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.
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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.

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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.
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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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You left many reasons to be missed behind

Happy Birthday Chester Bennington. You left a lot reasons to be missed and we leave out all the rest!

video credit: Linkin Park via YouTube

When I’m writing, I’m constantly thinking about myself, because it’s the only experience I have to draw on. And I don’t see an exact reflection of myself in every face in the audience, but I know that my songs have validity to them, and that’s why the fans are there.

Chester Bennington via BrainyQuote

May you rest in peace!

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Come Away With Me to the Republic of Moldova & Beating Cancer

Hello, all you lovely people out there. How are you today? I hope you are well. And if not, that you have all the help you need.

I am hugely grateful that my cancer has been found before COVID took full centre stage. My operation was a week before the UK went in lockdown. A week before that I had decided to go into my private lockdown because I feared cancer operations and/or treatment would not happen if the NHS would be overrun by COVID. Or my surgery would not happen if I’d caught the virus.

Luckily I live in an area of the UK that isn’t hit badly by the Coronavirus so my treatment can take place. I thank the powers that be daily for this. But we heard last week that many people didn’t see their GP’s for cancer symptoms because they were afraid of the virus. Also, many areas of the UK were so hard hit by corona that they could not deal with cancer treatment which might increase cancer deaths by 35 000. And not only the UK is affected:

video credit: NBC News viaYouTube

So much death, people! I cannot fathom how we just take all these COVID deaths and deaths that occur because “normal” surgeries etc. can’t take place in without being utterly shocked. In the UK that’s currently more than the Blitz! It’s shocking!

To make a long story short: I want to encourage you to go to your GP if you think you have any symptoms that might indicate cancer. Early diagnosis is so vital for your chance of survival. If you are unsure, check out the symptom checker by Cancer Research. McMillan has another page full of information about possible cancer symptoms. Find an updated version of Guidelines for recognition and referral for suspected cancer by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence.

Covid-19 or not it is so important to know the symptoms of cancer and to have them checked out because the earlier you know, the better your healing chances are. So please, inform yourself and act in case you have any signs!

And just to enforce my message another video:

Video Credit: Cancer Reaserch UK via YouTube

Now to something hopefully more joyful 🙂 : let’s get away to Moldova, the least visited country in Europe with a long wine tradition.

Please forgive this speedo-glad gentleman. It was hard to find videos that give a good insight in a small amount of time.

video credit: Alex Rothman via YouTube

“Interesting” looks like an understatement to me. That was enlightening, but we also want to get an impression of how this tiny country looks like. So let’s have a look at some tourist organisations presentation of Moldova:

Video Credit: Wine Tours Moldova via YouTube

That doesn’t look so bad, does it? I like wine even though I am not drinking any alcohol currently because of the cancer. I might also never drink any again. Depending on my self-discipline ;-). But I feel enticed to try some of their wine.

So what does another traveller who has been to Moldova already make of the country?

Video credit: Gabriel Traveler via YouTube

Hmmm, definitely intriguing. It very much reminds me of the East of Germany and Hungary in the Soviet area. If you want to know more about living in Moldova please check out Djulieta’s YouTube channel. It seems to be a rather curious place 🙂

And if you are interested in another more personal report about living in Moldova from a foreigners point of view, check out Lisa’s Blog American in Moldova.

But what about the music? Moldova seems to be an ardent Eurovision Song Contest country. I had a look for some female musicians but they all seemed to have taken part in The ESC. Not that I have anything against this happy music event. But those musicians would be at least a little known in our countries so I opted for the rock tag and came across a band called Alternosfera.

I guess my fascination with vampires got me to choose this one because it sounds so much like “Nosferatu“. If I’d had the mind I would research the connections but thanks to the chemo chemicals blocking my mind I just leave you with a song of theirs (find translation after the video):

Video Credit: Alternosfera via YouTube

Throw me ( Arunca Mi)

translation via LyricsTranslate

I sit next to my bed, my vision in smoke I haven’t slept in a while, not to wake up mad

What cure to take, a faint scream Till madness, I swear I still have one dream. To suffocate in deep waters To be tired from the lack of sleep and in my chest to gather Everything that makes me wake up

Completely insane. 

