Visiting Széchenyi Thermal Baths in Budapest, Hungary


“Water revitalizes, re-energizes and brings you back to life”

My own quote


It sure is no secret by now that I have developed a healthy addiction (and passion) for spas or thermal baths. Whether at home or abroad, I find my way and get to where I need to go in order to rest and relax!

During my visit to Europe last summer, and while in the amazing Budapest, Hungary, I was honestly exhausted from the week-long river cruise and also our visits to cities along the Danube: Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Melk and Vienna. My feet (and aching body) were sending signals of exhaustion and we were definitely in the right place to recharge batteries.

Budapest is blessed with natural thermal sources which are found in various points in the city and is known as the city of Spas. There are several and popular baths among which is Széchenyi Fürdo or Széchenyi Thermal Baths.

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Opened to the general public in 1913 in City Park, close to Heroes Square and Museum of Fine Arts, the largest bath complex in Hungary and Europe have attracted locals and visitors from around the world due to its healing medicinal waters ever since. They offer so many health benefits that help ease the pain or cure many ailments or conditions thanks to the minerals provided by Mother Nature.

In total, there are 3 outdoor and 15 indoor pools along with several saunas and steam baths for everyone to enjoy, from the young to the young at heart.

To facilitate your visit and entrance to the bath, it is recommended to buy tickets online and provide the number to the staff upon arrival. It will help you avoid the bee lines which can be quite long as it is a hugely popular destination.

What to bring to the bath?

Don’t forget to pack your swimwear, sandals or flip-flops (particularly useful in common areas like showers), a fluffy towel, a swimming cap for one pool in particular and a small bag with zip (Ziploc is ideal)  if you plan on bringing a book or any other item you need to have next to you.

Once registered, the staff will give you a ticket along with a magnetic bracelet which will be used to enter the building and also for your locker or private changing cabin. If you decide to book a massage, please ask for help. I missed mine as I got lost (even if the room was circled on the map given to you) and did NOT get a refund :(

After going through the turnstile, it is time to change and for that you need to find your locker or cabin. Again, in case you cannot find it, there are members of the staff that will be happy to assist you. Don’t worry about the language barrier! I asked a lady in English if she could help me. She took my arm and swiped it against a magnetic reader and a number was displayed. Then she asked me to follow her by waving her hand and walked for two minutes and turned at a corner and there it was! Once again she took my arm and held it against the magnetic reader on the door, we heard a beep and voilà! Now it may sound ridiculous to some or not a sign of being adventurous, but that was top customer service with a smile :) I thanked her by putting both of my hands together and she left.

The private cabin may be small but offers complete privacy. There is a simple wooden seat and a couple of hooks. It’s dark, thus don’t forget to switch on the light!

That day I brought with me my National Geographic backpack along with my swimsuit, short, towel, flip-flops, suntan lotion (yes, that reminded me that I actually am white…sort of…and can get a sunburn), my camera and smartphones but of course! It is very safe to leave your belongings (bring just the basics and leave your valuables where you are staying) in the cabin or locker. Just make sure that you lock it properly by swiping your bracelet once again until you hear the beep and you’re good to go!

A very important fact to mention is that after changing clothes, EVERYONE must get a shower prior to immersing in the pools, whether indoors or outdoors. There is even a guard right outside in the corridor to verify that every single person follows this and if they don’t, he kindly reminds them or indicated them to do so before going any further.

After a refreshing shower, pat yourself dry and head over outside for a lap before committing to a particular spot.

It is advisable to get to the baths as early as possible since it tends to get crowded even on a weekday! I went on a Monday morning (I allowed myself to sleep in and get a bit more rest before crossing the ocean the following day) and there were a lot of people already.

It was better to enjoy the outdoor pools, so I disconnected, relaxed and simply let go.

Please follow me through the following photography tour of Széchenyi Thermal Baths in Budapest, Hungary.

