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Holiday in Cyprus

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I see 2013 got me a little busy, so I couldn’t post much lately. I was in Cyprus!
In the Greek part, actually. It is soo beautiful. I wasn’t very keen on going at first, because I don’t like flying too much, but the warm weather and all the archeological sites convinced me. Moving from -10 degrees to 18 was such, such a nice thing. Really. I almost wanted to have a bath in the sea, but I sticked to the inside pool.
The driving on the other side is really crazy and a bit confusing. It feels like England, but you know it’s not, cause it is always sunny…
Oh, and I found such stunning ice-cream! I mean, ferrero roche flavor with snickers. You can’t have better than that.
Being there with my best friends was a relieve, too. We didn’t do much crazy, other than dancing around at 2 o’clock in the morning, of course.
But it’s good to be home. Better than anything else.

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I just found out something very very cool.

In 1860, an 11-year-old girl wrote to Abe Lincoln, suggesting he grow a beard. He not only responded, he obliged.
“Hon A B Lincoln…
Dear Sir
My father has just home from the fair and brought home your picture and Mr. Hamlin’s. I am a little girl only 11 years old, but want you should be President of the United States very much so I hope you wont think me very bold to write to such a great man as you are. Have you any little girls about as large as I am if so give them my love and tell her to write to me if you cannot answer this letter. I have got 4 brothers and part of them will vote for you any way and if you let your whiskers grow I will try and get the rest of them to vote for you you would look a great deal better for your face is so thin. All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President. My father is going to vote for you and if I was a man I would vote for you to but I will try to get every one to vote for you that I can I think that rail fence around your picture makes it look very pretty I have got a little baby sister she is nine weeks old and is just as cunning as can be. When you direct your letter direct to Grace Bedell Westfield Chautauqua County New York.
I must not write any more answer this letter right off Good bye
Grace Bedell”
Lincoln responded a few days later:
“Miss Grace Bedell
My dear little Miss
Your very agreeable letter of the 15th is received — I regret the necessity of saying I have no daughters — I have three sons — one seventeen, one nine, and one seven years of age — They, with their mother, constitute my whole family — As to the whiskers, having never worn any, do you not think people would call it a piece of silly affectation if I were to begin it now?
Your very sincere well wisher,
A. Lincoln”
While he made no promises about the beard to Bedell, he stopped shaving and allowed the beard to grow not long after their exchange and was elected as the 16th president of the United States a few weeks later. On his inaugural train ride from Illinois to Washington, D.C., the president-elect stopped in Bedell’s hometown of Westfield, N.Y., and asked to meet her.

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