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15 tips for traveling alone

I recently returned from a four-month trip around Europe. I backpacked to Spain, Portugal, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Germany, Norway and The Netherlands, sometimes with my best friend, sometimes with new friends, and sometimes all alone. 

Travelling alone was one of the best experiences of my life. You’ll surprise yourself with your keen intuition, your ability to cope with a new language, your friend-making skills, your geographical bearings and overall just how much you enjoy doing whatever you want, whenever you want - from eating whenever, going wherever and doing whatever you feel like doing. Sometimes I had gelato for breakfast, once I spent six hours in a museum, a few times I slept til midday, I went to a music festival solo and I swam in the ocean morning, noon and dusk. 

But travelling alone can also be problematic and lonely if you’re not properly prepared. Here’s some easy tips that really enriched my experience travelling alone. 

1. Laptop smart
Not only is it exceedingly hard to navigate foreign transport sites from a phone, my laptop proved really valuable to me when I needed precious downtime, which was about once a week. I loaded up a portable hard drive with movies and boxsets so I could retreat into my own little world with my headphones on to watch a movie in bed when I needed a bit of ‘me’ time. 

2. Device smart
- I subscribed to Spotify Premium for $10 a month and built myself some playlists by mood - chill, happy, groovy, pensive. Then I downloaded them, so they were available offline.
- I also downloaded Tripit, an app that links with your email and builds you an automatic itinerary based on your email confirmations.
- I also downloaded Maps.me, an app with offline maps and GPS location so I was never lost. I dropped a (permanent) pin on the location of my accommodation in each city so I always had my bearings. 
- Also make sure your emails are accessible on your phone - I found the Gmail app to be the best option for me, because many of my emails were available offline - valuable when I needed an address or confirmation number, which was a lot!

3. Spend smart
I went with Citibank Australia, who offer a Citibank Plus everyday account with fee-free withdrawals and fee-free transactions anywhere in the world. Shop around your banks and see what deal you can find - don’t just go with your own bank, who might smash you with withdrawal and transaction fees. Every dollar counts when you’re overseas.

4. Insure smart 
This was a non-negotiable. I actually submitted two claims after this trip - one for a lost phone and another for a change of trip. Make sure you know what you’re entitled to before you commit to a policy - valuables up to $1,000 is essential if you’re taking that laptop or smartphone!

5. Pack smart
A few quick tips:
- Don’t take anything that needs ironing. You’ll never wear it, trust me. 
- Bring your runners so you can walk miles during the day. It really made all the difference for me - on days I wore them I could walk up to 30,000 steps without any pain whatsoever. 
- Bring your flip flops for showering. Tinea is rampant in hostel world!
- Bring exercise gear. I always moved from place to place in my exercise gear - it’s easy to sleep in on long haul bus-rides, and you don’t want to wear your 15kg pack with bad shoes - it hurts your ankles!
- Pack, then don’t take half the things you packed. Every little thing is a lot heavier on your back in the blistering heat, trust me. And they have toiletries in other countries too, you know!

6. Disembark smart
- Always carry some cash with you for the country you’re going to - for me, it was mostly euros. It was essential for my commute from the airport, and when I forgot to arm myself with currency, I was left disoriented, tired and wandering around trying to find an ATM while not getting robbed.
- It’s also worth Googling bus or train information before you board your plane, so you know the fastest and cheapest way to your accommodation before you land. Taxis are tempting - but will run your budget dry quickly. 

7. Book smart 
- Book directly through the website, not the compare-sites - it’s cheaper! This includes airlines, bus companies and train websites, and the hostel websites when it comes to booking your accommodation.
- Also, always book your bits and bobs in a private browsing section. Airline websites have algorithms that send the ticket prices up if they log your IP looking at a price a couple times to create a sense of urgency in you.
- But don’t feel like you need to map your whole plan out before you even leave home - I purposefully left gaps in my plan and life filled them in. I stayed with europeans I’d met overseas, travelled with new friends and went to countries that I had no plans on going to, like Norway (one of my favourite countries in the end!) 

8. Backup smart
After every country I backed up my phone to my laptop and my laptop to my hard drive. If you trust the Cloud, backup to there too. It is devastating to lose travel photos - they’re about the most important thing you own when you travel. 

