus. The travellers ended up surprised. Just one was so amazed he paid for my bus ticket, spending the following hour chatting about lifestyle in Delhi.

Thank you HSIM for the warm welcome. The humble generosity of Indians lends great charm to the magic of the country as a entire. The West can find out classes on provider and courtesy from its Asian siblings.

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Navn Gupta, Sea and Govind

Review of BlogX 2019

Writing From Leopold Cafe, Heartbeat of Shantaram • Digital Nomad
Sea and Bijay rocking BlogX 2019

BlogX 2019 was my 2nd successive BlogX. Past calendar year I moderated a panel on the long run of Online advancement in India. Invited back again, on the early morning of February 8, at Delhi’s Eros Resort, I co-hosted an energetic half hour about Podcasting with the outstanding Bijay Gautum.

Writing From Leopold Cafe, Heartbeat of Shantaram • Digital Nomad

My credentials? In the early 2000s, I ran one of the most prosperous and well-known Net radio station directories, UMFM. UK’s Know-how Journal dubbed me “one of the pioneers of World wide web radio”. Although I took a 10 years crack shortly after arriving in Melbourne, with growing security in my lifetime podcasts will return. Thank goodness Bijay is proficient in the ins and outs of the podcasting earth. It is come a lengthy way, yet so handful of bloggers integrate it in their do the job.

Other guests talked over influencer marketing and advertising, the ability of video blogging, and value of interactive content. There was a blogathon sponsored by Air Asia, with contestants acting out flight scenes in Hindi. A outstanding buffet lunch was served, permitting for handy mingling involving speakers, and prior acquaintances.

Although slow commencing, BlogX’s electricity and depth picked up around the working day, and was a reliable manufacturing in the conclusion. Gracious many thanks to Noopur and Sarvesh at Techmagnate for getting me back again, and I hope to see you all soon.

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BlogX speakers and guests on the stage for a big selfie

Supersonic Bonobo Weekend in Pune

Writing From Leopold Cafe, Heartbeat of Shantaram • Digital Nomad

A great deal of this 3 month trip has been an easy itinerary to craft. Commencing in Delhi, moving south to Sri Lanka, a handful of milestones together the way. Intentionally, a number of pockets left open for spontaneity. A single can go mad from overly demanding preparing, and a single typically misses out on some remarkable activities.

This weekend is a person of these open periods, between Mumbai and Goa. Perhaps we’d like Mumbai more than enough to stay lengthier, or desire to expend an added weekend beside ocean and seaside. Both was excellent, but this spare weekend occurs to aspect Bonobo‘s stay physical appearance at VH1 Supersonic Competition in Pune, a few hrs east of Mumbai. No strategies, no commitments, flexibility to go with the movement, opened prospects in a new city, with a single of my favorite artists.

In the close, I was daunted by the prospect of a business mega pageant, with 16+ age group, busy to get to, and from there to Goa. I want chill and silence, creating by the waves of the ocean. Remain in a person position for a although. In the conclusion, we prolonged our remain at Mumbai’s Carlton Resort, and booked a train from Mumbai to Goa on Saturday for two added Goan evenings.

Times to Appear

Upcoming week we’ll check in from Arambol, Goa, our property for two weeks. I’ll be back again in the Strategy Sea crafting groove, ending its remaining edit. Overview of the train journey to Goa.

To complement these private adventures, we have a slew of contemporary information suited for electronic nomads and inquisitive vacationers. How To Pack for Epic Adventures, 15-20 Destinations to Pay a visit to in India, Ideas to Reserve Indian Prepare Tickets, and even more commentaries on the entire world.

Have a good 7 days, and hold the dreams alive!


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Packing Light for a Month in India • Digital Nomad

Packing Light for a Month in India • Digital Nomad

Back to Delhi.. yet again!

My visits to India have enhanced with each individual passing 12 months. Only a pair of months just after returning from a few months in India and Sri Lanka, I soon head back for my sixth arrival, based all around a friend’s wedding ceremony in Kochi, and the latest DomainX 2019 area name convention in New Delhi.

On every new journey I sense elevated apathy and disappointment of uprooting the relaxed domestic lifestyle I have warmed to in Poland. For someone who has not experienced considerably of a steady dwelling in my overall lifetime, possessing a great residence is most enjoyable. Breaking its momentum, which a thirty day period in one more continent is bound to do, minimizes my will to travel. There is also the environmental thought of environment travels, and hoping to enjoy my very own, if miniscule, part in extra aware decisions. Now, I’d rather continue to be at house!

