About

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Why does one start a blog?

It is obvious – for a possibility of self-expression, to share and interact with others.

About me?

It is impossible to sum up one’s life (and thus mine too) in a few sentences ….and as I am still a work in progress this blog will hopefully help me sort out my thoughts and ideas and bring out the inner workings of my mind. The posts here are not very organised nor do they stick to a specific subject or idea. They come randomly following momentary inspiration.

What is the one thing that keeps me going?

Curiosity about how it will all end, a disgust for giving up on life.

What makes me tick?

Learning, meeting new folks, finding out that we are not alone. Well, maybe there are still things I am about to discover …. each day is a new possibility.

What are my interests and specialties?

Languages and music, sounds in general, the fact is that sounds are very distracting to me.

Images (either still or moving) – images evoke feelings, memories and incite imagination. Today’s technology makes it simple for us to take pictures, to grab images and store them for later enjoyment and remembering.

A life traveler, a soul explorer, a thinker and a linguist with a lot to learn still I will be happy to meet anyone with a kind heart and an open mind.

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UPDATE: My about page was written in 2012 when I started my blog. Since then I changed several themes, and improved my photography, but I remained faithful to my original message which is the idea of interacting with genuine and kind-hearted people. For years now I am running several ย photo challenges and express my ideas through images which are all taken by me with accompanying music mostly found on you tube.ย 

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        • You too Anne. I admire your sense of balance ๐Ÿ™‚ I am too much of a hedonist to achieve that any time soon and I should. I’ve checked out that three greens smoothie you are featuring. I tried something like that a few years ago. These days I prefer bacon and eggs ๐Ÿ˜€ Well, next week I will live more like you I promise ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. I blog to discover that part of myself that I may be aware of or was there but long forgotten. It’s a great way to explore our thoughts and express them. It also an amazing way to connect with others. You have a generous heart and a very creative mind. Thanks for sharing..have a great day!

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  2. I’m glad to have discovered you. We share some of the same thoughts and ideas I think. You will be a pleasure to follow. I have already enjoyed some of your delightful and insightful posts. I look forward to reading more.

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    • Thank you so much Penny ๐Ÿ™‚ I have already read your “about” page, and will be happy to follow your posts :). See you when I get back from my holidays.

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  3. Nice to meet you Ms. Paula! Like you, I enjoy traveling and meeting new people. I think we are all different and yet can carry similar interests. I may not get a chance to travel everywhere and meet everyone but your blog can help me know someone in Croatia (right?) and see another part of our big world. Keep up your great work in your blog!

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    • Merci Marie-Charlotte. Je t’ai repondu sur ton blog.. Ici dans mon blog il y a plusieurs posts ou j’explique mes raisons pour ne pas accepter des recompenses :D. Bon weekend!

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  4. Je viens te lire tes posts au sujet des rรฉcompenses et je te comprends tellement ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sache que je te l’ai dรฉcernรฉ parce que je le pense vraiment. Bon week-end et ร  bientรดt ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Je te remercie Marie-Charlotte, il m’est important que tu as lu mes posts :). Cela parle bien de toi. J’espere que tu vas bien et que tu es contente avec ton boulot… Je sais que tu n’es plus le guide, comme moi non plus…maintenant je suis traductrice et ca devient un peu trop stressant quelques fois…

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      • Quel magnifique mรฉtier ๐Ÿ˜‰ mais c’est trรจs stressant, j’ai fait quelques traductions et je sais ร  quel point celร  peut รชtre stressant (respecter les dรฉlais par exemple). Tout comme toi j’ai fait des รฉtudes de langues (anglais et allemand) et aujourd’hui je suis webmaster. Ca me plait beaucoup ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Hi Paula! Just letting you know that you are my top commenter! (30 comments, go girl!) So as a thank you, i am putting your face (and link) on my home page for everyone to see! I chose to put this picture in your about page, in case you don’t like that let me know, and suggest another picture if you like! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Nice Photography mam although I could not finish to see all the photos yet…. In a Word they were just awesome…. And I want to say some thing about your eyes,

    “Just take a look through my eyes
    There’s a better place
    somewhere out there
    Just take a look through my eyes
    Everything changes
    You’ll be amazed what you’ll find
    If you look through my eyes”

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  7. thank you for visiting my blog and for clarity regarding “saldage” . . . wondering if the misspelling invites a personalization? Curious about your statement regarding Enya.

