Barshawlona x The Art is Trash

I couldn’t even believe my eyes. Here I am 7 years later walking the streets of #barshawlona (my home). My heart beats feverishly out of my chest of with loads of joy. Déjà vu like whoa. It’s even more special because I have the reign to showcase my city to my lover for his first time. All the feels of feels being felt.

Honestly, it has taken me a little bit of time to even begin to digest everything that I have just encountered and experienced. First with my fellowship and then post fellowship adventures in the Netherlands, Germany and Spain. I’ve hardly scratched the surface and don’t quite know what to share first and/or what medium to share on.

I’ve found that face to face conversations have barely even covered my true experience. The questions have been basic and straight forward … I let the other person lead the conversation and get their questions squared away before launching into my own topics of choice.

Today I want to share with you the art life on the streets [in Barcelona]. The thing that makes everyday the best day ever and one day better than the next is the urban lifestyle of being on the streets and wandering through different neighborhoods. Each neighborhood has a unique sense of architecture, persona demonstrated through retail shops/ bodegas and overall vibe. Leading yourself left and right and through and straight straight … taking you on a new sense of adventure every turn. You experience the noise of a variety of languages vibrating in your eardrums. And seeing how to capture the moment with even a half sense of what it feels to be physically present.

While studying abroad in 2011, I enrolled in a Photojournalism class. After learning 101 abilities with our hand held point and shoot cameras we were to hit the streets of Barcelona. Our teacher Photo Fred enlightening us that the true life of Barcelona is on the streets, witnessing the people and interactions. Assignment 1 : create a Photo essay. Sounds simple enough, pick a time and a day to go out and collectively take a series of related photos (5 to 7) that will tell a story.

☆ being the over achieving Michigan student I was … I wrote a 4 page essay and had the photos to share as well.

Low and behold, the “photo essay” was truly just meant to be photos and no words. (Insert- monkey with face over eyes emoji). With seeing the photos the viewer was able to understand a story or the photographers point of perspective. LOL. Needless to say I did get an A on assignment 1 & lesson learned for assignment 2 … no worded essay necessary.

Taking the photo journalism very seriously I spent the semester working on my photo skills. It worked to my advantage as I could use the photos for my Journalism 2.0 class as well. The class was all about best practices for blogging and creating quality content.

Long story long … because I can’t help myself but to share all of the details and back story. Scroll back up and take a look at the first photo, and now scroll back down and see this photo from 7 years ago March 2011 taken by my Verizon Wireless Blackberry.

Do you notice any similarities ?

One day when walking home from school alone I came across this comical ” piece of art ” by the garbage can. It cracked me up. While it meant something for a short while, the image escaped my mind for years to come.

Before my euro trip I purchased a new camera to improve the quality of my photography skills. As it has been a hot minute since my days of photo Fred class. A cool thing we learned when booking our AirBnb for Barc was that they now offer “experiences”. We signed up for a session for Photography & Street Art of El Raval, a neighborhood that has been gentrified since I was last in barc.

Flash forward the artist that resonated with me 7 years ago is a featured artist at Base Elements gallery. Base Elements gallery was the final stop on our “photography and street art tour of el raval”. The artist’s name is Francisco De Pajaro! My man. I’m sure you find this as cool as I do. He is an emerging older artist who is taking the streets as his bitch. Unfortunately he was in Valencia when we were in town and did not get the opportunity to meet him. We happily purchased a piece of his to add to our art collection.

I’ve been having many full circle moments recently. I believe that if you live your truth you will be more mindful of how many full circle moments appear to your consciousness.

Do you. Refresh your skills. Re learn to excel.

Keep on…

Livin The Life,


Germany Close Up x The Well 2018


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I would like to share with you a short memo regarding the opportunity of a lifetime of which I applied to, accepted, and my participation in the program recently completed.   I am a young professional person who identifies as being Jewish living in North America. These two elements of self allowed for me to apply to the Germany Close Up program.

Germany Close Up ” American Jews Meet Modern Germany” is  is currently administered by Action Reconciliation Service for Peace  in cooperation with the New Synagogue Berlin – Centrum Judaicum Foundation. Germany Close Up is funded by a grant from the German Government’s Transatlantic Program, which draws on funds from the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. As such, the program aims to encourage German-Jewish-North American dialogue as well as to strengthen the involvement of the North American Jewish community in transatlantic relations. 

The program began 16 February 2018 and I traveled with a 28 person group and two local guides (Anne and Richard) around Berlin and Hamburg, Germany.  I’d like to share with you the essays that I wrote for my application to the program.

PART ONE – introduction to me and my interest in participation

People fascinate me – I’m a millennial in my late twenties who spends her time interfacing with individuals seeking connections and opportunities to collaborate with one another.  I strongly believe everyone knows something I don’t know.  We can teach and learn from one another by listening and gaining perspective that may change our view on the world.  New media allows for people globally to communicate in ways that our elders could not.  Our experiences, traditions and stories can be documented and shared at new heights.

