If You’re Bad at Remembering History, Read This.

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You can teach me about the same war twenty times and a day later I will have already forgotten about it.

Does this sound like you?

Yesterday I was at the airport waiting to board when a woman across from me asked: “so where are you traveling to?” Quite honestly I wasn’t in the mood to chat. I had an early flight that morning and this was my connecting one. Regardless, I told her and we began to chat about our travels. She was around her mid 40s – early 50s. Her shortish golden hair reminded me of my grandmother’s.

After around ten minutes, the plane began to board. Turns out, I was sitting behind her. We talked about how she met her husband on a beach in Spain years ago. She described how they are still madly in love even after having three kids. Although that is nowhere near where my life is at right now, I felt as though we were very similar.

When we got off of the plane, we were going through airport security and she began to tell me about some Dutch history. Before she went any further, I had to tell her: “I’m going to be honest I love history. I think it’s fascinating.. but I never remember it. I’ve seen several castles and battle grounds in Ireland and I couldn’t tell you one fact about them.” She laughed at me. I felt a bit embarrassed. Then she said this:

“I’m bad at remembering history too!”

“Really, so how do you know all of these facts?”

“I read children’s books”

“Do they actually help?”

” Yes, because it’s more important to understand the big picture before trying to remember the small details. I read a children’s book called the history of France before I went there. My friend and I brought the book with us and matched the illustrated pictures to the things we saw while we were there.”

“Where have you been my whole life! Haha”

“Also there’s a lot of movies that can help with that too.”

Our conversation went further, but I had never thought of doing this. Children’s books have to explain things in simple terms. Only once you get something in simple terms can you dive deeper and learn more.

This advice has really and truly changed my life. Time to go buy some children’s books.

Have you tried this before?

XO,

YOUNGCOCO

Cork, Ireland

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The Food

The Bosun Bar & Restaurant: We ordered fish and chips and seafood chowder, which came with soda bread (very popular in Ireland). While we were there, we asked for tartar sauce and they gave us a huge pot of it that was in the shape of a genie lantern. Bosun has the best fish and chips I’ve had so far. I usually try to avoid fish and chips because I’ve had some bad experiences. Not this time!

The Shack: A cute donut shop in Cork City. It’s in a small corner of one of the streets in the centre. We ordered a Boston creme, I ordered a hazelnut donut, and we also got a pistachio coffee flavored one. While there were several cute and fun colored donuts, we chose the most basic looking ones. The one I ate, had a mint-flavored filling which threw me off. I later found out it was because it had Aero mint chocolate in it.

Rocket Man: This is also cute place in Cork City. It’s a small shop and, in the front, they have benches and fake grass for customers to sit and eat. They sell a variety of sandwiches, soups, and sauces that you can take to go. They heat-up our meals before serving them to us. Seriously so yummy- the coffee was decent.

The Views


We decided to go on a carousel ride in the middle of the city and here was one of the views from the top. The ride attendants were hilarious. They spun us around every time we got to the bottom and kept asking us if we were American.

The view from our house. Ships are constantly passing through and there’s a nice walking path by the water.

The Transit

The first day I got into Cork, we brought my brother to school. We loaded our car onto the ferry and crossed the river then drove the rest of the way.

I wish public transit was as much of a thing in the States as it is in Europe. On Thursday, I took the bus into South Mall (the city) and I was so confused. The bus doesn’t announce or have any displays of what the next stop is. I assume it’s because most people are locals, but it’s still strange. On the way back home, we got off like six stops to early and ended up walking almost a mile because we were scared of missing our stop. Oops!

Exploring Japanese Food

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Who doesn’t love sushi?

I hope you didn’t raise your hand.

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My family and I have a Japanese friend who brought the ingredients over to make this. He told us that most of what he brought was straight from Japan and that we couldn’t get it in the States. Sad.

Soo I’m not going to lie- before we befriended him, the only Japanese food I knew about was sushi. But did you know that there’s actually Japanese pizza? (Picture below)

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This Japanese pizza is called Okonomiyaki. Technically it’s a pancake, but to me it looks like a pizza. So flavorful. There’s fish, onion, Japanese mayonnaise, and cabbage in here among other things. Love.

Being eager to learn more about Japan, I went to the Obon Festival that takes place in St. Paul annually. Definitely go if you haven’t. They do floating lanterns when it gets dark, teach you how to make origami, and have rows of food stands.

Here is what I got while I was there:

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This is called Takoyaki. They are snacks that are filled with octopus, tempura, pickled ginger, and green onion. To me, they taste similar to the Okonomiyaki, but I could just be naive. They definitely have similar ingredients though.

Anyways, after all this, I think I should take a trip to Japan soon.

Plus I’ve been obsessed with the song “Lost in Japan” by Shawn Mendes.

A sign? I think so.

Thanks for reading!

Curious About Guided-Meditation? Here Was My Experience.

