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Cologne, Germany

Our next stop was Cologne, Germany.

Cologne Germany is a cool little German town, divided in half by the Rhine River. In the early days one side of the river was Romans and the other side Germans and they didn’t get along so the river was the end of each country. Cologne is the forth-largest city in Germany. More than 2.1 million people live in Cologne.

Today it’s all German but one side is the industrial side and the other side where the people live and work. One of the biggest employers there was actually Ford Motor company. Very surprising.

Germany also has more than 15,000 beer breweries. If you like beer, you’re in the right country.

Germany much like Amsterdam, has a lot of people walking and on bike, but they don’t have quite the number of bikes as the The Netherlands. Still bikes there also have the right of way.

German is known for bakeries, and there are lots of them. They also have lots of German beer which they call bier, and hot wines and chocolate. With the amount of food, you would think the population would be over weight, but we didn’t see too many heavy Germans. I guess they eat and then walk or bike so that shows there is a correlation between exercise and weight gain as the food they eat is certainly NOT diet food.

In Cologne, we visited a chocolate museum. IF you like chocolate, you’d be in heaven. They had so many different kinds of chocolate you head would be spinning. We bought about 5-10 pounds of chocolate to bring home. Needless to day, when we got back to the airport our suitcases were much heavier than when we left, but because they weight them in kilograms I don’t know how much heavier.

The town of Cologne is a mixture of cobblestone walks, old time architecture mixed in with modern. Much like The Netherlands the homes we saw in the city were apartments that were skinny and straight up with 3 or 4 floors.

They have one of the largest Cathedrals in the world, It was so large they must be able to seat thousands for masses. The amazing thing to me is that it was not even heated, it was quite cold. It was also very very tall, you could see it for miles.

Cologne has the 2nd tallest church in Europe. The Cologne Cathedral is a popular tourist attraction. Every year over 6 million visitors climb 533 steps up to the top of it’s spire.

Cologne would be an interesting city to spend some time in.


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What Are You Willing To Do To Succeed

You signed up with a network marketing company. You were so excited about the potential, and your your new future. Have you given any thought to your odds? Your success is always dependent on yourself. Most people don’t think that way. What are you willing to do to succeed in your new business?

First off, it takes a good year or 2, to learn to develop needed skills and grow. I was told that back in my early years and I laughed. I didn’t believe the so called “experts”, but I quickly learned they were right.

You have to invest time in yourself. You have to grow into a confident person. You have to learn to build and develop relationships, and put others first. You need to be willing to work your business and develop those skills over the next years. YES, I said YEARS. The most important thing you can do is make a commitment to yourself that no matter how long it takes you will NEVER ever quit.

When people say no, you have to learn not to take it personally. When your family and friends think you’re nuts,you have to remember the commitment you made to yourself not to quit. There is a fine line between success and failure.

I totally believe in teaching people to have realistic expectations. About 80-90% of those that join this business will quit or fail simply because they saw something to get excited about and then ran out to tell the world without any skills. Most people that join, do talk to others, but after a few no’s or people not seeing what they saw, they get discouraged and quit.

I find that sad. I have seen many people bring in 2 or 3 people, and think they are not yet making the money they want so they give up. Over the years, I’ve watched people sponsor others, then quit themselves, and one of those they sponsor go on to be a great success. The person that sponsored them could have greatly benefited if only they didn’t give up.

I’ve also seen people that most thought would do NOTHING rise quickly to the top. I’ve seen some get started, but have a life changing event that put their good intentions on hold. Many still use the products, or services, but don’t work for awhile, some times for a year or 2 or more. I’ve seen others that have renewed and sat around for a few years, then wake up and go to work, and build a good organization.

The only think about this business, is that no one can predict who will be a star and who will quit. The ones you think have great talent, enthusiasm may be a dud. Those that you think will never do a thing may be the future leaders of your team.

You are ONE person away from your future dreams. It only takes finding 3-5 people that are willing to do what it takes to become great leaders. Along the way you’ll find dozens you “think” are the one, but they may not be. Don’t get discouraged. Don’t try to drag them along, just keep on building and remember your commitment to yourself to never quit. Give yourself time to develop the talents you need. Work you developing your own skills.

Never judge who will or who won’t be the star you’re looking for. Just put your head down, and commit to working your part time business for 15-20 hours per week for the next 4 – 5 years. Work means telling others about the opportunity and your products. Do that daily. Stick with it over the years and never quit and you will have a great future.

Again, ask yourself, “What are you willing to do to succeed?” How much time will you put in? how many hours will you truly work? You have the key to your future. Only you can be the one to decide to use it and become a future rock star!


