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Inspiration

If you’re a creative person like me, you know the importance of being inspired. Yes, it is great when that inspiration happens organically, but as a trained creative individual I’ve learned the importance of seeking out inspiration. Whether it’s through reading a great story, hearing a song, learning a new word, visiting a new place, there is inspiration all around us. Sometimes it even helps to flip something over and look at the other side.

Whatever your reason for wanting to be inspired, I hope that this page does just that, inspire you.

This is the Day of the Girl (an Original Poem) #dayofthegirl - Celebrating 2019's International Day of the Girl with this original poem & spoken word performance.
Look Up - Whatever you’re doing, stop for a moment to look up. Seriously, look up. Now, what did you feel? What did you see? What did you think? Sometimes, we are walking about so consumed by what we see in front of us, whether literally or figuratively, that we become consumed with our challenges and difficulties because […]
Why Settle for Happy? - Happiness is temporary but joy lasts a lifetime. – EE Winkler We all love to be happy. It feels good. I once had a history professor that stated, “everything we do in life is to make us happy.” It stuck with me. I pondered it in my head and I realized that there was a […]
Cultivate a Positive Mindset for Success - Success is something that starts in our minds way before we actually do anything.  How To Cultivate a Positive Mindset for Success: Dream BIG dreams: Sometimes if you fail and experience rejection enough times it can sometimes make you dream smaller or shorten your reach or settle for mediocre or ordinary. But what if instead […]
The Struggle with Writing… - To every aspiring writer, stop calling yourself an "aspiring" writer. If you want to be a writer than be a writer. Write everyday. Write something. Write for more than just yourself and don't worry if it sounds perfect or not. It will never be perfect. Just write. -EE Winkler
Productivity for Work: Getting Past the Sick Day Blues - Let's face it, sick days may be inevitable, especially during cold season, so how can you still be productive even in the midst of these times?
Poetry is… - Poetry is… by EE Winkler poetry is rhythmic healing for my soul’s delight with words I reconstruct my day and build dreams in the night in a matter of moments I can be anywhere I want to be with a few lines or verses I write a new story poetry is rhythmic healing for my […]
Just for Today (Imagine) - Just For Today by EE Winkler Just for today imagine that you can’t lose and that every wrong around you can be diffused you don’t have to be led by the feelings at bay if you can imagine just for today Just for today imagine that hope is restored in the things that you’ve always […]
Reframing Your Goals to Optimize Goal Setting - Don’t let your goals get you down, let them left you up!  If you’re anything like me, you’ve experienced discouragement from goals that you have set but struggled to achieve. It is not always easy, especially when if there are many goals that you want to achieve. But, through reframing your goals, it can set […]
3 Tips How to Manage Negative Stress…Better - It’s true, we all have to deal with negative stress at some point in our lives. But wouldn’t it be nice to deal with it better? 1.) Identify the Root Cause and Know Yourself: It is so important to ask yourself this question, “Why am I so stressed?” Then ask yourself, “Is this the real, […]
5 Intangible Items to Bring on a Job Interview or Big Idea Pitch - Interviews…we all have them at numerous points in time in our lives. How do we prepare for them in such a way that we can be successful? Beyond the tangible items, your resume, portfolio, references, recommendations, flash drive with digital versions of your documents, etc. — it is so essential to prepare and bring the […]
When: Say Goodbye to Fear, Doubt & Anxiety - When – an inspirational poem to encourage you to say goodbye to fear, doubt and anxiety.  Poetry is one of the most beautiful expression of words that I know. I first fell in love with it as a young child. I started reading poets like Langston Hughes and Shell Silverstein and I was inspired by […]
5 Tips of Encouragement in the Growth Process to Achieve Your Dreams & Goals (+ What No One Tells You About Growth) - Watch what happens when you don’t give up… What No One Tells You About Growth 1.) It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint The race will not immediately be over, instead it’s about making a commitment to make little steps over a long period of time. It might seem exhausting but with each step you are making […]
Broken - via Daily Prompt: Broken Broken By EE Winkler When you are broken you are at your best still alive, you have withstood the test humbled completely and compassionate are breathed out from your brokenness When you are broken the world is not as it seems your lens is tainted based on what you see and […]
Dry - Dry by EE Winkler Beware of what seems barren, empty and dry don’t count it off as dead when from there He can breathe life from the dust we were made out of nothing we see and from the dust He still makes beautiful things. Don’t be disturbed when your heart shatters for only broken […]