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  8. Me encanta cada una de las respuestas a las preguntas que te hiciste.
    Que afortunado haber visto tu blog, mi meta de tomar fotos por un รฑo terminรณ hace unos dias pero igual voy a seguirlo usando para que sigamos en contacto.
    Que buenas fotos tienes tu tambiรฉn!

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    • Hola Pablo ๐Ÿ™‚ Te agradezco mucho de haber leido mi pagina. Dime que piensas hacer ahora que se termino tu proyecto? Te poneras otra meta aqui? Voy a ver con atencion tus otros “posts”. Saludos cordiales. Me encantaria quedar en contacto.

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    • Gracias, Josep por este pujoncito :). Me voy a esforzar mas, aunque esfuerzo no es palabra justa… siempre pense que hago este blog para mi y eso queda cierto, pero como puse en mi gravatar… estoy aqui para conectarme con la gente, y ahora dejame decir mas… para conectarme con la gente suficiente parecida a mi (para que no me moleste con su estupidez) y suficiente diferente para parecerme interesantes. Un abrazo para ti. Vuelve a vistarme pronto ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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  10. Greetings from Australia Paula,
    I love your quite about “meeting anyone with a kind heart and open mind”, very beautiful words indeed. I’d love to visit your beautiful country, experience the culture and photograph the stunning Adriatic coast with its picturesque beaches and villages.
    All the best and God bless

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    • This means a lot Konstantine… Thank you. I have just stopped by your blog to see your name and your photos really impressed me .. I will comment on them over there ๐Ÿ™‚ If you are interested in seeing the very few pictures I have of our coast and picturesque villages, I will be happy to point you to the links ;). My best to you ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. j’aime cet auto portrait ! ou vis-tu ? i love your way of thinking …looking to your inner world and share it with us ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you for following my blog now you have a french connection ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Salut Sandra ๐Ÿ™‚ En effet c’est un portrait de moi pris par por mari il y a 4 ans deja :D. Cela me fait grand plaisir de te lire. J’habite Croatie, la capitale Zagreb… Je suis ravie d’avoir a French connection :D. Que fais-tu dans la vie?

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      • Bonjour Paula ๐Ÿ™‚
        Ton franรงais est excellent ๐Ÿ™‚ dans la vie je suis journaliste ! je ne connais pas la croatie mais je suis heureuse de connaรฎtre ton univers ๐Ÿ™‚ J’adore ๐Ÿ™‚

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        • Tu es trop gentille Sandra :). J’ai etudie le francais et meme fait des traductions litteraires dans le passe. Maintenant la seule personne avec qui je peux pratiquer est ma coiffeseuse et maintenant avec toi :D. J’espere qu’un jour tu pourras visiter Croatie – c’est pas trop moche de voir ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ah, en mai je ferai un voyage a Paris. Tu habites quelle ville?

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  12. Ah – “our lives as a work in progress” – well put! I luv your recent photos of the Eifel Tower. And thank you for visiting Through the Luminary Lens and appreciating my posts. Mucho gracias y paz – Bruce

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    • Thank you so much Bruce, especially for reading this page :). I will visit you again ๐Ÿ™‚ BTW I am not hypanic, I can just speak Spanish to some extent ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. Thanks so much for the visit and lovely comments on my blog Paula. I can’t thank Jo enough. You are both so sweet. Love your photo’s and the video is just awesome. Love the music. ๐Ÿ˜€ *hugs*

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  14. Strange that in all this time I’ve never been to your About page. Thanks for the prompt. ๐Ÿ™‚
    That’s a beautiful song and I sat mesmerised throughout the performance. Dire Straits or Chris Rea? Enjoy your weekend too, Paula. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. dear Paula,โ€จ
    Your blog is wonderful! I have nominated you for LIEBSTAR BLOG AWARD!

