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Photo of the Week: Cuzco, Peru

Dried Produce from Around Peru

Dried produce from around Peru

Today’s #FriFotos theme is #BOUNTIFUL, so I have decided to share a photo from an amazing cooking class that I took in Cuzco.  I did not know this before my trip, but Peru is a top foodie destination, and I ate some of the best food of my life during my three weeks in the country.  Thus, when I had a chance to take a cooking class, I went for it.

During the class, we tasted examples of Peruvian cuisine; prepared our own pisco cocktails; cooked causa (a national dish made with potatoes and chicken) and alpaca saltada (a type of stir-fry using alpaca meat instead of the typical beef); and, sat down as a group to feast on what we had prepared.

First, though, we learned about the history of Peruvian food, and this stockroom featuring dried produce from all around Peru was our classroom.  It was incredible to hear about, see, touch, smell, and (most of all) taste the dizzying array of diverse food products in Peru!

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What cooking classes have you taken, and what delicious food have you eaten, in your travels?  Please share your #BOUNTIFUL stories in the comments!

 

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How to Get an Australian Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)

Later this summer, I will be attending a friend’s wedding in Sydney.  Of course, this means that I have to get my visa house in order.

I have been to Australia once before, but it was quite some time ago, and a travel agent made most of my arrangements.  This time around, I am going it alone, so I was prepared for an involved visa application process.

Imagine my surprise and joy when I realized that I could just go online and get an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)!

What is an ETA, and what are the relevant requirements?

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Photo of the Week: Zagora, Morocco

Recently forged silver curios

In honor of today’s #FriFotos, here are some recently forged silver STARS that I saw in a large curio shop in Zagora, Morocco.

This was one of my favorite days of that trip because, after demonstrating how they forge the silver, the shop owners gave our group rein to explore.

I felt like Indiana Jones in the movies that I had watched as a kid–I bustled around the shop’s multiple levels, inside and outside, discovering myriad treasures: one-of-a-kind jewelry, peculiar trinkets, dusty lamps, aging manuscripts, even unlocked treasure chests!  It was wonderful, in the truest sense of the word.

Sometimes, the best part of travel is getting to approach the world with childlike wonder!

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Have you experienced moments of childlike wonder in your travels?  Share your stories in the comments!

 
 

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On the “Misery Olympics”

Oh, Imodium (aka Loperamide), how much I owe thee….

This morning, I again participated in an event that is one of the highlights of my week: the #WeGoSolo Twitter chat, hosted by super-blogger Mariellen Ward of Breathedreamgo, one of the top India travel blogs.

(Side note: if you are a woman interested in solo travel, you should definitely join the conversation.  It is a great community, and you will learn quite a bit!)

This week, the topic was “travel challenges”, and the chat questions gave plenty of scope for all of us to tell funny stories, share inspiring lessons learned, and provide support and advice to one another.

The best part for me, though, was the discussion surrounding the final question: “What advice would you give a would-be solo traveller about the bad patches?” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2014 in Asia, China, Europe, Miscellaneous, Spain

 

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Photo of the Week: Cabo da Roca, Portugal

Sunset at Cabo da Roca

To start the weekend, here is a lovely sunset photo that I took at Cabo da Roca, Portugal, the westernmost point in mainland Europe.  Here’s to using the next few days to recharge for the upcoming week!

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2012 in Europe, Photo of the Week, Portugal

 

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What to Eat and Drink in Portugal (and One Item to Skip….)

Homemade barbecue at my hostel

There is a lot to love about Portugal.  The people are kind, the nightlife is fun, and both the architectural and natural parts of the landscape are breathtakingly beautiful.  One of my favorite things about Portugal, though, is the food.  From the delicious seafood to the world-famous wines, my taste buds and belly were always sated during my trip!  My only regret is that, since I was traveling solo, I didn’t get to try cataplana, a traditional Portuguese seafood dish that, due to its size, can only be ordered by at least two people.  Oh, well–another reason to go back to Portugal!  Despite this disappointment, the food that I did get to eat (with one exception) has earned Portugal a solid spot amongst my top five food destinations in the world.  Read on to discover all of the tasty treats that you should definitely try (and one “specialty” that you should definitely skip) when you make it to Portugal!

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Posted by on September 13, 2012 in Europe, Portugal

 

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Photo of the Week: Douro Valley, Portugal

Overlooking the Douro Valley

I’m not going to lie–I feel just a tad bit envious of all of the travel bloggers who are getting to meet each other and learn more about the industry at TBU Porto!  To console myself, I’ve been looking at my pictures from Portugal.  Here is one of my favorites from the Douro Valley winemaking region, just outside of Porto.  To everyone at TBU Porto, please live it up and drink lots of port on my behalf!

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2012 in Europe, Photo of the Week, Portugal

 

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