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The 2009 Nomad Packing List

On Tynan

Our most popular Life Nomadic article last year was our complete packing list. Since then we've learned a lot, made a lot of changes, and managed to pack a lot more into the same tiny amount of space.

There are a few areas where slight improvement could be made, which you'll hear me talk about in the video, but overall this collection of stuff represents everything a traveler needs to travel through just about anywhere on the planet, live comfortably, and keep connected.

I've consolidated most of the stuff I pack into an Amazon store, which you can access here: Life Nomadic Store. If you use that link, or the Amazon links below, I get a commission. Other good places to buy this sort of gear are ebay and outdoor shops like REI and MEC, although neither store carries most of the gear.

Why and How to Learn German Incredibly Quickly

On Ideas in the Making

On my first Trip to Europe Germany was the country that most surprised me. I had expected it to be overwhelmingly industrial and cold, with the people having a penchant for systematic and logical problem solving.

I couldn't have been more wrong.

Berlin was teeming with young, exciting life, the rural areas were filled with trees and beautiful vistas, and the people were endearing and happy. Most of all I was even more surprised at how well Germany was doing economically, politically and socially compared to other European nations. Even in the midst of the recession, Germany managed to pay off it World War 1 debt, keep unemployment flat, and keep its GDP to debt ratio in a good standing. Germany's infrastructure and social policy were equally impressive, with clean parks, water, good health care, and amazing roads being widely available. Germany seemed like a dream world.

But what really drove me over the edge? The real reason I started learning German?

Oneword: Startups

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