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Blog On Hiatus (for Tarot Work)

I need to pause my blogging for a bit. I’ve been working on a Tarot deck, and I need to dedicate some time to it to get it further along. I hope to share some of it with you as we get to designs sooner than later. I will still post to Facebook on my […]

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To and from Europe with love

My trip to Europe in 2015 was wonderful, but it was also tinted with a little sadness. I just met my now husband back then only two and a half months before leaving. When I planned the trip, I was single and looked forward to going as a single man. However, when I left, I […]

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Discoveries in Paris

Meals were exquisite but far more expensive than Berlin. In fact, Berlin was amazingly inexpensive. The euro I saved in Berlin I spent in Paris, for sure. I had pastries every morning, in particular pain au chocolat. It was definitely one of the food highlights. Also, I had real hot chocolate in Paris. Also, very […]

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Seeing the famous sights of Paris

There is quite a bit to see in Paris, and I could publish several posts about the different sites. I’m just going to focus on the typical ones and my impressions of them however much I experienced of them. The Louvre museum the Louvre is gigantic. It’s hard to put into words. You can’t really […]

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Getting around Paris

I chose my hotel to be in the heart of tourist areas. I prefer to travel to new places this way. I find it helpful to walk around and get to know a place on foot first. There were several tourist attractions within a short walk: Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Jardin des Tuileries, Place […]

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Checking in to Paris

If you remember my post “First time traveling to Europe”, the train ride between Berlin and Paris came with some adventure. I arrived at Gare de Nord a little drained from my worry but not too run down. It was near le Marais (4th district), the area where my hotel was, Hotel de Rivoli. The […]

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Friends of friend in Berlin

A few times, I had dinner with my friend and his friends. It was a mix of coworkers and people he had met while living there. All of them spoke English, but many were originally from other non-anglo countries. I think the furthest non-angle but European country was Turkey. One of the first dinners I […]

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Monuments and sights in Berlin

There is quite a bit to see when you’re visiting Berlin. I’ve highlighted many of the monuments, memorials and other sights. However, there are still other things to see that I did not list here. If you ever go, prepare to have plenty to do. Brandenburg Gate and Berlin Wall I thought of only two […]

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Speaking German a little (and eating)

Everyone said I could speak English, but I tried speaking in German anyway. At least when I ordered food, I tried. Even then, I often asked “Sprechen Sie Englisch?” (my spelling is likely atrocious). Before going, I bought Rosetta Stone for German and practiced it a bit. I hardly got through any of it, though. […]

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The character of Berlin

When I got to Berlin, I quickly felt at home. Seriously, Berlin is a lot like Portland. First of all, it’s very green. There are many parks, and trees grow throughout the city. I’m sure if I had stood on a hill overlooking the city from one side, I would have seen more greenery than […]

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