9. Stay smart
- Hostelworld.com is the go-to site for hostels. If I was nervous about my choice, I’d usually book one night in and extend my stay if it felt right. I always read plenty of reviews for each place, particularly taking notice of the location rating. Cleanliness in the bathroom, uncomfortable beds or a tiny kitchen were things I could deal with. A 30 minute commute to the city was something that wore me down pretty quickly.
- Speaking of the kitchen - that ‘free’ shelf in the fridge is your best friend - use it!

10. Be alone smart
- Find a local pub and go and sit at the bar with a good book. Strike up a conversation with the bartender - they are probably bored out of their mind! Bartenders have a wealth of cultural knowledge about their city that you’d never find on Trip Advisor - ask for their hot tips on eating, drinking, shopping and the sights. I asked each bartender to draw all over a fold-up map in each city so I had a visual reference - it helped me pair things together that were close by so I could plan my days better.
- Also, do the walking tour on your first day. They are usually free (the tour guides live on tips) and they are the most useful introduction to a city - not to mention hugely interesting.

11. Commute smart
If you’re wondering if you should walk or get a metro, walk. If you’re wondering whether you should get the metro or a bus, bus. The metro is fast, but you see nothing. 

12. Dress smart
- If you’re spending the day exploring, wear one less thing than you think you need to. It’s awful being hot and sweaty, but easy to speed up if you’re feeling a little nippy. Plus, your thighs will thank you when they can crush steel between your rippling muscles!
- Runners are pretty much always the best option - you’ll double your productivity with them on. 

13. Mini-pack smart
Your daypack should contain:
- headphones
- a book
- a city map (to ask the locals to circle their favourite places on!)
- a knife and fork (plastic, for impromptu lunches in the park or by the water)
- a water bottle. Water is your best friend between all that exercise you didn’t realize you were doing (win!), the salty restaurant meals you’re eating (yum) and the drinking (inevitable). Drink it in litres - otherwise you’ll be perpetually dehydrated and wondering why you feel so tired. 

14. Wash, dry and iron smart
It’s inevitable you’ll have to wash atleast once a week. Face it, pretty boy. Mama aint here to help you now. 
- Every night, wash the underwear you wore that day in the shower. It takes five seconds, stops them from stinking up the place (we all know undies get the most dirty) and fresh undies are one of life’s little pleasures!
- You can iron out major creases by wetting a towel and wiping the clothing while it’s on you (it’ll dry), or bringing the item on a coat hanger into the shower area (the steam makes the creases drop out) 
- Splurge occasionally and get laundry done. Most hostels do it for less than $10, and having fresh clean dry clothing one of those amazing little things that lifts your spirits when you’re out of your comfort zone. 

15. Socialise smart
Talk to people! Everyone is the best version of themselves when they are travelling. Strike up conversations with people you would never usually speak to, especially those travelling alone as well. Ask them their story, compare itineraries, go on adventures together and who knows? You might just make a friend for life. 

also as a #lifetip if you’re concerned about helping retail employees like i am, make sure to not sign up for store memberships or cards or anything online if it says somewhere that you can do it in the store. you can ask an employee and they can do it with you - it doesn’t bother them, they usually get some compensation for ‘convincing’ you to sign up. so if you want a store membership, you can benefit an employee as well as yourself by doing it in-store vs online.

Patater Week - Day 7

Feb. 12- Adopting a Pet Together (Bonus points for including Kit!) - 1.5K

Kimmy’s sitting outside the pet shop, fenced in with two other volunteers and about fifteen puppies when the 6’4 guy with the Falconer’ cap comes up to her.

“Puppy for sale?” he asks, his accent thick. European, Kimmy guesses, but she’s pretty bad at pinpointing these kinds of things. He’s pointing at the wriggling ball of fur in her lap, gnawing at a plastic bone.  

“Adoption,” Kimmy says, then cradles the puppy as she stands. “Would you like to hold him?”

“Can I?” the man asks, sounding pleasantly surprised as he sets down his groceries.

“Sure,” Kimmy says. This particular puppy hasn’t really been catching the attention of families throughout the day. He’s a little plain, Kimmy supposes, and shy around strangers. “Just kind of hold him with two hands—there you go.”

The man is astonishingly gentle when she transfers the puppy to him, and the dog looks comically small in his hands. The man’s eyes are twinkling, and he holds the dog close to his chest, kissing it on the head very lightly as he murmurs in Russian.