Month in India

Rocking BlogX 2019
Rocking BlogX 2019 with Bijay

This journey is “necessary”. My first invite to an Indian wedding ceremony, a 3rd Vipassana meditation program (1 working day only), conference my old housemate from Melbourne in the Himalayas, and the significant DomainX 2019 conference brace for an action packed and productive 4 months. I have quite a few key meetings linked to Mom.Domains, and was invited as a speaker at DomainX for the next time – fourth over-all in India.

Preferring “slow” vacation as a lot as attainable, my time is split with five to 6 times each close to Kochi, Auroville, the Himalayas (initial time!) and Delhi, with small stops by Chennai, Bangalore and Chandigarh. There is only a small space for versatility in in between Auroville, the Himalayas, and Delhi, which is anything I have a tendency to create in to each individual vacation.

Packing for a Thirty day period in India

Sea World Backpack 2017-18
Large backpack, small backpack, camping things, much too numerous dresses – my prior Round the Planet packing things

On the modern 3 thirty day period vacation, I downsized baggage from trusty Osprey 60 litre backpack (normally that contains tent and sleeping bag), to a very simple, overstuffed have on backpack. This meant I wouldn’t will need to check in any baggage. This was extra than ample for a few months in India. I believe that if you have adequate dresses for 7-10 days, you have plenty of for nevertheless extended vacation you motivation.

The backpack consistently weighed over ten kilos, stuffed to the brim the place zippers broke. The main perpetrator was my previous 2011 MacBook Professional, which weighs all-around 4kg which includes charging cable. My CME XKey midi keyboard weighs just about 800g. I packed certain things I did not have on usually more than enough to justify (e.g. two pairs of denims), and was studying a large and weighty guide, “Sapiens”.

For this coming month in India, I return to the exact same backpack, but with no the notebook. Alternatively, I’m borrowing my girlfriend’s Huawei M5 Mediapad, conserving me quite a few kilos. Leaving my XKey at property, I’m bringing a lesser, lighter Launchpad Mini midi controller. No actual physical reserve – I’ll read through ebooks on the tablet.

I’ve downsized my apparel, decreased to five at ease t-shirts and 4 Indian kurta shirts, a person pair of jeans, comfortable tracksuit trousers, white kurta trousers, shorts, swimmers, two pairs of socks. The last journey for my very well-worn Adidas runners, and a pair of thick, Indian-created flip flops. I have a hoodie which is travelled 6 continents with me about six many years.

Whole: 6 kilos. About half the excess weight of the last excursion, and space to fill up if necessary.

As constantly, I propose “practice packing” times or months right before any journey. The act by itself opens the creativeness to the journey, and mentally prepares for authentic earth eventualities. It’s an prospect to assume about what is lacking, what is wanted, and what is no lengthier required.

100% pack for real the working day prior to any excursion.

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These very little buggers make me want to depart property much less

On the way to Adventure… Adventure!

Railway near Ella, Sri Lanka
Railway in close proximity to Ella, Sri Lanka

Reaching the place is as a lot a section of the journey as the spot alone. Ahead of I fly from Budapest (due to tremendous inexpensive flights on Ukrainian Airways) to Delhi then Kochi, I’m attending a marriage in Cologne. Previous friend from Melbourne, QRate, is marrying his longtime German girlfriend.

We’re traveling on a super affordable flight to Dortmund, shelling out a night in a city referred to as Mettman, right before the Saturday in Cologne. On Sunday, I’ll embark on a immediate, seventeen hour night time bus to Budapest, forward of my first exploration of a city I’ve extended needed to check out. In Delhi, I transfer to Kochi, and a whirlwind four days for the wedding. My associates at Malaysian web hosting program startup RunCloud will also be in attendance, fantastic for even further small business.

Friendly cow in Auroville
Curious cow in Auroville

A Fitting Conclusion for the Program Sea Ebook

Plan Sea - The Book
The Strategy Sea Reserve – outdated protect

A lot of of you are aware of my second ebook, Plan Sea. I began composing it in India two many years ago, and the tale has prolonged an added year, including two further more trips to India. In fact, I’m tracing my roots to the place the story of the ebook all commenced – in Delhi for DomainX 2017, and writing started out in Bangalore, on my way to Auroville for the first time. Soon right after, the nuts a few months of magic in South Korea, then an unpredicted non secular journey, and new everyday living in Europe.

