This year, I’ll give up chocolate

Lent. It’s the time of the year, where all the Catholic’s give up on certain things they just eat/drink/do too much and they want to stay away from for six weeks preceding Easter to commemorate Christ’s fasting in the wilderness.

I, for my part, did give up sweet things for Lent this year. And a lot of times I get asked: Why? I do believe in God, and I do it partly because of this believe but this is not what I want to talk about today because I think religion is everyone’s own choice and if you don’t want to believe in God or anything at all, that’s fine by me. But I also do it, and this is what I want to talk about, because I believe that staying abstinent from something for a while makes us appreciate things more.

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My little guide around Ireland

Like most of you might now, I currently live in Dublin, Ireland to do my MA in Journalism and PR. Even though the course is pretty tough and I am working hard, I try to squeeze in a bit of “Sightseeing” around Ireland, not only Dublin.

So just this weekend I was traveling around Ireland a bit and I thought I might give you some insights and definitely photos about the places I’ve seen around this beautiful, green country so far.

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Summertime means Festivaltime

So this Thursday I want to give you a tipp to do something I am doing every summer for a while now and I loved from the very first time I did it: Visit a Festival.

Music for me is a way to escape the daily life and forget all the (small or big) problems you have. And live music is even better. Seeing a band on stage, feeling the music with them and witnessing how much they love what they are doing for a living. It is priceless. And a festival combines that with having fun with your friends, spending a day full of dancing and (a lot of times) sunshine.

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Galentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is for Lovers. At least that’s what everyone wants you to believe. But for me it’s about Love in general. Which includes the love for my friends and the people in my life. This is why this is an ode to them!

Obviously, the older I get and also the longer I live away from home or places I call home, the more I decrease the number of people I am keeping in touch with regularly. And maybe some friendships fade after a while. But with most of the friend I have at the moment I know for certain that they will stay in my life until I’m old and grey.

Friendship is precious. And friendships need to be nurtured in order to blossom. But I truly believe that this doesn’t have to happen on a weekly basis. It is important for friends to be there for each other whenever something major (or minor) happens in their lives. And it is important that your friends know that you are here for them, no matter if here actually means next door or just a phone call away.

In a time and age where it is so normal to just move to Australia, America, all over Europe for a few months or years, friendships get tougher. It is not a thing of seeing each other every day in school  while planning the afternoon or weekend activities together, like it was when we were all still in High School, friendship is actual work. You have to make an effort in order to keep a friendship alive. And I am more than grateful that I found those people. The people that will always be in my heart, no matter how far away they are. And the people I can call when I am over the moon happy or deeply devastated because they share every emotional rollercoaster ride with me, wherever they are.

Thank you. X

Photocredit: AndreaRenee (flickr.com)

Something different in London: alternativeldn.com

I’ve already told you in my list of tipps how to save money while traveling to always look for free things to do. And I’ve found a free walking tour in London, which is just a bit different than the normal walking tours you would find.

Note: It still works on a pay as much as you like basis. And I’m pretty positive that after the tour you will feel like you want to at least donate a little bit of money because, to be fair, your tourguide spends 1.5 hours of his day telling you things that he has told so many times before. At least I wanted to.

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