Throw me (something) from your mind Thousand-word chains A guilt burns me Because life seems foreign to me. Broken, thoughts cut off my hot head Throw me (something) from your mind!  

What cure to take, a faint scream Till madness, I swear I still have one dream. I sit next to my bed, my vision in smoke, completely insane. 

Throw me (something) from your mind Thousand-words chains A guilt burns me Because life seems strange to me. Broken, thoughts cut off my hot head Throw me (something) from your mind!  

Throw me (something) from your mind Thousand-words chains A guilt burns me Because life seems foreign to me.

Alternosfera on sensAgent

Alternosfera on Facebook

Alternosfera on “Good Music is Good Music


And where are we going next week?

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday, July 20th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we move a little more East to South Korea. Please find South Korean 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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“Older Than Ten Thousand Years” by Rio Reiser sung by Xavier Naidoo

July 2020

Three years on and I have nothing to add/ Drei Jahre spaeter und ich muss nichts neues dazu sagen

July 2017/ Juli 2017

More important than ever/Wichtiger als jemals zuvor

I know we will fight,
I know we will win,
I know we will live
and we will love each other.
Planet Earth will belong to all of us
and all of us will have what we need.

And it will not be another 10000 years
because the time is ripe
And it will not be another 10000 years
because the time is ripe!

Rio Reiser a German musician and songwriter wrote this about 20 years ago. I think it is time to follow his vision!

….
Ich weiß, wir werden kämpfen,
ich weiß, wir werden siegen,
ich weiß, wir werden leben,
und wir werden uns lieben.
Der Planet Erde
wird uns allen gehören,
und jeder wird haben, was er braucht.

Es wird keine zehntausend Jahre mehr dauern,
denn die Zeit ist reif.
Und es wird keine zehntausend Jahre mehr dauern,
denn die Zeit ist reif.

Das hat Rio Reiser vor ca 20 Jahren geschrieben. Ich denke es ist Zeit dieser Vision zu folgen!

image of mountain in clouds and quote by Confucius about travel

Come Away With Me to Slovakia & Beating Cancer

Hello out there, dear people of the blogosphere. How are you doing? I hope life is treating you well and if not know my thoughts and prayers go out to you daily no matter my situation.

I have learned three things in the 6 months since my diagnosis of cancer:

  1. Sometimes life sucks.
  2. Cancer certainly sucks.
  3. Cancer in the midst of a pandemic sucks even more.

Yes, that about sums up my mood. Guess what, even those who try to spread positivity have bad days. Or weeks. And no chemotherapy last week wasn’t that bad. Nor are the side-effects. No being sick this time, just swollen feet and a sunburn. Well, and feeling ill, but that goes by soon. And the tiredness and mind fogginess gets worse. Me not likey 😦 .

It makes writing something longer but still coherent a little tricky. So please bear with me when I cheat a little in some of my posts. I know, I know, I do not need to blog. No one forces me. But it keeps me going, peeps. It holds some normality in my life, and I do need that.

Ok, enough complained. Let’s get away to Slovakia and listen to some music:

According to Australian travel vloggers “Flying The Nest” Slovakia is surprisingly beautiful.

video credit: Flying the Nest via YouTube

I cannot vouch for it because I have never been there and I have not much knowledge about it either. So let’s see what Sebastian Ioan has to say about it:

Video Credit: Sebastian Ioan via YouTube

Slovakia Travel says about the country:

Slovakia is not one of the countries everybody’s been to. You will discover hundreds of unexpected curiosities and secrets in almost every village or a small town, in the mountains and valleys. It is Slovakia where you can feel as a real explorer who is always able to discover something new. Include Slovakia in your tourist routes.

