Book Recommendations?

Hello everyone,

I remember growing up I always had a book in my hand and multiple other novels crammed into my backpack. I won reading contests, volunteered at the library and always asked for Barnes and Noble gift cards for my birthday. As I reached my twenties, I just didn’t have hours and hours to dedicate to my reading addiction anymore. However, lately I’ve hit a lull in my chaotic life and I’ve been on a book-reading binge.

A HOUSE IN THE SKY by Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett

I discovered this book while randomly walking the aisles of Barnes and Noble. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but the cover did catch my eye and after reading the description I knew I wanted to give it a go. It’s based on the true story of Amanda Lindhout- a women devoutly passionate to adventure and travel around the world. One day while in Somalia she is kipnapped and held for random. The story divulges the challenges and struggles she endured during her captivity.

UNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand

A story of an incredible man that accomplished and endured so much in his lifetime. Louis  Zamperini was an Olympic runner and a successful airman during World War II. He was captured by Japan and overcame horrendous conditions as a prisoner of war. Many times when I think of World War II I automatically think of Germany and the Nazis, but this story give us a glimpse to what was happening in Japan during that time. A truly incredible read.

THE SWEET LIFE OF PARIS by David Lebovitz

This short book is jam packed with short stories of life in paris, wonderful dessert recipes and Lebovitz’s hilarious humor. I found myself laughing out loud throughout the  entire reading.

Additionally, I also read WILD by Cheryl Strayed and LONGBOURN by Jo Baker. Although interesting reads, they were just not my cup of tea.

Do you guys have any book recommendations? I love to hear about some of your favorite reads!

Tschüss~
Alyssa

Sunshine is Good for the Soul

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I went to Laguna about a month ago to visit my sister. Coming from rainy Seattle, Washington, the sunshine rays felt amazing on my skin. I definitely left my Vitamin D supplements on the shelf at home! It was quite the fast-paced weekend getaway because I was only there for two full days (friday & saturday) and had a 8am return flight home. However, it was great spending good quality time together.

I caught a red eye coming in, but the next morning we ready ready for breakfast. My friends and family who know me well know that breakfast is my favorite part of the day with a myriad of delectable choices, such as scrambles, french toast, eggs benedict, country potatoes, loads of coffee and sweets and savories galore. I love it all. My sister planned well and chose a cliffside restaurant on Laguna beach (hence the name).

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The Cliff

We both ordered the crab eggs benedict and the first thing I thought was, “Wow this is fresh!”. The rich, creamy hollaindaise was well-balanced with the freshness of the crab meat. I would give this restuarant 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for the amazing food and incredible view of Laguna beach. Who doesn’t like a pretty view of the beach while they’re chowing down?

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The remainder of the weekend consisted of catching up with my Southern Cali family, exploring the tide pools and hiking top of the world hike. We hiked nearly all day Saturday and discovered a secret cave off the trail path. The way was a bit treacherous and I had a close call with a cactus bush, but it was an overall memorable experience.

I miss my little sis, but I’m glad she’s only a short plane ride away and I look forward to many more little weekend adventures.

Where do you like to go for quick weekend getaways?

Tschüss~
Alyssa

Effiel Tower

Guten Morgen!

After Berlin, we finished off our trip with Paris, France. We were there for four full days, but  we didn’t see a whole lot due to the holiday lines  (tower for Notre dame was estimated to be a 4 hour wait!). This morning I want to share with you our pictures of the Eiffel Tower.

 
              
Someone was REALLY excited when we finally made it to the top!

The very tip-top floor was closed, but we were able to walk to the level below that. We planned on going ice skating until we realized how tiny the arena was- definitely more kid-friendly than adult-friendly.

Have a lovely day my friends~

Berlin, Germany

If I could describe Berlin in one word during our stay is would be…COLD. At one point it was 21 degrees Fahrenheit outside and that was the general norm during our brief stay. Because of this, we decided to fill our days in Berlin with museums galore to protect our bodies against the bitter cold. We bought the Museum Pass (€48 for two passes, 3 days) and went to the following museums/attractions:
 
     Paragon Museum

I went here 8 years ago when I was in high school and loved the Greek exhibit. I raved about it and Sam really wanted to see it too. As I was walking through the museum I felt that the door that led to the Greeks had been blocked off. It wasn’t until we were done I realized I was right. They are renovating that entire wing of the museum till 2025!
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Great Egyptian exhibit!
 

Berliner Dom
One of my favorite attractions in Berlin was this old, gothic church. I first mistook it for a Catholic church, but during the tour found out it was a protestant church. It was destroyed in World War II, but was renovated by the soviet’s with the funds provided from West Berlin church leaders.
 
      
Jewish History
Brandonburger Tor 
Checkpoint Charlie
Rathaus
I saw this while we were on a site seeing bus. My recommendation: these buses are not worth the cost. You will see much more of the city on your own two feet, so wear good waking shoes. We took the local transportation to make our way around.

Viking Exhibition
This is one of the things Sam was dying to see. It was during this exhibition that Sam determined we would visit the Fjords next. After all this cold though I really want to go somewhere tropical. However, a trip to Norway doesn’t sound too bad.
 
        Our pedometers told us we had nearly walked 20 miles the two full days we were there. It’s a large city with so much history and so many things to see. Additionally, we had some really good grub too. We went to the Hofbrau Haus (again) and I have to say I like the Munich location better, but admire the calmness of the Berlin location. We didn’t have to search 20 minutes for seating, but inside were seated by an employee. Berlin is famous for their currywurst and we definitely got our fill! I felt a little homesick for Thai food and we found one near our hotel. It was a tiny little restaurant that was dimly lit, but had amazing, authentic Thai food.