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“Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice”. – 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

 

Discovering Ice was started by Steph and Andres, a couple in their twenties who both gave up their jobs to travel the world and find a way to make full-time travel a lifestyle choice funded through online entrepreneurship.

Steph and Andres Discovering Ice
Our adventure started in January 2012, when we began what was supposed to be a ’3-week’ vacation in Colombia…which has since continued, with no end in sight!

After arriving in Colombia, especially after witnessing the beauty of ‘Paradise‘, we realized we CLEARLY had no other choice but to continue travelling so thats what we did.

Swimming in a volcano in Colombia

Swimming in a volcano in Colombia

Since then, we have been working on what we like to call “The Experiment“, where we are creating online automated technology based businesses that will give us full location independence, allowing us to travel anywhere in the world funded by our online work. You can read more about our motivations and plans for ‘The Experiment’ here.

Discovering Ice was set up quickly after we decided to travel the world and experiment with becoming location independent through online entrepreneurship. We wanted a place to share our travel, lifestyle and online business experiences for family, friends and more, as well as a personal memory log for ourselves, so that we can look back on all of our amazing experiences so far!

We want to thank you for taking the time to read our ‘About’ section. We hope you will check out other parts of our site and that you will return again in the future.

If you’d like an easier way to keep up to date with our Experiment, you can subscribe to our RSS here, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or just send us a good old-fashioned email to admin@discoveringice.com to say hi or leave a comment in the comment-box below!

We really love to get comments and hear from people and we always reply to everyone!
 

About Steph

Dancing with 'Baba Power' in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India 2011

Dancing with 'Baba Power' in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India 2011

10 Random Facts About Steph:

  • Between 5th Jan 2011 and 5th Jan 2012 exactly, I visited 4 new continents (Africa, North America, Asia and South America)
  • I love photography, film, traveling (of course) and meeting new people and places.
  • I am currently learning Spanish (slowly).
  • I could survive on just popcorn and eggs (not together….obviously…)
  • I love the words: pleb, bucket, noble, calamity, quite, item, fathom
  • I dont like the words: piddle, crust, ‘capri pants’, ‘panty-hoes’
  • I love dogs (dags, D’ya like dags?)
  • I also love wilder beasts…poor guys, always the victim
  • I love humans…most of the time
  • I still convince myself I can get a tan despite being possibly the palest person in the world

 

About Andres

Andres with local indigenous people in Tenejapa, Chiapas, Mexico

Andres with local indigenous Wayúu boy in Riohacha, La Guajira, Colombia

10 Random Facts About Andres:

  • I’m an internet geek
  • I like to read…a lot
  • I love learning new things
  • I used to do martial arts
  • I paid my way through college by numerous businesses. I have sold everything you can imagine, from women’s skincare products to setting up a online food ordering website in the college where students could order from the campus restaurants.
  • Education is the key to solving most of the worlds problems. With education comes moral values.
  • I traveled the world with my job but didn’t get to see anything. This time I’m doing it right
  • I love camping gadgets
  • I’ve been to India 5 times
  • I also run a blog on digital marketing, online advertising, programming, search engine optimization and other geek things at Trick Or Tip

 

Finally, let us finish with this quote which summarizes our travel and life philosophy perfectly:

 

“make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure.

The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.

If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.”

Jon Krakauer – Into The WIld

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1 Eric Tutor Cabalda October 26, 2012 at 8:49 pm

your stories are so inspiring. Amazing. keep it up.

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2 Stephanie Walsh October 30, 2012 at 12:26 am

Thanks so much Eric for your kind comments, we’re really glad you like our blog! :)

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3 Andy December 27, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Jealous. My wife and kids are great travelers – but it’s still 4 people traveling. 4 plane tickets.