“His name’s Kenny,” Kimmy says. “We found him in a box downtown, along with a couple others. They’ve all had their shots, gotten fixed, microchipped, it’s all included in the adoption fees.”

“His name Kenny?” the man grins, like there’s a joke behind that. 

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“Since this is one of my favorite werewolf movies, we were going to have a little trivia contest to win this 3-day pass. But, if you wouldn’t mind standing up for us, we have a Jack cosplayer here with us tonight. So i think we can all agree who wins. Try harder.”
And that’s the story of how ya girl won a free Alamo City ticket just by showing up 😈

tatletaletales  asked:

If you don't mind me asking - what exactly is going on in France right now with the election? My french is very standard school french so I have a hard time reading all of your posts (still good practice) or french newspapers, the newspapers here don't really report anything on the topic, outside of the most basic stuff, and you seem to have opinions / a lot of sarcasm to share. If you don't mind typing it up in english that is. Sorry to inconvenience you :/

Haha don’t worry, it’s no bother !

To sum it up, the french elections are next sunday (I think ? not the one that comes, the one after) and it’s a M E S S

The current president (François Hollande, Socialist Party) will leave after 5… very hectic years, I guess. i mean, he tried I think ? But the conclusion is here: unemployment is high as fuck, the poorest households are poorer and poorer, and the richest ones are richer and richer.

As for the candidates as France’s Next Top Model, reality TV couldn’t have found a better cast if they tried: they’re 11, they’re full of ideas, they’re full of salt, they’re not above biting each other to blood. 6 of them are considered “small” candidates, as they barely have any screentime and room to expose their ideas (they only have been invited at the second debate, the one with every candidate, because people complained the first debate was only with the “Big Five”, and suddenly I feel like it’s the Eurovision), those 5 are “big” candidates (read: likely to go to te final face-to-face two weeks after the first round)

I say the candidates should gain the mantle by fighting in the mud (blades authorised, no guns), the constitution says they shall be elected, and for some reason the majority of the people here seem to think the boring solution is the best. Too bad, I think the candidates are so full of anger that they’d rather fight in the mud also. 

 Anyway, to sum up the candidates (random order) 

- Hamon : big candidate, he looks like a hobbit and represents the Socialist Party. TBQH I didn’t follow what happened in his party but apparently not everyone is after him ? The problem is that, after 5 years of Hollande, the party is quite weak so.

- Lassalle : small candidate, from what i got he’s a farmer ??? from a tiny village in the mountains ???? he’s the mayor there ???? and he played rugby for years like his nose is all broken and he speaks lie a rugby player. On the center I think ??

- Arthaud : she’s a teacher (of economy I think ?), member of the Lutte Ouvrière, a trotskist union. She is SAVAGE, she is ANGRY, elle est là pour NIQUER DES MERES. Small candidate 

- Cheminade : he wants to colonise the moon and owns a collection of 18 000 euros  of precolombian and prehistorical artifacts. You’d think that with such ideas he’s a big candidate, but no. i think he’s on the right

- Le Pen : sadly huge. you see the KKK ? well, with no hood so we can all see her dirty face and get her dirty spit from her dirty mouth and her dirty ideas on our faces. also steals money. “i understand your suffering” she says to the poorest people of france, while napping in her family’s castle

- Mélenchon : big candidate. how do i even begin to explain jean-luc mélenchon ? very savage too, he’s the number one of the youtube game. he has a manga about him and a video game. On the very very very left but nooooot extreme left, ya feel ? 

- Macron : he’s a fucking banker some people want to vote for him because they find him sexy (allosexuals need to STOP) he has no ideas no program, “yo i’m not the left i’m not the right” yeah shut up man but man how can you have so little dignity that you can say to both Mélenchon and Le Pen in the same breath “I agree with you” ???????? big candidate i dont get it

- Asselineau : small. wants the frexit. Exists I guess

- Fillon: right-right. big. So stupid i actually believe he’s three squirrels that are trapped inside a corpse. he needs to give back the money he stole, by giving fake jobs to the members of his family. Lately he said something like “it’s so hard to spare money, how you do it”. you win like, 200k a year you shitbag. never open your mouth ever again.