Slovaks are emotional nation. We experience our joys, successes, disappointments and sorrows with emotions. We are sincere, friendly, open, hearty, generous, but also touchy. This is the way we differ from our neighbouring nations. But in the end, it is our heartiness and trustfulness that prevail. We are able to fully experience joys and concerns of our visitors and empathise with their feelings. We are a country of friends!

Folk crafts, costumes, music and dances in Slovakia are passed on from one generation to another.  There are different cultural traditions and folklore in every valley. Many folklore festivals and performances are held in Slovakia throughout a year. Slovak overtone flute called “fujara” as well as Music of Terchova were included in the UNESCO List of Intangible Heritage, the Radvan Fair and “gajdy” bagpipes are on the waiting list. 

Slovakia is a country of contrasts. It changes right in front of your eyes, yet everything and everywhere is nearby. It just takes a couple of hours to get from the Danubian Lowland to the Central European Highlands, still bodies of water are just at a stone’s throw from turbulent river rapids. You can get swiftly from urban agglomerations to secluded, romantic highway gateways with unspoiled nature.

Due to its geographical position, Slovakia’s always been an important trade and cultural intersection. In a relatively small area influences and remnants of western as well as eastern cultures or religions can be detected. In Slovakia you can find northern discipline along with southern temperament, and western rationality with eastern emotionality. It is reflected in eventfulness of everyday life.

Slovakia is a young, progressive country. During almost three decades of its existence we’ve gone through dynamic changes, new things emerge every day. We surprise the world by our advanced technical level which goes hand in hand with human touch. New companies are founded every day, new objects or city landmarks emerge, life conditions are improving, but we keep our traditional values as well.  This is Slovakia.

We can praise ourselves with skilful and resourceful people who have managed to succeed abroad, as well as with successful and innovative companies and projects which are respected by demanding international community. We are represented in science, culture and sports. World-changing inventions are associated with the names of Joseph Maximiliam Petzval (inventor of photographic objective lens), Jozef Murgaš (inventor of wireless telegraph), Jan Bahýľ (inventor of helicopter), Štefan Banič (invetor of a parachute), Aurel Stodola (founder of the theory of steam and gas turbines), Ivan Alexander Getting (inventor of GPS), and many others. In a field of culture we are famous for the founder of pop art, Andy Warhol, well-known are names and performances of tens of opera singers, painters, photographers and sportsmen. You can find successful Slovaks everywhere. 

Source: Slovakia Travel

That’s not bad for such a small country, is it?

Shall we see a little more of it?

Video credit: Hike The World via YouTube

Definitely worth a visit 🙂

And for the music?

I chose a lady called Zuzana Smatanova because one of the wikis said she sang in English too. Well, I could not find an English song of hers, but I like her style. I also did not manage to find much more information on her than what Wikipedia offers:

Zuzana Smatanová (born June 14, 1984 Súľov-Hradná, Slovakia) is a Slovak pop-rock singer. She sings in Slovak and in English, writing her own lyrics and music. She plays the piano, the flute and the guitar.

In 1998 she was accepted to Pedagogical and Social Academy in Turčianske Teplice, but was more attracted to writing music than to being a teacher

Let’s hear her then 🙂

Video credit: Zuzana Smatanova via YouTube

Lyrics translation via Google Translate:

The Only One

The only one and only one
I don’t promise you the arms of the stars
gold fish that fulfill your wishes
fast, to wait
I only have the palms that want to lead you
deep night and day
somewhere in real dreams

I don’t promise you more than I have
in the heart of the territory where we leave
grow love for us
I’ll make you feel like you’re not alone
the world around us suddenly disappears
and let the fire burn

We are the only one and the only one
on Earth alone and only for oneself
when the rooms of the house smell of you
then I experience everything again, again
the heart is the only sound
and only thanks to him can you hear them
that you are close…

I don’t promise you an air castle
I’ll give you a garden where you don’t need to
two chubby tree
I know you feel scared sometimes
I will do everything I can
that you will be with me and safe

I promise you no more than I know
in the house eternal spring and in the darkness
rooms smile and tea
I want you to know that I understand
if you start to feel distant in the distance
I will wait for you on the way back

We are the only one and the only one
on Earth alone and only for oneself
when the rooms of the house smell of you
then I experience everything again, again
the heart is the only sound
and only thanks to him can you hear them
that we are… the only one…

And where are we going next week?

