The Box from Berlin

In my previous post,  First Footing,  I shared with you  the arrival of my first mail of the year, all the way from Berlin. The  mail package was my prize from Beautycalypse’s first international ethical  giveaway.

I took my time opening the parcel because a) it’s not every day I win a prize and b) it’s not every day I receive a parcel from anywhere, let alone Berlin. These special events need to be savoured and made to last  as long as possible. However, the mail was eventually opened and here is what I found. Would you like to have a peek ?……..

Do not drop! Handle with Care!

Do not drop! Handle with Care!

at the divine, utterly, utterly divine, (cannot say this loud enough or long enough) BLYSS chocolate,

Chefs and sommeliers tell us they think BLYSS is the most pure chocolate they've experienced

“Chefs and sommeliers tell us they think  BLYSS  is the most pure chocolate they’ve experienced”

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and, then, would you like to check out, ( courtesy of  ABURY Beyond Fashion ), a purse and a necessaire with beautiful Zwilling manicure set ? ……….

A purse and a necessaire from Abury

A purse and a necessaire from Abury (which remind  me that my pride and joy when I was young was my very own Moroccan  embossed leather handbag 🙂 . )

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and, last of all, but really first of all, because none of this would have happened without her,  would you like to see this  card made by Nath ?

A card from Beautycalypse

A card from Beautycalypse

Learn, think, share, join the Quest.....

Learn, think, ask, share, join the Quest…..

So, now, I am off to eat some  BLYSS and think about that Quest… which seems to take one just about everywhere….Berlin, Morocco, Ecuador, Australia, New Zealand….would you like to come along? I’ll let you taste some of my chocolate if you do 🙂

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79 thoughts on “The Box from Berlin

  1. Playamart - Zeebra Designs

    lucky you! you deserve every blissful morsel! the slideshow (?) didn’t work – just a black box in the screen, but that’s because of the slowness of my connection. in a few weeks i think i hope to have a new option! i’ll be back to enjoy it again! z

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I am sorry the slide show didn’t work for you. Sometimes I think my posts with their large photos must be difficult for you to download and read. Let’s hope the new option helps 🙂

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      1. Playamart - Zeebra Designs

        when i am traveling or in town, there’s no problem. but after four months with zero internet options in the country, i’m very happy to have slow internet in my home, even if i have to wait to read posts..

        if you waited/savored that present and opened it ‘later’ and not sooner, i will do the same concerning internet and posts! z

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  2. BEAUTYCALYPSE

    congratulations, that, my dear, was “unboxing”! 😉 a common practice among beauty bloggers!

    and isn’t it a beautiful coincidence that you once had a handmade bag from morocco? beautiful. enjoy the chocolate – and for chocolate info, go visit lyss’ blog! she spills all the details!

    p.s. happy to see you like what you have won 😉

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I have been savouring the Blyss website but I must check out the blog too. I do have an old photo of that first handbag somewhere! I was very proud of it. “Unboxing” is fun.

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      1. BEAUTYCALYPSE

        unboxing is only brilliant & fun in this new context you have; otherwise it’s boooooooriiiing 😀

        I must say, I have only just discovered the powdered cacao and it’s the finest taste I’ve ever had. it’s rich, and sweet, and velvety, and fruity, indescribably good. baking with it. NOM!

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        1. BEAUTYCALYPSE

          I know what you mean, but it’s only a matter of repeating 🙂 once you recognise the lightness of going sans old habits, you’ll look for more of them to ditch.

  3. Clanmother

    I have been waiting all day to read this post. Arrived in Calgary with minus 25 below weather! Set up my iPad as soon as I reached the hotel and now I found that you have already eaten the chocolate. Which is exactly what you should have done. Chocolate is top priority!!! Ahh… it must have been absolutely divine.

    A great two part story – your first post was a great opener…

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      1. Clanmother

        I am finding the cold refreshing. I am revitalized. Eastern Canada is completely under cold. People are stranded and flights cancelled, a reminder that the weather is an uncontrolled force. Having lots of hot tea….

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          Excellent. Am I correct in thinking that for you ,Calgary or the cold, would be like a homecoming for your body? Sometimes our bodies need to be refreshed by the air that made them grow in the first place.

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      This chocolate is so chocolate rich I think it will take me several months to get through this supply; so no worries, there will be plenty here for you when you arrive. Leave the rattlesnakes at home, okay?

