Off on an adventure

Today is the day I embark on a journey. I have $6000 left in my name (plus $700 tucked away in a bank account for a return flight if/when needed). I am going to see how far I can push this. I have budgeted so far $30 a day, which will last me until February 2018.

My first stop is in Marrakech, Morocco and will be in the country until October where I’ll head to Brasov, Romania.

This is not only a test for myself, but it’s to show you that you don’t need to be rich to engross yourself into the world. And I’m excited to update you on not only the good but also the bad that happens to me on the road!


Wish me luck!

Discover the Alien World of Avatar

A world of wonder and magic continue to expand, and you can now find yourself walking around an alien planet. Disney has been continuously growing their theme parks, especially in the Orlando Area. Walt Disney World is competing with the well-established Harry Potter World at Universal Studios and is rearing its 50-year anniversary. Updates are being added to the whole property, and notably the most recent one being Animal Kingdom.

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How to Build Traditions to Treasure Years Later

Traditions not only are fun in the moment, but bring lasting memories to share with others and treasure. It is interesting to see the different ways families celebrate holidays and special occasions. Here are some of our traditions.

Valentines –

  • Restaurants are so busy so we stay home and make it special as a family. It is certainly less expensive this way.
  • Decorate table with candy, candles, flowers, paper hearts, and the like.
  • Order out from restaurant or cook your family’s favorite meal.
  • Give each other the 19 cent little valentines from the box that kids exchange at school.
  • One year we wrote what we liked about each other and gave that to each family member.
  • One year, one of the kids was in the hospital on Valentines and we brought the tradition there in the hospital room!

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Money Talk for Kids

Start teaching young kids about money. When I was little, my older brothers would try to trick me and trade money with me. I did not know the value of money at the time, so I thought giving them 1 quarter and getting 10 pennies in exchange was a great deal, because it was “more items”. I used to think that if you did not have money, just write a check. Start with the basics of definitions.
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Majestic Meteora

Until the 20th century, the monasteries on top of Meteora were unreachable to most of the general public. The only way up the 500 ft cliffs to the monasteries were either by basket or climbing up the wooden ladders. Steps and bridges were built into the rock to allow the public to take a look at the marvelous buildings on the top as well as a remarkable view of Kalabaka, a town at the bottom of Meteora.

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Roaming Ancient Athens

I was completely scared going to Athens. All together, I had ten days booked in the capital. Everyone that I ran into on Santorini had mentioned that Athens was a dirty city with not much to offer, spending only one or two days there. Some grimacing faces appeared when I mentioned my length there. I didn’t know what to expect as my ferry from Santorini arrived. It was definitely not Paris, I could tell you that.

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Attitude is Everything!

Have you ever been diagnosed with an illness, where you had to ask, are you sure? The illness does not run in your family, so maybe they read the report wrong, or maybe I heard wrong……… No, it is true, you have breast cancer. Having a good attitude will have a positive impact.

It’s your choice how you respond. Will it be a positive response or negative response when you get the news? This can relate to any type of situation in your life and not just related to an illness. I choose to respond positively. That does not mean that I can’t cry and be scared.

Sometimes it is very hard to find something positive in a bad situation, but there is usually something. Look hard to find it. I believe having a positive attitude helps in healing as you just have to deal with the bad news (cancer in my situation), instead of dealing with both the bad news and feeling down.

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