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Willing to Change

‚ĚĚYou must be willing to change. You must be willing to break the deal you made with the devils within. You must be willing to leave the past and not be tempted to rebound when times are tough.

You must be willing to let go of everything and anyone that takes you back to your sins. You must be willing to have hope. You must be willing to have hope that you can change and that you will and that you will be better.

You must believe you are worthy of change and you are worthy of improvement and you are worthy of being the best.

You must be willing to set aside your negative notions about life, about hardships, about people, about things, about yourself. You must be willing to stop feeling sorry for yourself while looking at the world move around you.

Get up and make something of yourself.

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JACK BARAKAT

Guten Morgen

Guten Morgen! German for Good morning. Which it technically is, since its 2am and I have just arrived back to my little apartment in Dubai. And from the great place of Germany itself!

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I love roomie trips!

Kimmy and I¬†decided on Germany because they have a certain castle that was the inspiration of a certain Disney icon: Sleeping Beauty’s Castle!

Our original plan was to take a train and bus to get to¬†F√ľssen, which is near our¬†Neuschwanstein Castle location. But that changed quickly once we re-realized that we could rent a car.

The perfect decision.

Besides it costing an arm and a leg, it was so easy, and we were free to roam the German countryside! And the fact that I can now say I drove on the autobahn is pretty cool.

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Us girls were a little overwhelmed with how freakin gorgeous it was here in Spring time.

We happily stayed two nights in a little hotel (Hotel¬†M√ľller¬†in Hohenschwangau, which is the town directly under the Castle). Best decision. We had the gorgeous¬†Lake Alpsee¬†as a view, as well as the famous Sleeping Beauty (Neuschwanstein) Castle on one side of the mountain, and the other often overlooked¬†Hohenschwangau Castle to our other side.

(If you zoom in on the lake pictured below, you can see the yellow castle to the left ; Hohenschwangau, and Neuschwanstein as a very small castle up and to the right.)

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Now the walk up to Neuschwanstein is very good exercise. Or you can spend some money and take a little horse drawn carriage. They go the same pace as the walkers, but you arrive not as tired. We chose to work off our nutella we had for breakfast. Heh.

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And if you really want some amazing pictures, you have to hike even further to this bridge that overlooks the Castle. But what a view.

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Thank you Germany, for treating us so well.

(But now I want a nice German boy to marry, so I can live here forever.)

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Made New

“I looked across the expanse of my shame, the ocean of disobedience; Christ took my hands and said ‚ÄúThis is not for you to see, look to Me.‚ÄĚ and I did, and I was made new.”
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  T.B. LaBerge

Feeling French 

location: Lyon, France

People kept trying to speak French to me. And commenting that I looked French. Must have been the haircut¬†–I liked it !

I had a 50 hour layover in Lyon, and now I need to go back. It is such a cute little town, people are so friendly. I was brave and ventured to a nearby medieval town called Pérouges {pronounced per Рroozsh} .

It sits on a hill, walls surrounding this town. Cobblestones and adorable houses are hiding inside. Along with their famous Pérouges Galettes (dessert variation of pizza, crust is not as chewy as pizza crust, but more tender and crumbly buttery deliciousness like shortbread. They top it with even more sugar and  you have got yourself a sugar coma.)

I just have to hi light the fact that I made it to this city all by myself. If you know me, I get lost easily Рit is a skill. But I had managed to take a bus, then a train, then a 10 minute walk to reach this place. And for me to also make it back the way I came, without missing a train or bus РI was proud. (Now, to start the trip off, I had taken the bus the wrong direction , but that was easily fixed and only a minor set back of maybe 15 minutes. Hardly worth mentioning , I think. Ha! )  

The next day was exploring the city of Lyon. I accidentally joined in on a Catholic Mass happening on a Wednesday morning at the¬†Basilique de Fourvi√®re. I couldn’t understand a word of the French that was spoken and sung, but it was beautiful anyway and I was glad I had happened upon that.

The view from this church is breath taking! It sits over the city (let me tell ya, the walk to the top to reach this church was breathtaking, literally), on a hill. The decor inside was gorgeous. I took photos but they just could not capture the grandeur and beauty of the design , you must see in person.

  

And now to my favorite part of the trip, the park directly behind our hotel.

Parc de la T√™te d’Or

OMG.

It is so big, so green; couples and families alike picnicking and enjoying the park. Ducks with their baby ducks, and Geese with their fluffy baby geese, it just made me so happy. I want to come back and have a picnic. ASAP.

(picture is the front entrance to the park. It is so huge, it took me 45 minutes to walk the circumference of it)

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But instead I had to come back to Dubai. Ahhhh, until next time.

  

Apple city 

New York in the spring. Is there a better time ?

             

There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless. Simone Beauvoir

Jessie

Jessie Ware.

This girl is doing something right. Her music is amazing and so identifiable.  And now that I know how silly and fun she is I am sold ♥

We received free blankets upon entry and enjoyed our picnic style music! Man, I love free things.

There were a couple acts before Jessie came on. Our favorite was the guitar player Kwame, who accompanied Craig David. His guitar and him are BFFs.Luff these girls !¬†Would not have wanted to see¬†Jessie¬†with anyone else. Tess introduced me to Jessie’s¬†music about a month ago, and it was perfect timing that she came to Dubai right after. ¬†We three are her fans for life!

Champagne Kisses

Who’s fault is this
That I’m crazy about you
You are in every single dream
And I’m thinking about you

If you wanna do, do, do me right
Do, do, do, do, do
If you wanna leave it all tonight
Do, do, do, do, do

When there’s nothing left
Except you and this
Champagne kisses
Champagne kisses
Champagne