Affliction - Affliction by EE Winkler Don’t get caught up in momentary woes afflictions and trials they come and go they have the power to shape our lives for the good but only if we respond to them as we should Some they blame affliction for their hate and it gives them a platform for their complaints […]
A Retrospective State of Mind - via Daily Prompt: Retrospective A Retrospective State of Mind by EE Winkler A retrospective state of mind doesn’t consider the future but only this moment in time it gets swept up in the past and on momentary things but neglects the joy that hope can bring A retrospective state of mind is determined and set […]
Thin - via Daily Prompt: Thin Thin by EE Winkler      She looked in the mirror and said “I wish I was thin,” “then I could be normal like my friend Jen I wouldn’t be picked on about my size and maybe more people would know I am alive      If I were thin I […]
Life Without Laughter? - via Daily Prompt: Laughter Life Without Laughter? by EE Winkler A life without laughter is not really a life but simply an existence in the world does one abide laughter is the medicine to our souls to provide some relief in the midst of troubles and woes A life without laughter is not really a […]
Travels to Israel: The Garden of Gethsemane & Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony) - Although it is said that the exact location of the Garden of Gethsemane is unknown, there are many reasons that point to this location being the most likely location of where it would have been.      The Garden of Gethsemane was full of olive trees and the literal translation actually means “olive press.” The […]
Rivulets - via Daily Prompt: Rivulet Rivulets by EE Winkler I was walking in darkness I could not see until I was awakened to His truth about what He has done for me It was a day that I won’t forget He was knocking on my heart and I let Him in He poured out His love […]
Authentic You (an inspirational & motivational poem) - via Daily Prompt: Authentic Authentic You by EE Winkler There is only one authentic you not another one could do what you do uniquely created by God’s loving hands whose good thoughts about you outnumber the sand There is only one authentic you shaped and molded for good things to do with a plan and […]
Parallel Lives - via Daily Prompt: Parallel   Parallel Lives by EE Winkler We were walking parallel lives but from two different parts of the globe in time each traveling round on roads unknown to learn about life outside of our home while others around us stayed in their comfort zone we destined out to unafraid and alone […]
Daily Prompt: Fret - via Daily Prompt: Fret Why Fret? by EE Winkler Why fret and worry your life away? when one worry will not gain you an extra day we only must live this life to the full and make the most of every moment to do good Why fret and worry your life away? it does no […]
Daily Prompt: Song - via Daily Prompt: Song A Song for You by EE Winkler She wakes up in the morning tosses and turns while she rubs her eyes The sun is shining on her face through the window pane so bright There’s no telling what this day will bring but she awakes with a smile in the presence […]
Glimmer – Daily Prompt - Glimmer Glimmer by EE Winkler Watch it glimmer, watch it glow a single flame that lights our way home just a small flicker, a gentle light that takes us onward through the night Watch it glimmer watch it glow we only see a little but still we know there’s a purpose behind this journey we […]
Daily Prompt: Disrupt - via Daily Prompt: Disrupt  A Sleeping Lion by EE Winkler Shh…be very quiet whisper, don’t shout there’s a sleeping lion we don’t want to disrupt he’s stretched out reclined in his den but with one shout you’ll find him awake again his eyes will open slowly like a shade to reveal his large golden eyes […]
Daily Prompt: Froth - via Daily Prompt: Froth Froth by EE Winkler It sits upon my coffee cup I take a sip and drink it up It leaves a little white mustache But with one lick of my lips it does not last It dances like a foamy white flower But still it barely last one hour Until it […]
7 Strategies for Starting a New Career & Making a Career Change - Starting a new career or making a career change is not always an easy transition. It takes courage to step out in the first place and then endurance to keep going in pursuing your goals and dreams. 7 Strategies for Starting a New Career & Making a Career Change 1.) Humility: Walking into a new […]
5 Lessons in Character Building from ‘Black Panther’ (the movie) - Perhaps you’ve seen the movie Black Panther. Was it just a movie to you or did you glean anything insightful from this feature film?  Valuable life lessons exist in a myriad of contexts and feature films are no exception to this principle. I was excited to see the movie Black Panther and after I saw […]
Daily Prompt: Radiant - via Daily Prompt: Radiant Radiant by EE Winkler His love is so radiant it shines so bright too brilliant to see with the naked eye beyond our comprehension our minds cannot grasp His eternal love that always was and is and never will run dry His love is so radiant it dazzles more than any […]
Never Again - An original poem inspired by #NeverAgain  Never Again  by EE Winkler Now ain’t the time to stay seated we’re rising up… Now ain’t the time to stay silent we’ve had enough Haven’t enough lives been lost Isn’t it time we count the cost If we really want to live a life that matters Then we […]
