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Just a typical Mallorcan Sunday afternoon in November…

The Daily Norm

On the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, which I am now lucky enough to call home, everyone is talking about one thing: the weather. The streets may already be decked in lights for Christmas, the shops full of twinkling trees and nativities, and Christmas markets installed across the island, but as far as the weather is concerned, it could still be summer. With temperatures in the early 20s, you’d never know that in a month from now we will be getting our stockings ready for a visit from Papa Noel. But I’m certainly not complaining. It means that for a day like yesterday, when the sun shone in the sky amidst milky fair weather clouds, enjoyment of this last acquaintance with summer wasn’t be restricted to coffee in the sunshine. Instead my second Sunday on the island of Mallorca was spent revelling in the very best of summertime activities – a…

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A Day in Gjirokastër

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I arrived in Albania on a very hot summers morning, and after wandering around in a sweaty daze for twenty minutes found my hostel where I was greeted with cooked eggs and conversation. The main recommendation for my day was to catch a minibus to the nearby town of Gjirokastër, which boasted a perfectly preserved medieval town centre and castle. In theory it all seemed simple enough, so I trotted down the street to a bus station expecting to see signs everywhere and English-speaking bus conductors. Oh, what a fool I was. The street corner was filled with old, crowded mini-buses and suddenly men started yelling at me in Albanian; gruff, angry questions. I managed to stammer out a poorly pronounced “Gjirocaster” and suddenly I was being directed onto the most crowded and hot mini-bus. It didn’t feel right. I dodged the man and turned to another man.

“Gjirokastër?” I…

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London’s Christmas Lights {Oxford Street}


There are few things that give you the Christmas feeling more than Christmas lights on Oxford Street in London.  As I am off to Chile until a week before Christmas, where the sun will be blazing and thoughts of Christmas will escape me, I took a walk down Oxford Street to take in all the glittering lights and extravagant window displays.  I didn’t leave feeling any more Christmassy than before as you know, it’s only mid November!  But it was beautiful all the same.DSC02460DSC02461DSC02457DSC02467DSC02468Here in the UK everyone is obsessed with Monty the Penguin, a Christmas advert from department store John Lewis.  (Click the link to be filled with Christmas cheer!)  So, John Lewis have themed their whole window display around penguins.  So very cute!DSC02464DSC02463DSC02466DSC02465 Have you seen your first Christmas lights?  Have you ever been to the Oxford Street lights?

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A Mother’s Trouble

What an Amazing World!

bs01 Mother Temple Besakih on the Slopes of Mount Agung

A big family were walking down the outer courtyard, each donning bright-colored traditional costume with some of the family members carrying ceremonial paraphernalia: small umbrellas with very long wooden handles and baskets made from woven palm fronts. As they walked further away from the candi bentar – typical split gateway found in Balinese Hindu temples – the big group of men, women and children encompassing three generations were met by hordes of tourists.

It was the peak tourist season in Bali and the relatively remote temple compound was not exempted from the influx of domestic and foreign visitors lured to come to the island for its fabled natural and cultural scenes.

The Temple of Besakih is considered the holiest and mother of all temples on the island, thanks to not only its location on the slopes of the exalted Mount Agung…

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Hey Mom, It’s snowing!

first snow!

Being Margaret


Snow – Everything about it reminds me of my youth.   It reminds me of my parents.  And, It reminds me of growing up in South Bend, Indiana.  The snow always seemed to be piled high from November through March.  Every year.  Not just on years that were considered  “the year of the polar vortex,” but always.  You could count on a beautiful white blanket of snow throughout winter just as sure as you could count on presents under your tree on Christmas morning.  The two-way neighborhood roads would turn into single lane paths that you’d wield your car down.  Snow piled high on both shoulders along your way.

Maybe this is why I still love the snow so much.  It’s beauty takes me back to my childhood.  And, to a time when I was living under the same roof with my 4 siblings and my parents.  Every year you…

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Sparkling White Terraced Hot Springs of Turkey

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PamukkaleThe Sparkling white terraces of Pamukkale

Pamukkale with its sparkling white castle -like cascades is not only an unusual natural and historical site of Turkey, but is also unique in the world. No wonder this place is on nearly every tourists must-see list while exploring Turkey. I couldn’t wait to see these sparkling terraces for myself when I finally arrived in Pamukkale after a long overnight bus ride from Izmir. The bus ride was actually not too bad and as the bus was quite empty we got to flatten our seats and I got some sleep so I arrived ready for my hot-spring adventure. After locking up my backpack at the bus station, and unfortunately my swimming costume with it, I headed out to Pamukkale National Park.

Pamukkale with its sparkling white castle -like cascadesI am at Pamukkale with its sparkling white castle -like cascades

Pamukkale, meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish, contains hot springs and dazzling white terraces…

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