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I did a lot of reflecting lately. Reflecting my life, the choices I made and the choices I’m about to make. You need to truly experience a new place to appreciate your surroundings. My travels had three things in common: the relief of going home, the happiness to see certain people again and the excitement of creating new memories. It’s about the experiences and it’s about the people you meet. You start to see more value in new people and less value in people at home. You start to see the truth. You start to see things in a different perspective. Unexpected connections turn out to be more important while other connections turn out to be less important. It creates chaos but it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Chaos can be a beautiful thing. It’s about experiences that make you question everything that once felt so right. It makes you…

Washington D.C. on a budget? You can forget about that. However, there might be a way to keep your expenses as low as possible: all things Smithsonian. The Smithsonian museums are all free and most of them are located on both sides of the National Mall. Pretty easy, isn’t it? My 3 favorites are the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of Natural History and the National Air and Space museum. You can easily spend a day in each of those three. Other Smithsonian museums are the American Indian Museum, the African American Museum, African Art Museum, American Art Museum, Arts and Industries Building (now closed for renovation), the Renwick Gallery, the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Castle. The Holocaust Museum and the National Zoo are free as well. Did I forget something? Probably. Let’s just say there’s plenty of choice for each one of us. Of course, there are some other activities to…

The Long Man of Wilmington, a mysterious figure located in the hills of East Sussex, England. This figure is just as mysterious as the story behind it. There are many theories but the truth remains a secret. It’s just another mystery, just like Stonehenge or the Nazca lines in Peru. How did it get there? Who made this figure? Why did they create it? How did they create it? Why this shape? We may never know. There are many myths and stories… One of the myths says it’s the print of a giant who was killed by another giant. Hard to believe? I agree. One of the stories claims it’s a medieval figure, other stories claim it’s a prehistorical figure or even a Roman warrior. Makes more sense? Maybe. The first reference to this figure was found in a drawing from 1710. It was the same shape, the same location and it…

I didn’t think I would write something like this until I had to experience the worst flight of my life. I’m not kidding, it’s a scary story. Right now, I’m still recovering from jet lag which makes it even worse – but hey, we made it. There was nothing wrong with the first flight. It was a calm flight, everything went well and I didn’t feel a thing – until the last hour. There was too much wind during landing and the plane went up and down. It didn’t stop. You need a strong stomach to get through this. The second flight was a different story. Have you ever had turbulence for 7 hours in a row (literally – like it will never end)? To make it even worse, they switched off all the lights to make it look like we were about to crash or something. Imagine a lot of noise, flashing lights and a shaking…