I’m Speaking for Her (a poem inspired by International Women’s Day 2018) - Although one day is designated to celebrate International Women’s Day, this is something we can choose to see, embrace, support and celebrate every single day of the year. I wrote this poem on International Women’s Day 2018. I am inspired by the movement of so many women who have come before me and paved the […]
Are You Ready to TESTIFY? “Master, I Want to See” - What if the one thing that’s standing in the way of your testimony is you? What if you are the one that God is waiting for to participate with Him? What if we’re waiting on His timing, only to discover that He is waiting on us. We cry out for help and healing and he’s ready […]
Choose Love - “Love is a choice. Beyond feelings, beyond a moment in time, it’s a daily deliberate decision to choose to love.  But in order to be able to love like this, you must first know how much you are already loved by Him.”  -EE Winkler Choose Love An original poem by EE Winkler Choose Love when […]
For All the Times You Hear “I Can’t” - An original poem by EE Winkler. Don’t ever, ever give up.  For All the Times You Hear “I Can’t” EE Winkler For all the times you hear “I can’t” Stop for a moment and consider the ant watch how steadily and diligent he moves to carry up to 10 times his weight over hills and grooves […]
Don’t Let This Moment Pass You By–Making the Most of Time - It’s gone. That moment when you first read this title. It has passed you by and it will never come back again. I think that we lose sight of the ugly truth about time. Time is the most expensive commodity in this world and yet we waste it. We find ourselves being distracted by things […]
The Vine - An original poem inspired by John 15       The Vine The Vine called out to me the branch… whatever you do, just don’t let go I love you more than you could ever know you don’t have to fret and fear just look by your side and you’ll see I’m near I make […]
“Keep Your Eyes on Me,” He Whispers - “Keep your eyes on Me,” I hear him whisper.      Life is full of ups and downs. Even on the calmest day, I still have to pause and refocus. Where are my eyes? Where is my hope? If I keep my eyes on myself, I’m headed for trouble. If I keep my eyes on […]
Is It Time to Check Your Outlook? -        If you find yourself having too many bad days in a row, maybe it’s time to take the metaphorical glasses of your life off and look at the lens. Chances are that over time they have collected dirt, debris and maybe the glass itself is broken and all of these things are […]
Just One Thing -   Do One Thing Everyday that Brings You Closer to Where You Want to Be… If you’re anything like me and you have a to-do list that’s a mile long, then sometimes the agenda of daily tasks can seem daunting. We strive to do so many things with the goal of maintaining a balanced life […]
Tunnel Vision - When was the last time that you went through a tunnel? Do you recall the feeling of the dark, narrow space where all you could really see or focus on was the tunnel? Do you recall the feeling you felt when you were going through a very long tunnel and you finally saw the light […]
Just in the Knick of Time -        Have you ever been in a hurry to get somewhere that is absolutely contingent on whether or not you’re on time?       The doors close at 9:00am sharp or the race starts right on time or the last tickets are given to people that arrive on time or even early. […]
Seeing & Embracing Your Potential - The thing about potential is that it starts off small and grows into something extraordinary. If properly nurtured it will not simply remain the same, but eventually there will be a fruitful harvest. Potential is like a seed buried in the ground. It is only a tiny fragment but when placed in the soil, buried, […]
My Cup Overflows - “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” -Luke 6:38 Whose cup are you overflowing right now? Whose life are we investing so much in that if we […]
Are You Ready to Go to the Heights? -   The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. -Habakkuk 3:19 Any experienced hiker or climber knows that in order to go to the heights, you must go through the valleys and tread the “not so frequently travelled” ground in […]
Fear’s Final Fallout - Bang! You’re Out! Dripping with sweat I wipe my brow and stand there looking over it. My chest rises and falls quickly and with my fists clenched I feel victorious yet ready to punch again if it even flinches. There it lay on the ground. After holding hostage seasons of my life, I had finally […]
With Just a Grain of Sand - Are you experiencing difficulty? Do you have something that is an unwelcome irritant invading your world with seemingly no resolve? Does it feel like the difficulty is trying to overtake or consume your life? Consider the beauty of the pearl. One of the most precious and beautiful jewels of the sea is formed out of […]
Just Call Me “Steward” - Stewardship. It extends so much farther beyond a financial perspective. Stewardship also applies to time, gifts, talents and our very lives. What are we doing with what we have? Are we stewarding it properly to leverage the greatest return? The good news is that we’ve all been given something. In some cases, we have been given […]