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Heidelburg, Germany

We sailed to Heidelburg, Germany which lies in the valley of the Odenwald mountains. There the Rhyne and the Neckar rivers meet. Heidelburg has long been considered the jewel of Germany

This city is often thought of as Germany’s intellectual capital and is home to the country’s oldest university built in 1386. It’s a charming city.

While other German cities were destroyed during the Allied bombings of World War II, Heidleberg was largely spared. As a result, it’s retained it’s charm, with narrow streets, helmet-shaped towers, historic churches and ivy covered castle ruins. After the war, the USA built a military base that today houses about 30,000 Americans made up of soldiers and their families. The city has about 150,000 residents and draws about 3.5 million visitors a year for festivals and markets and events.

While we visited Heidelberg on our tour by bus, our ship sailed to Speyer. It was a little disappointing, as I had planned to meet up with one of my team members in Speyer, and get to meet her. We were to be in Speyer from about 3:30- 7 pm but our captain opted to rush us on board and sail immediately so we missed the city and the Christmas Markets. Luckily I was able to reach her by phone at 9 AM when they made the announcement so she didn’t make the trip down, but it was sad to be so close and miss her. She was stationed on an Army base about 2 hours away.

As soon as we got off the buses and boarded, we sailed immediately for our next destination which actually was a dock in Germany, but a tour to Strasbourg, France.


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Made In The USA

I live in America. I really have been upset to see so many companies shipping jobs and opportunities overseas.

I received this email today, and thought it was well worth sharing. Feel free to pass it on to those you know and let’s get our great country back.

ACE HARDWARE – Made in the USA – Very Encouraging

READ ALL THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM! LOTS OF GOOD INFO HERE!

Costco sells Goodyear wiper blades for almost Half the price that you Will pay
On the outside and they are made in the U.S.A.
Read and do the following.

Unfortunately our politicians and top CEO’s have
Pushed for trade to China and
Mexico for years so Americans are now out of work. Did
You Know that there is no
Electric coffee maker made in the US and that
The only kitchen appliances made in the US is
Viking? This Information
Came from the a report by Diane Sawyer. Hopefully this
Has Changed or will Soon!!

I DIDN’T KNOW HALLMARK
CARDS WERE MADE IN CHINA! That is also why I
Don’t buy cards at Hallmark anymore, They are
Made in China and are More expensive!
I buy them at Dollar Tree – 50 cents each and made in USA

I have
Been looking at the blenders available on the Internet.
Kitchen Aid is MADE IN
The US . Top of my list already…

Yesterday I was in Wal Mart looking for a
Wastebasket. I found some Made
In China for $6.99. I didn’t want to pay that much so I Asked
The lady if they had any others.
She took me to another department
And they had some at $2.50 made in USA . They are
Just as good. Same As a kitchen
Rug I needed. I had to look, but I found some made in
The USA – what a concept! – and they were $3.00 cheaper.

We are being
Brainwashed to believe that everything that comes from
China and Mexico is cheaper. Not So.

One Light Bulb at A Time..

I was in
Lowe’s the other day and just out of curiosity, I looked
At The hose attachments. They were all
Made in China . The next day I was
In Ace Hardware and just for the heck of it I
Checked the hose Attachments there. They were made in USA ..

Start looking, people . . …In our current
Economic situation, every Little thing
We buy or do affects someone else – most often, their Job.

My Grandson likes Hershey’s candy. I noticed, though, that it is
Now Marked “made in Mexico .”
I don’t buy it anymore.

My Favorite toothpaste Colgate is made in Mexico …
now I have Switched to Crest.

You have to read the Labels on everything.

This past weekend I was at Kroger . . . I needed
60W light bulbs and Bounce dryer Sheets
I was in the light bulb aisle,
And right next to the GE brand I
Normally buy — was an off-brand labeled,
“Everyday Value.” I picked up both types of bulbs and
compared them: they were the same
except for the price . . ..
the GE bulbs cost more than the Everyday Value
Brand, but the thing that surprised me the most was
the GE was Made in MEXICO
And the Everyday Value brand was made in – you guessed it.
the USA at a company in Cleveland , Ohio .

It’s Way past time to start finding and buying products you use
Every Day that are made right here.

So, on to the next Aisle: Bounce Dryer Sheets… Yep, you guessed
it, Bounce cost more money and is made in Canada .
The Everyday Value Brand cost Less,
and was MADE IN THE USA ! I did laundry
yesterday AND the dryer sheets
performed just like the Bounce Free I have been
using for years, at almost half the Price.

MY CHALLENGE TO YOU IS to start reading the labels
when you shop for everyday things and
see what you can find that is made in the USA.
The job you save may be your own or your neighbor’s!

If you accept the challenge, pass this on to
OTHERS in your address Book so we can
ALL start buying American, one light bulb at a time!

Stop buying from overseas companies – you’re sending the jobs there.
(We should have awakened a decade ago….)

