Book Review: 'The Obamas' by Jodi Kantor

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Everyone should take the time to read this book. The amount of research that went into it is incredible. If I were lucky enough to meet Jodi Kantor in person, I would probably be blabbing something nerve-produced but book related, desperately trying to piece the words together. Hopefully.

I always liked the Obamas - cheering for the underdog is kinda cool. This book covers his first term as a President. I don't know if it is a complete lie or exaggeration, but it is pretty incredible and ridiculously relatable. Yeah, I can relate to the President of the United States. I know. Crazy.

Americans: the 'Trained Extroverts' of the World

It was another day at the hostel. The management team had an interview with a potential staff member later in the day. That interview got me thinking (I do that sometimes) and here it is in blog form (mandatory applause). 

Every hostel has a unique vibe but they are the same in one simple thing: you need to like people in order to work here. That is why we ask everyone we interview: do you consider yourself being an introvert or an extrovert? "I am definitely a 'trained extrovert' was one of my favorite replies to this day. 

America, let's get a cup of coffee soon and talk. Being happy is the core of a healthy awesome life, the one that every single one of us desires (hopefully). But at what point does society's peer pressure of being constantly optimistic starts creating an unhealthy teenage wish of doing the opposite? Cause I know from experience - everyone needs a day-break, week-break, or a month-break. And while agreeing with me on this issue, you, America, are still pushing an over-the-top optimism in everyone's face.

American Healthcare and the Horrors of the Kardashians

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A few weeks back I got all the insurance packages I needed: car insurance, health insurance, insurance of an empty wallet (thanks to the two above)... I also accidentally purchased the feeling of vulnerability and it won't go away. 

I knew going in: American healthcare sucks - well, nobody's perfect. One other thing I knew - if I ever get lupus there is a guarantee that American doctors will save my life (thanks, House MD). What I didn't  know is that you can get fined if you don't have insurance and living in the U.S. of A. Hold up, what? YOU want to punish ME for not caring about my health??? Or most likely, for caring about my health but having no money? America, we need to talk. 

With corruption, untrained and not caring doctors, with lines for days and bribes...forget it, Ukrainian healthcare is no good either. So what a girl to do? The truth is - I think we all neglect our health. Correction: "we all" = people on a fixed income. I have no doubt that Kim Kardashian is checking up on that baby bump daily. 


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