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Szechenyi Thermal Baths, Budapest, Hungary, baths, thermal baths, Europe, wellness, health, TS76

Szechenyi Thermal Baths, Budapest, Hungary, baths, thermal baths, Europe, wellness, health, TS76

Szechenyi Thermal Baths, Budapest, Hungary, baths, thermal baths, Europe, wellness, health, TS76

Szechenyi Thermal Baths, Budapest, Hungary, baths, thermal baths, Europe, wellness, health, TS76

Szechenyi Thermal Baths, Budapest, Hungary, baths, thermal baths, Europe, wellness, health, TS76

You’re at the right place :)

Szechenyi Thermal Baths, Budapest, Hungary, baths, thermal baths, Europe, wellness, health, TS76

Szechenyi Thermal Baths, Budapest, Hungary, baths, thermal baths, Europe, wellness, health, TS76

Szechenyi Thermal Baths, Budapest, Hungary, baths, thermal baths, Europe, wellness, health, TS76

Szechenyi Thermal Baths, Budapest, Hungary, baths, thermal baths, Europe, wellness, health, TS76

Szechenyi Thermal Baths, Budapest, Hungary, baths, thermal baths, Europe, wellness, health, TS76

Szechenyi Thermal Baths, Budapest, Hungary, baths, thermal baths, Europe, wellness, health, TS76

Szechenyi Thermal Baths, Budapest, Hungary, baths, thermal baths, Europe, wellness, health, TS76

Szechenyi Thermal Baths, Budapest, Hungary, baths, thermal baths, Europe, wellness, health, TS76

After spending some incredibly relaxing hours, it was time for lunch and I honestly believe the following as immortalized on this bench :)

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Did you enjoy the photography tour?

Would you love to go Széchenyi Thermal Baths after seeing these photos?


Tell us all about it.

Until next time, a következő alkalomig!

Tashi Delek, All the best.

K :)

Book Review: I’m Happy For You…Sort of…Not Really by Kay Wills Wyma + Giveaway

“Comparison is the thief of joy”

Theodore Roosevelt


“Are you tired of performing? Feeling weighed down by the pressure to be Pinteresting? 

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Does your friend’s wardrobe, body, marriage, paycheck, vacation plans, or photo shoot-worthy home décor leave you wishing your life looked more like that? 

You’re not alone.

With its focus on smarter, faster, thinner, and ever-better, our cultural obsession with comparison is undercutting relationships and sapping contentment. Our friends become our audience (or judges), and our titles, activities, even kids become part of our brand. Factor in social media’s constant reminder of what everyone else is doing, and no wonder we feel drained, discontent, and isolated.  

Thankfully, we don’t have to live this way” says author and blogger Kay Wills Wyma.

Whether we like it or not, we are currently living in a society and global community where we are constantly comparing each one of our lives with other people’s and it is a perpetual state of overexposure or “in your face” or “I have more than you, more than anyone, therefore I am superior or in better position”. This attitude some people have, display or plain simply rub it in your face is rampant these days and is even more emphasized thanks to Social Media.

I will be honest and admit that comparison starts at an early age and within our own family, especially between siblings and then friends or unknown persons. Who gets more attention or praise for the material things they have or get before anyone else, “stuff” to exhibit or parade with before the world, while we simply look on?

Being the youngest in my family, I know this first hand. I had to find my way, catch up with everyone around me. What’s even more interesting until this day (and I say this humbly) is that, even if they had time to their advantage, I can be proud of some of the things that I have accomplished or obtained thanks to my own time, effort and will. It was not easy but I sure am grateful for having been able to do so and always make it a top priority to be grateful for everything, whether it is good or not so good.

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In her book “I’m Happy For You…Sort Of…Not Really”, author Kay Wills Wyma explores this current obsession in our society while sharing some downright hysterical family stories that happen on a daily basis right in her own home which is composed of five children with their own peculiar nickname which also reflect their distinct personality

As a caring, loving and modern mother, Kay reminds us all the troubles that comparison causes not only at home but in our lives between family members, friends, neighbors, communities, EVERY. SINGLE. DAY in order to be accepted or pretend to be and obey to what society dictates.

These days we are always caught or addicted to the comparison game especially on Social Media where the Joneses, Smiths or anyone else is trying to outdo the other, which by the way is simply exhausting!

There will always be people who want more, have more and be more. There is just no way of staying on top of it, so what the author suggests is to run our own race and let others run theirs!


