🤗 Happy to Announce 😍

This morning Inposted, that I didn’t know yet if I could have the last chemo today.

🤗 I am happy to announce I had it it!

Hurray! 🎉

Also happy to announce that my hair has started to grow back. Lovely little fluff on my head 😁

Bee's re-growing hair
For sight-impaired readers: top of Bee’s head with little new growth of indistinguishable colour 🤣. You can see her eyes, the green sofa, white wall, lamp and a photo behind.
Romanian Castle

Come Away With Me to Romania & Beating Cancer

Hello everybody, how are you? I hope you are faring well. Here things are turbulent. In theory, I am going to have the last chemotherapy today. However, I am writing this post on Saturday, and on Friday, I had the phone review with the nurse from the chemotherapy department. She said that one of the white cell levels isn’t high enough. She said it would probably be ok today, but they will have to do another blood test. We might have to go home if it’s still too low. 

It’s nothing to worry about. That is normal as my immune system needs longer and longer to recover. I feel fine, and it’s strange to think that something is not quite right with me. 

Last week felt good. I had my mind together to write a post every day. So I decided to support the Extinction Rebellion September 2020 rebellion. The climate crisis is a topic close to my heart, and I want to inspire everybody to take action and help give future generations a life worth living on this planet. 

There is confusion, however, about my further treatment. I was offered a bone-strengthening injection which can’t start before I had a check-up on my teeth. They are affected by the treatment, so I need to have them in good condition; otherwise, I get more problems than needed. That will happen on the 16th, but the hospital made me an appointment for the 12th for the first injection. That means I have to sort it out today at the hospital if it can happen or not. It is usually a treatment for osteoporosis, but it has proven to prevent breast cancer from spreading. The side-effects are not that bad, so I grabbed the opportunity. I will have injections at the hospital every six months for two years.

Tomorrow I will have the assessment for radiotherapy which is supposed to start in October. I hope I won’t be too tired for the evaluation and will understand what they want from me. Having cancer somehow mainly means organising appointments, making up your mind if a treatment is worth taking the risk and trying not to forget to take the medication. I start being tired of it all. 

But hey, ho. No one promised me a rose garden, and it is the last chemo. That deserves to be celebrated!!!!

video source: Lynn Anderson VEVO via YouTube nope this is not from Romania 😉

Come Away with me has developed a little since I started it in another form in December. It’s like a bit of a holiday to find the video’s about the countries. Also, to research some of their music and musicians. I have learned so much in these last few months, and it keeps my mind off the cancer. 

So what have I learned about Romania where you come away with me today? It’s a Latin country. Yes, it is more connected to Italy and Spain than to the surrounding Slavic countries. I am from Swabia in Germany and in the 17th and 18th it’s people moved to southeastern Europe along the Danube. Some settled in today’s Romania. They are called the “Danube Swabians” and were invited by the Austro-Hungarian State to help build up the area along the end of the Danube after the war with the Ottomans. 

It looks like immigration has a long history and goes in all directions.

But enough of my little knowledge about Romania. I made a playlist with some beautiful videos of people who had more time to research and to visit the country. Please be so kind as to support them as they put a lot of money into their work. I do not get anything for this mention 🙂

Geography Now on Patreon 

Rick Steve’s Travel Guides

Flying the Nest Shop

Photo Tom’s Courses:

Photo Editing Course https://goo.gl/WE7pG6 

Photo Workshops https://goo.gl/D52yDC

And there is a gem from the ’50s too. British Pathe made a film about Romania in communist times. 

I did not realise that I actually know a Romanian musician. When I grew up a guy called Gheorghe Zamfir was very popular in Germany. He plays that funny sideways flute. I always thought he is Greek. Well, that’s another thing I learned today. Please enjoy my selection of Romanian musicians.

And where are we going next week?

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday, September 14th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we venture into Uzbekistan. Please find musicians from Uzbekistan on the Last Fm page for artists from Uzbekistan.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. No matter if you have cancer or not! You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
Come Away With Me 2020 Badge
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Please stay a little longer and check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase).

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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Come Away With Me to Hungary & Beating Depression

Good morning dear citizens of the blogosphere! How’s it rolling? I hope you and yours are well, and if not know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

I am not as bad as my post on Friday might suggest. Had a bad day and a feeling of sadness was creeping up my spine from my stomach. That’s a sure sign for me that depressions tries to claw its way in.

