Share Your World – 7th September, 2018

Cee has offically handed over the task to sparksfromacombustiblemind in regards to the Share Your World Challenge and has found an amazing successor.  Today I will tackle another great set of questions and the challenge is as much fun as it was previously. So in that sense nothing has changed really. If you are into Q&A then definitely check out the “new” Share Your World from now on.

For those of you who have not participated so far here are the rules (that have stayed the same):

Rules

‘I will post four different questions each week for you to answer.  There are two ways which you can participate.

  1. Create a SYW  post.  Then post the link to your blog in my comment box or leave your answers in the comments box of my blog.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Share Your World”  and link it to this post.
  3. Remember to Follow My Blog to get your weekly reminders.

I usually will respond to your entry on your blog, rather than on my page.”  

But now let’s get to the main part:

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Place In The World

For this weeks photo challenge Erica V. asks us: “Where do you belong? In the hustle and bustle of a big city or amongst friendly faces in a small town? For this week’s challenge, show us your place in the world.”

Frankly, I deeply believe that I belong with my family, no matter where we are. One of my fellow blogger once explained to me that there is such a thing like a soulmate but for a place as well. I know that there are places I would move to in a heartbeat. Because I feel a connection. So if it comes to showing you my place in the world I can’t pinpoint it to one.

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Tell Me Something Good #86

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Time for a positive start into the week. After all it’s still Monday somewhere in this world, so I’m not completely wrong here… Forgive me for the radio silence but I just needed some days to recover and get organized again. I guess traveling for a couple of weeks throws you out of your routine… no wonder… Anyway, I’m back! Let’s do it. Let’s start the week off on a positive note.

It’s easy:

• Mention something that you consider being good in the comments

• Or write a post about it on your blog (please don’t forget the pingback if you do so I don’t miss out and also share the link to it in the comments below). Something good that happened to you recently, or something good you will experience in a little while, or something good you know will happen soon. Something that makes you feel good.

• Share this post and invite your followers as well.

So before I share my good thing let’s do another happy dance. As you know I love my happy dances and so I decided to just keep doing it. Hope you’re having heaps of fun!

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Just keep going for as long as you like 😀 And when you are ready, here is what I’d like to share with you today:

“You know all the things you always wanted to do? Go do them! I couldn’t have found a better quote to start this post with today. I’m settling into my normal routine. Normal might be a bit of a big word as there won’t be a normal routine over the next 8 weeks with Christmas coming up and then my usual casual work gig. But I’m back home again and getting into the swing of cleaning again… and other things. Everything feels so much better though. Better because I am so content. So happy. Traveling truly fuels you. And we all agreed that our trip was a trip of a lifetime. An experience you can not top that quick. We saw so much, we learned so much, we enjoyed so much, we had so much fun. We spent time together and grew wiser together. For so long we were talking about taking this trip. We always wanted to. And then we did. We jumped right into it. And boy was it worth it. I know I will be able to get energy from this for a long time to come. So all the things you always wanted to do? Think about them. And then do it!”

Unicorns, Cotton Balls And A Blacksmith With A Limp…

It’s fascinating. Sitting in a plane, looking out the window, far above everything. The clouds underneath, like little cotton balls. They seem so fluffy. And I feel taken back to my childhood thoughts, wondering how it must feel to touch the clouds. Playing with the idea of bouncing on them, softly, from one to the other.

I allow myself to ignore what I learned and wonder if they feel like cotton candy. Just less sticky. If, instead of cold, they might be cozy warm?

A child’s fantasy is something so wonderful. Such a shame that through learning about everything we lose so many of the “silly” ideas. Just like being able to bounce around on clouds or the idea that they must feel like cotton candy. Right now I actually wonder why cotton candy wasn’t named cloud candy…

Education is a wonderful thing. You gain so much. But you lose so much too. Like the innocent ideas, the belief in magical things like unicorns or flying dragons.

And while I sit here and wonder about the clouds, unicorns and dragons the words of a guide that chatted to us while we visited an exhibition come back to my mind. He mentioned something interesting while we talked about minerals and how copper and gold are usually found in close proximity and with it also arsenic because they all like each other. He brought up the Greek God of blacksmiths and how they were portrait with a limp. He was portrait with a limp because blacksmiths often walked with a limp. And they did so because the limp is the first physical sign of arsenic poisoning.

