Antalya, Turkey – A Refreshing Place To Relax

Being the number one tourism destination in Turkey, Antalya has great sunny weather, warm blue oceans, and a super relaxed vibe.

I most enjoyed the mix of ancient Greek history that gradually evolved into the Ottoman Empire over the millennia.

While at night time Antalya was a brisk 10*C in November, in the day time, you can casually stroll around in shorts and catch some sunshine and Vitamin D.

There is even a fantastic salsa dancing scene here.

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Ankara, Turkey – A Quick Travel Guide

Before and during my adventure into Turkey, I decided to brush up on as much Turkish history as possible via. YouTube.

This was a fantastic idea, because I wasn’t educated into the extremely rich and expansive history of the region that is now called Turkey, but also Anatolia.

Many empires have come and gone through here, including the Hittites, Macedonians, Romans, Arabs, Seljuks, Byzantines, Ottomans, and ultimately the modern Turkish people.

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Living 2 Weeks in Baku, Azerbaijan

After living in Minsk for 1.5 months, I decided to checkout somewhere new, and Baku was at the top of that list (along with Dushanbe, Tajikistan).

I was absolutely surprised at how quickly the city was being upgraded, and how similar it felt to Dubai.

This was a wonderful city. Had I stayed here longer, I would be able to settle right in, and continue working.

There is a slight language barrier when trying to get to know people, but otherwise, this is a fantastic city.

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Paris, France – 4 Days, 40 km of Walking & Exploring

3 years ago, I went to Paris with a Bus full of 50 Young Party-centric tourists, on a mad-dash through Europe, to see 14 cities, in only 30 days!! This meant Paris was relegated to 1 day of Eiffel Tower, view the city through the windows of the bus, and get out.

Needless to say, this wasn’t a great experience to actually see or experience any of Europe, or Paris for that matter.

So this time around, after living in Kyiv, Ukraine for 2.5 months, It was time to pay a little visit to Paris, and see, feel and experience everything at my own pace.

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Exploring Chernobyl & A Secret Nuclear Bunker in Downtown Kyiv

If you haven’t already seen the series titled “Chernobyl” on HBO, then go ahead and watch it.

It will clear up a bit of the mystery of this place, and perhaps inspire you to come as well.

After the series released, tourism jumped from just 15,000 visitors per year to over 70,000 per year.

A few additional articles and research pointed out that the extent of the damage and chaos done by the Chernobyl reactor, bankrupted the Soviet Union, both Morally and Financially.

Ultimately, the Chernobyl Disaster was one of a few reasons that caused the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Exploring Kyiv, Ukraine For The Second Time

Back in 2016, I was doing a massive cross-euro tour (about 20 countries), and Ukraine was on my list of places to visit. I stayed in Kyiv at that time for a mere 2 weeks.

Fast forward to May of 2019, while I was still living in Mexico City, my buddy mentioned he was planning to move to Kyiv for 3 months of work and pleasure.

So for the Summer of 2019, I decided to tag along for the sake of networking with like-minded individuals focused on business and self-development while enjoying what Kyiv, Ukraine has to offer!

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Adventures in Mexico City Part 2

After living in Monterrey, Mexico for 4 months, I came back to Toronto for just 3 weeks to do a quick recharge, and take care of some business stuff.

I personally love Mexico city for a few reasons, some of them include:

1. It’s still the Wild West down there – things are still a bit chaotic generally
2. It’s a massive city with things to do and see absolutely everywhere!
3. You can sample every single type of Mexican food (there are more than just Taco’s, although I love me some tuna and salmon tacos)
4. The history of this city is amazing!
5. It’s close to Toronto, so it’s really easy to get to, to avoid the North American winters 🙂

I plan to hit up Mexico City again in the future 🙂

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Monterrey, Mexico & Getting Robbed By Airport Security

After a brief lay-over in Mexico City, I arrived in the Colima Airport, and took a 30 minute taxi to my hotel in the center of Colima.

I open up my luggage to find that everything has been overturned like a pair of hyenas had gone through my things. 

Plastic bags were ripped apart, clothes were crumpled everywhere, and everything was simply misplaced.

I searched carefully for what was taken, and it turned out that my small beige satchel where I was keeping my important documents and cash had been opened.

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2019: Google Ads Tutorial – Pay Per Call Marketing For Beginners Course

Google decided to rename its service from Google Adwords, to something that is probably beginner friendly, “Google Ads”.

Furthermore, for most marketers, this also cemented the use of the new interface that has been in development for 2 years.

For the beginners, this is a great opportunity to learn how to use Google Ads to create your first campaign to promote your Business, Services, or Affiliate Offers.

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Tourism Town and Beaches of Playa Del Carmen, San Marcos Festival, and The Town of Tequila!

After exploring Merida, Chichen Itza, Izamal, and 2 cenotes, it was time to reach the end of the Mexican Peninsula.

The last 2 locations I wanted to visit were Playa Del Carmen, which I heard some interesting things about, and Cancun, which is famous for party-tourism.

After being unimpressed with Cancun and missing my exit flight, my adventures would take me to origins of one of the worlds most favourite excuses to get drunk: tequila in the town of Tequila, Mexico.

And finally, a quick stop over into one of Mexico’s most popular festivals, that attracts over 7 million Mexicans and cowboys and cowgirls every year; the San Marcos Festival.

All in all, it was a great conclusion to the traveling done in Mexico.

I visited 40 Mexican cities/towns in total over the course of 4 months.

Mexico is amazing, and I am DEFINITELY coming back!

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Merida, Izamal, Yucatan, Chichen Itza, Cenotes

The White City of Merida, The Yellow City of Izamal, Ancient Pyramids of Chichen Itza, and Crystal-Blue Underground Lakes

While the Yucatan has an abundance of Mayan ruins, and enough cenotes to visit for an entire life time, at this point, I wanted to start concluding my adventures in Mexico, and getting back to work.