One of my coping strategies is to recognise the feeling, acknowledge it and then either do something that I enjoy or do housework. Yes, peeps housework can be therapeutic. It works for me because I do not need to think or organise much, which I find problematic in these situations. I can just do an every day, often simple task and have a result immediately. That makes me feel better.

And a cleaner house, in general, makes me feel better. I am not a domestic goddess. We do not live in a minimalistic, museum-like home. Ours is loved, lived-in and messy to some observers. But that is who we are. There are certain standards though we keep up, and that often works when it comes to my mental health.

I say “often” because I do not have a “one-fits-all-strategy” when it comes to keeping the black dog in check. There are many, and I need to let my intuition guide me which one fits the moment. That’s a good strategy but also a difficult one because we tend to suppress complicated feelings automatically.

However, if I want to give my intuition some reign, I need to look the darkness in the eye and feel what’s the best for me at that moment. Two mantras help me in this case “This too shall pass”, and the mindfulness thought “feelings come and go like tides”.

I am practising my version of mindfulness for about two years. My experience is: these mantras are correct. Pain is never the same, we have good and bad days, but our minds consider the current situation as everlasting. That impression makes it challenging to change our outlook.

But once we allow ourselves to sit, breathe and observe our life, body and feelings without judgement, we realise this constant change. It’s strangely reassuring. It is also strange how just sitting, breathing and being can create such a profound shift in attitude.

It happens gradually and is a life-long process. Sometimes I manage, sometimes I don’t. And that is reassuring too. I do not need to “achieve” something. I can keep working on those parts that are difficult and enjoy that come easier.

If you are interested in mindfulness check this page and their books out: franticWorld.com

video credit: Action for Happiness via YouTube

Maybe checking out Hungary made me depressed too. Another country that seeks its salvation in rampant nationalism and a supposed “strong” leader. You know, what I think of those and patriotism, so we don’t need to go down that route.

However, Hungary is another country I was lucky enough to experience in my teens before the iron curtain fell. My dad and one of his girl-friends took us to lake Balaton one summer just after my mother had passed away.

Hungary somehow had managed to create “communism light” which allowed western holidaymakers in. Hungary famously opened its borders to Austria in 1989 to let Eastern Germans leave for the West. But it was also a place where German families who were parted by the wall could meet before 1989.

I can’t remember, though if we met with our Eastern part of the family. What I remember is a hot summer, a vast lawn going down towards the lake where I spent my days reading and daydreaming and langos.

Oh, my mouth starts watering just thinking of those deep-fried breads that you could have only with salt or vinegar. Yum. We didn’t make our way to Budapest. It was too hot I guess, but we ventured into Siofok which must be the biggest city around the lake. We stayed in Keszthely s far as I remember.

Unfortunately, I do not have any pictures but fear not. YouTube and it’s creative people give a plethora of videos explaining everything about Hungary, and I curated a couple for your entertainment and information:

I appologise for the in-video advertising. But hey, these people put a lot of effort into their videos and deserve to earn a living from it.

The music scene is rather interesting. It looks like the Hungarians do not only like Romani music; in fact, they probably hate it as much as the tourists do. From what I gather, they have a lively music scene with everything from folk to hip hop and lots of music festivals.

That is why I found it difficult to showcase just one musician. I created another playlist that allows you to listen to several. If you are curious about the lyrics, check out “Lyricstranslate“. They offer lots of translations of lyrics. Please enjoy.

And where are we going next week?

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday, September 7th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we venture into Romania. Please find musicians from Romania on the Last Fm page for Romanian artists.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. No matter if you have cancer or not! You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
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Please stay a little longer and find my poetry posts on The Bee Creates… on Weebly. Thanks!

You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase).

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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🐝 Too much & a #Poem 🙋‍♀️

Sigh.

This cancer-chemo-thing sucks at times. Sorry for my language. 😧

Spent this week organising appointments. That’s something I don’t enjoy at the best of times. Now… seems to take out everything of me. 🤯

However, I manage to do it now and not procrastinate for weeks… Looks like it teaches you stuff too. 👍

But I still need to learn to accept my limits. That doesn’t come easy… 🧐

Happy Friday, folks! I hope you can rock life and find happiness in unexpected places 🙋‍♀️🐝

This cold grabs my heart

Silently sadness creeps in

Hear the cockerel Call

Napoleon with three of his 12 ladies
Vaduz Castle in Lichtenstein

Come Away With Me 🙋‍♀️ … Wordless? 🙄

Hello 🙋‍♀️ dear fellow virtual travellers, how is your concentration span? I hope it’s much better than mine.