Acquiring taken a substantially needed split from creating, I’m all set to dive again into Approach Sea, and end it up. A fantastic circle completes numerous loops I have encountered more than the past two several years, finishing it in which it all started, and reminiscences alongside the way.

Approach Sea’s launch has been consistently delayed, but I anticipate its launch someday all over mid November to early December. Just in time for the holiday seasons!

For far more data on the Plan Sea ebook, check out out the Program Sea web page right here.

Which is it for now

Coinciding with my return to creating the novel, extra common content material is coming to Electronic Nomad Site. There is substantially to be said about momentum and rhythm in minimal distraction environments, and they are vital characteristics for creating.

After this month in India is wrapped up I look forward to returning property and building upon the wonderful points I have rising here. With momentum to complete crafting the ebook and tying up loose ends of tasks needing to be concluded.

Have a fantastic summer season / winter season, and make guaranteed you have a little something to search ahead to in life.

The Sea

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Avant Art Festival 2019 Wroclaw • Digital Nomad

Avant Art Festival 2019 Wroclaw • Digital Nomad

The life of a digital nomad brings us to some remarkable places and random experiences, and the latest was the opportunity to cover the 2019 Avant Art Festival in Wroclaw. While we’re slowly dusting off GASHE to bring it back to the masses, this article shares a fond glimpse at the surprisingly impressive week in Wroclaw, with deeper details to come.

Wroclaw is a vibrant, youthful city in the south west of Poland, also known as Breslau, while previously under German occupation. We’ve long been much impressed with its music culture and the quality of events that seem to pass through Wroclaw, with this our first opportunity to spend more time here (check back soon for coming digital nomad feature).

Introduction to Avant Art Festival

Outside Impart in Wroclaw AAF 2019

Avant Art was founded in Wroclaw in 2008, both as an annual festival series, and an ongoing foundation for the arts, primarily music. The early years focused on a particular theme, such as collaboration with foreign artists for editions, including Hungarian (2009), Norwegian (2010), Swiss (2011), German (2012), and Russian (2013). There has consistently been a heavy international presence alongside Polish artists and musicians, and the foundation strives to become “a living artistic organism”.

In this 2019 edition, the opening week in Wroclaw was followed by a slightly altered week in Warsaw, and a one-off gig in Berlin featuring a few of the weekend’s artists.

Gravetemple at AAF Wroclaw 2019
Gravetemple and Stephen O’Malley opening Avant Art Festival 2019 in Wroclaw on Monday night at Impart

Japanese Artists on Wednesday at Impart

There is a long tradition of Japanese participation at Avant Art Festival, dating back to the first edition in 2008. On the Wednesday evening at Impart, guests were treated to three performances in the small hall. The first, illustrator and sound designer Kouhei Matsunaga, donning 3D glasses took the stage, where he sat in front of a laptop, soon generating sounds of birds and nature. Occasionally bass rocked through the hall, with low frequencies balanced out by the higher ones of chirps and background sounds. Particularly impressive was the simulation of water drops, that seemed to fall from the top of the speaker downwards towards the bass-flooded stage.

Veteran Aki Onda took the stage next, in front of a small table filled with various electronic equipment, a champagne glass, and numerous cassette tapes and players. He began with a demonstration of sound dynamics, holding a small speaker and rotating it from left to right, creating unique depth in contrast to the larger, traditional speakers. He mixed expertly between cassette decks and effects units, creating almost an organic synthesizer sound, with layers of reverberating textures of anything from band recordings to Tokyo street sounds and conversations. From the glass he poured water into a microphone tray or plate, creating a bang and sizzling akin to an electric shock. The highlight came with his hand held bells, that he occasionally dropped on floor cymbals that were drenched in reverb, creating lush loops of bells and crashes floating into the distance. To conclude came a final display of sound dynamics, playing a cassette deck through a small cube monitor, complemented by bells, and faded out as the spotlight dimmed.

Rounding out the evening was three piece Japanese band Kukangendei, who largely play polyrhythms – the concept of different instruments and percussion each at independent time signatures. The madness, with their bursts of heavy guitar, bass and snare, despite its chaos, works proficiently, and occasionally comes together most delightfully. The drums, bass and guitar were joined by Polish guitarist Hubert Kostkiewicz for the final track.