The idea of practicing Judaism and learning how it intertwines us all on a deeper level intrigues me.  Judaism was something I was born into and I have taken it upon myself to actively participate in the community, while following the traditions and teachings of the Torah.  After my Bat Mitzvah, I could have easily dismissed religion outside of the high holidays – my parents and grandparents never forced me to continue with Hebrew School in High School but I wanted to. I participated in the Youth Federation of Temple Israel‘s Board as the Membership Vice President – working to engage other Metro Detroit teens to join along and participate in events. Although, has been a decade ago, but I still cherish the short time I was able to connect to my Jewish peer group each week.

I am a fourth generation alumnae of the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.  Jewish-based organizations at U of M made a large university feel like a small community. For a year, I participated in the Jewish Awareness America (now known as Jewish Resource Center) practicing a Modern Orthodox lifestyle.  Being an alumnae of the University of Michigan means being part of something bigger than myself. I feel that the same holds true for being Jewish on a global scale.

After graduation, my heart was not ready to leave Ann Arbor. I had the fortunate opportunity to take on a Leasing Specialist & Management role at the brand new premier luxury student housing company on campus. I achieved my professional goal of bringing the brand new property to 100% occupancy and maintaining it for three years. But to me a greater lesson was learned about how to interact with people from all walks of life and from all over the world.  Interacting with the residents from 35+ different countries on a daily basis allowed for my worldly horizons to expand, an unexpected perk of my position. I learned of their hobbies, how they grew up, where they went for vacations and was exposed to their home countries’ culinary delights – I was hooked, utterly engaged and ready to take my next opportunity to travel.

Being an early adaptor to technology, at the University of Michigan I studied social media platforms and how the mass media affects society. The world today can be seen through a lens via social media platforms. Instagram provides escapism and discovery of images from around the globe. It’s endless in what you can learn and discover on the internet, it’s just a matter of how long and hard you want to look. I’m a go-go-go gal who has an innate thirst for authentic and meaningful experiences.   

The thrill of being a commercial real estate broker is that my experiences, interactions and travels can always be tied back and made into a deal. A majority of my waking moments are spent prospecting retail concepts and figuring out how to add value to a community.  Everywhere in the world has retail shops and restaurants – what every city does not have is the opportunity to play a role in the revitalization and re-development of historic property.  My understanding and research shows that Berlin and Detroit both have strong creative energy and entrepreneurs driving new life into each market. I want to be able to gain my own firsthand experiences and be witness to how Germany functions in a post –industrial society and how they are re-developing their buildings.  It is important to understand the history of a city and how that sets it up for present day society.

Moreover, on a deeper level what is it that has drawn a group of young professional Metro Detroiters to gather and all have interest in traveling to Germany for nine days.


Perspective is a powerful thing. Modern times and our access to technology allow for an ever-evolving perspective of how individuals can learn about new places and cultures- including Germany.  History is never remembered objectively. It is not simply a compilation of facts. Instead, history is molded and altered by the way people choose to retell it from generation to generation. Now factoring in the internet and the mobile society which adds a new layer of story being put into the stratosphere.

At a young age we are instilled with the negative dialogue of Germans and Germany.  We hear the horrors of the holocaust and the commonly spoken words, “Never again!” We are taught to only think of Germans as Nazis or descendants of Nazis.  Back in the day when the Holocaust was taking place, people knew but couldn’t possibly begin to understand the severity of it because they did not have the modern media and communication outlets to showcase the happenings.  It’s much easier to turn a blind eye to a horrific mass murder when you don’t see images or videos.  Today’s media landscape keeps the general public steadily informed as casualties are revealed.  140 character messages blasted at you with the simple touch of your finger.

Flash forward to modern day and we are on sensory overload with images, videos and voices surfacing on screens to influence our viewpoints of the world. Simultaneously we are expected to balance and manage the past thoughts of our memory bank.  It’s hard to imagine a world where all the information is not accessible.

I look for the best in every situation and want to spread the potential light that is shining within young professionals in a country thousands of miles away. I would look forward to the powerful discourse and learning of why a country that is most notably known for killing millions of Jewish people now has one of the largest growing Jewish populations in the world.

Sharing information and experiences with others is powerful. Being selected as a participant of Germany Close Up’s collaboration with The Well of Detroit would give me the opportunity to share my perspective and story about past and present life in Berlin. I’m eager to learn more about what is happening now 40+ years later to make Berlin so desirable. I have a basic understanding that there has been a long standing relationship between Detroit and Berlin in the evolution of technological music.  Pending the completion of my experience, I’ll have an expanded mindset and knowledge base. At the same time, I want to be able to share my tales of the social action impact young professionals are making in Detroit.