So while before the limp was a sign of someone strong, someone people would look up to, would prey to, education turned it all into weakness. Suddenly it got crystal clear that the limp was not a sign of strength but of a disease. It was a sign of their body slowly being destroyed.

Of course this all helps us now to run into the same issues. Thankfully. And yet it kind leaves an aftertaste. So many things we learned. So many things that have provided us with a better, healthier life. We have learned to cure diseases, understand that the world is a globe and not a plate, that clouds are made of water and that unicorns don’t exist. We have seen some of the deepest parts of the ocean and ventured out to space. We understand the human body better than ever and are even able to create clones. We can 3D print items, Computer talk to us, cars drive by themselves.

And yet there is so much that we don’t know anything about.

While I look at the clouds and the way the light breaks in the ocean somewhere far away I hope that we will never lose the awe for the planet we live on, the stars, planets and moons above us, the magic of life itself. And I hope that we will always find something that makes us believe in the magic of all of it. Without feeling the need of having to explain everything in all details…

Cee’s Which Way Challenge – November 20th, 2017

When I was studying I had to move from my little mountain town to the next city. That also meant I would spend most of the winter days in thick fog. I really didn’t mind the fog that much. Probably because I knew I would be able to escape it over the weekend. But I realised what it could do the someone’s psych.

There is hardly any fog where we live now. In fact it’s so rare that I get super excited when we get some. Today (not at home but while traveling) I got one of the foggy, wet and cold days Again that I remember from back in the days. And I loved it.

While I was out there walking I listened to the fog horn out there and couldn’t stop thinking how hard it must have been for ships back in the day to find their way to safe shores…

This challenge is all about capturing the roads, walks, trails, rails, steps, etc. we move from one place to another on.  You can walk on them, climb them, drive them, ride on them, as long as the specific way is visible.  Any angle of a bridge is acceptable as are any signs.

Inspired by Cee’s Which Way Challenge

Share Your World – October 30th, November 6th and 13th, 2017

Wow! I can’t believe I actually left out 3 of Cee’s Share Your World Challenges! Well I guess I will have to answer all her questions at once then. I’m in and out of my blog at the moment. The reason is quite simple. We are currently traveling and making heaps of memories. I’m talking about the kind of trip where you spend all day walking around doing some sight seeing, learning about the place you are visiting and taking it all in. So by the time we get back to our home away from home I honestly didn’t have the energy anymore to sit down and write.

Today though I have a moment and I’m trying to catch up. It’s early-ish in the morning, suitcases are packed as we will move on from here later today. The weather is just gorgeous and my view from my current “office” is just so wonderful. Traveling inspires. It feeds the soul. All those new places, the new people, maybe even a new culture are inspiring. But enough now. Time to answer Cee’s questions.

Week after week Cee comes up with thought provoking questions for her Share Your World Challenge. Sometimes I wonder if there will be anymore questions unanswered but obviously there are. If you have not checked out her Q&A yet, I highly recommend it. And now, let’s get the questions answered 😉

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Tell Me Something Good #83

Time for a positive start into the week. While Monday is almost over on my side of the globe it’s only just about to start in other parts. So let’s do this.

It’s easy:

• Mention something that you consider being good in the comments

• Or write a post about it on your blog (please don’t forget the pingback if you do so I don’t miss out and also share the link to it in the comments below). Something good that happened to you recently, or something good you will experience in a little while, or something good you know will happen soon. Something that makes you feel good.

• Share this post and invite your followers as well.

So before I share my good thing let’s do another happy dance. As you know I love my happy dances and so I decided to just keep doing it.

Are you having fun? Yes? Then keep dancing. Just dance as if no one is watching you (most likely nobody is anyway as their eyes are glued on their screens 😜). Just dance, enjoy yourself, have fun. Be happy!

And when you are done, here is what I’d like to share with you today:

“We spent the most amazing time in a city we’ve never been to visiting our friend we haven’t seen for many years. Not only was it great to discover a new place together with a local, but reconnecting with someone so dear and realising how close we all are despite not having seen each other for so long was simply amazing. Now we’re off to new adventures with memories made and a friendship with even deeper roots in our hearts…”