Keep up the blogging, so I can live vicariously through your exploits :)

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4 Stephanie Walsh January 21, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Thanks so much Andy, I’m glad you are enjoying the blog! :) I can imagine how that must be very expensive! There are plenty of family travel bloggers out there with lots of great tips for travelling on a budget! Everything is possible! :)

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5 Dharm January 27, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Hi,

This is a wonderful blog! I enjoyed reading through it and admire your photography skills. I would like to introduce your blog to the readers of travel blog I maintain. It is based on the theme -fun, food and travel and includes guest blogging as it main feature. Please contact me for more details.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Dharm

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6 Veronica R February 6, 2013 at 7:58 am

Hi guys,

I think you are doing a great job! I enjoy your stories when I get an update by twitter. Steph, I would like to make a small but SIGNIFICANT correction to the first bullet point under:10 Random Facts about Steph

You did not visit 5 continents: South America, Central America and North America are the same continent: The Americas

Normally I wouldn’t say anything to others but this site is about travel so you guys are educating others about the places you visit. Not knowing what’s a continent and what’s not is a big deal.

Cheers,

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7 Stephanie Walsh February 6, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Hi Veronica, thanks for your comment!
I most definitely agree that South America, Central America and North America are collectively known as The Americas, and I am one of the few people who call residents of South and Central America by their proper name; ‘Americans’. But depending on where you grew up and what you were taught in school, there are a few different ways of classifying the continents, in which some versions state there are just 4 continents and others state there are 7.
Yes, there is a version where South, Central and North America are considered one continent, but that same version also groups together Europe and Asia as Eurasia. This is not the version I was taught, although I understand the whole concept is up for a matter of debate. The most common classification of the worlds ’7′ continents include South and North America as separate continents, despite the collective being known as The Americas. I have never been to Central America, only North and South America.
Thanks for your comment, I appreciate the interesting insight!
Steph

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8 Michelle March 3, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Love what you are doing! Happy there are clever people out there like you. Thanks for letting us travel along with. Happy trails and travels!

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9 Stephanie Walsh April 12, 2013 at 10:56 am

Why thank you very much! Thats lovely of you to say! :) Make sure to keep traveling with us! ;)

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10 Lynn Gilmartin May 21, 2013 at 2:30 am

I’ve just spent about 15 minutes clicking around here after stumbling upon your Mexico City post. I adore your website! I love your openness about ‘the experiment’, and that you’ve taken the risk to follow your dreams. That’s what life is all about :) Congrats!! You are both such an inspiration. LG xx
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11 Stephanie Walsh July 15, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Wow thank you so much Lynn! You have no idea how motivating and heart-warming it is to get such lovely a comment like yours. I can sometimes get demotivated with blogging (hence taking so long to reply to you…sorry!) but knowing there’s even one person who finds what we are doing useful and inspiring makes it all worth it! Thank you! X

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12 Hitch-Hikers' Handbook November 22, 2013 at 2:59 am

Lovely blog, guys! Thanks for connecting with us on Twitter! Keep up the great work and travel safe!
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13 Liz February 14, 2014 at 9:41 am

Amazing blog, guys. I am Colombian (I left the country when I was 11 yrs old to live in New York, and visited only once). I’ve learn so much about my home country just by reading your blog. I love to travel, too but not the right way (I do it for work). Hopeful one day I get to do it for fun :)

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14 Kelly M April 11, 2014 at 11:45 am

Hey guys,

I came across this site just wanting to find out more about my home country; I left Colombia at the age of 10 and have lived in Florida since (I am 20). I love seeing your pictures and reading about your tips and adventures. Keep up the great work, keep traveling and informing us about your journeys. Best of luck in everything!!!!

Have you guys traveled to Medellin??

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15 fredy llanos gonzales July 2, 2014 at 11:57 pm

es para mi un nuevo reto y me interesa lograr los objetivos con pasion y difundir por el MUNDO , atte FREDY LLANOS CUSCO MACHUPICCHU

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16 water pressure problem July 29, 2014 at 10:40 am

Howdy! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow
you if that would be ok. I’m absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.
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