- Poutou : he’s a factory worker and he has no chill, and eats spoonfuls of both sugar and salt every morning. He knows he doesn’t have any chance to win, but he takes every occasion he has to remind the others that the people they claim to represent actually exists and wants to have a voice, too. 

i counted 10 and there’s one i forgot but who ????? sorry i guess dude ????

there was a debate with the eleven of them the other day and. Idk if you’ve already watched reality tv with like, people getting angry and snatching wigs over butter forgotten on the counter or toothpaste not cleaned in the sink ? it was that but to determine who will have the nuclear codes of the country 

idk what to add, fee free to ask and i’ll probably answer after a good night of sleep because im exhausted


Otakon 2016 Friday Overwatch Photoshoot Part 2!!

This was a super fun shoot and it was great to see all the amazing cosplayers who love Overwatch! Great vibes and positive energy, WE ARE ALL ONE WITHIN THE IRIS!

Please fee free to tag yourselves! If anyone plays Overwatch on PC feel free to add my Bnet tag: RavageRorr#1116

anonymous asked:

Gyms? How to set up a membership, any tricks to get a discount that you know of, what to do when you're there, how not to feel awkward, dealing with creepy guys, etc?

Finding Mr. Right

1. Set your priorities. Before doing any legwork (ahaha) decide what YOU are looking for in your gym. Here are some things to consider:

  • How far are you willing to travel?
  • What workouts are you looking to do?
  • What time do you want to exercise? 
  • What is your gym budget?

2. Start researching. Once you have your baseline wants and needs decided, start doing some research on your local area gyms. Now that you’ve already decided what you’re looking for, it’ll be easy to cross of gyms that don’t fit your criteria. Try to find at least three venues that appeal to you.

3. Free trial/discounted trial. Nowadays, most gyms offer free trials or discounted trials. This gives you an opportunity to scope out any amenities or disadvantages while getting a cheap workout. If you are nervous about going to a new gym alone, convince a friend to go with you. Don’t sign a contract until you’ve sampled the goods! I’d also advise you to cross any gyms off your list that won’t give you a trial.

4. Ask about fees. During your free trial, consult with a gym employee and find out exactly what you will pay as a new member. Don’t get a ballpark amount, have them calculate the exact expense. If they can’t give you an exact expense, run. Ask:

  • Are there any discounts that you’re eligible for? Are there student discounts?
  • Are there different bundles that the gym offers, or is it a flat rate?
  • Are there extra fees like equipment fees or locker fees?
  • Is there a rewards program?

5. Decision time. After sampling different gyms in your locale, decide on the gym that best fits your needs. Is price more important than distance? Is there a gym that is close and cheap?

Creating Your Routine

1. Research. Dig around on the interwebs and check out different workouts. Do you care more about core strength or building muscle? Do you want to increase your mile speed or your endurance? Ask your fit looking friends or coworkers what workouts they enjoy.

2. Trial session. During your free or discounted trial, try out some of the different machines. If you are unsure of how a machine works, ask an employee so that you don’t inadvertently hurt yourself. Observe the environment around you. Is it calm? Welcoming? Productive?

3. Plan it. After researching and trying things out, come up with a fitness plan. In my experience, it’s more effective to plan out every moment of your workout so that you don’t give yourself any time to twiddle your thumbs. Make sure to alternate exercises and to allow yourself fifteen minutes to warm up.

4. Try it out! After registering at a gym, try out your new routine. Allow yourself the space to tweak anything that doesn’t feel right. It’s okay to start slow, be confident that you will eventually build all the strength and skills that you desire. It’s more important to leave feeling proud of yourself and excited to come back than it is to go home feeling miserable and upset. 

5. Set a goal. Set a goal for several months down the road, based on what skills you would like to improve. Choose a specific day, and decide to treat yourself on said day if you accomplish said goal. The goal can be as simple as going to the gym twice a week, or as complicated as losing five pounds. Just make sure to properly reward yourself at the end of that time, a small incentive to keep you going!

Doing Your Own Thing

1. Bring your tunes. Make yourself a Barney Stimpson “All Rise” mix to get yourself pumped for your workout. The right music can set the tone for productivity! This will also deter strange men from talking to you, and if they try, just ignore them and pretend you can’t hear them or that you can’t speak English.

2. Buddy up. The buddy system is a great way to help motivate you to keep returning to the gym. Find a willing friend or coworker (key word is willing here, don’t assume that this will be the one time that you friend who always bails comes through because I promise you they won’t) and sign up with them. This can also help you feel more comfortable in your surroundings. 