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Travel Adventures

The world is what you make of it. Some call it an oyster but I consider it more like a sunrise a beautiful experience made of the expected and unexpected and always worthy of a great photo. Follow me, everyday is an adventure if you really want it to be. And I do, how about you?

Hungry for Travel Adventures?

I always dreamed of seeing the world with my own two eyes. And now that I am so blessed to be able to see so many places, I want to share them with you!

If you’re hungry for a good travel adventure, then let’s go taste and see amazing places and food!

Traveling the world there’s a lot to see and a lot to learn. Ever since I was 8 or 9 years old, I have so longed to escape the ordinary and see the world. But it didn’t happen instantaneously. In fact, it seemed like it would never happen for me when I found myself working my way through college in my hometown. But through a series of events and a lot of growing up, I got the experience of a lifetime to travel the world via ship for graduate school (that’s a whole other story, so stay tuned for that one).

As a cook and a writer, long ago I combined those passions to start creating cooking videos. After experiencing rejection through auditioning for cooking shows, pitching pilot episodes through production studios and studying more and more about food I thought for a long time that I would just keep it as a dream within me.

But through the encouragement of my husband, on January 20, 2018 I started a YouTube channel as a place to publish and share my cooking tutorials and videos. I was humbled when people started subscribing and watching the videos and even more humbled when they cooked my recipes. I gave myself a goal of 50 published cooking videos in 6 months and I met this goal in about 4 months. Simultaneously, I was studying Turkish cooking at a Turkish culinary school (all in Turkish language) and I felt so amazing blessed to be able to spend so much time doing what I love.

This year, I have continued to expand on what I love by creating travel videos. Some of them are food focused travel videos and others are simply about places to see. My goal, is to create content that is entertaining, educational and informative. I want to take people along to see places and experience things that they may never see or do. For so long I appreciated cooking and travel videos as an outsider but now I appreciate them as an “insider.”

So why am I sharing all of this? Not only do I want to share my travels with you, yes YOU. But I also want to encourage you. If you’ve got special dreams hidden within your heart and you wonder, “how on earth will these dreams ever come true”? Don’t stop dreaming and don’t stop working hard. MANY people will not understand your dream. I can’t tell you how many people don’t understand my dreams but you know what? They don’t have to. Don’t let others discourage you but keep doing good work and learning and you’re going to see growth and change in some form.

If you’re hungry for a good travel adventure, then check out my travel videos. Let me know what you think.