Let’s get with the program and help our fellow Americans
keep their jobs and create more jobs here in the USA .

I passed this on .. .. . will you???
If you care about American workers, you will pass it on.


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Kinderdyke – The Netherlands

After boarding our river boat, the first city we stopped at was Kinderdyke. This is where they have build a huge area of windmills, to help solve the flooding of The Netherlands.

People actually live in windmills and work at turning the blades by hand as needed. The government pays them a pitance to do the work and little rent to live there, but in return they must be sure to run the windmills and turn them at least 60,000 turns a year. There is a counter on them, to be sure that happens.

We took a tour of a windmill and went inside. We actually met a man that lived in the one next to the one we visited. He was in his 50’s and had lived in windmills all his life. They really wear those wooden shows there, because there is so much water that normal shows would not work.

He said they do have TV, internet, running water and electric in the windmill. All the neighbors living there also do the same, and all of them have outside jobs to earn a living.
When water comes they must run these windmills that then pumps the water away down the dykes to keep the land above water.

THe Netherlands is about 60% under sea level, so they are constantly pumping out water or building canals and dykes.

They get about 200 days of rain there so there is a lot of green moldy bricks. All building are build tall and skinny and of bricks. Taxes on homes are by the width so they make them tall, and skinny because it does not make any difference how high they are.


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MLM

I see pros and cons flying around on the subject of MLM. Some love it and others hate it. For those of you wondering what MLM is, it stands for Multi Level Marketing. It’s no different than a direct sales business.

Many of you buy Life, health or car insurance policies. The agents are paid a commission when you buy the policy or renew it. Many times the owner of the agency gets an override on what his or her agents sell. MLM is no different. You make money selling products or services to the end user, and you make overrides for training others to gather customers and teach other distributors.

It’s a legitimate business, but it is NOT one that you make money on just by joining. You make money by going to work. It takes time and effort to be successful. Too often people start with good intentions, but then 2 or 3 months later, they are not rich so they quit. Others start, and see something that looks better, so they start over, and over and over.

You get no place by starting and not finishing. You do well if you put in the time and effort, consistently. It takes work and consistent effort.

I’m an average every day person. I worked over 15 years making money for a corporation and trading my hours for $$$. I’m very thankful I found MLM. I’m at the age now where if I had not taken the past 10-15 years to build an income in this industry, I’d be probably out of work, living on nothing, dead broke. Instead, I have no bills, I am able to enjoy life, help others and travel and see the world I missed out on while I was too busy sitting in my cubicle working 9-10 hours a day, 5-6 days a week.

Is MLM for you? Only you can decide that. Look at where you are in life, how secure you are and where you think you’ll be 5-10 years from now if you travel the path your on. IF you don’t like what you see, you might consider looking for an mlm business to build on the side. Start part time, put in 7-10 hours per week consistently over 5-6 years, and create a side income, to give you the things you want. It’s very doable if you are willing to put in that time.

Hope to see you one day on the beaches of the world.

Diane


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History Of The Netherlands

Amsterdam is the capital city of the country of The Netherlands, as well as it’s largest city. It’s name is derived from “Amstiredamme”, meaning a dam built in the river Arristel. The entire city is below sea level, and sits atop wooden stakes. There are more than 150 canals and 1,200 bridges, and it’s sometimes known as the “Venice of the North”.

The total kingdom of The Netherlands is about 14,413 square miles. The entire country is roughly the size of Massachusetts and Connecticut combined.

Some people call the country The Netherlands, others call it the Kingdom Of The Netherlands and others simply Holland. It’s quite a charming little country.

The government is a constitutional monarchy. The monarchy is head of state, but the Prime Minister is the head of the government. The population is about 16.6 million, consisting of Dutch, Indonesian, Surinamese, Turkish and Moroccan.

The countries religion is primarily Roman Catholic, Protestant or Muslim.

The education is free, and compulsory for ages 4 – 16. After 16 a student must attend some form of education for at least 2 days a week. Colleges are also free.


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Amsterdam

We left our home at 4 PM, changed planes in Atlanta and arrived in Amsterdam at 10 AM in the morning. Of course the clock went forward 6 hours, so travel time was actually only about 12 hours going over. Coming back was a killer as we left at noon, and time went backwards (so it was really 6 am) and we didn’t make it home to our house till after midnight.

Everything in Amsterdam was DOUBLE Speed. At the airport, I had my laptop case and purse and coat, so we got to the esculator, (which they call a lift even though it goes DOWN). It was 2 -3 times faster than an American esculator. Since I can be quite a klutz at times, I opted for the elevator. Unfortunately, they don’t mark elevator buttons here by floor number, so they all said 1, 1 b, 1 L, 1A, (etc). I ended up in the basement where they were loading 2 crates with cute dogs. The dog loader got me to the baggage floor. I thought the B was Baggage I guess it was basement :)))

We finally got all our luggage, and then found this is a MASSIVE airport after you get off the plan, you end in an area that is bigger than most our malls, with all sorts of places to go, from buses to trains. It only took us about an hour to find the correct place to go for our hotel driver.