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday, July 13th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we move a little more south to Moldova. Please find Moldovan 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.
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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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It gets better on #SongLyricSunday

Hello out there, music lovers. How are you doing today? I am tired my dear readers. On Monday I had my third round of chemotherapy and the first week afterwards is always a bit of a struggle. Not too much but enough for me to take a break from blogging.

But guess what? WordPress is great and let’s us schedule posts and so I did 🙂

What’s up at Song Lyric Sunday today?

Jim’s Song Lyric Sunday challenged us to find a song for the topic “Best/Better/Good/Great”. And today I bring you to Marocco/ Essaouira at the Hotel Les Terrasses D’Essaouira where Andalucious played at the Essaouira Atlantic Andalusia Festival. I have discovered Andalucious via my virtual travels on “Come Away With Me” and I just love their music.

Andalucious are a Jewish ensemble that tries to bring back music that used to be performed by the Jewish community in North Africa. This music has mainly Marroccan and Algerian roots.

At the Essaouira Atlantic Andalusia Festival they recorded a song that encourages Jewish and Muslim people to see their similarities and not their reasons for war. I think that is a very good topic! This is what it says on YouTube about he following video:

We live in a camping car, fully equipped music recording studio, travel the world and record wonderful bands with a peaceful message 🙂 Hit the subscribe button for the latest videos & podcast and join us on our journey Discover new artists and music to make your day sweet ! ‘Andalucious’ Passionate masters on their instruments and great personalities makes a fantastic and honest musical mix with wonderful melodies, smart lyrics and catchy songs in various genres of North African music: Morrocan Andalusian music, Algerian Chaabi, Piyyutim and more We love to present you this great song that was recorded in Morocco Essaouira at the Hotel Les Terrasses D’Essaouira – Check out the lyrics and translations. The Universe connected us as we were looking for artists and they were looking for someone who can record them due their visit in Morocco to play concerts at the 15th Festival des Andalousies Atlantiques d’Essaouira 🙂 The setup was tight as we had only 40 min. for mic setup, soundcheck, put the cameras and record – what you have here is the first take and it was magic. We love to say thank you for this great experience and wish you all the best !!! The lyrics are wonderful !!! Each one is different but we are all equal and should spend our time to live in peace together 🙂 The Track was Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Adrian “Ady” Parzentny from Hit The Road Music Studio : A mobile record studio, traveling and recording artists all around the world !

Another reason why I chose this song is obvious. For the Muslim community Alah is great!

Please allow your listening habits be challenged with this long music piece. It’s a wonderful jam of brilliant musicians. Please feel free to follow the link underneath to it’s YouTube location and put on the subtitles for a translation of the lyrics. Thanks very much!

video credit: Andalucious via Hit the Road Studios via YouTube

Andalucious on Yabiladi: Andalucious, exploring roots through North African music

Andalucious singer Tamar Bloch on Haaretz: An Israeli Singer Taps Into Her Moroccan Roots – in Show of Defiance Against Hebrew

This post takes part in Jim’s Song Lyric Sunday. Please head over and find many exciting music posts and the suggestions on how to take part too.

Please also visit Tao Talk who often takes part in Song Lyric Sunday with many brilliant songs.


Happy Sunday to you all despite everything!



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 for cancer 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.

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Come Away With Me to the Czech Republic & Beating Cancer

Hello out there all you lovely people. Please come in, have a seat, a cup of your favourite beverage (hot or cold ;- ) ) and relax. Yes, feel free to put your feet up I do not mind.