My intrinsic thirst for gaining knowledge is most fulfilled by immersing myself in travel. Creating an itinerary with a perfected mix of history, tourist hot spots and local flare. Food and beverage can be an interesting avenue to understand an underlying constant within a region.  You have to understand where a country or city has been before understanding why and how it stands today and where it could go moving forward.

I spent a spring semester abroad in Barcelona, Spain – we traveled to 11 different cities outside of Barcelona. One of the most memorable travel experiences during my trip was a weekend spent in Germany – instead of going to Ireland for a traditional St Patrick’s day – we went to Munich.   Our plane was preparing for landing – all of the emotions I had ever felt, thought, heard or learned about Germany and its history were now going to be altered by my 20 year old real life personal experience. It was uncontrollable- when we landed I burst into tears, my emotions were sweeping over me like I had never felt before.

Upon our arrival to the hostel, the gentleman at the front desk helped us put together a trip to Dachau for the next day, he noted that it would be a great day for the concentration camp as it was going to be raining, dreary, and cold.  Is he kidding?  Once I was in through the iron gates and standing where the barracks once laid, a chill came over my body and I realized why he said that. I stood there in my raincoat, boots, umbrella and layers of clothes feeling miserable about this weather.  It struck me – my people stood here with so much less protection and warmth than I had.  There is this feeling in your gut that is unexplainable, and you sense the spirits of those that once filled this place. I was completely consumed by memories of these people and their families. Experiencing this day trip with my girlfriends was one of the most emotional days of my 20 years of life.

Lastly, my connection to Germany lies in an 18 year old friendship with a friend of mine, Caroline. Her family moved to Bloomfield Hills for her dad’s job in the auto industry.  At nine years old it was announced in my class that a new girl would be coming to school who would also participate in advanced higher learning math (yay I will not be the only girl now), who loves to snow ski , play tennis, and has a younger brother the same age as my sister.  We were instant friends and continue to be.  I saw Caroline and her family during my Munich trip in 2011 and last year we met up in Amsterdam while she was there consulting for Mckinsey.

Connecting with the locals and learning what day-to-day life is like is important to me and my travels. I tirelessly communicate with my ever-expanding network, follow travel blogs and Instagram accounts for tips on an exciting fun local experience. Amsterdam, London, Miami, Chicago, or wherever my travels take me –  I’ve uncovered the local coffee shop with cold brew, most fabulous juice bar or the cute little breakfast place with avocado toast.  It’s my mission to seek out street artists who have made their marks all over the world and get excited when I am able to recognize them in my adventures.  There is limitless possibility of what ties the young professionals of Berlin to those of Metro Detroit.

It would be an unbelievably powerful experience to go to Germany alongside a group of Jewish young Detroiters and a guide.  There is a small fire inside of me that needs new logs. To have the privilege 7 years later to go back to Germany would light my fire.


PROST! SALUD! L’CHAIM! CHEERS! I am here writting to you from Berlin, this ROCKS! Please stay tuned for more details of my experience.



Travel Time x U Pick Farm x McDougal Farm in Springvale,ME

In about 46 minutes drive time from our Maine stay in Kennebunkport we landed upon Springvale,ME. The McDougal family Farm runs 7 generations deep! We sought after this farm due to its variety of U Pick Items , the Corn Maze, Hayrides ( we didn’t end up to go on ) and Fresh Cider and Donuts.

We took ourselves straight to the Corn Maze which had corn stalks taller than Jason !! It was a hot sunny day and I took a little break inside the maze to tan …

The beauty of a butterfly is something we loose site of in our busy lives. I can’t even tell you the last time I took a few minutes to just observe a butterfly hanging out and flying from flower to flower.

We picked so many things ! I really could have gone bananas and picked a zillion things but had to remind myself I was boarding a plane the following afternoon. We got a few honey crisps , a peach, a few little plums , fresh perfection raspberries , a butrernut squash and a pear.

Honestly this was my first raspberry but I figured if I was picking it I gotta try it. I haven’t had a plum in like 5 years do to my food allergies but just went for it and it was yummilicious!!

In the barn where you check out I got a local honey tube and squirted some into the raspberries! There are over 40 types of apples grown at the orchard !

Can you guess Jason’s favorite ?

We are feeling fall people!!! Xx Linz

Michigan Wolverines Big House Opener

Saturday September 9th the Michigan Wolverines took down the Cincinnati Bobcats!

We sat in Row 2 Section 3. I didn’t know it went A,B,1,2 at the Big House! Honestly if I’ve never been that close to the field before it! If anything i would have been standing up against the rail or on the 1st bench standing behind friends. Literally Not even for graduation did we get down that low. It was SO cool !!

