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User Image _nicolemelody_ Posted: Jan 13, 2018 11:47 PM (UTC)
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I've just got back to Canada and the avalanche danger is level yikes, so I'm at home diving into cryptocurrancies, as one does in this day and age.

Maybe this is all super redundant for you, but I've had bad WiFi for the past while and i've been super out of touch with global news so I'm just learning; .
-Brazil has been experimenting with blockchain voting systems. There is one particularily interesting case in which they ran a trial referendum regarding a government peace deal with the FARC rebel group alongside an official, conventional referendum, and compared the outcomes. SUPER COOL.
- Venezuela is creating it's own cryptocurrancy to avoid American economic sanctions. This will be veerrry interesting to watch go down.
-There are movements for voting systems that give the population base much more power and reduce the need for representatives, which is both an exciting and terrifying concept, and the argument that blockchain transactions should be implemented in government so that all financial dealings are searchable and completely transparent to the public. That last one is so idealistic it makes me chuckle, but man, I love where these dreamers, anarchists, and tech nerds are headed.

This is probably the most interesting thing I've seen in the poli sci world in a long time and I'm super loving it. If you've heard of any other cool developments in the blockchain world please throw them at me, I'm going all the way down this rabbit hole!
User Image _nicolemelody_ Posted: Jan 4, 2018 3:45 PM (UTC)
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User Image _nicolemelody_ Posted: Jan 3, 2018 2:15 PM (UTC)
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I didn't want anyone to meet me at the airport when I flew into Puerto Vallarta. I took Spanish in school a few years ago but have never used it, and I didn't want to let myself back out of trying or allow someone else to take over for me. Because I know myself and I knew that I would. I get super anxious with new languages, but I wanted to struggle through it, I wanted to prove to myself that I could.

The customs officer was not impressed with my ambition.
He expressed deep, deep concern about my linguistic challenges.

I left the airport and crossed the highway into town to find a local bus stop. The bus lady, who spoke no English, was also not impressed. But hey, some serious hand signals, one word sentences, a couple missed buses, a wrong town, and a taxi later, I was in San Pancho!

Take THAT, customs guy!

I really I just wanted to let you know that I haven't starved, gotten too lost, or gone a single morning without coffee, so all is well in my world. I am getting more comfortable with Spanish every day and am learning so much. AND I was only in the wrong town because no bus driver would take me to the one I wanted, so I just had to get as close as I could and take a taxi the rest of the way. It's been yeeaarrss since I've travelled, but I swear I still remember how! ✌️ 🛬 🛃 🚌 🚕 🏖
User Image _nicolemelody_ Posted: Dec 10, 2017 12:51 AM (UTC)
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I have h u n d r e d s of lovely foggy tree touring shots.

I really hope you guys like lovely foggy tree touring shots.

Because I have hundreds of them.
User Image _nicolemelody_ Posted: Dec 7, 2017 5:26 PM (UTC)
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I think I just fell fast and hard for the Kootneys
User Image _nicolemelody_ Posted: Nov 25, 2017 3:11 AM (UTC)

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There's a grocery store in town that makes a point to hire refugees. They all speak English, some are fluent and some are still learning the ins and outs.

I was wearing my painting clothes at the cash out, and the cashier was a lady who has been working there a while. She is always very quiet and shy. But yesterday, as she was scanning my vegetables, she looked up, and seeing my clothes exclaimed "oh, you were colouring!" .

I grinned, she smiled, everyone in the line up smiled.

Language is fun and humans are wonderful.
User Image _nicolemelody_ Posted: Oct 24, 2017 8:41 PM (UTC)

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It's a gorgeous fall day, I've got a date with my bike after work, a bag of apples fresh from the orchard in my kitchen, I can't help but think I've got so many wonderful people in my life, and hot damn my coffee this morning was good.
User Image _nicolemelody_ Posted: Oct 19, 2017 4:00 AM (UTC)

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Thomas, having all the fun up at Mallard Lodge last season.
User Image _nicolemelody_ Posted: Sep 8, 2017 1:06 AM (UTC)
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Here's Jo, excited to see snow and be on a glacier. Probably daydreaming about skis.
User Image _nicolemelody_ Posted: Aug 31, 2017 3:19 PM (UTC)
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User Image _nicolemelody_ Posted: Aug 18, 2017 2:23 PM (UTC)
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The glacier's booms woke me up at 4am the morning I was hiking out. Since I had been planning on leaving around 6, I thought I may as well just get up, grab the stove and coffee, and sit by the lake for a while.

I may have stayed way longer than planned.
User Image _nicolemelody_ Posted: Aug 14, 2017 2:01 PM (UTC)
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Berg Glacier

Berg glacier announces it's shifts and cracks with thunderclaps that echo up the valley. It is crazy cool to hear. Everyone stops what they're doing and looks at the mountain. Total drama queen if you ask me.
User Image _nicolemelody_ Posted: Aug 14, 2017 4:42 AM (UTC)

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User Image _nicolemelody_ Posted: Aug 12, 2017 4:48 PM (UTC)

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User Image _nicolemelody_ Posted: Aug 12, 2017 4:43 PM (UTC)

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User Image _nicolemelody_ Posted: Aug 11, 2017 7:10 PM (UTC)
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Long hair, don't care💃

Snowbird Pass came highly recommended by locals in Jasper, and it was so good I'm pretty sure I had that smile the entire way.
User Image _nicolemelody_ Posted: Aug 11, 2017 12:09 AM (UTC)
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The ultra lush forest section of the hike, just before Kinney Lake.