Not sure how I am today. I am writing this post last Monday in the hope that I am going to have the third round of chemotherapy today. The week of chemotherapy has been a bit of an out time for me the last couple of times.

On the day of chemo, I am very sick. Then comes some sleepless nights. Exhaustion. Then the brain fog. I also had some trouble I do not mention on here. How strange. I just wrote “we” instead of “I”. I used to think as “we” rather than “I”. Hmmm… Maybe I still need to get a proper assessment for DID.

Today is going to be the last of the FEC chemotherapy. It is also half-way through. Afterwards, I get the T-part of chemotherapy.

According to BreastCancerNow:

“FEC-T is a combination of four chemotherapy drugs used to treat breast cancer.

 It takes its name from the initials of these drugs: 

  • 5 fluorouracil (also known as 5FU) 
  • epirubicin 
  • cyclophosphamide 
  • docetaxel (also known as Taxotere) 

FEC-T destroys cancer cells by interfering with their ability to divide and grow.” (source: FEC-T chemotherapy on BreastCancerNow).

I am not quite sure I want to know what these things exactly do but hey ho let’s get a little more into detail:

Fluorouracil is an anti-metabolism drug which means it stops cancer cells from having the ability to divide. It is used for

  • breast cancer 
  • head and neck cancers
  • anal cancer
  • stomach cancer
  • colon cancer
  • some skin cancers (as a cream)

(info from Cancer Research)

Epirubicin is a chemotherapy drug that destroys the DNA in cancer cells. It belongs to a group that is called anthracyclines and is used for a lot of cancers.

(info from Cancer Research)

Cyclophosphamide also helps to stop cancer cells to divide, however, it is also a immunosuppressant. It supresses your immunesystem which is why I have to shield currently. Getting into contact with the Corona-Virus wouldn’t do me any good. That is also why it is used for some other conditions than cancer like rheumatoid arthritis.

(info taken from: Patient.Info)

Taxotere is a drug of the taxane group which slow down cell growth.

(info taken from: WebMD)

The trouble is that all these drugs do not only work on cancer cells; they do affect healthy cells too. That is why there is this long list of side-effects.

I was just wondering if the T-part will be different than the FEC part. From what I read so far, there isn’t much difference. But I am going to have a phone appointment both with a nurse from the Weybourne Unit which is responsible for the chemotherapy and an oncologist too on Friday. So I will ask and find out.

Ok, let’s get away from this challenging topic of beating cancer and get away to the Czech Republic. I’ve never been down there. The only thing I know about the Czech Republic is that they make brilliant beer, that the capital Prague is beautiful, that it used to be a communist country and that Kafka lived in Prague.

Lonely Planet added to my knowledge a vast array of castles everywhere in the Czech Republic. Its location in the middle of Europe made it prone to raids by tribes and conquering armies. However, the rich and famous also allowed themselves some lovely summer escapes to beautiful chateaux. Sounds like it’s definitely worth a visit. Let’s have a look here:

video credit: Visit Czech Republic via YouTube

That made me want to go this very moment… if only… you know … cancer and virus and…. never mind.

Here is another video that should give you a lovely insight into this beautiful country:

video credit: Travel Vlogger via YouTube

Feel free to have a look at YouTube and check out the many videos about this lovely country. Even though I was rather shocked how many like to point out what shocked them about the country. But maybe that’s just a “headline” thing to get more views. I very much hope so.

