THE AZORES ISLANDS RAW – Rain, Mud, And More Rain.

THE AZORES ISLANDS RAW – Rain, Mud, And More Rain.

Early January, 2018. My girl wakes me up one more morning at our AirBnb in Spain, and tells me I have 45 minutes to be ready: everything is packed, and we’re about to embark on a surprise trip for my birthday. I had no clue, right up until we got to the airport, where we were going, or how long we’d be there. As usual… she prepared everything- all I had to do was put my pants on, take her hand, and follow her lead. 🙂 We ended up at the beautiful Azores islands (somewhere in the Atlantic ocean between Europe and North America). These gorgeous sub-tropical islands, belonging to Portugal, are incredible especially when the weather is right. Watching most YouTube videos you’d think it’s sunny here every day. But… that’s far from reality. It rains so often here, you might as well pack raincoats instead of sunscreen. Great place to visit, but be ready for rain… rain… and more rain.


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About Us:

I’m PJ. My partner, inspiration, trainer, chef, and moral compass, Risa, are what we (reluctantly) refer to as, digital nomads. I say, reluctantly, as I’ve been living the digital nomad lifestyle for about 15 years now (long before the term was coined, and became the cheesy trend it is today. It seems that everyone these days on vacation with a laptop, a pina colada next to them, Avicii on their headphones, and a dozen memory sticks filled with selfies now considers themselves a (don’t forget the hashtag) digital nomad. I started out at age 19. I quit my job at the time, to focus on the then still relatively unknown arbitrage business model as applied on eBay. Long story short, I saw an opportunity, invested all I had in it (time + money) and by my early 20s, I no longer had any interest in returning to Canada (where I grew up).

I bounced mostly around Asia, for many years (all the usual nomad hotspots: Thailand, Vietnam, S. Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, with a preference for Japan (lived all over Japan, from Tokyo, to the most remote Japanese islands in the Pacific). In late 2013, one of my returns to Tokyo, I met a captivating young woman, Risa, who helped me to re-calibrate my high-flyin’, rock-star lifestyle and regain focus. Within a few months of meeting, she elected to quit her job in Tokyo and joined me on this nomadic journey.

This channel, will document our perpetual traveller lifestyle. It’s not always easy, it’s not always fun. There are highs and lows. Sometimes money is very tight, other times it seems like it’s the least of our worries. But when done right, the digital nomad lifestyle is a journey unlike any other. Over the last few years, we generally stay off the beaten path and instead venture into areas seldom spoken about in digital nomad circles. You won’t see us visiting Bali, Saigon, or Bangkok. Been there, got the SIM card, and still feel a bit hungover.

As we travel, we focus on personal growth, on disconnecting, unlearning, and thus thriving. We attempt to engage in philanthropy when we can. We respect the cultures kind enough to allow us to visit their land and their homes. Feel free to send us feedback, comments, suggestions. Thank you for taking an interest in our journey.

More videos of exotic places, stories, and people, will be uploaded weekly. As a demonstration of my gratitude to you for taking an interest in us, I will continue improving the quality of the content I create for you on a regular basis.

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PJ, and Risa

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