Am sitting here on the sofa for several hours trying to get a grip on the 6th smallest country in the world but all I can get is “biggest producer of dentures in the world!” 🤯 Really?

I am taking you to a cute and peculiar country today. It is the only area left officially belonging to the roman empire and was forgotten by its royal house for a couple of years. Yes, it’s true or so say some YouTube videos. 😎

Where do I lead you? To Lichtenstein, and as my brain says “nada” I offer you a playlist of YouTube videos about this curious country I visited once many many moons ago. But hey I can’t remember anything besides it was so warm in Malbun we could sit outside at my birthday at the end of October smack bang in the middle of the Alps 🌄. No wonder the scientists warned us of climate change. But that’s another story.

So please enjoy these Lichtenstein video’s I managed to curate for your enjoyment:

Music-wise I am even more confused. They sing those Lichtensteinians 🎶. In Choirs. Lots of them. And they seem to like heavy metal. Not sure if the choirs sing heavy metal too or if the heavy metal bands are in choirs. Life undoubtedly has become complicated dear readers.

With the last of my sanity, I managed to bring you a couple of bands & singers from Lichtenstein in this playlist. But I want to warmly suggest to you a fellow blogger who resides in Lichtenstein (as far as I know…🤔). Her name is Erika Kind, and she has created 11 beautiful love songs that you can hear here on her blog. Please enjoy.

And as for beating cancer? My body does its upmost to fight whatever chemo is throwing at me currently. That’s why this post is a little smaller while not fully wordless. 😜

And where are we going next week?

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday, August 31st, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we venture into Hungary. Please find musicians from Hungary on CatchBudapest page.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
Come Away With Me 2020 Badge
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Please stay a little longer and find my poetry posts on The Bee Creates… on Weebly. Thanks!

You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase).

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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Mountains close to Rhone Glacier

Come Away With Me to Switzerland & Beating Cancer

Hello out there dear readers, how are you? I hope life is treating you well and if you need support that you get all you need.

Please sit down, grab a mug of your favourite hot beverage if you live in the South of this beautiful planet and a chilled glass of your favourite cold beverage if you live in the North. Remember you rock!

Am back to a happier self so we concentrate on today’s country

I am happy to report that I am back to a happier self even though this might change shortly. Later today I’ll have my fifth FEC-T chemo and am curious how it will go this time. The dosage will be less, and my body should have adjusted well by now, so I hope I will be fine.

That is why today I will keep this part short and tell you a little more about Switzerland. It is one of my favourite countries and I am lucky enough to have visited often as my uncle lives there. So please come away with me to Switzerland 🙂

Description for visually impaired readers: Landscape in Switzerland: meadow in foreground. Hills in middle covered with little forests. Mountains and sky with a little white cloud in background

Please come away with me to Switzerland

Some of the first memories I have of Switzerland are my uncle, his the wife and an ancient Swiss farmhouse in a village, not even the border police knew about. Yes, I am old enough to remember border controls between Switzerland and Germany. That village is relatively close to the Lichtenstein border and was surrounded by beautiful wildflower meadows on which mainly cows grazed.

Mountains close to Rhone Glacier

I think my uncle had fulfilled a dream of his to have a small hold. There were vines growing in front of the living and dining room windows. He raised bunnies, chicken and later when my cousin was older guinea pigs.

Not sure the villagers approved of half of the farm being rented out to a foreigner. Even though he was married to a fiery swiss lady, he was German after all. He is now Swiss. But that’s another story.

Thankfully they didn’t let me feel it, but I can imagine it might have been different for my cousin who was there all the time. I need to ask.

I remember huge mountains- mountains which even in summer had white snowy tops.

Here is a video that gives you a grande overview of Switzerland:

video credit: Jeff Amadour via YouTube

Most of the people were friendly but spoke a funny accent I didn’t always understand. Then there was the chocolate, of course. And huge soft white rolls. And the outlandish food my uncle cooked. He had trained as a chef I think both in Italy and France. Not that I appreciated it then. But now I do because it taught me to be open to new tastes. It’s a different journey when you go about it with your taste buds.

