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Entries from December 27th, 2014

Soundtrack of my Life: Driving home for Christmas

December 27th, 2014 by nina · music, soundtrack of my life

Driving home for Christmas by Chris Rea is my favorite Christmas song of all time. The first time I hear it in a year, that is the beginning of the Christmas Season. I always have this picture in my head of someone driving through the snow to get home for Christmas and it gives me a warm and happy feeling. I have so many good memories to that song. The strongest is flying home from Stockholm in 2010 to celebrate Christmas with my family. The city was snowed in and my flight had a delay of 5 hours. My dad picked me up at the airport and I had a good time at home with family and friends. This year I got a text message from a friend who asked me to listen to Driving home for Christmas for her because she was sitting on the train back home.

Chris Rea – Driving home for Christmas

I’m driving home for Christmas
Oh, I can’t wait to see those faces
I’m driving home for Christmas, yeah
Well, I’m moving down that line

And it’s been so long
But I will be there
I sing this song
To pass the time away

Driving in my car

It’s gonna take some time but I’ll get there
Top to toe in tailbacks
Oh, I got red lights all around
But soon there’ll be a freeway, yeah
Get my feet on holy ground

So I sing for you
Though you can’t hear me
When I get through
And feel you near me

Driving in my car
I’m driving home for Christmas
With a thousand memories

I take look at the driver next to me
He’s just the same
Just the same

Top to toe in tailbacks
Oh, I got red lights all around
I’m driving home for Christmas, yeah
Get my feet on holy ground

So I sing for you
Though you can’t hear me
When I get through
Oh and feel you near me

Driving in my car
With a thousand memories

I take look at the driver next to me
He’s just the same
He’s driving home, driving home

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52/2014 Image of the week: Lights in the town

December 26th, 2014 by Evangelia · germany, image of the week, photography, sightseeing

Würzburg, Germany

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Merry Christmas!

December 24th, 2014 by sophie · retomag

We wish you all very happy Christmas days with your friends and families or maybe some very nice strangers!
Take some time off to relax, read a good book, take a walk and have some homemade cookies.

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traveling pages: what to read

December 21st, 2014 by nina · books

the time has come. christmas is nearly here and we are looking forward to some peaceful days at home with family and friends. with some mulled wine, tasty dinners and a good book.
in case you have no idea what to read between christmas and new years i have some all time favorite recommendations for you. or maybe you are still looking for a present to give? a book is always a good idea.

harry potter
i love reading harry potter during christmas time. because there is nothing more festive than hogwarts at christmas. i think there is no need to explain what harry potter is about. my favorite is the prisoner of azkaban because there is a lot of snow and butterbeer in hogsmeade. i also really love the order of the phoenix.

carlos ruiz cafón – the shadow of the wind
i am obsessed with this book. since i read it for the first time there hasn’t a year passed without rereading it. the shadow of the wind is thrilling and really well written. to be fair at the beginning you ask yourself when this book will finally start but then you find yourself wide awake in the middle of the night reading till dawn because you have to know how it ends. It is the story of daniel and the book the shadow of the wind by julian carax. a story about books, a father and son relationship, betrayal, love and real friendship. it will leave you with a giddy feeling only the beauty of words can give you and the wish you would know the way to the cemetery of lost books.

jack kerouac – on the road
on the road is a modern classic. written by the beatnik jack kerouac it is the language which makes this book so special. it seams like karouac has managed to put the beat of bebop into the rhythm of words. the story is about a group of young people in the early 50′s who travel through the usa and abandoned themselves to sex, drugs and jazz music. once you get the very different way the language sounds in your head it is an awesome ride.

stephen chbosky – the perks of being a wallflower
this is referred to be a youth book but i think it is for adults too. the book is about the freshman at high-school charlie who tells his story in letters to a stranger. he writes about his family, his aunt helen, his best friend who killed himself and that he has no friends at the new school. but then he meets sam and patrick and his life is about to change. in the end an old childhood trauma breaks through and charly has to face his fears. i really love this book because there is so much wisdom in it and it reminds you how it was to be young. there is also an amazing movie version with logan lerman, emma watson and ezra miller which i highly recommend.

haruki murakami – norwegian wood
what should i say about murakami. i think he is the serendipity of my adult life. norwegian wood was my first murakami and is until today my favorite. there is so much i like about murakami’s books. the very reduced but at the same time really poetic language, the fragility of the persons and their relationships and that you will be left with an indefinable but good melancholic feeling. if you haven’t read norwegian wood you really should. it is one of those books, one of those stories that enrich your life.

harper lee – to kill a mockingbird
i think harper lee should be a must read for english class in school. in fact i think everybody should know the story about atticus finch. it is his daughter scout who tells the story of her dad, the lawyer atticus finch. the story is placed in the 1930′s in alabama where finch dared to conduct a black farm worker. of course the white people of the town are appalled and racism and intolerance start to intrude into the childhood of scout and her brother. what i love about the book is the childlike way to see these things. and i love atticus finch who is an amazing father and role-model. alway when you are in a situation where you have to decide between the morally right and the socially right ask yourself what would atticus finch do?

j.r.r. tolkien – the hobbit
to be honest, i wish i would be a hobbit, living in shire, wearing colorful clothes and eat a lot. shire is the one place out of a book i would move to without missing a beat. sometimes i think i love the hobbit a bit more than the lord of the rings. maybe because it is “just” a tiny, beautiful story about a little guy who is braver than he ever thought he could be. i am going to reread the hobbit this year because i miss shire and i miss bilbo and the dwarfs and of course gandalf. although i think everyone should read the hobbit over and over again i would particularly recommend buying it for youth people. i wish i would have read it earlier in my life, it would have been a great role model.

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51/2014 Image of the Week: sanddunes léba

December 19th, 2014 by sophie · image of the week, poland

09 / 2014 sanddunes at léba, poland
by sophie daum 

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