3. Gather your materials. Don’t drop big bucks on gym accessories before you’ve even solidified your routine. Newbies do not always make the most informed purchasing decisions! Use a pair of old sweatpants and a ratty shirt and workout in these until you know what feels good for your body. Maybe your reward at the end of a couple months is upgrading to new materials? Always, always, always bring plenty of water!

4. Safe. A gym is a place for you to feel safe and productive. If somebody is bothering you, talk to a staff member about it ASAP. If the problem persists, talk to a manager about getting a refund and move to a more comfortable space. It’s not worth spending money on something that makes you feel uneasy, there are lots of other gyms out there that will offer you the peace of mind. You can’t expect results without peace of mind.

5. Remember. The gym is a place to get motivated! Everyone there is in the same position that you are in, and nobody is going to waste their money by focusing on you instead of their workout. Stay present, care about yourself, and do others the same courtesy that you want done to you!

PS: Most colleges have gym facilities that are absolutely free for students! Don’t assume that just because its your college that it’s not a “real gym”. Try it out! Hope this helps!

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A master list of all the videos I have made so far! Fee free to check ‘em out.

anonymous asked:

What do you think the chances of fitzsimmons taking a break from their relationship are? That sneak peek has me worried that Jemma isn't confident in Fitz's love for her.

Hi Anon!

Shout out to @jessiecrimefighter for hashing this out with me!

HERE is the meta I did on the peek and Fitzsimmons break up fears.   Please remember with all these teases they want us to be worried because they want us to watch.  Last season they preyed on one of Fitzsimmons is the fallen agent because they just got together.  This season its them staying together. 

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Fitz’s feelings for Jemma are not in question.  He flat out said that he loved Jemma and only Jemma.  That even though he thinks their future is gone, he still and will always love her.  Loves her so much it hurts even.  Jemma heard  every word of that.   He has choice again and he CHOSE Jemma no question.

Jemma still loves him, that didn’t change either.  She knows that The Doctor is not her Fitz, and her Fitz is now home…and he needs help.  He’s drowning in his own demons.  He THINKS that Jemma doesn’t want him anymore.  That she can’t stand him anymore after what he was forced to do in the Framework.

The more I watch that peek the more I see the parallels of the 3x08 pre kiss scene only the roles are reversed a bit.   Sadly I don’t think that this particular conversation is going to end in a kiss (fee free to surprise me Bell).  

Fitz is also doing exactly what I predicted he would (I would be concerned otherwise).  Not only is he reeling from his other life, the fact he helped create AIDA’s new and powerful body, and what he created is continuing to hurt and hunt his friends.  We already say him like this this season to a lesser degree.  In 14 as he reeled from Radcliffe’s betrayal and what Radcliffe was using the Framework and AIDA for.   Now that’s been escalated even more.  Because what AIDA did to him was so awful….and sadly a lot like what Radcliffe did only on a much grander and more hurtful scale.  She insists it was all his choice but it wasn’t, she was steering his actions and manipulating his heart all along in there to get what she wanted.   

He’s having that crisis of confidence in his skills.  He now is worried that whatever he does is only going to make things worse.  And he’s concerned he’s created an unstoppable weapon.   

With the “Do you want to kill her,” is a parallel of the “Do you love him”.  Jemma isn’t concerned he doesn’t want to kill her because he loves her.  She saw him believe in and protect AIDA after Broken Promises.  So its okay for her to be worried.  Fitz isn’t the only one we saw hesitant to kill because of the Framework, May said the same thing, “there has been enough killing”.  

Jemma’s fear/desire to kill AIDA is also for Fitz’s safety.  “We are going to build a life together whether you want to or not!”  The man she loves, the man who has been stolen from her, is being hunted by something incredibly dangerous, obsessed, and powerful.  AIDA singled him out not only for his mind but for his heart.  Keeping him from AIDA’s clutches, that fear she’ll take him from her again, that she’ll hurt him even more has to terrify her.  This is Jemma’s “I lost you once, I can’t lose you again”.   

We also have to remember how raw this all still really is.   They haven’t had a chance to properly address it.  Fitz doesn’t know that Jemma  heard what he said and is trying to keep his distance since he thinks their future is dead.  Jemma hasn’t had a chance to tell him otherwise.  And sadly there are some more pressing issues as everything erupts around them.   They need a minute to breath and its a minute they simply don’t have.

