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What I learned losing $150 on package forwarding

I recently read several great books. One is What I learned losing one million dollars on how to avoid irreversible losses in the stock market. It inspired me the title of this post, in my search to rationalise the (much smaller) amount I lost trying to save money with package forwarding.

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Language learning shortcuts – what are the challenges?

tifinaghOne day long ago, somewhere in the depth of the Andes, my English mother heard two kids quarreling in Spanish and didn’t recognise one of them. She went over to stop the fight only to find out that one of the boys was me, her son. I’d picked up Spanish on my own and Spanish remained my everyday language for the next six years.

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Prepaid international credit cards outside your country

Why exactly does your credit card need to be attached to your bank? And what if your account is in Euro or GBP and you are frequently making purchases in USD? I’d personally prefer to separate cards and banks, with no constraints of where the bank or the credit card issuer are located. 

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7 best VPN providers for a Life Without Borders

I’ve been visiting a great deal of VPN services recently, which was quite an interesting journey. The journey goes from the US-based company with the ultra fashionable website claiming they’re the worldwide best, to the guys in Eastern Europe with a not-so-up-to-date website informing you that, well, it already works pretty well,

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Country UNblocking – what matters

Simulated location using CyberGhost

Whenever you need to appear to be browsing from another country, TunnelBear and Hola! are valuable options. I looked into these two in this previous post. I then tested CyberGhost (this cool image left) which is another interesting solution. But are these the best options and what are the alternatives?

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Unblocking web content is easy – getting started

Once naive, I discovered there was a place called Netflix where you could watch TV shows & movies anytime, anywhere. Anywhere, really? I was welcomed with this message:


I love this thing where they’ll inform you when the service finally becomes available over here in Africa. 

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Y’all need a few addresses in the US – episode 4

I shared my package forwarding comparison for France in the last episode. Would the result be the same whatever the country I select? You know the answer, of course, so here are the charts for three other countries scattered around the world. The rationale behind these charts is explained here.

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Y’all need a few addresses in the US – episode 3

As often, moving from Africa (previous episode) to Europe gives  you more options. Searching for package forwarding companies to France introduced me to several other companies. I came accross a comparison site that had not been updated for a while, but that provides a longer list of companies as of 2012.

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Order from China before everyone starts doing so – episode 3

So what did finally happen after my initial enthusiasm in episode 2, ordering the cheap phone I was looking for on a Chinese website? Well, I received the phone and it works. However, it took me 7 weeks alltogether to get to this point, and here’s why.

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Y’all need a few addresses in the US – episode 2

So after stumbling upon the concept of package forwarding and the doors that this could open (episode 1), I did some simulating on a few of them. The scenario was simply to send a 2kg package (20x20x30 cm) here to Morocco, however long that might take. 

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