Just to try what this felt like (and the book definitely inspired me) I tried an experiment last week after I finished reading the book.

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Actually it was a much-needed break, a digital detox that was way overdue and I am so glad I did it.

I had been so exhausted in the past days and weeks that it literally made me sick (mentally and physically). I know understand what blogger burnout is all about; it’s not good at all! Thus I decided to put things on hold, actually I decided to be inactive on all my accounts and blog (which is my passion and I’ve been working so hard on it for over four and a half years).

Today marks a week that I stepped away from it. To my surprise, I saw upon my return that I received more visits to the blog than when I actually post 2 or 3 times a week and gotten more messages even if I did not publish anything!

What does this say? Well, from what I can see people have been watching my every move carefully or a close eye on EVERY single channel just to find out what I am doing or not and want to keep updated. Isn’t that something?

I mean the only benefits I can draw from this experience is that besides getting lots of rest and release built up pressure is that I have slept more and better and I have lived life, truly!

I have seen sunrises and sunsets, grey and cloudy skies, I’ve walked outside in the cold November rain and breathe in fresh air without being in a hurry, got to read REAL books (2 to be precise), think and plan my future projects, job search, cooked for family members, contact people who really do make a difference in my life and don’t judge me or bring me down and accept me for who I am right now.

As a result of this week of detoxing from the digital work and deep thinking (and change), I have received more emails and offers, including some from some people I worked with in the past (we’re talking about years!).

I feel lighter, more confident, have clearer thoughts, and see little details that I might have overseen prior to this. It was the mental reboot I needed or was looking for. This was a really good one I must say. It is the CRTL-ATL-DEL action as Kay Wills Wyma calls it and trust me my doctor would gladly put his stamp of approval on this one :)

Even though my rankings have suffered tremendously, that’s ok. I will continue to share, inform, educate and entertain while always including my two cents in my writing and on the blog because that makes me truly happy and serves as a communication vehicle between me and my readers around the world, for which I am truly grateful.

The right people, connections and opportunities will present themselves, of that I am sure of.

Whatever may come my way, I am prepared and I certainly wish everyone a very sincere: “I am really happy for you!

Now I turn it over to you.

Tell us…


Do you sometimes find yourself comparing your life to other people? 

Do you think that Social Media has come to distort reality or is a competition on a daily basis or can it be used for greater good? 

Have you ever done a “Digital Detox”?


So many questions I know but I so want to read all about!

Until next time!

All the best,

Karla  :)


About the Author

Author, Kay Wills Wyma, writer, I'm so happy for you...sort of...not really

Photo credit: The Moat Blog

Kay Wills Wyma is a blogger, mother of five, and the author of Cleaning House through which she has appeared on The TODAY Show, CNN, Glenn Beck, The New York Times, Focus on the Family, and more. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, she held positions at the White House, the Staubach Company, and Bank of America. Kay lives in the Dallas area with her husband, Jon, and their family.




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Would you like to win a copy of “I’m Happy For you…Sort Of…Not Really?”

It’s simple. Simply leave your info in the comment section and tell us a bit about you and what you think of comparison in our society today.

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One winner will be chosen randomly on Friday, December 4th 2015 at Noon (EST). To be notified, make sure you include your site or social media profile where you can be reached.

I wish you all the best of luck :)

Spotlight On: Swissôtel Berlin, Germany

Disclaimer: I teamed up with Swissôtel and wrote this post for you. It brought back so many fun and unforgettable memories. Clearly Berlin is one of the cities that will remain in your heart, mind and soul…FOREVER!

“Ich bin ein Berliner”

– John F. Kennedy


Who has not heard this famous sentence pronounced by the American president? It sure has stayed in the minds of people the world over, including me.

Have I ever told you about my love story with Germany? I believe it started that historic day, November 9th 1989 as all eyes were glued to the TV screen as the Berlin Wall came tumbling down and finally united a country divided for 28 years.

I can close my eyes and relive that scene very vividly. I remember seeing people cheering, tears streaming down their faces, hammers pounding the walls and cranes lifting huge blocks of concrete and people from the East finally making their way, some running or escalating the fallen parts of the wall in order to live, breathe and experience what we sometimes take for granted, FREEDOM.