Jerusalem Food Tour at Mahane Yehuda Market

Stroll through the semi-ancient streets in the west part of Jerusalem at Mahane Yehuda Market. 

Energy. Pure energy. There’s a reason why everyone recommends to go shopping on Fridays, that is the tourists recommend this because for the locals it’s equivalent to the crowds during our Christmas season. Okay, maybe not that busy, well…maybe it actually is that busy. Living in Jerusalem, I normally avoided shopping on Fridays but now I’ve come to love it. It brings me back to my days living in the crowded New York City fused with the beauty of Middle Eastern culture. It’s like a party, literally. When you walk into shops or stalls there’s frequently loud music playing and don’t be alarmed if you see the employees dancing. I like the experience because it reminds me to enjoy life. It is short after all and there’s no need to let a few crowds raise your blood pressure.

As a kid I remember going to markets with my Dad. I really loved the international markets because they opened the door to learning more about other cultures and new foods. This interest is one that never left me and I suppose that is why I like going to these types of markets no matter what city I am in.

The hospitality in Jerusalem is great and the people are friendly. This is something I love about Middle Eastern and Mediterranean culture in general. But, this market is a place of business so it is nice to come and look around but it’s nice to come and buy, lol!

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There’s plenty of ready made food as well as fresh food to take with you to prepare at home. Additonally, the array of sweets, home goods, beverages and more are exceptional. check out the video above and the photos below to get a better idea of the market.

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Outside one of the entrances to  the market

 

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Inside the market

See ya!

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Falafel in Jerusalem – $2 Dollar/ 2 Minute Challenge

Taste and see the ancient city of Jerusalem without breaking your budget. Is it possible to eat lunch in the Old City for just $2 USD?

 

There are a plethora wonderful things to explore and eat in the city of Jerusalem. It’s so full of history and culture, that no matter what time of year you visit, you’ll be sure to have a spectacular experience.

But truth be told, Jerusalem can be a quite expensive city to visit and live in. When you’re a tourist, you may be welcomed into a restaurant only to find that your lunch costs a lot more than you were expecting (I speak from experience, lol!).

In the heart of the Old City, you’ll find the Holy sites and the colorful markets in each quarter of the city. So finding a place to eat in the Old city ensures that you can continue to explore without lunch throwing you off course.

The falafel place that I went to in this video is just through Damascus gate, right before you reach the fork in the road. You can tell that this is a place that locals and tourists alike visit, which in my opinion, is a very good sign.

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Check out the video for my review and discover if it really is possible to eat lunch in Jerusalem for $2 USD.

See ya next time!

Travels to Israel: The Garden of Gethsemane & Church of All Nations (Basilica of the Agony)

Although it is said that the exact location of the Garden of Gethsemane is unknown, there are many reasons that point to this location being the most likely location of where it would have been.

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     The Garden of Gethsemane was full of olive trees and the literal translation actually means “olive press.” The olives that were harvested from this garden were pressed to make olive oil that was of such high quality that it was reserved for kings. Is it any wonder that this is where Jesus was praying the night before His crucifixion? He was about to be pressed like these olives for the sins of all mankind.
     Today, if you choose to visit the Garden of Gethsemane (which I highly recommend if you are visiting Jerusalem, it is worth it), then you will still find a garden of olive trees* that are indeed thousands of years old.
     There is also a church called the “Church of All Nations” or Basilica of the Agony. It is absolutely stunning. From the outside, the large columns protrude from the building and a large colorful painting covers the top front part of the church building. You can look up at it but I definitely recommend crossing the street to get a better view.
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The church photo taken from across the street.
    At the entrance, there is a sculpture of an olive tree constructed from iron that you can’t miss as you enter the church. As I walked in the church I was in awe of the beautiful purple stained glass windows, the colorful array of mosaics and the massive dome that is the canvas to even more elaborate paintings.
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    The church is dark inside for the purpose of remembering that this is the Garden of Gethsemane. It was here that Jesus prayed in such deep sorrow before He was handed over to be crucified. The Word describes it best.

