Sunday Stories for March 15th, 2015

Sunday Stories for March 15th, 2015Sunday Stories for March 15th, 2015Sunday Stories for March 15th, 2015Sunday Stories for March 15th, 2015

Last week I traveled to Germany for ITB Berlin, the world’s largest travel and tourism show, followed by a long weekend in Stockholm on the way home. I’ve been to Berlin before – the event is great, the city only so-so – but it was my first trip to Sweden. Stockholm is a wonderfully charming city, so look for some upcoming posts about it over the next couple of months.

Old Town in Stockholm

Now, on to today’s recommended reading:

Pets Allowed

A look at the business of emotional support animals.

As you will have observed, an increasing number of your neighbors have been keeping company with their pets in human-only establishments, cohabiting with them in animal-unfriendly apartment buildings and dormitories, and taking them (free!) onto airplanes—simply by claiming that the creatures are their licensed companion animals and are necessary to their mental well-being.

Read original article here:  Pets Allowed in The New Yorker

How to Host a Soup Swap

Despite the nice weather we’ve been having in Seattle, I know that it’s still winter and anything can happen weather-wise. I’d like to try this soup exchange idea, filling my freezer full of yummy comfort goodness for a cold day. Anyone game?

Chances are you’ve heard of this fantastic newish way for foodies (and those just looking to get together with the gals – or guys!) to connect; it’s called a Soup Swap.

Read original article here: How to Host a Soup Swap

Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 83 

RIP Mr. Spock! He lived long (although not long enough) and prospered. And for many of us, he was our first exposure to sci-fi, alien beings, and other worlds. I’ll always enjoy my favorite Star Trek episode, “The Trouble with Tribbles.”

Read original article here: Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 83 – NYTimes.com

The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress

If follow the discussions around the internet this past couple of weeks, you may have seens this dress. It really is blue, but this article explains (finally) why some of you may have seen it as white. I see blue with black lace. What color do you see?

Not since Monica Lewinsky was a White House intern has one blue dress been the source of so much consternation. (And yes, it’s blue.)

San Francisco sea lions and golden gate bridge

How to Really Drive Across the U.S. Hitting Major Landmarks

I sort of want to do this, although I don’t have the time or inclination to do it all at once. Maybe breaking it up into segments and doing it over a long period of time would work. Anyone else interested?

But wouldn’t it be nice to have a map that hit landmarks in every state and not only that, wouldn’t it be great if the map represented the optimal, most efficient route across the country?

Read original article here: How to Really Drive Across the U.S. Hitting Major Landmarks

When the Menu Gets Lost in Translation

Deciphering a menu is often one of the diffiuclt things to do while traveling. And it can be difficult even when the language is English. Read this story and laugh along, maybe it’s happened to you a time or two.

Have you ever noticed that your food or drink order can get lost in translation, even when you’re talking the same language?

Read original article here: When the Menu Gets Lost in Translation

Springtime Spa Escape to BACARA

I’m always looking for an easy spa getaway destination. This one near Santa Barbara looks worth the time to check out.

If you’re looking for a luxurious beach vacation to take you away from the hustle and bustle of LA, look no further than Bacara Resort & Spa, near Santa Barbara.

Read original article here: Springtime Spa Escape to BACARA

100 trips everyone should take in their lifetime

Everyone has their list of the places you need to go and the things you need to see, and I’m sure this one will attract as many haters as fans. Still, you’ve gotta love the photos. I’ve done only 9 things on this list, although have done a variation of about 15 of them. There are serveral things that don’t interest me at all. But I stil loved going through the list and checking out the phots.

With spring tantalizingly close, our minds are starting to drift toward vacation. And if you’re stuck in front of a computer all day, then yours probably is, too.

beach in Roses, Spain

What is Cava: Spanish Bubbles on the Cheap

I’ll be heading to Spain next month, which means a chance to enjoy some Cava, the Spanish bubbly. It differs from champagne, but if you’re like me and don’t have the budget in the $50 bottle range, you’ll find plenty of cava to enjoy in a more budget friendly price point. Cheers!

If you drink sub-$20 Champagne on New Year’s Eve, chances are it’s either Prosecco or Cava. So you’re probably wondering… What is Cava?

Read original article here: What is Cava: Spanish Bubbles on the Cheap

Fame, Fortune or Eternal Misery – A Tourist’s Guide to Japanese Omikuji Fortune-Telling

I saw these fortune telling boxes all over Japan on both my visits, although I never took advantage of seeing what they had to say. After reading this story, I realize how much I missed out on. It’s not just about a fortune, it’s about Japanese culture.

So what is Omikuji? Well, as you might have guessed already, Omikuji is a type of fortune-telling that’s prevalent at Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines across Japan, whereby you ultimately receive a small piece of paper on which your fortune is written.

Read original article here: Fame, Fortune or Eternal Misery – A Tourist’s Guide to Japanese Omikuji Fortune-Telling

Help Support The World or Bust!

It’s been a little over a year since I was in Kuala Lumpur, and this story makes me want to go back.

I just spent a full week in Kuala Lumpur (KL to locals), the capital of Malaysia and a true megapolis, home to over 7,000,000 people. Anytime I hear “capital city” in Southeast Asia, I automatically imagine hell. Concrete edifices hastily thrown up, brutal traffic, non-stop noise and sweltering heat.

 

 

Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

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