After we got checked in to the hotel it was about 3 pm their time. The hotel is also a lot different, It’s supposed to be 5 star, but very strange. They do not have ice machines, no coke machines, and they don’t use much ice. I guess that is because it’s chilly, but not as cold as I would have thought.

They also do not put sheets on beds in Europe. The hotel was nice, but the bed covers were a comforter ONLY, and it was split down the middle like 2 twin comforters. Also all toilets we found all over Europe all either had a push button IN the floor, or a push button on the wall, to flush. Many had no toilet lids. I found that very strange.

We went out to explore and took one of the river boats thru the canals, which were pretty cool. Lots of interesting architecture and all tall brick buildings. THere are hundreds of thousands or bikes, everywhere, With all the trains, buses and traffic, you’d wonder why, but i’ve never seen so many bikes in all my life.

We also found people walk at our running speed and there are LOTS of people.
After we had our boat ride, we found a restaurant and had dinner. The food was amazing but there were NO heavy people in the country, I would suspect that is from the walking and bike riding and the more normal sized portions they served. They don’t super size thing there.

Most of the people we have ran into in Amsterdam do speak English. We had no problems getting around or talking to people.

We spent the day exploring Amsterdam. The next day we went to join our River Boat where we planned to cruise the Rhine River.

Diane


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Travel

I’m not a travel agent by any means, but I do like to travel. I’m making up for all the lost time.

I spent too much of my life stuck in the cubicle world trying to make a living. Part of my life I was not working as I chose to stay home and raise my children in their early years. Back then I had never heard of Newtwork Marketing so I had no idea I could work from home and still be with them. Later as they told older and school age I get a job and started working to build a “retirement” and future.

Unfortunately it was not any better as soon I was working long hours and not getting any time off to travel or even vacation. I enjoyed my job but after years of no free time, it got old.

When the do more with less philosophy began to infiltrate the corporate world, I soon began looking for another way.

I’m glad to say over the last 10-15 years I’ve build a nice mlm business that today gives me both the income and the time freedom. I’ve met some of the best people in the world, made lots of new friends all over, and gotten to see some of the coolest places in the world.

I’m thankful for the freedom to travel and see the world. How about you?

Daine


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Amsterdam Walking Tour

The day after we arrived in Amsterdam, we were taken on an Amsterdam walking tour with a local guide. It was very interesting to learn about the city and culture.

The day before we explored the city on our own, this time places were shown and explained. It seems there are over a million bikes in Amsterdam. The reason is the city is built on canals, and there is very little room for cars. Cars drive the same place as bikes and walkers and bikes have the right of way. Parking in the city is very expensive, about 5 euros an hour, which is close to $7 US dollars.

People that do drive and park must be quite rich. So most people travel by train, walking or bikes.

The interesting thing is we saw very few overweight people any place in Europe. I have to attribute that to all the exercise they get walking or biking. Also the restaurants serve very good food, but normal size portions. You don’t see much super sizing over in Europe.

We also learned there re about a million or so houseboats. Many people live year round on a houseboats. They have running water and also electricity piped in to their boats, and garbage pick up by water. The canals are full so the country is not issuing any more houseboat licenses so those that own a houseboat, can sell an old beat up boat for big money as the new owner would get the license as well.

The city has an underground railway and also above ground train system. They have lots of old buildings all built of brick. They are usually tall buildings side by side, but also very skinny. You might see a house that is 4 or 5 stories tall, with a room on each story. The reason for that is they are taxed by the width of the house not the height.

Apartments are rent controlled. If you are a private owner of a building the government tells you how much you can charge for rent. That way everyone pays the same.

Most of the houses and apartments have a hook at the top of them to lift up any furniture. Because the inside of the houses are so skinny, the stairwells are very tiny and most furniture has to be raised in from the ground thru the window OR built inside a room.

The city is quite chilly and even in the summer the high temperature is in the 70’s so no need for air conditioning. It was very interesting to learn about the culture and see how people live different from the USA.

It was amazing to me also to see that the majority of all countries, speak 3 or 4 languages so most of the time, everyone we met spoke and understood English. Most of the restaurant menus were in Dutch, but also English descriptions as well, so it made it easy to see what you were ordering.

I could not get used to the fact that they served drinks without ice. If you asked for ice in your drink they did bring it but usually one or two ice cubes.

They also do not put sheets on beds. That seemed very strange to me. Everyone gets only a comforter, that’s it. No blankets and no sheets.

IF you decide to visit Europe this is an interesting country to see.


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