I know its hard to trust the writers right now.  This season has fallen woefully short of our expectations for Fitzsimmons.   We went in thinking we’d get domestic, happy, coupley, science Fitzsimmons…rather they have been separated more than ever and been fighting to get back to each other one way or another.  Us and the characters have been emotionally devastated more than once.  The writers are also well aware that the fandoms is pretty burned out and upset right now.   Yes that scene in 21 was amazing but that alone isn’t enough “pay off” for what has been set up.  

They put us (and Fitzsimmons) through the ringer and breaking them up after all of that would be not only unstatisfying…but would likely drive a lot of fans away.  They kept saying it will be worth it, hang in there…well breaking them up is by no means worth it.  And its not just shippers that are at the “Enough already” point, its critics and even non shippers saying its time to let them be a couple.  

Its not going to be easy.  I know a concern with the fandom was they weren’t going to properly address Fitz’s trauma…now that it seems they are we need to hang tight as they do that.   Jemma is going to fight for him.  She needs to have that discussion with him that their future isn’t dead, its just beginning, and they will fix this together.  She also needs to help him see he was manipulated, no matter what AIDA says she was manipulating things in the Framework, Fitz most of all.  And the fact that he is having guilt and remorse for what was done means he is nothing like Ward who blamed his actions on others.  

Convention - Fryshook (Violet/Katya)

It’s not the first time Violet’s been under Katya; it’s just the first time they’ve had an audience.

a/n: back at it again at the vatya store. Pronouns and names are fluid depending on the context of the scene. Scenes take place between season 7 all the way up to NYC drag con. They are not in chronological order, but they are in…an order. Sorry if it’s confusing. a03

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Hakuouki Chibi Mugs!

People admired my recently-acquired Saitou Hajime Chibi mug, so I thought I’d share the rest of the collection (not that I have the others!). I tried to track down a good image for Sano’s mug but couldn’t.

These little mugs are now very difficult to find.  I saw Hijikata ($48) and Souji ($36) available in a webstore yesterday (no fees/free shipping).

Note:  I will be tagging posts like this as #hakumerch from now on, in case you want to add them to a “do not see” list.


Hi All Saint Greer Islands Fans 

I’ve updated the Saint Greer Island map with where the lots released should go so we can keep track. It also helps other creators making lots now which space are available and also what they don’t have to create. 

Also please reblog to share with Coumminty and fee free to add lots if you are going to RELEASE PUBLICLY

Download World & Image by @simplyimaginarypeople

? = Lots not released yet  but have pictures 

Also an Idea for where the Science Lab (rabbiit hole ) should go either the  Foxglove Bay(25x30) or IIex Lighthouse (25x20) Check Map for locations.

Lots By @simplyimaginarypeople

Town Hall - 2 Jasmine Court on Azalea Island

Academy (School & Maybe Stadium) -  2 Azalea Park on Azalea Island

Park & Festival Grounds - 1 Azalea Park on Azalea Island

Doctor’s Practice - 2 Iris Avenue on Azalea Island

Old Warehouse Gym - 1 Cedar Terrace on Azalea Island

Church (graveyard) - Elm Place

Community College (University) - 1 Rose Garden

Firehouse - 1 Lilac Avenue

The Warehouse (Home) - 1 Jasmine Court, Azalea Island

Saida and Karsen’s House - 2 Sweeetgum Mews  , Violet Island

Reese Cottage -  4 Sweetgum Mews, Violet Island

Blue Townhouses -  3 Jasmine Court, Azalea Island

The Lake House - 3 Lily Grove, Lily Island

Container House - ?

Bookstore/Grocer/Community Garden - 4 Jasmine Court ? 

Lots by @asexualsims

Art Studio -  2 The Wharf

Terrace Historical Museum (Art Gallery) - 3 Iris Avenue

City Hall/Police Station/Military Base (Rabbit Hole) - 1 Azalea Park 

School (Rabbit Hole) - 2 Azalea Park

Beach House - 3 Magnolia Parade

Blanche’s Cafe & Bakery - 6 Violet Square, Violet Island

Snowdrop House -  2 Snowdrop Passage, Azalea Island

French Row Condo -   4 Lilac Avenue, Azalea Island

Willows Church (graveyard) - Elm Place

Woodleaf Court  -2 Magnolia Parade 

Leisure Logs  - 4 Lily Grove

Christmas Colonial  - ?