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I walked from the chilling outdoors into a warm, welcoming house. Candles were lit, tea was made, fuzzy blankets were laid out for anybody who wanted one. I was greeted with kindness and a smile when I stepped inside. 

There were three people in the class other than the instructor and me.

We all picked a chair for our relaxation practice. I picked a red chair- one of those that you can rest your head on the sides of. I grabbed a soft purple blanket and reclined my chair. 

The meditation began. It was delivered in three different sections: guided relaxation, imagery, and love and kindness.

Guided Relaxation

In this section, the class was instructed to tighten parts of our body and release them. We started from our toes ending at the top of our heads.

“you may feel like you are melting into your chair” “release all the tension, let go”, our instructor told us gently.

Although worries about my day and future came in and out of my mind, I felt very relaxed. Deep breathing, heavy body. I don’t know if I could’ve gotten out of my chair at that point.

Guided Imagery

In this part, the instructor read a story to us and guided us through it.

In this process, a lot of the story’s details were up to us. It was a guided imagery that had us envision our inner self.

“What colors do you see?”

“What is being said?”

“ What do the people look like?”

This was the hardest one for me. I kept switching what I was seeing because I kept overthinking what I was supposed to be seeing instead of just letting the images flow. I think this part takes a lot of practice. 

Love and Kindness

The was the last part..now this part made me very emotional.

The instructor guided us to imagine two people on either side of us: it could be a family member who you know loves you unconditionally, a trusted friend, or a spiritual being who you know protects you. 

You imagine them sending you love and then you send them love back. This overwhelmed me with emotion. I’m not sure why.

Afterwards, she guided us to picture all of our loved ones (past and present) surrounding us and doing the same thing- getting their love and sending love to them.

We also had to do this with two other groups of people in our lives- people we felt neutral about and someone we didn’t particularly like.

At the end, she had us picturing the world and giving it a hug and wishing everyone love and happiness. I can’t describe how I felt in this moment- almost as though a weight had been lifted but again it was indescribable.

What do I think about guided meditation?

I think everyone should definitely give it a try. It feels really good and even if you try once it can give you tools to practice meditation on your own.

My favorite by far was the love and kindness at the end. This is one I want to put into my daily practice. I think depending on what you want to work on in your meditation one type might resonate with you more than others.

If you have any questions about the process definitely ask and if you have done one yourself I would love to hear what your experience was like!

A Few Words for (almost) Every Place I’ve Traveled To (so far)

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Seattle, Washington: genuine people, rain, street art.

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Las Vegas: another world, extreme heat, futuristic.

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Liverpool, England: good friends, english breakfast, live music.

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Huntington Beach, California: light blue, lively, outdoor malls.

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Ireland: green, cold water, cows.

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New England: family, Rhode Island, Massachusetts.

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New York: expensive, diverse, trains.

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Italy: brick roads, Julius Caesar, fountains.

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I recommend you try this exercise- write down every place you’ve been to and then write down the first few words that come to mind when you remember your experience in that place.

Why You Should Take a Weekend Vacation

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It’s winter. What do you do? Go somewhere! You plan weeks in advance what you are going to do on your week-long vacation. Planning is fun, but it can feel like a chore. What if you could vacation without having to do as much planning and preparation?

Last year, one of my best friends moved to California. Even though I was in school, I decided to look at flights to visit her. She and I are so close- mainly because we can be a little impulsive. So, the first time I brought up that I wanted to visit her, we face-timed and- just like that- I booked a flight to see her two weeks after, but just for the weekend because.. I had school lol.

Mind you, this was my first ever “weekend vacation”. We didn’t plan too much beyond eating good food and going to the beach. It ended up being one of the best weekends of my life.

And since this trip, I’ve taken four other “weekend vacations”.

You might think “um why” well.. I will tell you!

First, it’s cheaper.

I eat a few good meals, do a little bit of shopping, order a few Lyfts, and I don’t break my (entire) bank.

Second, I don’t need to do much planning.

It’s fun to be spontaneous and in two/three days there’s plenty to do, so I’m guaranteed to be entertained throughout the entire trip.

Third, short trips allow me to go on more trips.

There is so much to learn from people, new places, and new experiences- and knowing my trip is short pushes me to do more in the time that I’m there. The less time and money I spend in one place-the more I have for the next place.

A Week in California

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A week in California

Tuesday-

Arrive at 12 noon

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Wednesday-

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Thursday-

Friday-

  • GIRLLLL let’s hike- we low-key died
  • Shopping on fashion Island
  • Let’s go out forealllll now- in Costa Mesa
  • Matt Steffanina– the dance god?!

Saturday-

  • Newport Beach!
  • Hollywood
  • 15 dollar massages wuuut
  • Let’s go out in OC again LOL- Bungalow? Duhhhh

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Sunday-

Last day RIP 😦

  • Santa Monica- Beach walk
  • r we alive
  • I’ll miss my best friend!

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