Some people are tree huggers. My daughter is a turkey hugger. A delicious day of thanks! Take the road less traveled, Beth [...]
Fri, Nov 28, 2014
Pampers & Pakhlava Category: PAMPERS AND PAKHLAVA
In honor of Black Friday, here is a roundup of4 weird places to shop this holiday season. The Attic in Las Vegas Weird is relative here at Weird Wanderings. I consider anything out of the ordinary to qualify. And one of the largest vintage clothing shops in America is definitely out of [...]
Fri, Nov 28, 2014
Weird Wanderings Category: WEIRD WANDERINGS
Q: What did the ocean say to the lighthouse? A: Nothing; it just waved. Q: What kind of house weighs very little? A: A light house! Q: What do you call a lighthouse with the lights turned off? A: A dark house. Q: What is my new item on my Bucket List? A: To visit all of [...]
Fri, Nov 28, 2014
Some people like museums, while other’s like to explore food and drink. My favourite tourist attraction has somehow become fictional movie high schools. It wasn’t something I particularly chose to be obsessed with. A couple years ago on a road trip through California I came across a name of a town [...]
Thu, Nov 27, 2014
Short Stops Category: SHORT STOPS
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I must say, it is my favorite holiday for so many reasons (the least of them not being food) and I am pleased that I get to spend it with my family and some of the best people before heading back to Italy for six months. However, I [...]
Thu, Nov 27, 2014
Gen Y Wanderer Category: GEN Y WANDERER
Turkeys may rule the roost on Thanksgiving, but we all know that the true treat of the holiday is the humble pumpkin. From pumpkin pie to pumpkin latte, pumpkin cheesecake to pumpkin tarts, even pumpkin bread for that day-after turkey sandwich, everyone loves pumpkins. So why not indulge all of [...]
Wed, Nov 26, 2014
Wanderlush Diary Category: WANDERLUSH DIARY
Marshmallow Grape Salad (Ambrosia Salad)has been a traditional Thanksgiving dish in my family for years. My mom grew up having it and still uses her mothers recipe to make it today. There are many variations on ingredients and preparation for Ambrosia, as evidenced by the picture above, which features mandarin [...]
Wed, Nov 26, 2014
WanderFood Category: WANDERFOOD
Holiday Travel Photography If you’re going to be traveling this holiday season and plan to do some photography, don’t make the mistake of loading yourself down with too much gear. Consider the following list and add to or amend it as needed; these staples should get you through most any travel [...]
Tue, Nov 25, 2014
Global Snapshots Category: GLOBAL SNAPSHOTS
Last week after posting Expat Village’s Thanksgiving and Travel Infographic, I started thinking about our own Thanksgivingtravels. We won’t be flying out but we will be driving north tomorrowafternoon. The drive isn’t far butbecauseI tell yelllovingly nag Husband to drive slow (even though admittedly he isn’t driving fast) the ridetakes [...]
Tue, Nov 25, 2014
Expat Village Category: EXPAT VILLAGE
Not every foreign grocery store stocks whole turkeys, and green bean casserole tastes different outside of the States. I’ve celebrated this holiday in several places, never with the same menu, but always with the same tradition of joining loved ones in a shared meal. This year, instead of holding one [...]
Mon, Nov 24, 2014
Gone Workabout Category: GONE WORKABOUT
I wasn’t prepared for the humidity, or for the sudden cloud bursts that, though brief, kept us perpetually damp. I definitely wasn’t prepared for the sections of swamp that bisected the trail. I say trail, but what I mean is the very narrow path hacked into the forest by two [...]
Sun, Nov 23, 2014
Uncharted Territory Category: UNCHARTED TERRITORY
You know that movie, Stranger than Fiction with Emma Thompson, Will Ferrel, and Dustin Hoffman? Here’s a quick trailer if you don’t. It’s a playful look at the relationship between writers and their characters. It’s about (as Faulkner advised) killing your darlings. It’s a playful farce that experiments with tense [...]
Sun, Nov 23, 2014
WanderLit Category: WANDERLIT
It is that time of the year again!Holiday season is almost here and joyful cheer is definitely in the air. Gingerbread latte is back on the menu at Starbucks, Christmas tree decorations are taking center stage at every store, fall colors are at their most vibrant as daysget colder and [...]
