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The Maverick Show with Matt Bowles


Nov 10, 2020

Irina Papuc takes us through her upbringing in Chicago, her experience living and traveling through Europe, and her decision to move to Taiwan for a year to teach English.  She shares her lessons from her time in Taiwan including living with Buddhist nuns and learning the value of minimalism and simplicity.  She then shares her experiences on her travels through Asia, including water-gun fights on Buddha’s birthday in Myanmar and the Holi Festival of Colors in Vrindavan, India.  Next, she takes us on her motorcycle trip through Nepal, including her experience living with a Shaman in the mountains and learning Nepalese Shamanic rituals.  Irina then shares her journey slow-traveling the Silk Road without a phone, and detaching from the outside world.  She tells stories of staying in yurts and drinking hot horse milk in Kyrgyzstan, attending a Tajik wedding near the border with Afghanistan, sleeping on rooftops in Uzbekistan, and crossing the Caspian Sea on a commercial ship.  She then shares her experience hitchhiking around Georgia, avoiding mines in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, traveling to the Syrian border in Turkey, touring the town of Hasankeyf before it gets submerged under water.  She also reflects on the conclusion of her journey when she eventually made it back to Romania to re-connect with her roots and meet some of her family members for the first time.  Next she talks about co-founding Galactic Fed, a multi-national digital marketing agency, and explains how she selected the right business partner.  She explains why she founded it as a fully-remote company, how she differentiated her business and scaled it to nearly 100 staff in 3 years, and explains the biggest mistakes businesses are making today with their SEO.  She gives tips on managing a fully distributed team and shares her personal productivity, nutrition and fitness routines.  FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT: www.TheMaverickShow.com