Weren’t we, human race, privileged to witness that LIVE on the air and get emotional to see that major event unraveling?

It sure made such a deep impression on me and I was only 13 years old. I made a promise to myself at that moment to go to Deutschland and stand before all the sights I only saw through photos and bow in gratitude for being able to do so.

Fast forward a decade. Right after graduating from the university and ending my internship at the government, I decided to be bold and go pursue my dream.

Oh did I even mention that I actually studied German while in college also did a minor in German Studies (studied literature, history and even translation, can’t believe I actually did that) at the Uni? I told you, there was a strong link to the country and was determined as ever to make it!

I diligently saved, as much as I could, and went on a two month trip all around the old continent. One of the main destinations was of course, Berlin and I was anxiously looking forward to it.

After spending a couple of fun days, in Amsterdam, I boarded a train bound for the German capital. An angel disguised in human form came to my aid and helped me get to my destination! Read more on that adventure here.

As soon as we stepped out from Berlin Hauptbanhof I was in complete awe at everything in sight. I simply could not believe that one of my biggest dreams had come true!

I spent the following week wandering and exploring the city. Here is

What to see and do in Berlin, Germany

Brandenburg Gate

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Built in the 18th century, this is THE most famous and most recognized landmark in Germany. Throughout history, it served not only as a gateway to the capital but also to mark city limits.

It was the site where many historical events took place including one that no one will ever forget.

Berlin Wall

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Built in 1961, the Berlin Wall completely alienated East Germans and divided their families, relatives or loved ones in the West. The Eastern Block prevented them from leaving and erected the wall. The cold war era had begun.

It took 28 long years before the ruling party in Eastern Germany made an announcement on November 9th that would change the course of events and as we say, the rest is history.

Borders to the East were open to everyone and the gates at Berlin Wall finally opened. Western Berliners were waiting for their Eastern counterparts with cheers and jumping on the fallen parts of the wall. It was a moment in human history that had to be witnessed to be believed.

Checkpoint Charlie

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This historic and famed crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin still stands today and is a reminder of that critical period in time.

Back in those days only authorized personnel such as diplomats, members of allied forces or travelers with permits or visas to visit Eastern Germany could go across either by foot or by car.

Many easterners tried to escape the through this passage, unfortunately many lost their lives in their attempt.

Although the original was demolished after the fall of the wall, it has been recreated and is now found outdoors at the Allied Museum.

Berlin TV Tower / Fernsehturm

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Completed in 1969, the highest tower in Germany offers spectacular and breathtaking views of the city and nearby towns from the panoramic floor.

In case heights make you hungry, there is a revolving restaurant on site called Telecafé. A meal with a million dollar view!

Museuminsel / Museum Island

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Designated by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site, this area is composed of 5 museums all clustered on the northern part of the island surrounded by the river Spree.

Visit one, two or more. There are many options and a large dose of history and culture will be the reward!


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Originally built in 1871, the building was the meeting place of the German Empire (Reichstag) until the 1930s. It suffered severe damages due to a fire and the Second World War.

It was only renovated after the German reunification in 1990. The much-needed reconstruction lasted 9 years and became the seat of the German parliament which is better known today as Bundestag.


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Kaufhaus Des Westens is the largest department store in Europe and for many good reasons.

Spanning over 60 000 square meters over 8 floors, it is a shoppers’ paradise. From clothes to shoes to gourmet foods and everything in between, its 40 000 + daily visitors find what they are looking for and more.

It is not just regular shopping. It’s an experience for all the senses!


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Have an adventurous spirit and want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city or simply go on a day trip? Then take the train from the city and enjoy the scenic ride all the way to Potsdam.

Head over to Schloss Sanssouci Castle, Its beauty will take your breath away.

There is also Alter Markt, Babelberg park and Glieniecker Brücke (bridge) which connects Potsdam to Berlin that is quite a sight.

Where to stay?

Swissôtel Berlin is conveniently located in the heart of the city and right around the corner of one of the main arteries, Kürfurstendamm or better known as Ku’damm.