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  4. melodylowes

    Okay – several random thoughts: a) The title of this post would make a great spy novel; b) How wonderful to win something – anything! c) How wonderful to get a parcel in the mail d) I am so curious about that chocolate!!!! Sounds heavenly. e) Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!!! 🙂

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      LOL! I thought the title had a mysterious spy novel ring to it too. Would you like to write the story? 😉 And I am enjoying the chocolate very much 🙂

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  5. Just Add Attitude

    What a lovely prize to get and yes there is something very exciting about a parcel from afar. Gosh, just read your reply to the comment above this one about the chocolate being the best you have ever tasted, that sounds so special.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      The trouble is that now I have tasted this gorgeous chocolate my ordinary daily chocolate, which is one of the better ordinaries, just tastes blah! Dare I check and see how much BLYSS costs? 🙂

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  6. lensandpensbysally

    Congratulations, I can feel your elation and joy. I’m a Chocoholic, and just know the “bliss” you’ve experienced. There is chocolate and there is chocolate. I only eat dark, and can see the deep color of the BYLSS. Your slow dive into the prize probably gave its presence even more value.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I usually restrict myself to dark chocolate too but this is a whole new level of dark chocolate for my taste buds. Seems ridiculous to be so excited about chocolate but as my taste buds age, it seems harder and harder to find food that really sets them tingling. So when it happens, I feel happy for days. A perfect cherry or apricot or apple will do the same for me. Of course, it may not be entirely a taste bud problem, but a quality of food problem also 😉

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  7. YellowCable

    Fantastic prizes and the very nice introducing (the unwrapping process) them. The Quest sounds nice and trying few beans of Blyss chocolate seems divine. My quest for now is to get a piece of chocolate around for now 🙂

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I thought you would appreciate the chocolate! I wonder why that would be 😉 😀 ? Hope you are keeping safe and warm with some lovely chocolates of your own.

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  8. utesmile

    How wonderful, I do love this that who needs logic if we have chocolate, totally me that is! Chocolate does get me everywhere…. Those crafted sets are beautiful. My dad had a manicure set like that and it was always so handy, just with the necessities in. Great gifts for a new year!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Chocolate is a real life saver isn’t it? I haven’t had a proper manicure set before; proper, meaning good quality 🙂 I am looking forward to using this one. Is your father’s one still about somewhere?

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      1. utesmile

        It is in his desk, but I haven’t had the heart to take it yet, I was allowed to use it often when a nail broke… hmmm memories, simple but nice!

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          A lovely memory to have …and, perhaps, the manicure set needs to stay in the desk for a while yet. Those memories of your father are precious and having the desk and the manicure set in place will help you process them and store them.

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you for saying so 🙂 I am always in total disbelief when I win anything; it happens so rarely! Funnily enough, considering my reference to ballet in First Footing, the last prize I won, maybe 5 or 6 years ago was to a performance of the NZ Royal Ballet.

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          Yes, and whatever it was, I have a memory of enjoyment. It was good ballet, that much I remember 🙂 Last year, a friend won a ticket to Dicken’s Women by Miriam Margoyles and she didn’t want the ticket so she gave it to me; that was almost as good as winning the ticket myself.

        2. leapingtracks

          Oh how marvellous. We saw MM perform that show here in Edinburgh – wasn’t she just wonderful? My favourite bit was when she played both Mr Bumble & Widow Corney from Oliver Twist at the same time – so talented.

        3. Gallivanta Post author

          She was brilliant and so versatile. I don’t know which parts were my favourite because I was simply amazed by her energy and skill and charisma throughout.

        4. leapingtracks

          I agree. At our show, there were two instances of people in the audience feinting/falling ill and therefore interrupting her. She held things together without batting an eyelid, going in and out of character as necessary, and offering compassion for those affected, not at all cross by what was happening.

        5. Gallivanta Post author

          And her performance here was a fundraiser too which shows her generosity.
          Special Fundraising Shows Bring in $500,000 for the Isaac Theatre Royal

          More than $500,000 has been raised for the restoration of Christchurch’s Isaac Theatre Royal through three special theatre fundraisers in the past two months enabling repair work to finally begin on the 104-year-old Heritage theatre.

          The Hobbit star Sir Ian McKellen performed 15 shows in 11 centres throughout New Zealand in May and June, raising $354,000 from ticket sales, programme sales and donations in exchange for photographs and autographs. Earlier in May, British actor Miriam Margolyes performed a fundraiser in Christchurch raising $10,000, while last week’s Christchurch performance by the Flight of the Conchords and a recent personal donation from actor and writer Richard O’Brien has brought the total raised to well over $500,000. He said he was astounded by the generosity, the funds raised mean that work can start on Monday on the iconic dome of the theatre.” The Theatre was ruined in the earthquakes.

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