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Lindsay Hartfiel
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Lindsay Hartfiel is a contract writer/editor and the founder of Native Foreigner Magazine, which is an online magazine for returning travelers dealing with reverse culture shock. She is an avid traveler who most recently spent three months in Buenos Aires. She has visited more than 13 countries and currently resides in Costa Rica.

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Location Independence: 10 Things That Would Never Happen Working in an Office

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 7:59 PM

It's 8:30 in the morning. I've already scanned my work emails, completed a blistering hot 20- to 30-minute outdoor run, and mixed together my morning oatmeal. I'm not overly tired, obnoxiously stressed nor irritatingly grumpy. I'm not fretting about which dry-cleaned suit to wear to the office or hastily slapping...

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Home For The Holidays? Prepare For A Dose Of Reverse Culture Shock

(1) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 7:30 AM

The tinsel has meticulously been draped over the tree branches, the smell of freshly baked cookies has permeated every room in the house and the holiday classics have been belting from the stereo speakers since Thanksgiving. It's the time of year when families -- near or far -- come together,...

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The 5 Unexpected Pitfalls Of International Travel

(9) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 7:45 AM

You've raided your couch cushions, slashed your weekly pizza deliveries in half and scrounged together enough cha-ching to make your travel fantasies a reality. Whether you saved enough for a few weeks basking under the Caribbean's scorching rays or for six months train hopping around Europe, your bags are packed,...

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I Got Schooled Abroad

(4) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 7:45 AM

Some people are naturally beautiful. Some people have raw athletic talent. And some people are intellectually brilliant.

I am none of those.

I, unfortunately, was not blessed with any "gifted" attributes. If anything, being the youngest child, I received the leftover genes. And, having two older siblings who excelled in...

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The Direction Of The U.S. Depends On Citizens' International Experiences

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 8:00 AM

Recently, I had the good fortune of living beachside in Costa Rica for five months. This meant five months without watching a single political ad or hate-fueled speech. Simply put, it was five glorious months of peace and serenity.

Maybe I should have stayed.

I've been back home for just...

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Zumba Your Way Into Costa Rican Culture

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 8:00 AM

In 2010 when I moved to a small coastal town on the Pacific shores of Costa Rica, I was suddenly given the opportunity to live out my childhood fantasy. That fantasy, which involved a Patrick Swayze-esque man sweeping me off my feet and effortlessly lifting me in the air, didn't...

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An Open Letter To Costa Rica

(5) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 8:00 AM

Dear Costa Rica,

What began as an instant love affair has turned into a complicated love-hate relationship. Over the past three years, we've had some mind-blowing adventures as well as some teary-eyed breakdowns.

I fell in love (or was it lust?) with you in 2009. You can't blame me, really....

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Bare-All: Costa Rica's Facebook Frenzy

(4) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 8:00 AM

It was June 29, 2005, and I had just returned from a semester abroad in Italy. I had spent the past five months stuffing my body with the most salivating gastronomic indulgences and snapping photos of the most jaw-dropping architectural feats in Florence, Italy. To say I felt out of...

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Deciding Whether Or Not You're Actually American

(5) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 5:00 PM

On the 4th of July, you likely observed patriotism at its finest. Proud displays of red, white and blue commemorated the birth of the "Land of the Free." From early morning street parades to afternoon grilling extravaganzas to nighttime firework spectacles, people gathered en masse to celebrate and to give...

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