I had a friend in that village. She was a farmers girl, and she taught me to milk cows. No, I never mastered that art but being in the cowshed seems to make my hay fever bother me less. We lost contact when we got older. So did I with my uncle.

Traditional House in Zurich

Until I was in my 20’s and my grandparents house-sitted a friends apartment in Zuerich. Such a beautiful city. What I did not know then was the fact that Switzerland had a bit of a drug problem. And a poverty problem too. We connect it with the rich and famous living at lake Zurich. But the farmers high up in the mountains who preserve the wildlife and mountains are often so poor they can’t feed their children. My uncle often went and supported one family he knew.

Again I lost contact for a while after I left my then-husband. And then WhatsApp was invented. It’s nice to say hello every morning even though we are a thousand miles apart. When I left Germany, I decided between Switzerland and the UK. After Brexit, I wished I’d moved to Switzerland. They are willing to pay for the privilege to partly belong to one of the biggest trading blocs in the world. But we do not go down that road today.

showing the farmhouse we stayed at in Switzerland

Five years ago, we went to Switzerland again. We stayed at a B&B on a farm close to Zurich and saw my uncle again. Even though he did not feel well, he took us on a round tour in the mountains. We saw two glaciers, a dam that created electricity via water power, lots of cows and goats and saw how much climate change is a reality long before Extinction Rebellion and Greta Thunberg.

Stein Glacier
My uncle said a couple of years ago this would have been ice but melted away recently (status 2015)

We enjoyed delicious food both in restaurants and at his. To me, Switzerland is a little piece of heaven even though they have their own set of social and ecological problems. We all have.

Do you know that Switzerland has four official languages? German, Italian, French and Raetoromanisch or Romansh in English. The last one is an ancient language that is only spoken in the South-Eastern part of the country. They do preserve their traditions those Swiss probably because they have a rather eventful history.

Here you can find out more:

video credit: Suibhne via YouTube

Ever heard of “stoner rock”? I haven’t either, but apparently, Pink Floyd and Led Zepplin fall into that category. I like both so I thought I check out the Swiss band Monkey3. I wasn’t disappointed, so I thought I share it with you.

Video source: Napalm Records via YouTube

Monkey3’s page

The current Swiss music charts seems to be more into hip hop and German hip hop at that. I created a little playlist so you can check it out:

And where are we going next week?

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday, August 24th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we move to neighbouring Lichtenstein. Please find musicians from Lichtenstein here on the Last.FM page.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No you do not need to have cancer. Everyone is invited no matter where, when and with what. You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
Come Away With Me 2020 Badge
Come Away With Me 2020 badge

Please stay a little longer and find my poetry posts on The Bee Creates… on Weebly. Thanks!

You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase).

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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Come Away With Me to France & Beating Cancer

Welcome to another week full of opportunities. Currently, I have to remind myself that there are opportunities in all situations. I believe it is a question of attitude, even though my behaviour seems to suggest something different.

I struggled with the last chemotherapy

Unfortunately, I struggled quite a bit after the last chemotherapy. I am now in the second part of the FEC-T chemotherapy. The chemical that is given to me now is Docetaxel. My doctors decided to give me a higher dose on the first of those chemotherapies. Apparently, this is what they do because it provides a better chance of fighting cancer cells. Or so they explained to me.

But good grief did that knock me out after a couple of days. The first few days, I was absolutely fine and hoped: “Wow if that’s how the rest goes, I am happy.” At first, I experienced the usual exhaustion but was so glad that my unladylike bowel problems had receded. All seemed well until I developed thrush in my mouth. YUK! Then the soles of my feet started to burn. Then I got nosebleeds.

I tried to stay positive despite the chemo trouble

We went to the hospital every week so that my doctor started to call me a regular. It’s an excellent department I admit but hey: There is a vicious virus on the loose! I can do without visits to the hospital, especially as my blood tests showed that my immune system was underperforming.

Never mind, as much as I could I stayed positive and kept going, but I just couldn’t get myself into keeping the blogging up. Or more to produce newer content. Yes, yes, I know I do not need to blog. It’s my hobby, but I had planned to be 4 weeks ahead with my posts. And I love blogging. And why the heck can’t I just keep my habits going?

It bothers me.

However, I have started to suspect that maybe it’s time for me to learn to relax a little. It’s August after all, and some people have holidays. I could let go of some things for a little. I have also started to suspect that my inner critic has taken over (again!). Never a good adviser that one.