    TO COPY THE AWARD PHOTO, here is the link:โ€จhttp://amidereve.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/liebster-blog-award.jpeg

    As usual there are several rules in accepting the Liebster Awardโ€“ they are:
    1. Accept the award, post the picture of the Liebster Award on the top of your post and say who nominated you for the award and list their blog site.
    2. List 11 random facts about yourself.
    3. Nominate 11 other bloggers for the Liebster Award and list their blog sites.
    4. Notify the bloggers of their award.
    5.Ask the award winners 11 questions to answer when they accept their Liebster Award.
    6. Answer the questions left for you by the blogger who gave you the award.

    My Nominations of 11 other bloggers for the Liebster Award and their blog sites:
    1. Beautiful Absurdity http://www.beautiful-absurdity.comโ€จIf you ever need a recommend to read a book, visit Shamโ€™s beautiful blog, she reviews the books she reads, but also, she write about life and nothing more.
    2. Thestifledartist: http://thestifledartist.com/
    If you love Art with all its glories, then you will love this blog.
    3. Mystery Tramp: http://samnorthcote.wordpress.com/
    Traveling and writing about oneโ€™s experience in different places never been better.
    4. Sarah Irving: http://sarahirving.wordpress.com/
    Sarahโ€™s writing about the Middle East is a must read for any one wishing to have an alternative take of the region.
    5. Lost in Translation: https://bopaula.wordpress.com/
    Paulaโ€™s blog is beautiful for it is use of personal Photography and Sound Recording, she also has a weekly challenge that you could participate.
    6. Kitku: http://kitku.wordpress.com/
    Wonderful blog for any cinephile, review of new and classic films worth writing about.
    7. Bumba: http://bumbastories.wordpress.com/
    Little details of life captured to utmost details, wonderful.
    8. Tersia Burger: http://tersiaburger.com/
    Some of the most beautiful, sincere and emotional writings that I have read of recent did not come from a book, but rather from this blog.
    9. Word Wabbit: http://wordwabbit.wordpress.com/
    You discover many things hiding in this blog, explore it.
    10. Historianil: http://historianil.wordpress.com/
    If you read German, then this a blog for you, if not, then use Google Translate, for it is still a blog for you.
    11. Chiarina Loggia: http://chiaink.wordpress.com/
    One word is enough to describe this blog: Beautiful.

    11 questions from me to respond to with your acceptance of the Liebster Award (or choose 5 of the 11):
    1. What is the first thing you do in the morning?
    2. What is your best quality and draw us a portrait of yourself in writing or a poem.
    3. Which is your favorite meal of the dayโ€ฆbreakfast? lunch? dinner? and describe it.
    4. What do you enjoy most in life?
    5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
    6. What do you โ€œseeโ€ when you write? What is the your writing process?
    7. Why are you a blogger?
    8. What is the most important lesson you have learned in your life?
    9. What is your greatest fear and how do you work through it?
    10. If you could meet any person in the world, who would it be and why?
    11. What do you imagine life to be like after death?

    Hope you accept the award ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Dear Karzan, this is award-free blog (see no to awards page). Your questions are interesting, but I can’t reply as I don’t have any qualities :D. I can answer the 1st one though – the 1st thing I do in the morning is crying for being awake. Greetings, Paula

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    • Thank you so much for a sweet compliment, Marion. I am looking at your blog now; it will take me some time to figure it out as I don’t speak any German :). You have lovely flowers over there ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • I supposed, that you don’t speak German. That’s life… ๐Ÿ˜‰ So don’t worry, it’s not bad. Nobody is able to manage all. There are enough English blogs, you can read.

        Because of my readers understand German, till now, I translated none of my texts.

        We will speak with one another in English, when we want to.

        Bye… Have a nice evening.

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        • I can try to learn :). I wasn’t very motivated in the past, and it is a shame I must say. Thank you for your lovely visit Marion and for sharing bits and pieces from your life. Have a good rest. P.

