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My first trip to Asia

Some weeks ago, my friends Harper, Ivan, Abbie, and I flew to Southeast Asia to meet with a bunch of small companies and do some research for work.

It was my first time in Asia, and actually, the furthest east and south that I've ever been. As cliche as it sounds, it really is a-whole-nother world over there. The way they've completely skipped over things that have changed or slowed down innovation in the US was super interesting. The fashion, diets, and everything in Asia is just so different, and in many ways, much better. I spent a lot of time internally comparing the paths that these countries seemed to be on with our own. Some of it was better and some it was worse, but either way, it was something new ... and I loved it.

I could write a small book about our experience, but I'm gonna try to break down our trip as quickly as possible.

The Flight(s)

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Hi, I'm Derek Brooks

I'm a 36 year old midwestern American who enjoys engineering, traveling, partying, and extremish sports.

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