The hotel offers 316 elegant and modern classic rooms

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junior suites

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Spread on 10 floors, all rooms feature city views, state-of-the-art technology, large work desks, free WiFi and internet connection. There’s a Nespresso coffee machine available in every room to you energize before going out to explore or upon your return. If you have a fitness routine, then modern Fitness Suite will help you reach your daily goals.

It offers a combination of the best of Swiss hospitality and a genuine, heartfelt service which starts as soon as you walked into their newly redesigned lobby.

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The main train station is only 3 stops away, close to the business center and the airport can be reached in a short amount of time.

If you love shopping or browsing, you will be happy to learn that there a plethora of unique stores, cafés, restaurants and other attractions can be found.

For the best views, without having to venture far away, Restaurant 44  as well as the

Bar Lounge

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which offer fabulous views of Ku’Damm and cityscape below.

As you can see, this is only a fraction of what there is to see, do and where to stay in the city but I highly recommend you go and explore the city at your own pace.

I just LOVE getting lost on purpose but also have a traditional map on hand, just in case in need to find my way around.

Getting a city pass is also a great investment. It normally covers transportation and admission to many attractions. It’s totally worth it!

I invite you to follow Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts on their social media accounts:






Swissôtel Berlin

Augsburger Strasse 44

10789 Berlin, Germany

Tel: +49 30 220 100 Fax: +49 30 220 10 2222


Now I’m turning it over to you.

Tell us…


Have you been to Berlin?

What did you enjoy the most?

Are there any other places/activities you would recommend to first time visitors that I should add to the list?


Please do share!

Auf wiedersehen.


K :)


What to see and do in the Algarve, Portugal

“Wander by the sea, should you ever want to find me”

Are you in search of Vitamin Sea or natural Vitamin D (a.k.a. sun rays?)  One would do just about anything to replenish or recharge our internal batteries right?

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Well, there is a specific place where you can get a healthy dose of those vitamins and it is in one of Portugal’s most famous and beloved year round vacation destination, The Algarve.

Located in the southern tip of the country, this popular coastal region draws millions of visitors, both local and international for many good reasons.

But what exactly does it have to offer that it is so alluring and draws people like magnets. Some even buy property or rent villas during their stay on site such as Villa Plus  in order to relax.

From its golden sand beaches, rugged coastline, cliffs shaped by the elements, to sea-side life, fresh and tasty food, simply a fantastic place to get away from it all.

To help you plan your trip and stay, the following suggestions will inspire you to go out there and explore!

Without further ado, here is What to see and do in the Algarve, Portugal.

 Praia da Marinha in Lagos

Named as one of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal and Europe, Praia da Marinha is located in the Lagoa Municipality.

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What strikes the most is the soft, golden sand, turquoise and inviting waters and cliffs that protect the shoreline. It is something like the postcard perfect location which is a must in any itinerary.

Ria Formosa near Faro

This lagoon and natural park is composed of six inlets and one communicates to the Port of Faro.

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There are several small towns and villages in the surrounding areas, namely Cabana de Tavira as well as famed Tavira Island.

 International Sand Sculpture Festival in Pêra

Among the most important and largest sand sculpture festivals in the world, it is a spectacular showcase of figures, shapes using one of the area’s most abundant and natural resources.

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It is amazing to see the originality and creativity of artists who create larger than life sculptures that are a delight for the eyes and deserve to be captured.

 Praia Do Rocha in Portimão

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Rock Beach is in another stunning location in the municipality and city bearing the same name, Portimão.

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Besides the idyllic beaches, that welcome the beach football championship, there is Forte Santa Catarina Fortress that towers over the city and is worth a visit for a dose of history and culture.

Vale Do Lobo

Originally built as one of the first tourist resorts in the country, Vale Do Lobo is ideal for Golf lovers with its courses facing the ocean.

If a laid back holiday is what you are looking for, then renting a villa,

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an apartment or

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a room in a posh resort abound.

The main beach of Vale Do Lobo is the place to rest, relax and recharge your batteries while working on your tan!