During this brief escapade, you will witness the ‘White City’ and its palatial buildings that once houses super racist Europeans, large crystal-blue fresh water caverns that were carved out by nature over millions of years, the world famous Chichen Itza pyramids and its dozens of surrounding temples and imperial palaces, and finally two colonial towns; one that is almost completely coloured in yellow, and another that witnessed two revolts by its Mayan inhabitants.

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Beautiful Nature, Pure Indigenous Peoples, and Old Spanish Towns in Chiapas Mexico

Most Mexicans say the state is ‘So beautiful, you NEED to visit’ or sometimes as a question ‘Have you been to Chiapas?’… so visiting here was a must!

This adventure consisted of several, absolutely amazing, must-see locations deep into Mexico, with names such as ‘Tuxtla Gutiérrez, San Cristobal, Chamula, Zinacantán, Chiapa De Corzo, and the most breath-taking: El Sumidero’ Canyon.

You will see real Mayan people, American Crocodiles, Giant Natural vistas, massive farms high in the mountains, along with a very old Spanish Colonial city, and outdoor indigenous market places.

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The Magical Colonial Mexican Cities of Morelia, Pátzcuaro, and the Island Town of Janitzio

The 1600’s saw the construction of most of the religious, residential, and palatial structures along with the aquaduct in Valladolid.

By 1809, the city was home to about 20,000 residents, including ‘Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon’, whom was heavily involved in ideas of national indepence, a democracy, and abolishing slavery as seen in France and the USA.

By 1810, Morelos came with an army to Morelia to try to remove ‘royalist’ forces (those aligned with keeping Mexico as a Spanish colony), but failed.

By 1821, Morelia was free from royalists with the victory of the Mexican Independence, and by 1828, it was renamed to ‘Morelia’ in honor of Jose Maria Morelos.

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The Ancient Mountain Civilization of Monte Albán To The Colourful City of Oaxaca

Shortly after the fall of Tenochtitlan in 1521 (Pre-Mexico City), the emperor of the Aztecs, ‘Moctezuma II’ told Cortez the Spanish Conquistador that there was gold in Oaxaca.

Several Spanish captains were sent to the Oaxaca valleys, but instead of resistance, the local tribes and civilizations decided to ally with the Spanish – including the Zapotecs, Mixtecs, Mazatecas and Cuicatecas.

The Spanish conquest completely decimated the indigenous populations through disease, and brutal forced labour. Oaxaca had about 1.5 million people in 1520, which fell to about 150,000 by 1620.

The upper classes of the indigenous empires accepted the Spanish rule, including their religions, in exchange for maintaining their hierarchical positions and status.

But ultimately, the Spanish conquerors simply lumped all indigenous into one category (Indian), with no status at all.

While the rest of Mexico was assimilated much more forcefully,  Spanish rule was minimal in Oaxaca due to its largely dispersed cities, thus the peoples of Oaxaca maintained much of their ancient culture and traditions.

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Gigantic Pyramids of Teotihuacan, French Invasion of Puebla, Journey to the Toluca Volcano

All 3 of these spots; Puebla, Nevada De Toluca, and Teotihuacan, were visited on separate occasions.

The reason I grouped them, was because they are located within an 2-3 hours outside of Mexico City, by car, in completely different directions.

Teotihuacan is a simple 45 minute to one hour drive outside of Mexico City.

Puebla is about 2 hours outside of Mexico City if you take the toll highway. But I went through the volcanoes, out of curiosity, thus it took more than 3-4 hours.

Nevada De Toluca, which is another massive Volcano outside the city of Toluca, took about 3 hours

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Living One Month In Mexico City Photos

The Aztecs or Mexica (‘Meh-shee-kak’) originally founded the city of ‘Tenochtitlan’ in about 1325, and by 1430, it became the center of the Aztec Empire. At its peak, about 200,000 people inhabiting the ancient city of Tenochtitlan.

Once the Spanish Conquest of the city was over, Hernan Cortez ordered that the entire city of Tenochtitlan be destroyed, and a new city be built on top.

All of the materials from the previous temples and ceremonial centers were used to build new buildings, including the Metropolitan Cathedral.

Eventually, Tenochtitlan was renamed to Ciudad De Mexico (Meh-hee-Coh) (Mexico City) because it was easier to pronounce for the arriving Spanish.

From 1521 to 1821, Mexico City was the social, economic, and religious capital of Mexico, while the elites and Spanish crown continued sucking every bit of wealth and resource, and viciously exploiting the people.

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Guanajuato Is The Coolest and My Most Favorite City In Mexico

This could be the ‘fresh car smell’ effect that ultimately wears off, but Guanajuato simply has this charm that really makes it a cool city to venture around, and potentially stay in, for atleast 3-4 weeks.

What I really enjoyed about the city was driving into for the first time, and being enveloped in the complex tunnel system that runs beneath the streets, and through the mountain sides that surround the city.

Once you walk through the city, everything felt very well centralized and compact into the center, with streets winding about like snakes, up and down the hills, through narrow streets, stairs, and alleyways that can only fit a bike or a person or two.

Guanajuato felt like what a city in Italy feels like, surrounded by mountains on all sides, and contradictory to where you would put a city, it somehow exists, and prospers.

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Epic Mexico Road Trip: Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi, San Miguel De Allende & Leon

After venturing in mexico’s second largest city: Guadalajara, I returned back to my accommodations in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico to continue working.

After a few more weeks of working, and enjoying the beach & resort lifestyle, it was time to continue venturing into the unknown of Mexico.

So I took only my backpack, and bought a $60 USD flight into the parts where most foreigners don’t go.

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