Holiday Colonial  - 3 Lilac Avenue

Bluedrop House ? - 1 Snowdrop Passage

Blue Redrop ? - 3 Snowdrop Passage

Green House?

Water Home?

Napoli’s Pizzeria - ? 

Community Gardens  - ?

White Lake Meadows  - ?

Warm Sands Beach?

Saint Greer Central Park (Festival Grounds)?

Lots by @my-special-sim

Slerras House  - 3 Peony Street

Jaspers House - 1 Phlox Bay

Hidden Cottage - 2 Foxtail Trail 

Oak Nook - 1 Sweetgum Mews, Violet Island

Sunnyside - Poppy Field, Violet Island

Woodland - Dandelion’s End

Lots by @thesimperiuscurse

Bridal Boutique ( Maybe Salon)  - 3 Lavender Promenade

Falling Leaves Wedding Venue - Bluebell Park (Temparley)

Lots by @nuuhtella

Town Hall (Wedding Venue) - 1 Azalea Park, Azalea Island

Police Station - 2 Azalea Park, Azalea Island

Jasmine Townhouses - 2&3 Jasmine Court  

Saint Greer Arcade - 1 Cedar Terrace, Azalea Island

Lots by @littlemisstery

Bluedrop House ?- 1 Snowdrop Passage

A very modern house- 1 Juniper Cove

Kyoto Asian Cuisine?- 6 Violet Square

Big Tree Park (a children’s park)?- 2 Lavender Promenade

Grey Stone Home?- 3 Lavender Promenade

The supermarket?- 1 Violet Square

Caffè Murano?- 3 Violet Square

Retreat by the sea?- Foxglove Bay

Tiny House?- 3 Sunflower Garden

Beach Cabin?- 1 Phlox Bay

A-line Cotage?- 2 Foxtrail Trail

Abandoned factory?- 2 Phlox Bay

Flower Shop ? - 4 Peony Street

Advice for Learning Korean

1. Learn Hangul. Your first step should be to try to learn the alphabet and the pronunciation. If you don’t know the alphabet, you won’t be able to learn the language. Pronunciation depends on specific letters and letter placements that you can’t understand without knowing the alphabet/how to write. Romanization will rarely, if ever, give you a good idea of how the word is spelled/pronounced in Korean. There are two main systems of romanization of Korean used in language learning resources, and neither are perfect. Also, most people use a combination of the two. If you see “ku” romanized, it could potentially mean 쿠, 크, 커, 구, 그, or 거. Six different things. It’s much simpler to learn the alphabet than to learn vocabulary in English letters but learn the wrong word or a nonexistent word.

2. Try not to use romanizations. On the subject of romanization, I recommend that as soon as you know the alphabet well, you try to cut all romanization out of your learning experience. If you continue to read romanization, your mental image of words will be in English letters, not Hangul, which will interfere with spelling/reading/writing. I personally stopped reading anything romanized (books, song lyrics, vocabulary, etc.) a couple of years ago, and my literacy improved a lot. My reading got faster, and it was easier to recognize words. It is difficult to find books that don’t use any romanization, but I think it’s worth it. It’s a more direct way to learn, and you’ll improve faster and understand more if you are seeing everything in Hangul. Another example: Korean has a lot of roots from Chinese, and eventually, this can help you guess the meaning of a word you don’t know. It would be way more difficult to recognize these roots if you are using romanization. Bottom line: it’s better not to use romanization unless you need it. If you know Hangul, you won’t need it. And you can’t learn the language without learning Hangul. So it’s better to stop using romanization sooner rather than later.

3. Find someone to practice with. Even if you have learned a lot of vocabulary or grammar patterns, learning on your own might mean that putting together what you know or being able to access your knowledge quickly (like in conversation) is difficult. If there are no Korean classes available at your school/learning institution, check to see if there are any Korean churches in your area. Most Korean churches offer language classes on Sundays for a small fee (or sometimes for free). It’s a good opportunity to learn and practice with native speakers in a welcoming environment. You could also look for a conversation partner for language exchange- find someone who speaks Korean and wants to learn your native language, and help each other out. You can also find someone to practice writing and conversation with on apps such as HelloTalk. Just be careful when talking to strangers.