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As you can see, these are just a few of the great variety of activities and places to see in the Algarve. There is something for everyone from the young to the young in spirit :)

Whatever it is that you are looking for, go for it. Be bold and adventurous, go and get acquainted and discover this gorgeous region that welcomes you with braços abertos (open arms). Seja bem-vindo, Welcome!

Now turning it over to you.

Tell us…


Have you been to the Algarve? If so what was your experience like?

If you haven’t yet, would you love to go?



We can’t wait to read all about it.

Até logo! See you soon.

All the best, tudo de bom!

Karlinha :)

November 2015 Update

“November: the last month of autumn but the beginning of a new adventure; time to take risks and do the unexpected”


First and foremost I would like to thank one of my favorite bloggers, the beautiful Andi from My Beautiful Adventures who inspired me to write this post after reading her update on what is happening in her world.

Actually it never occurred to me to do a monthly update until I saw this and it is a great idea. It helps you look back at everything you’ve done so far and will do!

Let’s get started shall we?


Actually I just came back from the movie theater and saw the 24th Bond Movie, Spectre which was something that I had been patiently waiting for…3 long years to be precise.

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I may or may not have told you this but I am a Bond fan and have been since I was a child. I have seen the entire collection and was so anxiously awaiting the new installment.

Truth be told (and sorry to be honest and spoil the fun) but the movie falls short of its predecessor, Skyfall which was by far (along with Casino Royale) some of the best movies starring Daniel Craig in the role of 007.

For the traveler in me, I absolutely loved and was speechless of the scenes filmed in many locations around the world, namely Mexico City (opening scenes), Rome (my heart pounded even faster), the snowy Austrian alps, the arid desert in Morocco and of course, London.

I will not go into any details but let me just say that there was too much hype and anticipation created and we left feeling let down and disappointed.

If you go watch it let me know that you think!


As a certified book lover, I read every chance I get and don’t mind reading some of my favorites like The Alchemist by the one and only Paulo Coehlo.

At the moment I am rereading Nourished by Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph

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Which is an excellent and hilarious book that will make you laugh and cry of laughter. The real life stories and examples from this dynamic mother-daughter team is totally worth reading. It helps you make sense of everything happening in your life.


Honestly, the daylight savings time has affected me harder than ever. I love the sunshine and I am not exactly a fan of grey and rainy days.

I find it difficult to concentrate and be cheery when it gets dark at like 4-5 p.m. Does anyone else feel the same?

Life is a rollercoaster and just in the past week I’ve had to deal with many mixed emotions (including having to learn that my parents were in an accident on the highway and that the jerk who hit the vehicle took off, he ran away without even providing any help). You can’t truly appreciate life and the people who are in it until something like this happens.I didn’t talk about it openly but now I am. Feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

If I am going through a Patience and Optimism test or exam, well it is not easy let me tell you! However I can say that I have been, am and will always be a good student.


I am planning my next move abroad in order to advance professionally and personally.

Better opportunities are found away from my actual location and doors just fly open. They have in the past and sure will in the near future. Stay tuned for that!

I truly wish it was here but it did not happen or think it will. I have a gypsy soul and the road calls!


How everything you need is provided for at precisely the right time. One skill I have developed and used for a lot in the past few years is to just believe and surrender.

What you truly need will always come through or be provided. I am a believer, witness and beneficiary and for that I couldn’t be more grateful.

I also have to say thank you to all those who have been there and lend me a helping hand. I can only hope to return the favor and do whatever is in my power to help them in their life path!

My Favorite Photo

Just a few days ago I went to the park for a walk out in nature, love how the tree leaves have changed colors, how they flutter in the wind and fall at your feet. It reminds you that a cycle of life is ending and another one is about to begin. Things kind of have to be shaken in order to fall into place.

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As soon as I found myself in front of this, I was taken aback by all the beauty before me!

When they say it is postcard perfect, or a moment in time you need to capture or immortalize, then this is one of them.

I took the photo, stood in silence then looked up and said “Lord, thank you for letting me experience and see this”.  It is the simple moments that are unforgettable.

So there’s my current update of Sunday November 8th 2015.

What about you?

What are you up to?

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Until next time!

Tashi Delek, all the best.