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Happy Monday/V day/welcome back to work!

There’s something incredibly aesthetically pleasing about receiving mail via snail-mail! Perhaps it’s leftover nostalgia from childhood, when you went to check whether the post had delivered anything other than advertisements. And back then, often times they did.

But it doesn’t work if there’s nobody sending things… it’s a give and take situation. So I’m inclined to send a hand-written letter from time to time, just to fill that void. Valentine’s day is a good time to remind others – not only a partner – that you are thinking of them.

This is a design that I came up with a couple weeks ago.

Do you enjoy sending and receiving snail-mail? What time of the year inspires you to do so?

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Our good friends, Allison and Florian, are getting married. I was asked if I would like to join them to visit a wedding photographer named Stephan Rauch — nick named “the happiness catcher” — who was having an open house.

As an aspiring photographer, I have been contemplating what it would be like to photograph weddings for a living. I admit, I have a little ways to go.

What we encountered were some stunning images, and as one might suspect, we were bombarded by ever-joyous moments and faces, from every corner of the world.

But almost more inspiring than the photography itself was the way the space engaged you: high ceilings and enormous windows, all the while being surrounded by large images projected on the walls.

We caught the sunrise through the windows in our small flat in the Marais. Slowly, as the Earth revolves, the sun lifts its head up each day. We watched the light crawl across the wall; we were ready to take on our daily adventure.

Before we knew it, we were savoring some croissants from la boulangerie just around the corner. Our weekend was one of spontaneous adventure, conversation – lots of conversation – and love.

What a lovely weekend it has turned out to be. We had yesterday, Friday, off work, and ended up doing all our productive errands, so today we just ended up chilling around Naschmarkt and perusing strange items at the flea-market there.

On our way around the market, we noticed this lovely gathering of people eating – both in establishment and otherwise – and listening to jazz music from an unknown source. It was quite lovely, so we joined for a falafel wrap.

New amateur graffiti that caught my eye and made me smile. Perhaps “Meet here” would be an appropriate title.