Wacky Wednesday – Budapest

It’s time again for some Wednesday wackiness and this week I present this:

This is a statue in Budapest on the famous shopping street Vaci Utca that parallels the Danube River. I don’t know the artist or the title of the piece, but it is wacky enough to make to my Wednesday blog.

I have much more than this to tell you about Budapest. Like did you know that it is split by the Danube River and is called Buda on one side and Pest (pronounced Pesht) on the other? Or that the Hungarian language is closer to Finnish than German? I had no idea until I went there myself. More to follow.

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Music on Monday

I can’t believe I forgot to post this yesterday. Well, my blog, my rules, my forgetfulness!

In keeping with the Christmas season, here is another one of my favorites with a slight twist:

You’ve all heard Carol of the Bells before. In fact as you rush from one mall to another, you probably hear it multiple times of day. Did you know that it is a Ukrainian carol? The above link takes you to a the Pavlishyn sisters singing it in native clothing at an event in Washington, DC. The links below are to other versions, some with more twist than others. Enjoy ~

Be of good cheer – Christmas is here!


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My first stay in a hostel – Mosaic House, Praha, CZ

I was in Prague this past summer and had so many new experiences. It was my first trip to Europe from the U.S. and after hours and hours and more hours of flying from Phoenix to Los Angeles to Heathrow to Prague, I was welcomed with this inviting bed –

Lower bunk in shared dorm.

To be truthful I was a bit afraid to be away from my brother who was traveling with me, so we opted for staying in the same co-ed dorm. It was a little awkward at first to share a room with two young male college students, but it worked out ok. I think they thought of me as that goofy American mom and we learned from each other.

The room was very clean and large enough for two bunk beds; the pillow and mattress were very comfortable. The bathroom was very modern with a glass enclosed shower and modern fixtures –

Sink in shared bathroom.

After leaving the airport, we took a bus to the train and then it was only a short walk to Mosaic House. Here is the entrance –

Mosaic House

Along with the excellent accommodations, there were many other amenities such as free wi-fi, shared computers, a lounge, and a pub which had breakfast in the morning and lots of beer in the evening. The staff was very helpful and nice. In fact, they were so helpful that when I realized I had not taken pictures of the hotel, I emailed them and they sent me all these photos which were taken by Cat Norman. Thanks, Shannon!

They are friendly and have answers to all your questions!

Good times in Belushi's with many large screen TV's and the original pilsner, Pilsner Urquell, brewed in Plzen, Czech.

Before this starts to sound like a commercial for Mosaic House, I wanted to share more of my personal experience. First off, most everyone speaks English, which was very helpful because I’m so horrible with Czech. Also, this is a great place for young people since it’s a hostel and the price will save you money. But it’s also good for older travelers that don’t party, like myself. The bar got noisy at times, but in the room I never had trouble sleeping.

We were able to walk to many places from here because it’s centrally located. It’s near the Vltava River with its Charles Bridge as well as many museums, restaurants and the famous clock tower square.

One word of caution – bring sensible shoes! The cobblestones are very hard on your feet and legs and there is cobblestone everywhere.

Cobblestones - beautiful but hard to walk on!

If you’re looking for lodging in Prague and you’re on a budget, go to this website and learn more about Mosaic House. http://www.mosaichouse.com/

I still have lots to tell about my time in Prague, so look for more stories in future blogs.

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Wacky Wednesday – Flagstaff, AZ

I decided that since I have started Music Monday, I can also establish Wacky Wednesday. There are just so many wacky things out there, if you just take a moment to look for them. Each week I’ll bring you a bit of wacky, crazy, unusual, bizarre, or just plain fun.

This week I’ll start with:

Here's a happy fellow!

This little guy was spotted at the Arboretum at Flagstaff in Arizona. Isn’t he cute? I can’t help but smile when I look at him. I think I’ll call him Dakarai which means “child brings joy, happiness” in the Shone language in Africa because this little statue makes me laugh.

Unfortunately, if you want to see him yourself, you’ll have to wait until spring. The Arboretum is closed until then because of snow. I was lucky enough to see it this past August. It is off the beaten path and you must travel a few miles on dirt forest service roads, but it is worth a visit. There are trails, a gift shop and even a raptor show with rescued birds.

Just so you don’t think it’s all goofy statuettes, here’s another photo I shot from there looking toward the San Francisco Peaks north of Flagstaff where you’ll find the wonderful Snow Bowl. The Snow Bowl has some of the regions greatest skiing and snow boarding.

looking north

one of the rescued birds of prey

Check it out after the thaw. The clean, fresh air with only the sound of the wind through the trees was worth the drive for this city girl; I’ll definitely be heading up there again.

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Music on Monday

Listening to some Christmas music over the weekend gave me the idea to have Monday musical posts. I enjoy all kinds of music and want to share some of the things I’m listening to with the world.

Because it’s the Season, I want to direct you to two of my favorite musical pieces. The first is from Trans-Siberian Railroad titled Christmas Canon and can be found here:

The second is from the movie Polar Express and is sung by the very talented Josh Groban.

If you ever get a chance to see Polar Express in 3D at an IMAX theatre, it’s completely worth the price of admission. I guarantee it’ll bring out the kid in you just in time for the holidays.

Speaking of movies, there are so many wonderful Christmas movies out there. I especially enjoy the classic ones like It’s a Wonderful Life and Holiday Inn, but also the cartoon classics like It’s a Charlie Brown Christmas. Take a moment and let me know what one of your favorite Christmas movies is.

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Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Hello WordPress World!

This is my first blog on this site, although is it not my first blog. I would like to bring my other blog here and I will, if I can figure out how to do it.

What do I blog about? Well, I blog about things I am passionate about and I am passionate about many things. I love to travel, I love dogs, I love the outdoors, I love family, I love friends, I love art, I love astronomy, I love, well, like I said, I am passionate about many things.

Why do I call it Misty’s Blogging Kingdom? Because I am Misty and this is my little piece of the world and therefore, my kingdom. My kingdom, my rules, so I blog whenever and about whatever I choose.

I hope that some of the things I write or some of the photos I post will touch your heart and make you a better person in some way, just as these experiences have helped shape me.

In the meantime, let’s get this first blog posted so I can start tweaking the way it looks.

I am Misty and welcome to my kingdom!

A Castle for Misty or rather a misty castle!

This is Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany and is said to be the castle that Walt Disney patterned Snow White’s Castle at Disneyland. I love that it is “snowing” through my picture that I took this summer. By the way, all pictures in this blog will be my own and I retain all rights to them and to the text.

UPDATE: WordPress made is so easy to import my other blog. The posts from it are below – enjoy!

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the day after

Black Friday. The day after the o-my-gosh-did-I-really-eat-that-much day. Day two in a much needed four day weekend. Call it what you will, but today is the day after Thanksgiving.

Although I could not be with my extended family, I was blessed to have my husband and children around my table. The turkey was moist, the potatoes smooth, the onion rings on the green bean casserole crunchy. All was perfect. Then we topped it off with pumpkin pie and coffee. A perfect end to a perfect meal.

Once again, ’tis the Season.

So as Christmas approaches, let all of us remember the good times and resist the commercialism and stress that seems to get injected into this time.  Let it be instead a time of Joy, a time to remember family and friends, a time to reflect on the God who made all this possible, a time to continue the attitude of thanksgiving we enjoyed yesterday, being thankful for all we have been given and all we are able to give to others.

Tree at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ

Blessings to you all!

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