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          • Learning Germany as a foreign language is very difficult, I know! My neighbours are Turks and in the spring time, I have tried to learn German with the wife. She hopes to understand Swiss German better, when she understands German at first. But after a week, she gives up.
            You are not she, but if I wouldn’t be born in Germany, I don’t want to learn the German language! ๐Ÿ˜‰
            Thank you for your friendly answers. Till then… ๐Ÿ™‚

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            • You are a good neighbour :). I said it is a shame as I am a translator and speak and use 5 other languages, but I have to be honest in saying that German never appealed to me, but whenever I am in Austria I feel that I should learn at the least the basics. They are such friendly people.

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              • The neighbour pays for the language lessons ;), so it was a good deal to me (I had no job till June 2013) and there were no jobless gratifications.
                You are a translator? What languages do you use?
                Germans and Austrians in common don’t like each other so much, but I know Austrians, which are my friends. For me, it isn’t the birth place of a person, it is his or her personality, I like or don’t like.

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                • Of course any kind of generalisation is a dangerous thing, but in general Austrians are very hospitable and open people :). I studied English and French and I work with those two languages – well mostly doing English-Croatian-English translations and when opportunity arises French too. I am more into Romance languages, they are easier for me. As for Germanic I wish I could learn some Danish – as I’ve heard and experienced the most difficult one of all and am studying Japanese now. I can use and speak Spanish and Portuguese and have a pretty good understanding of Italian.

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  16. Hi dear Paula, thank you for your kind comment and for follow me. As i said on my website, if you need some pictures to make new articles you are free to use mine. I have a creative common license instead of the general copyright license. have a good day!! Greetings from Rome. Moyan

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    • Ciao Moyan ๐Ÿ™‚ You are so very kind with your offer to use your pictures. I am very vain and I never use other people’s photos regardless of how good they are ๐Ÿ˜‰ but you have given me a terrific idea – I am thinking of visiting Sibillini mountains some time soon ๐Ÿ™‚ Spero che in Roma il tempo sta meglio che qui ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • thanks for it Paula! if you want to visit them, don’t miss castelluccio di norcia as well! it’s a famous place, with a beautiful landscape just close to them! i have a couple of pictures in my flickr gallery!

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  17. Wow, you are beautiful! I haven’t seen your photo on the about page. I meant to let you my birthday (didn’t want to announce it on my blog ๐Ÿ™‚ ) March 20th, what’s yours… ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • I will need you to check daily on me, mia cara. I managed to recollect myself. I will have some rough weeks to let go of some stuff, but I know I will get through it. I am just thankful for a friend like you. Buona sera Amy.

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  18. You are same like me at least in NOT FOLLOWING PEOPLE THAT JUST LIKE AND GONE. so i am glad to see you. I was checking your daily prompt post today. It was good , and now your story , its beautiful. The song is awesome and i just want to wish you a very good future ahead , May Allah bless you and your love.ameen

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  19. At first I looked at your “Windows” and absolutely fell in love with those reflections and the mood… a photo one (me!) would happily return to and notice something new again… And then found myself on this page – you know how it usually happens….click after click…intentionally, of course! ๐Ÿ™‚ Your words and the video..I will definitely stay on that wave of love, joy and positivity through my Friday evening.

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  21. dear paula!
    i agree it is very difficult to describe oneself in few lines. but then your few lines talk volumes about you.
    its great to find you here.

    I too love images that transport us to a different world. and i must say your images are wonderful!
    Best wishes for this beautiful blog!

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  22. Hi Paula, love your blog! Here is my link as you asked: http://sherrimatthewsblog.com/ It’s been great having your visits today, so glad that you came over and I look forward to your photos too. Great to meet you my new friend – Sherri ๐Ÿ™‚
    PS I coudn’t watch your video, it wouldn’t load properly but that’s my computer, having a few probs at the moment. Hope to come back and have another try when this is sorted out, sorry about that.