This picture was taken while the Team!the Team!the Team ! Was running onto the field. As you can see im hardly able to contain my excitement and ah!!! the moment I got chant Hail to the Victors!

During the game they honored Michigan Men’s and Women’s basketball team . As well as a’ Veteran of the Game ‘who was a purple heart ,studied at undergrad Engineering school and received a Masters in Business . He was like 92!! They called out Tim Hardaway Jr too in the 3rd q.

We went to the presidential and reagents tailgate in Crisler Arena before the game.

We got this wolverine football dog collar for my new best bitch Luna Bonda!! Hail to her first game day.

Go blue !! 2 and 0!!

Travel Time x Sundaze x NYC

When you wake up on a Sunday in the lyfe of Linz odds are you have a stacked day prior to the early evening flight.

August 6 2017 it’s back to Detroit from New York City! Came to the city for the weekend to celebrate one of my best bitches Jaclyn G who is now in the 27 club.

We started our day with a stride to La Colombe for cold brew then made our way to The Egg Shop in a cool part of town about 10 minute walk away. Feeling like I was on speed from that crisp cold brew we ventured around the hood while waiting for our 2 top to be ready. Unlike Michigan I patiently wait for our turn to come up. That cold brew gives me ants in my pants so I said we were going on a selfie tour of the surrounding blocks in front of cool murals.

Lol if you happen to see this street art is on an apartment door… after 1 snap 2 Harvard b school kids walk out lol and offer to take our photo. Must be nice to have 2 hot girls show up at your door step 😂

#EggsYall made my brunch beyond what I had expected with my favorite watermelon radish on the menu .

Next up a trip to Broome St Cha Cha Matcha! Totally fascinated by the bold branding that makes the shop what it is and gets people in the door to check it out, love love love checking out and experiencing small shops like Cha Cha Matcha.

Shop til we drop attitude continues and we go to Lulu Lemon’s Lab and Intermix. I charge send my purchases and off to Soul Cycle NOHO

I left my phone at intermix so I have no sweaty #soulstyle pics to share . Shower, pack, change and time to jet to NOMAD for Kazunori!! Its been open since March in NYC with 3 other locations in LA. Hand Roll city we each ordered 5 rolls : toro,yellowtail,bay scallops, blue crab and Lobster!! We each did +1 yellow tail, mhm mhm mhm… !!!

Ordered uber and it arrived in full stank, idk why I always get the smelly ubers…. with too much time between uber arrival and take off I had him pull over to Cha Cha Matcha Broadway location …. Had to see both locations … clearly obsessed… !! This one I definitely prefer.

Being a pro travel gal with Clear, Pre check and sky priority it’s really a breeze getting to the gate and to your seat! Still with time to spare and a wet head I popped into Xpress Spa for a blow out. Pure Livin Like Lindsey .

Time to headed to the D – taking off xx

Travel Time x Nashville x Rolf and Daughters

Rolf and Daughters  (aka RAD) is the creme de la creme you’ve absolutely got to get a reservation here if you are going to be going to Nashville !   We made our reservation for 2 people about 2 weeks in advance and luckily were able to snag a Friday Night reservation. My parents on the other hand who called 3 and half weeks in advance were not able to snag a ressi for their trip less than 1 month from mine.


Exterior Mural

We immediately fell in love with the cool mural on the exterior of the building, there was outdoor seating and a small waiting area right outside the front door.

Rolf and Daughters was recommended by my cousin whose a student at Vanderbilt and Address: 700 Taylor St, Nashville, TN 37208.  We took Uber from Omni Hotel which was more downtown. RAD is located in the hip and historic neighborhood called Germantown.  Google identifies RAD as an industrial-chic restaurant with clever New American dishes, communal tables & inventive cocktails.


Interior Shot 

We did not sit at the communal table however we did get quite friendly with the table next to us and our waitress. Everyone is extremely friendly !!
Earlier for lunch we went to the infamous Prince’s Chicken and my tummy wasn’t in the hottest shape. The waitress totally understood where i was coming from and her and the bar tender stirred up a life altering bitters and soda drink to cure my hot chicken pains.
The bread was fresh AF and made in house, along with their decadent seaweed butter. The smoothness of the butter was delightful on the hot fresh bread. 
I’m not the biggest Italian fan and rarely ever eat Pasta, but heard this was the spot to do it!  We each ordered a pasta dish and both were UNREAL.  Apparently their menu is seasonal and always rotating, i can’t guarantee that either the Cacio e Pepe or the Mafalde will be available when you visit but if so …. DO IT.

Cacio e Pepe


Mafalde – Mushroom Alfredo

Can’t believe we went for it ; but we absolutely could not resist dessert. This cute little popsicle that had gold bits on it !!


Get your booty to Nashville and dive into their good eats !!

xx LShawtay