36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled.38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!” Matthew 26:36-46

     This was definitely worth visiting and I am so grateful that I got to visit it in person. If you have the opportunity and you’re interested, I would definitely add this as a place to visit.
*Factoid: olive trees can live and produce fruit for literally thousands of years. Ponder: could some of these trees been the same trees that existed when Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane. 
A Journey Along the Silk Road

Explore the modern world like an ancient merchant along one of the routes of the historic Silk Road.

Imagine what it would have been like to travel along the ancient Silk Road. Extending from Asia, into Europe and North Africa, the trails of the Silk Road are still known to this day. It’s not a coincidence that the cities along the Silk Road are still some of the largest places for commerce and trade and housing populations of millions of people.

While many modern cities have started recognizing and memorializing this ancient trade route, not all of them have a replica depiction of the experience.

 

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Along a modern-day highway, a pack of life-size camels carrying loads of goods and supplies trek along the median. Followed by one merchant, this illustration gives us an idea of what it could have looked like to journey along the Silk Road as a merchant.

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While many experiences about traveling on the Silk Road might remain unknown, this journey takes an imagined inspired approach to attempt to understand this part of the journey.

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A Traditional Turkish Coffeehouse: Tahmis Kahvesi

Take a trip back in time to simpler era. No cell phones. No laptops. No email. Taking a coffee break at Tahmis Khavesi takes you back to the essence of enjoying a good cup of coffee with good company.

One of the oldest coffeehouses in Turkey, founded in 1635 it is a treasure to visit. The decorative copper pitchers in the stained glass windows, the traditional chandeliers and the classic wood furnishings, it’s such a beautiful place to enjoy a Turkish coffee.

In the winter you’ll be warmly welcomed by the large wood burning heater that is in the middle of the building as soon as you walk in the door. If you venture up the stairs, you’ll be delighted to sit in upper level that overlooks the entire place.

There are games and books and it’s not unusual for people to play some traditional games or read but mostly you’ll just notice people enjoying the company of those that they are with.

“One neither desires coffee nor a coffeehouse. One desires to talk with others, coffee is but an excuse.” A Turkish saying.

 

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Drinking Turkish coffee is such a wonderful experience. Like espresso, it’s served in a small cup and it’s stronger than an average cup of coffee. But unlike espresso, it has a layer of foam on top and a thick layer at the bottom; This part, you don’t drink. The coffee is rich, thick and robust.

Turkish coffee is always served with water and frequently with Turkish delight, chocolate or some sort of snack. The sweet is meant to balance out the strong flavor of the coffee. While Turkish delight is the most traditional option, a little piece of chocolate it becoming more common.

When ordering your coffee, you can either order it without sugar “sade,” a little sugar “az sekerli, an average amount of sugar “sorta sekerli” or very sweet, “sekerli.” No matter what you’re preference, you’re in for a treat!

At Tahmis Khavesi the Turkish coffee is served with some roasted nuts and water. It’s brought to your table in an elegant coffee cup and when you remove the lid, you unveil the beautiful aroma of the steaming Turkish coffee. With one sip, you’ll taste the robust flavor and thick foam. It’s so good. Savor every sip until you reach the thick layer of grounds, which concludes the cup of coffee.

So if you’re looking to experience the best of traditional and modern, then a visit to Tahmis Kahvesi is a must. It’s a one of a kind experience for coffee lovers everywhere.

P.s. Also try the Menengiç coffee (made from the roast berries from pistachio trees) or a classic cup of Turkish tea! Or buy some coffee to take home with you!

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Haribo Heaven

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A beautiful rainbow colored world glistening with an array of colorful candies from floor to ceiling, tantalizing your tastebuds and fulfilling your childhood fantasies. Everywhere you look you’ll find something sweet and delicious calling your name.

No, I wasn’t wearing rose tinted glasses, I was entering the Hairibo store in Bonn, Germany, also known by me as Haribo Heaven.

Nestled along the cobblestone streets of Bonn, Germany there are many lovely sites to see. A myriad of historic and modern sites, the city offers the perfect blend of contemporary cultural pursuits and amongst them is the Haribo store.