Sun, Nov 23, 2014
TrailBound Category: TRAILBOUND
Let’s face it: the airport can be a really stressful place. Whether you are late for a flight or have a 6 hour layover with absolutely nothing to do, the more options at an airport, the easier and more relaxing your journey will be. One way to spend your time and [...]
Fri, Nov 21, 2014
Spa Hopper Category: SPA HOPPER
When I was in college, I had a bunch of fitness DVDs. I had everything from yoga (taught by Lori from The Real World: Back to New York, no less) to Pilates to Tae Bo with Billy Blanks. I actually still have these DVDs, but I no longer have any [...]
Fri, Nov 21, 2014
Global Zen Category: GLOBAL ZEN
Las Vegas never really held an appeal for me because I have no desire to gamble. I had no idea the city is full of art and artists! I spent three nights there and didn’t gamble until the midnight hour, just 12 hours before departure. I lost 90% of what I [...]
Fri, Nov 21, 2014
Wandering Artist Category: WANDERING ARTIST
After wrapping up a conference with coworkers in San Francisco, Kelsey, Dani and I decided to take a day off to go wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma. While we didn’t set out with a budget in mind we found ways to have a great time without breaking the bank. [...]
Fri, Nov 21, 2014
Checking In Category: CHECKING IN
The Fugoo Sport Speaker is a top-shelf outdoor speaker, and the price tag shows it. But if you are an adventurer/music aficionado, these might just be worthit. Weighing in at just 1.1 pounds, these speakers offer incredible sound. They have six custom-designed acoustic drivers, which all project musicin different directions [...]
Thu, Nov 20, 2014
WanderSpokes Category: WANDERSPOKES
My hands get cold long before any other part of my body. Even on the hottest of days when riding a motorcycle, I need gloves because the wind on my hands just chills me to the bone. For this reason, I knew that in preparing for the Snowman Trek I’d need [...]
Wed, Nov 19, 2014
Wanderluster Category: WANDERLUSTER
Being a Supertaster* of and therefor, long time hater of chlorine, I was thrilled to get a Camelbak Relay to try out. Sure there have been other filter pitcher options out there for a while, but for various reasons, none quite appealed to me. The Relay on the other hand, [...]
Wed, Nov 19, 2014
WanderDudes Category: WANDERDUDES
First there was polypropylene. Then, merino wool. Now… it’sbamboo. Advances in technology allow use to continually improve our clothing and its’ uses in our active endeavors. In the case of bamboo, the inner “pilth” of this hard wooden plant is mixed with a variety of other materials, such as organic cotton [...]
Sat, Nov 15, 2014
Lady Sherpa Category: LADY SHERPA
She came. She spoke. She dazzled. Oprah stopped by Seattlelast weekend, nearing the final leg of her “Life You Want Weekend Tour.” Hermessage? “I want us all to fulfill our greatest potential. To find our calling, and summon the courage to live it.” After a previous day of torrential rain, the Friday kick-off [...]
Fri, Nov 14, 2014
WanderBoomer Category: WANDERBOOMER
Stowe Mountain: a resort most know it for it’s Front Four, a quad-podof formidable trail steepness comprised of National, Lift Line, Starr and Goat. Stowe Mountain Resort shares its name withthe quaint town off the scenicRoute 100, where the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum lies. As resorts start to open their [...]
Fri, Nov 14, 2014
Ski Gypsy Category: SKI GYPSY
I’ve always been a fan of getting away for the holidays. After spending an amazing Christmas with my family on the beach last year, I knew there would be more holiday travel in my future. This awesome deal from Mexico’s Velas Resorts caught my attention recently. Mexico will just be entering [...]
Wed, Nov 12, 2014
Luxury Nomad Category: LUXURY NOMAD
“Change starts with your underwear” according to PACT Apparel, a company that offers fair trade, organic cotton socks and underthings. One evening last summer, I Googled”fair trade underwear” and found PACT. I’d readVincent Miller’s “Slavery and Commodity Chains”about what he calls the “commodity veil.” Basically, Miller points out that we know [...]
Thu, Oct 09, 2014
WanderChic Category: WANDERCHIC
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