Are you coming away with me to France?

I am still in the process of figuring what’s going on. And no, I do not accept cancer as an answer. That would give the bugger power over my life, and that’s not gonna happen!!!!

Well, next week is the next chemotherapy, but until then we’ll come away to France. Are you coming with me?

I assume we know a lot about France, so a little different introduction

Ah, France! The country of legends. Romantic cities and castles, glorious food & wine and proud people who love to speak their language and nothing else. Oh, and I forgot the coffee. I love cafe au lait.

I think we all know a lot about France. It’s a famous place, after all. So I chose two videos which show a not so touristy France or places we know anyway. Please enjoy them as an intro into the country.

video credit: Peaceful Travelers via YouTube

video credit: Happy Hoppe via YouTube

I’ve been lucky enough to have been to France a couple of times

I was lucky enough to grow up in the South of Germany, where France is comparatively close. Germany in the 70’s ad 80’s when I grew up was very much into teaching its children that other countries are friends. To encourage that we had school exchanges with France, the UK and other countries. I had the luck to visit Alsace with one school and Paris with another. My step-mum used to be a French teacher which meant I had another visit to Paris with her, my father and a friend. I also travelled through France many times on my way to and from Germany/UK.

I have to admit though that I never felt as passionate about France than about the UK. Up until the Brexit referendum I had hardly any negative experiences in Great Britain being German. The British were always polite to me and encouraged my language learning. The British are very good with that in my experience.

I like France despite difficult experiences

France, however, is a different kettle of fish. So proud of their language. Once I ordered stamps in France, but the gentleman behind the counter pretended not to understand me. I asked my step-mum afterwards what I had said to get such a reaction, but she said I ordered stamps. He should have understood me. I also experienced people in France, treating me differently when I speak English and come across as a Brit. Well, maybe not now after Brexit. I haven’t been to France since. Unfortunately, these experiences have shaped my feelings towards the country.

No, don’t get me wrong. I like France. It’s a beautiful country, and I am sure most French don’t have these old WW2 hang-ups anymore. But I just could never connect as much with France than I did with the UK. But maybe that will change now that my feelings towards the UK are so much more complicated than they used to be.

Enough said. Now music.

I am going to make a little change to the music part of “Come Away With Me”. For all the countries that I have “visited” with this blog so far, I found it quite hard to “just” chose one artist to represent the country. There are so many out there. So from now on, I will showcase one artist but also offer a playlist with different artists so you can explore a little more.

video credit: Zaz via YouTube

Today’s artist is Isabelle Geffroy known by her nickname Zaz. She is an incredibly versatile artist, and if you saw the film “Hugo” you know one of her songs: “Cœur Volant”. She seems to be more famous on the continent and Canada than here in the UK. So please discover an incredible artist.

Zaz homepage

Zaz on French Music Blog

I searched on YouTube for “Top Ten France” and found a couple of songs that I liked very much. Not sure if they are in the charts currently or if it’s a YouTube top ten but what struck me was the humour many of these videos showed. Please enjoy.

Bee’s playlist: Come Away with me to France ~ video credits belong to the artists not me

And where are we going next week?

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday, August 17th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we move to neighbouring Switzerland. Please find Swiss rock musicians here on the Ultimate.Guitar.Page .

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
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Please stay a little longer and find my poetry posts on The Bee Creates… on Weebly. Thanks!

You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase).

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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Come Away With Me to Cuba & Beating Cancer

Hello out there. How are you? I hope life is treating you well and if not, know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

I am simply tired. Never have a slept so much over the day than I do at the moment. It’s probably the best to let my body recover. Someetimes I dream funny things. And often I have trouble to wake up again meaning my brain fog is even worse than when I do no sleep over day.

But well, it could be worse…

Today is one of those days so I won’t be making many words today. Hopefully you can enjoy the videos of Cuba and the music I chose 🙂

A lovely introduction to life in Cuba:

Video Credit: Henry James via YouTube

Cuba has such an interesting history. Here is a short run-down

Video Credit: Past to Future via YouTube

And, last but not least, some surprised visitors 🙂

Video credit: Kara & Nate via YouTube

Danay Suarez a a successful young singer from Cuba and I hope you enjoy her music as much as I do:

Video Credit: Danay Suarez via YouTube

For some more information please look here:

Danay Suarez on NPR

And where are we going next week?