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    • Thank you very much, Hilary. It is nice to meet someone that can relate to that. I will pay you a visit after my holiday. It is a mad house now. Take care, Paula

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  23. Hi Paula. Just another traveler passing through. Your blog came up in my “you may like” section, or the suggested blogs area of the reader at the right. I was instantly intrigued as I too love languages and travel and so I’ve been perusing here for the last half hour or so. I’m a middle aged worker bee who has trouble sleeping….so, once again I’m surfing the web in the wee hours of the morning (though the sun is now up so it’s no longer wee eh?) and I’m happy to find another fellow traveler. I’ll be back! going to try and get more sleep now….if my cats will let me ๐Ÿ˜‰ Enjoy your day!! Nice to meet you.

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    • I am tempted to say “get rid of the cats”, but I know it is not an option. What part of the world are you now Toby? I will be happy to follow you and find out more. Sleep tight ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • I’m in Minnesota, the upper midwest of the U.S. I fed the cats and I slept! Until my fat cat Eddie got hungry again and so I’m back now ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the follow! Looking forward to seeing/reading more of you.

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  24. Hi Paula, you make great pictures. Beautiful work! I’m sorry that i’m not much of a writer and do not comment enough on peoples work, but there are so many beautiful blogs that it is almost impossible to comment on al the pictures. But be sure that now and then…you here from me. Greatings and keep up the good work. Geert

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  25. Hey….hi….I am new to blogging..
    Was going through random posts and came across your blog..!!!
    Nice meeting you..Will go through your posts..
    Till then keep in touch ๐Ÿ™‚

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  26. Yes, like you many of us are sharing the same hobby & passion, so, you seems one of the us and it gives me immense pleasure to introduce our self through our respective blog!
    Keep it up!

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  27. Hello Paula-
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and giving it a “follow.” I hope you will enjoy my nature-related posts. I’m also trying my hand at hosting a weekly challenge and invite you to take a look and participate as topics interest you-https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_event/unless-earth-friendly-friday/

    Happy to meet you-
    Jane

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  28. I like the words you say about yourself, especially the ones on the upper right corner..
    an energy filled with curiosity and empathy for the breath of life I think,
    I think we all want to meet kind hearts and open minds…
    we are drawn by the similarities and the diversities help us grow within this journey in this moment of time
    bring us an awareness we are both student and teachers of life ๐Ÿ™‚

    Take Care…You Matter…
    )0(
    maryrose
    .

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    • Maryrose, thank you so much for having checked out my “about” page. Bloggers often skip it and I think it should be the most significant part of our blogs. Thank you for your kind words. Will keep in touch.

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      • You’re Welcome
        I like reading it after i read a few posts,
        it is a great picture of how someone sees one self ๐Ÿ™‚
        Take Care…You Matter
        )0(

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  29. I love that your inspiration dictates your posts and you’re not locked into a specific mindset. I look forward to hearing and seeing more of what inspires you.

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    • Hello Tobias ๐Ÿ™‚ I am really happy to read you. I’m planning to get back to blogging in December. If you are still interested in doing your guest challenge post, I’ll be happy to have you on my blog any time next year. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Good to hear you’ll be “back on the block” – and of course I am still up to the guest challenge. Just let me know when you have me scheduled and I will review my draft and send you everything you need. Best, T.

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  31. your about me is so striking to mine that I thought maybe I am reading my own… It’s like meeting someone who thinks somehow like I do… ๐Ÿ™‚ Great to have come to your blog… Your pictures are wonderful and I specially like the black and white one with face in it on your sidebar… keep it up ๐Ÿ™‚

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  32. What a wonderful blog you have. I’m so happy to have found you, quite by accident while checking out an Urban Art entry. Beautiful photos and I look forward to exploring much more of your site. Cheers and warmest wishes from an ordinary woman in Melbourne trying to live an extraordinary life through travel, photography and a general love of life.

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    • I appreciate it Tobias, and I am very flattered that you were the first to notice the change. I have always loved this theme, but chose others for the communication and interaction purposes. However, the time has come when I decided that my life of photography comes first and interaction with strangers second ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

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