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kid sea

A million books on the subject but in the end I feel most people just do what their instincts tell them. No new parent really knows what will happen or how their child will behave until it happens, no amount of reading can truly prepare one for the unknown. That said, advice, blogs, books all are informative and help but no matter what, it comes down to the environment and the culture in most ways. Since my last post, babies have still been on the brain. While abroad I took an opportunity to observe the parenting culture in Europe more…

airport

A lot of people dislike packing. I actually find it quite fun! Whether packing to move house or packing for a trip, there’s a sense of order and organization to it that I find therapeutic. Since I’m a planner, I enjoy the thoughtful process of selecting my best things for my trip and imagining what I’ll be doing while I wear them. It helps when your gal pal comes over to make a list and drink wine with you too! Having been traveling internationally for a decade now, I’ve picked up a few accessories and travel tricks I’d like to…

coffee

Squeeeeal! The sound of steamed milk rushing out of the machine hits my ears and makes me just as happy as the sound of a cork popping off a wine bottle. The click clack of the cup as the barista taps it on the bar after adding the coffee and before pouring in milk. My love affair with coffee shops began before I even liked coffee. As I mentioned before, coffee was always the go-to when meeting someone new. Everyone asked to go a tomar un cafe with me. I hated coffee (so I thought) and didn’t care for tea. What…

paris france

Often, all I can think about is being in Paris. Really, just the act of being. I imagine myself on Rue Cremieux, in the 12th, one of Paris’ most beautiful streets. I’m wondering through on my way to the baker’s to pick up a loaf of bread and perhaps some fromage as well.  The sun is shining and the breeze is cool and crisp. My heart sings when I hear my favorite two words in the French language, “Bonjour madame.”  There is just something so wonderful about being greeted in French; perhaps Hemingway’s best quote comes closest to describing it best;…

passion

I never thought I would be fluent in any language other than my own. While my Spanish and Catalan aren’t perfect, I have certainly surpassed novice in both.  It was a real struggle at the beginning and it was a long journey before I figured out what really worked for me-what really could work for anyone if they try hard enough. It was already an obstacle when I was in a country where the locals spoke both languages so one sentence could begin in Catalan and the other could end in Spanish. I never knew which one I should start…

relax

People seem to like to say they are “so busy”.  In fact, I have found people say they are busier than they actually are in order to seem more important. Why? Why does anyone want to be pretend-busy? I am so stressed people say and while it may be partly true, is anything being done to manage it? Can anything be done? I find myself in stressful situations on the daily; student loan payments, work drama, deadlines, being pulled in a hundred directions, making time to be healthy and workout – if I dig deeper I could consistently find stress;…

laptop

There are millions of blogs out there but there’s one that is still missing; yours! Yes, there are a lot out there and it can be overwhelming. But think of it like this, there are also a ton of books, clothes shops, shoe stores, social media sites and the lists goes on-you can’t let that stop you! There is an abundance of resources out there for the abundance of people that are out in the world so of course there is a place for you! My dear friend Ali, from GimmeSomeOven convinced me to start this blog. She said I…

This film was the official submission of Palestine to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category. It also was the second film from Palestine to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film after Paradise Now (2005). The director,  Hany Abu-Assad, who was born in Nazareth, Israel directed both films. What he achieves in this film is outstanding. The story revolves around the protagonist, Omar, a Palestinian baker who we learn has everything to lose. Our lead is everything you need in a hero protagonist; tall, handsome, young and accessible. The story revolves around him and his group of…

french hot chocolate

Christmas is only a few days away! 2015 is coming to a close but I’m savoring the last two weeks of the year and the holiday season! The weather here has been unusually warm but even with the sixty-five degree chill in the air, I crave warm hot chocolate. As a child, I used to enjoy the powdery Swiss Miss packets with those crunchy marshmallows that would seem to evaporate instantly upon contact with the light chocolate drink. To make it richer, I would use milk instead of hot water and enjoy a cup along with some Christmas cartoons. Now,…

costa brava spain

Tickets have been bought and once again I am beginning to plan my journey back to my other home; Spain. As I thought about everything I wanted to do while I was back home, I reflected on how much travel has changed me. It has added a layer to my soul and has converted the way I see the world from the inside out. I was not born there of course, but maybe I was reborn in Barcelona. I think I was also reborn in Cannes and Nice and Girona. I feel comfortable in these foreign places that at one…