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    Boneshaker Doughnuts

      Places to Visit: Boneshaker Doughnuts   Where: 77 Rue d’Aboukir – 2nd Arrondissment   Times: 8:30AM – 6 PM Tuesday – Friday & 10 AM – 6 PM Saturday   Specialties: Doughnuts with mouthwatering flavors   I am a self-proclaimed Doughnut fiend. There is no doubt about it; I have tried nearly all the doughnut shops in New York City and every place I travel, I always hit the best doughnut shops in town. Thus, it is no surprise I ended up here.   Boneshaker Doughnuts is mouthwatering and irresistible. So far, this is by far my favorite doughnut shop in Paris.   When I visited, I had the…

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    New Zealands Best South Island Roadtrip

    Nothing can explain the clearness of the skies, the pure colors of untouched land, the exotic spectacle of gigantic volcanoes, and nature in absolute harmony. This is New Zealand.   I was blessed with the opportunity to backpack through the Southern, and parts of the Northern, Islands of New Zealand — hiking, swimming, exploring, and experiencing the beauty that nature has to offer. These are the places I recommend you DO NOT miss!   1. The Royal Albatross Centre This is the ONLY place in the world where Royal Albatross nest and breed on a mainland. The area is a little drive from Dunedin City and has over 20 species…

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    What is Freedom?

    What is Freedom? How do you know when you are free? How do you know when you are not free? These are the questions I have been pondering as I see the contrast between life abroad and life at home, a life on the road or in a corporate structure, and similarities in the Paris riots and the Rodney King / Ferguson Riots.   Freedom tends to be vaguely defined and interpreted differently within each culture. What we consider ‘freedom’ and given rights vary in each country. Nigeria, France, the USA or Russia each vary in their beliefs. To each person and in each phase of life, how you define…

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    My Backpacking Checklist

    2 weeks, 1 month, 3+ months? What do I bring? What will I need? What can I scrap? All questions you have to ask yourself on your mighty adventure!     As I am sure you know after many blog searches, advice, and research: less is more. I prepared my backpacker’s home for a 3+ week trip across New Zealand and, to be honest, I would pack the same items again and again if I had to do my trip over or for longer – it didn’t make too much of a difference.     Lucky for me it was the summer and I was able to pack lighter!  …

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    How Powerful, Are Your Thoughts.

    What is the difference between a 20 year old and a 70 year old? Aren’t both able to rejoice in life? Aren’t both experienced in pain, joy, compassion, and adventure? Cannot both look to the future and reminisce on the past? Cannot both choose to enjoy there past, current, and future relationships? Cannot both choose to participate in activities that bring them happiness?   I ask you again, what is the difference between a 20 year old and a 70 year old?   The way you choose to live life.   It is a choice, a decision, a mindset; that you set in place.   YOU change your state of…

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    Life Update

    Apologies for my absence, sometimes Life just happens and you don’t have the time to sit and write about it. Duly noted, and as such, I am giving everyone a big LIFE UPDATE. It may be long, but bear with me my friends.   Family Life   The Twins turned 5 years old! It was a smashingly grand party with 17 youngins and a stellar Darth Vader theme. It was a ton of work but Virginie put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into making Jedi costumes for each person, light sabers, fun games, and sweets … everywhere. It was a hit; and I cranked out some creativity designing…

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    Nuage Café

      Places to Visit: Nuage Café Where: 5th Arrondissement, 14 Rue des Carmes, 75005 Paris Times: 9 AM – 7 PM M-F except Thursday and 11 AM – 8 PM on weekends Specialties: A favorite place to sit and read on cold and rainy days.   Nuage Café is a hipster-vibed hole in the wall café that is hard to find if you don’t know where to look. It is down a small enclave with a small sign letting you know it exists.     This place classifies itself as a co-working space with comfy chairs, tables, food, books, games, and a special area designated for taking calls or having…

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    Daily Miracles

      Prayer Works!   God makes the impossible happen, glorious and breathtaking.   There is nothing I can do but praise His name for the amazing daily miracles He provides. He really takes my breath away and does the incredible when I think there is no possible way to get out. I can tell you with 100% confidence that when I pray He makes it happen. When I don’t trust Him and His plan I run myself in circles and get into a deeper mess.   Today when I was running, I was simply awestruck by all the prayers I devote to Him and how He has answered every single…

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    Tips for New Au Pairs: Expectations vs. Reality

    Being an Au Pair is a LOT of work. Don’t let your Mary Poppins ideas fool you into thinking being an Au Pair is a ‘spoon full of sugar’. What life is really like is not your normal 9-5. Life is different for everyone, but generally, the biggest differentiator in your experience as an Au Pair will always be the family. Take your time choosing your new family and make sure you talk about the expectations for yourself and the family well before you leave. If your family is nasty and inflexible you will have a one hell of a year (literally). I went into my Au Pair experience thinking…

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    Making Friends Abroad

    “I don’t know the language”, “It’s too hard to find good people”, “I am not comfortable putting myself out there” — We have all used these phrases before and we have a slew of never ending excuses for why we aren’t finding friends. The truth of the matter is that each person struggles to find friends when they first move abroad. There are a lot of factors involved in how easy or difficult it may initially be, but keep in mind that you are not looking for your lifelong best friend – you are simply looking for someone you can go out for a beer with and have a nice…