Well worth the visit it’s chock full of just about every Hairdo candy creation you can imagine. You can buy the candy by the roll, container, canister or bag full. In the front of the store, you’ll find the latest creations and a wall of the classic Hairbo delights along with a few German only Hairdo souvenirs.

In the middle of the store you’ll find Haribo tins and canisters for filling and gift giving. As you walk towards the back of the store, there are a plethora of plastic canisters full of candies that you can purchase by the kilo to create your own special blend.

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The Haribo Bear

Before you go, don’t forget to head upstairs where you’ll find t-shirts, keychains, mugs and more! Of course, don’t be shy and say hello to the life-size Haribo yellow bear. You can snap a selfie with him to always remember and share this special visit.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit the Haribo Store in Bonn:

  1. Find great and affordable Souvenirs (starting just below 1 Euro)
  2. It’s a Historic Site: the creator of Haribo is from Bonn, Germany
  3. Pick up a few Sweet Treats: with all the walking you’ll do around Bonn, it’s nice to have a sweet treat to keep your energy up.
  4. Escape to child-like wonder with treats from your childhood.
  5. It’s a candy store (enough said, this is self explanatory).
Beethoven in Bonn

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In Bonn, Germany there are many lovely sights to see. One of my favorite by far is the Beethoven-Hauss. It is the birthplace of Beethoven and now preserved as a museum and historical sight. Although I would say that I’m fully acquainted with Beethoven’s music, this was a side to him that I’d yet to see.

Inside the museum there were collections of his old instruments, desks, music compositions, and countless pages of history describing the life and career of the musical genius Ludwig Beethoven.

However, the one thing that stood out to me was that Beethoven had an awful temper. Not just the kind of temper that when you stub your toe you get upset, no this musical genius was so notorious for his awful temper that it started to affect every area of his life including his work.

I was baffled. This musical genius, Beethoven, is renowned for his work all over the world and yet he could not control his anger. I felt sad in the moment I read it and although I moved on to reading and observing other things, this one fact really hit me to the core.

It reminded me that sometimes the only thing that stands in the way of our future is us. Rather than controlling his temper, Beethoven slew it all over the place like a salad dressing.

So what lessons can be learned from the Beethoven Bad Temper?

1.) We are responsible for our words: we will either live responsibly or always live pointing the finger at others. We must be convinced that the responsibility lies with us.

2.) Your word is your legacy: it’s recorded in history for all the world to see. This musical genius could not control his temper. It makes you really think about it. It’s not just about all the good things that you do but it’s also about what you say.

3.) Your attitude affects every area of your life. Think of it this way, you have to clean your home and you don’t want to but one way or another it has to be done. You could either clean it with an attitude of thanksgiving that says, “Thank God I have a house to clean.” Or you can do it with a bad attitude that only looks at the negative without even seeing the blessing. Maybe at one point in time you prayed for a nice home. But now that you have one, you complain about the stewardship and investment that comes in caring for it. Be careful, it could be that the present you is complaining about something now that the past you had prayed to have.

4.) Regardless of your aptitude your life is affected by your attitude: he was a genius, his musical compositions and works are still studied, admired and observed to this very day. And yet, what stood in the way of even more opportunity and growth potential for him? His attitude. His attitude limited him. A bad attitude has the potential to:

1.) Cripple what you already have

2.) Diminish your potential

3.) Hinder your reach to to connect with others

Remember when we were kids and our parents and teachers would say “check your attitude”? Don’t let your attitude rule you but rather rule your own attitude and bring it into check. Even if you’re a genius don’t think that your attitude towards others will be forgotten. Don’t let your attitude keep you from progressing in your life.

 

 

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Once in a Lifetime: A Cappadocia Adventure

The story of why you need to add a hot air balloon to your bucket list and why Cappadocia is the best location. 

Imagine…

The sky is your home, the clouds are your neighbors, the sun is your light and the stars your guide. The uncharted territory unknown will widen your eyes. 

