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Living abroad

Originally posted on Sidenotes:

It’s crazy to be able to say that I have lived in Europe for a few months, lived in a place where I didn’t speak the language and went somewhere without knowing anyone.

…It defiantly sounds crazy but now it will always be apart of my life, ‘remember that one time I was 20 and lived in Germany’. What’s even crazier is how much this place became like a home and how much it changed me.

Going into an experience like this it’s hard to know what to expect. Starting out picking where I wanted to go on exchange was exciting -I knew I was going, but had awhile to prepare.

Of course time flew and now I was about to go on this journey. I thought, what am I thinking. I had been living at home for a few months and had gotten so comfortable. The comfort zone…

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Rawa Beachvolleyball

Sorry that you had to wait for a new post so long, but it happened quite a lot! One of the things was a weekend trip to Rawa, in Malaysia, which is the most paradisiacal place I have been to. It was absolutely breath-taking! Turquoise ocean, white sand, palms, a small island with only two hotels on it. This is how I imagine the Maldives to be like.

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The 6 Relationships You’ll Have Throughout Life

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

1. High school sweetheart.

It’s seventh period and you have athletics. You see that cute senior football player that you’ve had your eye on. Wait a second, is he coming over here? What’s that in his hand? He comes over to the bleachers you are sitting on and hands you a note. “Well, I’ve gotta go back to practice, let me know.” You wait until he walks away to open it. The note reads, “Will U go out with me? I think U are really pretty. Are U going to the football game tonight? I’m playing. Write me back.” Your entire life is made. You date for about six months before a very serious discussion occurs: The Promise Ring Talk.

This is the love of your life, despite what your idiot parents say. What do they know any way? Seriously. They are like 100 years old and they…

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Downton: Calling all Harry Potter Fans

Originally posted on livinglifemyway2013:

Aparently Lord Grantham and family are invading Hogwarts at least for a little while. 

Downton Abbey takes over Harry Potter’s Hogwarts

By Radio Times Staff

Wednesday 30 July 2014 at 04:15PM

Downton Abbey takes over Harry Potter's Hogwarts

Northumberland’s Alnwick Castle (aka Hogwarts) will host the crew from ITV ‘s award-winning drama this week

The grand residence of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland has been taken over by ITV costume drama Downton Abbey.

Filming is expected to to continue at Alnwick Castle until August 8, meaning public visits are limited to certain areas. The following statement appeared on Alnwick’s website this week:

“Please note that various areas of Alnwick Castle will be closed or have limited access on July 28–August 8 (inclusive), due to the filming of a major ITV period drama.”

Also published on the website: “Please note that some of the State Rooms may be dressed for filming while open…

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Buying Property along the Beaches of Mexico

Originally posted on Wish Getaways:

By Linda Neil, A.B.R.

Foreigners who wish to make money through the purchase of vacation or retirement homes and condominiums on beautiful Mexican beaches or along the U.S. and Belize borders do so through a Mexican bank trust, or fidei­comiso.

Article 27 of the 1917 Mexican Constitution, prohibits foreigners from acquiring fee simple title to residential real estate in areas referred to as “restricted” zones.  These restricted zones refer to any land: within 30 miles (50 km) of any coastline or 60 miles (100 km) of either border.  Also included in this zone is the entire Baja Peninsula.

The fideicomiso law, providing a legal, simple and safe circumvention of the constitutional provisions was established in 1973. The trust places legal title in the name of a Mexican bank under a permit from the Secretary of Foreign Relations, so the bank may administrate the property on behalf of the buyer/beneficiary, who…

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Notaries in the United States vs: Notarios in Mexico

Originally posted on Wish Getaways:

Jonathan Pikoff a practicing lawyer in both the United States and Mexico provided us this article describing the difference between a Notario in Mexico and a Notary in the U.S. (Texas).

by Jonathan A. Pikoff and Charles J. Crimmins

I. Introduction

When you are told the Mexican Notario Publico will charge $3,000 dollars to make you the beneficiary of a trust on a Mexican beachfront condo, you certainly know things are different in Mexico. This article will clarify the misconception that commonly occurs when individuals familiar with the Texas Office of Notary Public encounter a Mexican Notario Publico.

Despite sharing a common linguistic derivation, these two titles convey vastly different responsibilities upon their respective officeholders. The differences between Notary Public and Notario Publico are profound; according to Texas law the “literal translation of the phrase ‘Notary Public’ into Spanish is prohibited.”i The intent of this legislation is to prevent…

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Where to stay while in Baja?

Originally posted on Wish Getaways:

Baja california sur has a great rarity of place to stay, visit, camp and enjoy, I have been living in the Los Cabos area for 38 years, I was actually lucky and bless to have been born in Cabo San Lucas, as a matter of fact in the first real hospital.


Los Cabos Arch

Working in the hotel industry has allow me to work and stay in some of the most amazing location on Mexico, recently my wife and my three children were invited to stay an costa baja resort and spa, to us traveling as a whole family and with children from 8, 5 and a 6 month on its not easy.

However we had the most amazing stay we can remember, we arrived, and our concierge Felix give us the key to our room, plus a key to our very own Golf cart (my kids loved the…

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A Review for Loving Rose: The Redemption of Malcolm Sinclair by Stephanie Laurens

Originally posted on Rika's Musings:

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest, and hopefully spoiler-free, review.

As I raved in my review post for The Masterful Mr. Montague, I adore Barnaby and Penelope as a mystery-solving couple, so I started reading Loving Rose: The Redemption of Malcolm Sinclair by Stephanie Laurens – book three in the Casebook of Barnaby Adair series – with gleeful anticipation.

The Blurb:

Miraculously spared from death, Malcolm Sinclair erases the notorious man he once was. Reinventing himself as Thomas Glendower, he strives to make amends for his past, yet he never imagines penance might come via a secretive lady he discovers living in his secluded manor.

Rose has a plausible explanation for why she and her children are residing in Thomas’s house, but she quickly realizes he’s far too intelligent to fool. Revealing the truth is impossibly dangerous, yet day…

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