Sunday Stories for March 1st, 2015

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I’m packing up – or trying to – and getting ready to head off to Berlin in the morning. It’s been two years since I’ve been there, and last time the weather looked like this.

A snowy day in Berlin

Since I do have to be out and around, I’m packing plenty of warm clothes, but doing so makes me realize that I really don’t have clothes for this type of weather. Especially the type of warm clothing that gets you through business meetings as well as traveling. Oh, I’m not thinking of this as an excuse to go buy something new; I’m just thinking that picking up a pair of lightweight long underwear (silk maybe) and some closely knit light weight sweaters might be a good future plan.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

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. It’s a wonderful excuse to hang out with good friends, make some new ones, or even get to know some of your neighbors. Oh, and I almost forgot – you also get to try lots of great new soups and you get to stock them in your freezer.

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 brouhaha around the internet this week, 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 saw blue with black lace. What color do you see?

The fact that a single image could polarize the entire Internet into two aggressive camps is, let’s face it, just another Thursday. But for the past half-day, people across social media have been arguing about whether a picture depicts a perfectly nice bodycon dress as blue with black lace fringe or white with gold lace fringe.

Read original article here: The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress

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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.

Perched high on a coastal hillside in lovely Goleta, Bacara Resort & Spa is the type of retreat you never want to leave once you drive through the gate. This Mediterranean-style resort boasts luxe guest rooms, spread out among various villas, that come with a complimentary bottle of wine and a stunning view.

Read original article here: Springtime Spa Escape to BACARA

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.

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.

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.

What I was most impressed about Kuala Lumpur was its clean, tree-canopied roads and modern architecture. I had steered clear of Kuala Lumpur for some time because I heard it was the most Muslim country in the region.

Read original article here: Help Support The World or Bust!

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.

From eating pizza in Naples to sleeping in a luxurious overwater bungalow in the Maldives, these are the 100 trips everyone should take in their lifetime.

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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