Universal travel truths and valuable lessons

A gorgeous view over Sydney, August 2013

A gorgeous view over Sydney, August 2013

It is a truth universally known that traveling is a life-changing, soul-enriching, heart-warming experience. But contrary to popular belief, it’s not all rainbows and candy canes. Yes, you will meet inspiring people, see mind-blowing sunsets, and experience unforgettable moments on magical beaches. However, there will also be moments of loneliness and adversity. Moments when the only thing you seem capable of is booking the first flight home and lie in your own bed for 17 years. Here are a few things I’ve learned the hard way that may help you through your hardships.

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10 years of Friends: my favorite moments

Today, it has been exactly 10 years since the Friends series finale has aired. Now, if you even know me at all, you’ll know that I’ve seen all the Friends seasons an obscene amount of times. For 5 years on end, I used to watch at least 3 to 4 episodes a day. Give me a line and I can tell you which season and episode it’s from. I can be annoyingly unstoppable with the quotes when I meet a fellow Friend fiend.

And to celebrate this joyous occasion, here are my 10 absolute favorite moments of the 10 series – in no particular order. Asking me what’s my absolute favorite scene is my personal Sophie’s choice.

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Partir, c’est mourir un peu

My grandmother is a very wise woman. At the age of 78, she has been through a crazy life and she is still one of the most badass women out there. She lived in Africa for the better part of her life. And with three children who have lived abroad for 3, 5, and 10 years, she has had quite some first-hand experience with the concept of “leaving”.

She also speaks French. I love that. But more than anything,I love the wisdom she has imparted to me over the past 23 years.

Partir, c’est mourir un peu.

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