4. Read out loud. Reading is a really good way to practice, and reading out loud will help you improve pronunciation and cadence. Also, seeing the words as you say them will help you remember them better.

5. Write down what you’re learning by hand. This can be easy to forget when so much language learning information is online, but studies have shown that writing a word by hand puts it in your memory in a way that typing does not (after all, pressing a button while typing does not involve actually making the individual characters by hand). If you learn new vocabulary, write it down by hand or try to create example sentences. If you learn a new grammar rule, try to use it in a sentence by hand. If you are still a beginner and are unable to make many sentences yet, just write down the Korean word and its English equivalent over and over while reading them out loud to cement them in your memory.

kpop tag!

I was tagged by @jinilin !! I love your blog theme btw

a. Always post the rules. Answer the questions asked then write 11 new ones.
b. Tag 11 people and link them to the post. Tell the person who tagged you that you’ve answered their questions.

Favorite kpop music video?: oh jeez that’s tough,, im such a music video hoe ummm,.,,well zico I am you, you are me will always be aDoraBLE and aesthetically pleasing

Favorite girl group dance practice?: ok I’m totally guilty the only girl group I’m into is blackpink so boombayah :’’’’)

Favorite boy group dance practice?: bts 21st century girls with those sTUPID ASS HALLOWEEN COSTUMES AHDGSA

Who’s your ultimate bias and why?: the beautiful soul kim seokjin and I’m boutta do this ok I love him so much this is gunna be two hours long. I love his laUGH, his lips, his self confidence, HIS.NECK!!!!!hOly SHiT, his weird ass spazams?, HIS ANGELIC VOICE, his fashion taste, his ability to handle responsibility, hIS AIR KISSES, his cooking abilities, his love for the other members, his ability to keep calm when bighit has yet to give him an actual decent amount of lines in a title track, his dedication to bts, the immense amount of effort that he’s put into improving his dancing, the immense amount of work he’s put into improving his vocals, his eyes, his eYEBROWS???? ARE STUNNING, his eye smile(now I’m tearing up), his relentless dad jokes, his ability to take criticism and build off of it, his adorable english, his entire charismatic existence, his shoULDERSS, his side profile, his jaWLINE WOW,  the fact that he started an entire well known mini web show about eating and enjoying food which is amazing considering the constant pressure on every idol ever to have a perfect body, the way he just blEEDS self confidence and sunshine and everything gOOD and pURE in this world, and wow I could go on but I’m about to cry plz love my precious prince

Who’s your ultimate bias wrecker?: in the same group, basically all of them but if I had to really choose jimin, hes such a soft, squishy mochi that’s overcome so much and has a perfect jawline

Have you ever seen a kpop group live/been to kcon?: I was blessed with the privilege of getting tickets to the BTS concert in Anaheim while they were here I’m still in shock, honestly it hasn’t set in and this is like,,, a month later idk if it ever will set in

Is there a group you want to see live?: shinee or monsta x live would be bOMB AF

What was your favorite comeback of 2017 so far?: oh jee, gotta be beautiful(in case you cant tell ive fallen down a dEEP monsta x hole)

What upcoming comeback are you looking forward to?: kard is coming back soon and I’m r e a d y.

Is there a group that you know of that you want to get into?: I’ve actually wanted to get into Astro for a while!!

What’s your favorite kind of album concept? (royalty, cute, gang, elegant, sexy, etc.): I really love concepts that have color palletes like the colors in Tens dream in a dream or NCT 7th sense mv but no real “album” concepts

my 11 questions are;

1. Is there anyone or thing specifically that got you into kpop?

2. Who was the first group you got really into?

3. Have you ever succumbed to a bias wrecker and changed your ult?

4. Do you have a preference for girl/guy groups and why?

5. What is your favorite era of your favorite group?

6. What is the hair color that you love most on your bias?

7. What’s your favorite hair style?

8. A song that makes you cry?

9. A song you study too?

10. An artist that inspires you?

11. What would you(try to)say to your bias if you ever met them at a fanmeet?

I tag @spinnchu @kimyoujinis186cmofpuregoodness @pyojihoonsthighs @hunniedae @ice-kookie @jeonghamm @jinmini @soft-4-tae @aino-thegirlnextdoor and ??? I don’t have any others oops have fun kids