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Issue #8 - Bhutan and discovering happiness

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Giulia Cian Seren

March 8 · Issue #8 · View online
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Bhutan is an incredible place. Also, it threw off my schedule for the newsletter… wooops. Anyway. A quote from Bhutan’s 1729 legal code says “if the government cannot create happiness for its people, then it has no purpose to exist”. 
Wow. 
Bhutan was the perfect place to take a step back from the chaos of daily life, breathe in and then jump into the chaos. It was the most expensive and probably the most unique trip I’ve ever taken - also the one that ended my passport’s free pages. 
I took part in the first edition of Type-A Retreat and if you feel that you’re too busy to go away for a week, maybe this is exactly what you need. Feel free to email me at g.cianseren@gmail.com if you want to talk about it! 


One gadget I’ve discovered while in Bhutan thanks to another participant (hello, Mario!) is iTraq, a credit card sized GPS tracker. Perfect to let your loved ones know where you are. Swarm does need internet to work. 
While camping at 3800m reading Learned Optimism kept me company when it was too cold to sleep. The book that explains the science behind optimism and gives a few interesting suggestions to improve your outlook on life. 
Also in this week’s readings: a history of pineapple on pizza. Not for the faint-hearted! 
What made my week in Bhutan even better is the final flight back to Bangkok. Evergreen travel tip: be nice to flight attendants. Like, super nice. They made my dream of experiencing landing from the cockpit come true ❤ landing in BKK was incredibly fun, and the pilots even took time to explain me what was happening. Thanks again, Bhutan airlines!
And you? What product/book/music do you want to recommend? I’m always searching for the next best thing - and I always reply to emails. 
Happy International Women’s Day, 
Giulia
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