Aki Onda at AAF 2019 Wroclaw
Aki Onda at AAF Wroclaw 2019 – photo courtesy of Lukasz Gawronski

Dalek and Zonal at Impart on Thursday

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Dalek at AAF 2019 Wroclaw

Returning to Impart on the Thursday, the action moved from the small hall to the main theatre, with a huge stage, balanced acoustics, and tiered seating. First up was American hip hop duo dälek – “rap for adults” – who used a pair of mixers, various pedal boards and effects to generate crushing industrial beats, underneath reverb and echo drenched vocals.

Britain’s Zonal, a two piece electronic act, cultivated layers of loops from what appeared to be modular synthesizers, mixers and a laptop. In their red and black symmetry, cutting through the fog, they dropped broken instrumental hip hop beats and glitchy sounds.

Zonal at AAF 2019 Wroclaw
Zonal performing at Avant Art Festival 2019 in Wroclaw

Friday night in the Church at Stary Klasztor

The most exciting night was Friday, when Avant Art took over an old church, Stary Klasztor, and erected a big stage and sizable sound system, that bellowed bass through its chambers. After the challenge of finding the place, I was particularly enamored by the church setting, bringing back memories of the first underground rave I ever attended in the late 1990s, at a church outside of Toronto, Canada.

Headlining the night was Aisha Devi and her Danse Noir crew – we discovered Aisha Devi last year covering Up To Date Festival in Bialystok, and have been fans since. After the Danse Noir DJs came the Greek goddess, Abyss X, who charmed the crowd with her seductive posturing and dancing, climbing the table, holding shiny jewellery into the sky, while a central laser cut from the back and reflected off her ring. Her underlying beats set the foundation for her evocative and provocative singing and chanting.

Aisha Devi at AAF 2019 Wroclaw
Aisha Devi at Avant Art Festival 2019 in Wroclaw

Aisha Devi took the stage next, with a diagonally-aligned table holding gear that included a mixer, laptop and effects. Her dark, churning beats and bass cut through the church while she wailed away with penetrating vocals for her signature sound. Energetic and positive, Aisha thanked the packed crowd, humble and grateful, despite one mentally ill guest doing his best to ruin the performance from the second row.

Concluding the proceedings, Finland’s Amnesia Scanner took the stage, to wild cheers from devoted followers. Smoky and foggy, the trippy set played through dark pounding and glitchy beats, occasionally dropping into funk. I’m not sure what was in the fog, but it assuredly led to amnesia of my own.

Amnesia Scanner at AAF 2019

Saturday night at Firlej

After recovering from Friday, Saturday moved to the south of Wroclaw, at the arts hall of Firlej. While a smaller stage and venue, the packed, devoted crowd lent for a big and noisy night.

It began with a pair of simple sets from Polish DJs, first MŁYN, then Morgiana. This set the scene for Britain’s ShyGirl, who was clearly not shy, taunting the crowd with slow lyrics, raps and singing, while a lazy DJ stylishly pressed buttons and checked his phone. There were dubstep, garage and grime styles reflective of their UK roots, and the boisterous crowd impressed the artists, who had huge smiles of surprise and wonder.

Coucou Chloe at AAF 2019 Wroclaw

Coucou Chloe entered the stage with a bottle of champagne she guzzled over the course of her set. A simple laptop and CDJ set up allowed for performances of her original productions, with songs and raps over top. There was some dubstep and faster tracks, and she was certainly appreciative of the full house.

Curl was the energetic highlight of the evening, a three piece British band, whose sounds ranged from grunge, to hip hop, to noise and blasts of grime. The trio swapped between instruments, that included a drum kit, a table of synths and drum pads, a guitar, bass, and microphones. Layers of noise, drone, distortion and feedback came together for snappy renditions of songs, between improvised jams, not unlike the vibe of Sonic Youth.

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Curl performing at Avant Art Festival 2019 in Wroclaw

Chilled Sunday Comedown at Impart

Fittingly, the festival’s week wrapped up back at Impart, with a smaller crowd and much softer music, though not necessarily easy listening. Polish classical musical duo Teoniki Rożynek & Qba Janicki opened proceedings with mind food. Janicki, a seasoned jazz drummer, rolled a plethora of common and unusual percussive sounds across his snare drum, tapping out rhythms. Rożynek began with the post-attack sustain of her violin, while mixing layers of her synth and other keyboard sounds.

