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Why waking up early is better

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Why does waking up late waste my day? Since we arrived back from Seattle, I had some serious jetlag and wrestled with sleeping at weird times or waking up later in the day. I would wake up very early in the morning and go to sleep very early in the evening. At first, I wandered around and didn't know what to do while my husband was sleeping, but then I realized that I should use my time to read a book or exercise. Following 2 weeks of this crazy schedule, I understood that waking up earlier is actually great because I'm able to do things that I otherwise never found time for. Believe me, I love sleeping and am a natural night owl, but my jet lag helped me realize why I am wasting my day. 

Now, I wake up at 7am, drink my vitamins, and relax in bed while reading the news and checking my Instagram until 8 am. After I get up, I dress up and make breakfast. Around 8.30 am, I continue reading my book while enjoying my breakfast. After my breakfast is done, I open my computer and read my emails. I work on my computer for about 1-2 hours to schedule my tweets, write a blog post or use Pinterest. After I get tired of the computer, I switch to my phone, replying to my friends, parents or do some brain exercises like learning a new language. After my phone time, I go and do stretching exercises. Stretching helps me deal with my back and shoulder pain. After some energizing stretches, I decide to do errands in the house like cleaning or laundry. After I feel like my house is clean enough, it's time to get lunch. Normally for lunch, I eat leftovers from last night. Like a bad habit, I watch something on Youtube for the next 30-40 minutes. Later, I decide to return to reading my book, working on some projects/hobbies, and enhancing my social media presence. Closer to the evening, I start to cook dinner for us. After dinner, we watch one episode of Game of Thrones and around 10 pm, I am ready to sleep. This schedule makes me feel like I'm getting the full use out of my day. I hope to keep it up!

What is good about waking up earlier?

+ time to read
+ time to exercise
+ less time on the computer
+ time to learn something new
+ time to feel organized

What kind of person are you? Early or late bird?

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My favorite instagrammable spots in Seattle

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If you have no idea, Seattle is my second home after my home country. My husband is from here, and we visit fairly often to see friends and family. Every time we come to Seattle, I always get excited, because Seattle isn't only famous for having the best coffee that's recognized around the world, but also for boasting fresh seafood that you can't find anywhere else. When I come to Seattle, I just can't say no to tasty raw oysters. I didn't grow up by the ocean, but Seattle made me love seafood. Anyway, since we don't live here, taking pictures for my blog can be tricky. But there are few spots that I always keep reusing whenever I am back. 

My favorite instagrammable spots in Seattle:
  • Pike Place Market is one of my favorite spots, despite the very crowded streets and mobs of tourists, you can always take amazing pictures and try delicious meals. 
  • Gum Wall is one of most disgusting walls in the world, but it's quite unique and colorful. If you are looking for something fun for your background, definitely go there. 
  • Lake Washington is another of my favorite spots in Seattle because you can get a perfectly clean background if you are looking more for a minimalistic style.
  • Chihuly Garden and Glass is always fun to visit. I usually go there if I have to bring someone who is from out of town and visiting provides a good reason to take pictures as well.
  • Alki Beach. If you need to shoot some of your beach outfits, I advise you to drive to West Seattle and get your fun-in-the-sun (or rain?) pictures. It is beautiful in the evening during the sunset, and the city skyline provides a dramatic backdrop. Also, if you end up shooting there, make sure to stop at one of my favorite stores - Alki Surf Shop. Kahuna Dave (owner/ founder and my father-in-law) would love to share with you my love story of how I met my husband. Don't forget to purchase his personally-designed shirts. Give some love to local businesses, and ask for the "royal sendoff."
  • Museum of Pop Culture. If you need a cool futuristic background, make sure to go to the Museum of Pop Culture. The building itself is one-of-a-kind, and you can capture the iconic Space Needle in the background. 
  • Pioneer Square is one of coolest spots in Seattle. You will find a lot of nice spots there. I would advise you go there either early in the morning or during holidays. Be forewarned though, there can be homeless people hanging out - like, an inordinate amount.  They are generally harmless, but just be prepared to navigate that.
  • The Great Wheel can work as a perfect background for your photos. And also don't forget to take a ride to get the best view of the city. 
  • Volunteer Park Conservatory is the ideal place for when it rains/snows all day. I used the conservatory a couple of times before when I wasn't into layering. 
If you know any other cool places to shoot in Seattle, please leave them in the comments section below. A gorgeous bag you can get from Woyoyo Brand based in Tbilisi, Georgia (they ship internationally).

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My 3-Day itinerary to see England

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Living in the heart of Europe makes your life easy for discovering amazing places. When we arrived to Germany, the first trip we decided to take was to England. We were debating if we should fly to London and only explore the capital, or drive by car and explore other beautiful places in the same timespan. After a lot of debate, we decided to drive and to see as much as possible.

The drive was not bad. However, our biggest mistake was driving through France instead of Belgium, which resulted in us shelling out a ton of dough to cover toll roads. The closer we got to the ferry crossing at Calais, France, the higher the tolls seemed. Anyway, after spending our first night near Calais port, we were quite excited to sail the next morning to Dover, UK.

Day 1:
On our first day in England, we decided to explore the White Cliffs of Dover. Getting there was quite easy. You will need to pay a small fee for parking. From the parking area, you can start your leisurely walk atop these famous cliffs. The walking path was very picturesque and quite tough, because it was super hot back in August. After completing our hike, we decided to stop at Dover Castle. We ended up buying an English Heritage Overseas Visitor Pass (Price: £57 for 2 person), and it helped us save money on our Dover Castle visit (£20 per person), Stonehedge (£19.50 per person) and other small attractions such as churches and Roman ruins that we got to see along the way. 

After our tough morning, we drove up to next town - Canterbury. We were quite amazed by the architecture and cute restaurants. Our first stop was the Canterbury Cathedral, which was under renovation, but definitely worth seeing. The Cathedral fee was about £12.50 per person. After walking around the neighborhood, we randomly found a small crooked house with tiny bookshop run by charity. Definitely take a pic there for your gram. The next attraction was St. Augustine's Abbey. The entrance fee was covered by our Heritage Overseas Visitor Pass. 

Day 2:
We left quite early to get to Stonehedge. I certainly advise you to arrive as early as possible and walk to Stonehedge from the parking lot, because the bus tour leaves starting at 9.30AM in summer time. So make sure to check the bus schedule via this page To be honest, I was expecting to see Stonehedge a little bit closer, but ropes prevented us from getting too close. Even though it was somewhat disappointing, you should still see the wonder once in your life. After the tour, we drove to the next city - Bath. Naturally, we had to check out the Roman Baths. It was quite interesting to learn about the history of Roman civilization in the region. After a couple of hours in the Roman Baths, we went to walk around and see the Pulteney Bridge. After quick snack, we finally drove to Gloucester to visit their amazing cathedral. If you are a big fan of Harry Potter, you will definitely recognize the hall of Hogwarts School (Harry Potter & Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets). It was probably only one town where we felt a bit unsafe closer to the evening. There were too many weird people bumming around.

Day 3:
On our third night, we decided to stay in London. There are so many things to see in London. We decided that one night will not be enough. Instead of doing all the most-popular sightseeing activitie , we decided to explore the city and see some instagrammable neighborhoods. We also hit up a flea market, where we ended up purchasing a vintage travel suitcase that looks wonderful in our home. Anyway, I will tell more about our London adventure a bit later. Stay tuned!

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White Cliffs of Dover

Dover Castle


Canterbury Cathedral

St. Augustine's Abbey


Bath Cathedral

Pulteney Bridge


The Roman Baths

Gloucester Cathedral

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