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday, August 10th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we move back to Europe France. Please find French musicians here on the CultureTrip page.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
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Please stay a little longer and find my poetry posts on The Bee Creates… on Weebly. Thanks!

You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase).

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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Come Away With Me to Mexico & Beating Cancer

Hello out there, all you lovely people. How are you doing? I hope you are fine and if not know: ” my thoughts and prayers go out to you daily!”

Today I thought I share with you some of the resources that I work with when it comes to cancer.

Directly when I got diagnosed, the breast care nurse took some time to give me some of the information material the hospital offers. She also took the time to answer my questions. I had already figured that I had cancer because they insisted I come to the hospital for results. Usually they sent me a letter.

So I didn’t have too many questions at first. I was, however, still grateful for any information for later. Especially the MacMillan info book about financial help.

Norwich is excellent because it has the Big C Center. It is a charity helping you with cancer. Besides information on finances and treatments, they would usually also offer massages, talking therapies to deal with mental health issues and advice on wigs, etc. in connection with the Weybourne Center at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals. However, I’ve got cancer in COVID lockdown times, so a,ny self-care self-spoiling treatments were out of the question.

One of the first things I did was contacting MacMillans financial advisors to see if we could get any financial help. Turned out we earned too much to get more than the grant the hospital offers. We had already taken it up as the best husband just had started to work again after his operation in November. We had trouble to feed ourselves and needed it to pay for travelling to the hospital.

I also signed up for the forum at MacMillan but have to admit I hardly ever use it. Am too busy with blogging :-). But it feels good as back up. MacMillan also offers advice and support for friends, families and carers.

If MacMillan can’t give me the answers I am looking for, then I look at the Cancer Research UK page. While MacMillan offers more practical help with cancer Cancer Research tackles the more scientific problems and information. Another good source of information is the YouTube channel of the Mayo Clinic. I like their more forward-thinking approach when it comes to cancer.

What I always wanted to listen to was the You, Me and the BIG C Podcast. However, I am not a podcast person. So I haven’t yet.

I know that there are lots more resources out there, but to be honest: I find a few useful resources more helpful than many. It would confuse me. I sometimes can hardly think straight because of brain fog.

So that was my short rundown on cancer resources. Now, please come away with me to Mexico.

I assume my US readers might know more about it than I because it seems to be a favourite holiday destination for Americans. My knowledge only comes from Rick Steins food documentary “Road to Mexico” and several documentaries about Frieda Kahlo. I haven’t even read a Mexican author… oops.

So, for all of us newbies, let’s have a look at an introduction by lonely planet.

Video Credit: Lonely Planet via YouTube

It would be worth a visit if I wouldn’t so afraid of flying ;-). So I found a longer documentary about Mexico by Expoza Travel:

Video Credit: Expoza Travel via YouTube

And some hidden beauties to check out:

Video Credit: MojoTravel via YouTube

I feel there can’t be a post about Mexico without Frida Kahlo. So here you go 🙂

Video Credit: TED ed via YouTube

And last but not least a blog about living in Mexico:

Surviving in Mexico: 7 Things you can strike off your Bucket List by Visiting Mexico

Sorry my dear readers. I am getting tired. So not much info about today’s chosen musician. Her name is Ely Guerra a strong Mexican songwriter whose music I find, needs getting accustomed to. But I started this project to challenge my music listening habits and maybe yours too.

Video Credit: Ely Guerra via YouTube

Ely Guerra on Tastebuds.fm

And where are we going next week?

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday, August 3rd, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we move a little East to Cuba. Please find Cuban musicians here on the CultureTrip page.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
Come Away With Me 2020 Badge
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Please stay a little longer and find my poetry posts on The Bee Creates… on Weebly. Thanks!

You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase).

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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Come Away With Me to South Korea & Beating Cancer

Hello dear readers, please come in, have a seat, a cup of your favourite hot beverage and relax a little. I am not sure I can relax particularly today, but there is no reason why you can’t. My next chemotherapy is hopefully happening today.

One thing is good: I am halfway through chemotherapy now. The FEC part is over. Now starts the T part and as far as I heard it won’t be much different from the previous chemotherapy sessions when it comes to side- effects. The only difference is that I am given this chemical as a drip, and the nurses don’t have to sit with me and give me 9 syringes.