Teoniki Rożynek & Qba Janicki at AAF 2019 Wroclaw

American guitarist Bill Orcutt holds a vast musical resume, but at Avant Art Festival 2019 he performed simply, with a single guitar through a Fender amp, no pedals, vocals or effects. His clean guitar sound generated mesmerising rhythms that were easy to become lost in thought, while chord progressions changed from the use of a capo, and fast rolls and hammers into full chords.

Concluding the evening, and the weeklong festival, was Japanese space rockers Minami Deustch, reminiscent of legendary band Can. For this performance we moved back into the main theatre room. The four piece act featured a female drummer holding things together, two guitarists mirroring on the wings, each with a seldom-used microphone, and a bassist in the centre. Their mostly instrumental set took advantage of the roomy, boomy confines of the theatre for a stellar, powerful performance.

Weekend in Warsaw ahead

Avant Art Festival 2019 wraps up this weekend in Warsaw, with Aisha Devi, Abyss X, Amnesia Scanner, Coucou Chloe and the Danse Noir DJs rocking an old factory site on Friday night. Saturday moves to Klub999 for a completely original presentation, featuring Olivia (PL), Curl, Bob Vylan, Hungary’s Fausto Mercier, and a selection of Polish electronic artists. Sunday returns the chill theme, with a trio of American acts, Mick Barr and Aaron Turner, concluding with Bill Orcutt. Limited tickets remain available.

Positive Feelings for Avant Art Festival 2019

Being void of expectations is a solid approach to life in general, removing chance of disappointment, but subsequently leaves room to be impressed. Avant Art Festival was one of these instances, a hidden gem with a storied history, a well-curated roster of original and truly creative artists, and a laid back yet well-executed approach that hints at a respect for its underground roots. It’s a winner, and while you might not discover this in time for 2019, it’s well worth marking on your calendar for 2020.

Avant Art Festival rejuvenates the concept that music proves a vibrant and diverse art form, and inspires artists to challenge themselves to new levels of artistry, beyond the mainstream and conventional approaches to 4/4 beat design and performance. While this article has been a brief introduction to the world of Avant Art, in time we’ll explore more in depth through GASHE, and perhaps raise our creative games to participate ourselves one day.

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Some photos courtesy of Avant Art Festival 2019 / Lukasz Gawronski – thank you!

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Plan Sea The Book: Update • Digital Nomad

Plan Sea The Book: Update • Digital Nomad

Plan Sea, the guide that retains becoming created, commenced in excess of two several years in the past, but the stop is now in sight.

The greatest reward is for the reader, in that Plan Sea has organically reworked beyond a in-depth compilation of spending budget journey and performing on the highway tips. The story before long narrated throughout real-daily life experiences, which includes prolonged periods in Korea, Berlin and Poland, 4 visits to India and a flavor of 20 4 international locations.

Just as it feels to be wrapping up, a new twist in daily life occurs, further compounding the morals and philosophies of everyday living, enjoy and happiness, and the looming long run of civilisation. The ebook explores the roots of battle and anger, homelessness vs. traveler, and the want to act on collective consciousness.

Although the specific ending is nonetheless unknown, as just about anything can take place right before the finish of the calendar year, writing has practically concluded, and editing underway. Is there one particular additional big adventure to share?

Strategy Sea The E book – Coming February 2020

All symptoms point to the formal start of Strategy Sea on leap calendar year, Saturday February 29th, 2020, marking 20 four a long time because the publishing of Ansley’s initial book, Onward Muttford, about a utopian city-culture of canines and other animals.

Fittingly, the ebook appears to be like to be launched in Goa, almost certainly Arambol, the bohemian seashore site of a lot magic in the tale.

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This is It, Arambol – A day-to-day writing location for Plan Sea

Strategy Sea The Tour

System Sea will be launched in north Goa on Saturday February 29, followed by an India tour by means of March and April, such as envisioned stops in Mumbai, Bangalore, Pondicherry, and Auroville.

Key European capitals will be visited in Might and June for the Prepare Sea tour, while New Delhi, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and in other places in South East Asia are on tap for July and August.

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System Sea was originally supposed to close listed here! More than a year in the past

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