If you want to find out more have a look here:

CzechTourism.com

Kafkadesk about the question which name is right: Czech Republic or Czechia

I think I saw a documentary once about this one: Cat and Duck Blog ~ Zemenka Earthship, Czech Republic

And “Grammy Writes” about their visit o Prague: City Scene: Prague

And for the music? Let’s see:

I have chosen a band called “Monkey Business” which according to News.Expat.cz exists since 1999 and does what it says on the tin: Monkey business. They are known for crazy stage shows and videos but according to the page are “clean fun”. I think the video I chose is a little provocative, at least when you are from Germany. I couldn’t find any lyrics to the video and didn’t understand much either, but I started to wonder if it is a parody of good ol’ Mr Trump. The part that I understood says: “Worse lover ever but I am so clever…”. Please make up your own mind 🙂

video source: Warner Music Czech Republic via YouTube

Well…. 😉

And where are we going next week?

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday, July 6th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we move a little more south to Slovakia. Please find Slovakian 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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Some Heat on #SongLyricSunday

Hello out there, music lovers. How are you doing today? I hope you have a beautiful Sunday that is not too hot nor too cold. I am sending you good vibes and your favourite hot or cold beverage just because… ;-).

What’s up at Song Lyric Sunday today?

Jim’s Song Lyric Sunday challenges us to find a song for the topic “Cool/Freeze/Heat/Melt”. I had to think a little bit about this one. As you know, I am exploring music from all over the world since December 2019. If you follow any of my social media, you have come across the singer I am introducing you to today already.

Her name is Wiyaala. She was born in the North West of Ghana and has created and outstanding musical career in a extremely conservative country.

How did I come across Wiyaala?

At the beginning of 2020 one video showed up all the time when I was signing into YouTube. It was Wiyaala’s interpretation of Osibia’s “Woyaya/We are going”. At first, I did not take any notice. But I liked the confident look of the girl on the video, and I have a thing for blue, skies and mountains 🙂 .

So in the end, I had a look. And I was hooked.

Who is Wiyaala?

Wiyaala was born in Funsi, a little conservative place in the North West of Ghana. Ghana is one of the West African countries around the Gulf of Guinea. She was lucky because her musical mother refused her daughters to be married young. She also refused to adhere to the tradition of FGM, which enabled Wiyaala to become an entertainer. You can find out more about her here on her homepage.

I am following her both on Instagram and Twitter. It shows a lot what sort of person Wiyaala is. On Twitter, she tries to answer many tweets. She thanked me on one of my first shares of her music. On Instagram, she gives a lot of insight into the life of a Ghanian village. She also shares a lot about her life. For example, she shared several videos on her lock-down experience.

Wiyaala is also an influencer for UNICEFGhana to fight for the abolition of FGM, early child marriage and the rights of children.

She was “discovered” by the BBC in 2014 and has travelled all over the world since. From what I gather from her tweets, she is seen rather critical in her own country for the connection to Europe.

You might have come across her music if you watched the Commonwealth Games in Australia in 2018 or are a customer of Western Union.

And what is hot about Wiyaala?

I have seen a couple of Wiyaala video’s which are rather saucy. She does try to fight the image of the meek woman who can’t create her own destiny and I think that is why she creates these empowered but often also critical videos.

The video I chose for today is called “Village Sex” and is Wiyaala’s take on a traditional wedding song from her village. Originally this song was meant as a warning to young men to have sex before their marriage. Wiyaala’s take seems to be more humorous. But please make up your own mind.

Oh, one thing more: Wiyaala sings many of her songs in her native Sisaala tongue. I have added a couple of links to articles that explain what the song is about. Unfortunately, I could not find any lyrics to it. Am cheating a little here I admit 🙂

video credit: Wiyaala via YouTube

More information about Wiyaala’s “Village Sex” video

Ghana Star: Wiyaala premiers “Village Sex” video

Bong: Wiyaala releases video to her “Village Sex” single

DaWuro: New Video: Wiyaala “Village Sex”

This post takes part in Jim’s Song Lyric Sunday. Please head over and find many exciting music posts and the suggestions on how to take part too.

The Bag Lady” doesn’t always take part in Song Lyric Sunday, but her posts rock 🙂


Happy Sunday to you all despite everything!



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 for cancer 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.

(Affiliate link. You do not need to buy anything but if you do I get referral rewards. Thanks)

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