The five people you meet in heaven

Dear reader,

I would like to start this review by thanking Maxx for making me read this one. This book once again showed me that my life motto is true: Everything happens for a reason. That person was supposed to die, you were at that place at that exact moment because it was needed. I do say; I don’t believe in god, but I do believe in fate.

Okay, so this book is about Eddie who is a maintenance guy at Ruby’s Pier. He fixes rides, checks the breaks etc etc. But at one point it goes awfully wrong when he tries to save a girls live. The story stops there and the book immediately forwards to where he is in heaven and who he meets. Only at the end of the book you will learn if he actually saved the girl or not. And I’m not going to tell you, because I don’t do spoilers.

The story has flashbacks to his other birthdays which tells us a lot about the person he’s going to meet. And it also tells you a lot about Eddie himself. The first few people he meets are quite unexpected in my opinion, but there was one, the fourth one, who I knew would be one of the people he was going to meet up there.

This book has some great life stories and also some hidden advise. Forgive, love and accept.

So Maxx.. who do you think will be the five people you meet in heaven?

Much love,

Sam

PS: They made this book into a movie. I haven’t seen it yet, so I don’t know if it’s any good, but if you like you can go check it out!

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Ballooning in Beesd

Dear reader,

My birthday is on August 14th but I’ve already gotten my first present. My mom gave me a ticket to go on a balloon flight. So that’s what I did.

On Friday May 14th I went to Beesd with my mom, at this point only Maxx knew about my flight and I only told her about two minutes before we left. So when I posted a picture of the field and the sign, people only found out about it right that moment.

It turned out, the balloon I was in, is the almost largest of Europe, there’s only one balloon that’s bigger than this one. This may be why we were the highest up in the air of all the balloons that went up. We were with four balloons. Two small ones, one with 22 people and us, with 32 people on board.

Our balloon was spread out on the field, vans blowing air into it and our basket was on its side. And as it got blown up, it was really surreal how big these balloons actually were and I wondered how we were going to fit in the basket with 32 people. It all seemed so small from the outside. It really wasn’t though. There were nine compartments. Four on the right, four on the left and one big one in the middle for our pilot. I was in one of the compartments on the right with two other people as some compartment were made for three people and some for four people.

The balloon was full of air and our basket was swinging from one side to the other as the hot air was making its way through the balloon. It wasn’t scary, it was just weird. I thought something might have been wrong, but there were people telling us that it sometimes happened and that it was because the balloon was so big.

And then we went up. I saw the people on the ground get smaller and it was amazing. At that moment you feel as light as a feather. Your flowing through the air and everything looks so beautiful. Not to be soppy, but as the emotional wreckage that I am, I got all teary eyed.

For almost 90 minutes I saw everything, it felt like I could see my entire country beneath my while the sun was setting in the distance. I saw sheep and mills and cars and trains and small villages. At one moment we all went completely silent, the pilot stopped pulling the gas, we were at 1300 meter height. You could still hear the cars, I heard a dog bark, there was a girl screaming all the way down. For a while it was just us, up there in a basket strapped to a balloon, watching the sun set with its beautiful colours. For my likings we started landing way to soon. It was already 9.30 pm, but still.

Someone told me that landing would be awful, but to be honest, it wasn’t that bad. For about a minute I thought we we’re going to hit the ground any second, but we were probably still a few meters above the ground. There were some small ditches in the meadow we were landing in and our first hit was only two meters away from the water. We bumped on the ground about three or four times and then we stayed still. Almost perfectly still. But we were balancing between laying down and standing up. Finally our balloon made a choice and pulled the basket down on the ground, so we all had to crawl out.

Everyone took their picture with the basket and then it was time to ‘clean up’. We had to work together to get all the air out of the balloon and to fold it. There was a cart to put it in and after about an hour of getting rid of the balloon it was time for champagne. Everyone was handed a glass, bubbles were given and our pilot told us the story about the first balloon ride ever. We toasted on our safe landing and amazing trip. We got a certificate and then we headed back to the spot we took off from. My mom and I got home at one am and I slept like a baby.

Sorting through the photo’s was a real pain in the bum, but it was all worth it. You can find them on my Facebookpage.

If you ever get the chance to go ballooning. Do it! I mean it, do it. It’s so beautiful up there and so quite. And it’s probably a once in a lifetime chance. So do it!

Much love,

Sam

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Short stories from a journey

Dear reader,

You may know my friend Maxx from our Smaxx Project. But she started something entirely different on her own and I have to say that I really like it. So all you Dutchies, go check out her side blog.
Just Dutch(speaking) people, though as her stories are in Dutch.

Her first story is about a woman she met on a tram or streetcar or whatever you like to call it.
So go check it out if you like random stories about random people.

CLICK!

Now, I don’t really know what she’s planning on doing with this sideblog, but I guess we just have to be patient and she what she’s up to.

Much love,

Sam

Billy and Me

Dear reader,

This book has been on my ‘to read’-list for quite some time. I was so happy when Maxx handed me this book, and may I add, without confetti! I think she learned her lesson.

Billy and Me is about Sophie May, an ordinary girl from an ordinary town who finds herself a not so ordinary boyfriend. And that boyfriend has an even less ordinary lifestyle.

Now, some may say that this book is just a well written fan-fiction that’s been made into a book. But as Giovanna herself is maried to McFly’s Tom Fletcher, I wondered if some of this is based on her own life. At the end of the book she tells us in a Q&A that the idea of it all is indeed based om her own life. But she also says that the celebrity girlfriends are seen in a certain way by the media. She wanted people to read about the different sides of heaving a famous boyfriend.

I think Giovanna did a good job. Yes, it looks just like fan-fiction, but I did like it. An easy read with a lovely plot. But I wonder what Maxx thought about it. I have a feeling that this book was not really her cup of tea, but I could be completely wrong. Although, I don’t think I am.

So Maxx, finish this book and let me (and everybody else) know!

Much love,

Sam