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Wonder, filled with eyes of wonder. Floating gently across the barely dawning sky like a cloud we sail. Like a sailboat for the sky we reach heights unknown and breathe a crisp autumn fresh air from 970 meters above the ground.

Beneath us are the caves, valleys, prehistoric looking craters and rock formations of Cappadocia.

We have the view of the eagles as we soar higher and then drift across the sky looking down into the Creator’s beautiful creation.

The sun barely rising it peaks up beyond the clouds and greets us with the glow of morning. It’s rays create a celestial glow across a landscape left mostly untouched by man.

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A hot air balloon journey across an ancient land.

If you’ve ever thought about taking a hot air balloon ride, here’s 5 reasons why you should add it to your bucket list and actually do it.

  1. You Feel Small in a Magnificent Way: We as people were made to know and seek the feeling of being small and see great wonders of creation. What a sweet embrace to feel so small and know how great God is. Creating all we see and holding it all together.
  2. I Was Made for This: we were not made for just the ordinary but to experience the extraordinary. A hot air balloon ride is extraordinary not just for the experience itself but to change your perspective.
  3. Surrounded by People in Awe: it’s a contagious feeling to be around people that see the world with awe and wonder. The people that live the exact same life as you but seem to enjoy it more. That seem to prosper and thrive more. What these people have is the right perspective. Every once in a while it’s good to check your perspective. How are you seeing this day? How are you seeing your opportunities? Do we see them with eyes of entitlement or with eyes of gratitude and wonder?
  4. A Slow Embrace: we rush through life in so many ways that when we look back we think. “where did the time go?” Taking a hot air balloon reminds you to slow down and take it all in. You don’t have to know it all, understand it all or do everything. Every once in a while we must slow down, stop and take in all of our surroundings. There’s beauty in all of it if we just change the angle we look at it and the lens in which we see it.
  5. Once in a Lifetime: it’s an experience unlike any other. Breathtaking and beautiful all at the same time. An hour spent floating hundreds of meters across the sky as the sun rises you can reflect, appreciate and embrace all that is around you and see the world beneath you in a whole new way.

About Cappadocia

Meaning “the land of horses” Cappadocia has even more to offer than beautiful horses. It’s a land of untouched beauty and one of the oldest historic places to visit in the world. With rock formations and caves formed by volcanic ash centuries ago it will make your jaw drop and widen your eyes like never before.

Survival Tactics to Living Abroad

Living abroad takes what we know as “living” and turns it upside down or right side up. It all depends on the perspective that you view it. 

Like a Child: humble yourself to view your new surroundings like a child. See it with open eyes. The world is what you make of it. If you choose to see it as full of possibility, then possibilities will appear.

img_3410Try a Little Something New: don’t be afraid of the unknown, embrace the unknown. When we try something new, we are signaling our brain to get ready for the challenge and push beyond our existing capacity.

Don’t Be Afraid to Start Again: It can seem so daunting. You’ve worked hard to build a community for yourself and then to leave it all behind. Many would rationalize what’s the point? The point is, we’re alive for more than ourselves. Everything has a season. It’s not all about us and once we realize this starting again doesn’t seem quite so bad. We must embrace the idea of starting again. Whether it’s learning how to live in a new community, understanding a local culture or just adapting to a new way of life.

Focus: you will become like whatever you’re focusing on. Think about what is good about where you are. If you’re unemployed you might have more time than ever to learn something new, train for a marathon or study a new language. FOCUS on what is good about your situation.

Hold Tight in the Process: yes it’s difficult, especially when you’re in a new place and attempting to create a routine for yourself. But stay focused in the process. Don’t give up because with each step you make you’re getting along the road. Before you know it, you’ll be at your destination.

You’re Doing Better than You Think You’re Doing: you will not always be a beginner or brand new. Although the beginning stages feel so challenging, take hope. With each new day, you’re learning and growing. You’re doing better today than you were yesterday just because you have another day under your belt so you are one day wiser. Focus on the progress you’re making and not the lack of progress you have yet to make.

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