When it comes to side-effects, I feel I got away lightly. Yes, I hate feeling sick more and more each time I have chemotherapy. But for me, it only lasts badly for a day and lightly for a week. The anti-sickness tablets I have work well, and I also work with herbs and teas. Both together do an excellent job.

I have to admit, though, that my anxiety goes up a notch just before and in the chemotherapy week now that I know more what it means for me. I wasn’t sick last time, which was a bonus. But I got depressed because I was already dealing with cancer for six months, and there are at least another four to six months to come.

Bee with purple scarf on head
me, myself and I

My attitude from the beginning was, “I am living my life and fight cancer” not “I fight cancer and maybe live my life.” So many people told me about someone they knew who had cancer but weren’t particularly bothered by it and just kept going. I felt that was an excellent way of dealing with it.

It also made me feel closer to my mother, who fought for five years when I was young, but the cancer was stronger in the end. Because now I know what it must have meant for her. However, it’s tough.

Chemotherapy, for me feels a little like fighting a house that has a mold problem with a nuclear bomb. You just kill off the whole district to get rid of one place’s problem. Chemotherapy throws a ton of chemicals at you to destroy cancer cells, but a whole lot of healthy cells are collateral damage.

And of course, I ask myself: “Is it worth it?” My usual approach in dealing with health problems is with herbal and old-fashioned recipes and no pharmaceutical products. But I do not believe that herbs alone help against cancer. And what you believe has a huge impact on the healing process.

Some theories say that 50% of tablets don’t work; it’s the patient’s belief that makes them work. Apparently, the so-called “placebo effect” is more powerful than we know. I strongly believe in the power of the mind no matter if you use herbal remedies or heal with pharmaceutical medicines.

I consciously chose this path to beating cancer. My way of choosing was a balancing act of what I know about cancer, what I learned since my diagnosis and what my gut told me. It feels counter-intuitive to my usual approach to health, but sometimes that’s the only way of fighting something.

Choosing a healing path and choosing my attitude is my way of feeling in power and keep going. But sometimes I need to remind myself of my strength and let all the grief come up. Still grieving my mother’s death, grieving a missed year dealing with cancer and on top grieving all these lost lives because of arrogant and scientifically illiterate politicians who go over bodies to stay in power. But that’s another story…

Now, let’s come away with me to South Korea. That is a place I never wanted to visit. I still don’t want to, but the more I get on with my musical world tour, the more I enjoy learning about this beautiful planet, it’s people and music. And South Korea has a lot in common with Germany I grew up in. A heavily armed border with a communist country. And families who are parted by this border. And propaganda on both sides. And communist defectors. But these are all different stories too.

Lonely Planet gives a lovely and short introduction to South Korea for all ofus who are still curious:

Video Credit: Lonely Planet via YouTube

We have been watching the BBC Travel Show for many years, and I vividly remember a documentary about South Korea and its rather curious habits. Please watch this one and make up your own mind:

Video Credit: BBC Travel Show via YouTube

And what do the locals say about South Korea? Asian Boss had a look into that:

Video Credit: Asian Boss via YouTube

Want to know more? Please check out Hallyism’s page and post about Korea

Let’s get to the music then. Most of us probably have heard of K-Pop. If you can watch this BBC Documentary, then please do, as it gives a great insight into the Korean Hit Factories. We also might remember the infamous Psy with his Gang Nam Style. I found that funny in the beginning, but it got on my nerves extremely soon. Can’t listen to it even now. South Korean music isn’t my thing, I think. It was the opposite with the band/Singer I chose for today:

Tearliner is the name and they started as a six-member band and now only consists of Park Sung-Hoon. At first I didn’t really like his musical style. But I liked the animation so I kept listening and, I have to admit the dreamy quality of the music grew on me. But please make up your own mind.

Video/Music Credit: MJ Chang/Tearliner via YouTube

I would love to give you some information about the illustrator who designed the video but he or she speak through his or her work:

MJ Chang on Behance

MJ Chang on Instagram

MJ Chang on FB

The band Tearliner is a bit more forthcoming 🙂 but not much. The Wiki on Last.FM is the one that is repeated on many other pages. So I might as well only leave you with this link

Tearliner on Last.FM


And where are we going next week?

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday, July 27th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we move a lot more East to Mexiko. Please find Mexican musicians here on the Last.FM page.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
Come Away With Me 2020 Badge
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Please stay a little longer and find my poetry posts on The Bee Creates… on Weebly. Thanks!

You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase).

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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