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Croatia Through the Eyes of a Digital Nomad

(CYNDIE BURKHART) Cyndie Burkhart, October 11, 2020

Dear friends,

This newsletter is one of new beginnings. I’m happy to announce the launch of my new photo storytelling series “ Croatia Through the Eyes of a Digital Nomad .”

This time I have a publishing partner—Total Croatia News, a top online news/media publication. I have my own column with the same name where I’ll be sharing stories about my adventures meeting locals, learning Croatian culture, and of course digital nomad life.

In case you missed another announcement, I’m Croatia’s newest resident. My original plan to stay here through the pandemic evolved into a longer view. This means I can get to know the local community and experience another way of life as an insider, not a tourist. I’m learning just how different the perspective is.
The Virtual Traveler series may have retired, but you can still visit my  photography blogto read the stories and the photo galleries to see the pictures. Visit the 12 Countries in 12 Months project page and find out what it’s like to travel and work around the world for a year.

Follow my 2 Instagram pages: @cyndierabbit and @everywherecyndie.
I hope you’ll follow my new journey as I’m already piling up photos and stories. And, if you’ve ever wanted to see this part of the world in real life, now’s the time to start planning because you’ve got a friend here 🙂

And now for the stories…

Give Bees a Chance

Happiness report: Norway is the happiest place on Earth – BBC News

(BBC NEWS) March 20, 2017 — It’s the international day of happiness – and the annual rankings have been published.

Norway is the happiest place on Earth, according to a United Nations agency report – toppling neighbour Denmark from the number one position.

The World Happiness Report measures “subjective well-being” – how happy the people are, and why.

Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and and Finland round out the top five, while the Central African Republic came last.

Western Europe and North America dominated the top of table, with the US and UK at 14th and 19th, respectively.

Countries in sub-Saharan Africa and those hit by conflict have predictably low scores. Syria placed 152 of 155 countries – Yemen and South Sudan, which are facing impending famine, came in at 146 and 147.

The World Happiness Report was released to coincide with the United Nations’ International Day of Happiness on 20 March.

Source: Happiness report: Norway is the happiest place on Earth – BBC News

A Raw Glimpse Of Street Life In Havana, Cuba

(CULTURE TRIP) Nikki Vargas,  March 6, 2017 — With the tourism spotlight shining brightly on Cuba, travel photographer Cyndie Burkhardt, captures local

In Cuba, an overwhelming pulse of life, song, and warmth permeates the environment, despite the underlying hardship and political change buzzing beneath the surface. The spirit of Cuban people – whose unconditional thirst for life is inspiring – is what left the biggest impression on travel photographer Cyndie Burkhardt.street life in Havana.

To see more of Cyndie Burkhardt’s work and ICP thesis project “How Did I Get Here” go here.

Source: A Raw Glimpse Of Street Life In Havana, Cuba

7 Cities That Are Starting To Go Car-Free

(IMPACT) Adele Peters, February 2, 2017 — Urban planners are finally recognizing that streets should be designed for people, not careening hunks of deadly metal.

After over a hundred years of living with cars, some cities are slowly starting to realize that the automobile doesn’t make a lot of sense in the urban context. It isn’t just the smog or the traffic deaths; in a city, cars aren’t even a convenient way to get around.

Traffic in London today moves slower than an average cyclist (or a horse-drawn carriage). Commuters in L.A. spend 90 hours a year stuck in traffic. A U.K. study found that drivers spend 106 days of their lives looking for parking spots.

Now a growing number of cities are getting rid of cars in certain neighborhoods through fines, better design, new apps, and, in the case of Milan, even paying commuters to leave their car parked at home and take the train instead.

Source: 7 Cities That Are Starting To Go Car-Free | Co.Exist | ideas + impact

Visit the Top 10 Happiest Countries in the World

(NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC) Angie McPherson, August 20,2016 — Looking for a travel destination with great views and friendly people? Try following a cue from the 2016 World Happiness Report. Every year the United Nations measures the quality of life for citizens around the world through surveys and data analysis. The same 13 countries have dominated the top of the list since the reporting began in 2012. What makes these countries the happiest in the world? All possess a winning formula of good governance, strong sense of community, respect for fellow citizens, and general high quality of life.

Source: Visit the Top 10 Happiest Countries in the World