Sunday Stories for March 9th, 2014

Parthenon Acropolis at night

Don’t forget – you were supposed to spring forward today. Check your clocks and make sure you’ve got the right time.

Now’s for the stories that caught my eye this week, hope you enjoy.

Parthenon Acropolis at night

Announcing TBEX Europe 2104 in Athens, Greece

This has been my big excitement for the week. After lots of behind the scenes work and planning, by a lot of fabulous people that I have the priviledge of working with, we’ve announced dates and locations for TBEX Europe. If you’re at all interested in travel blogging, I hope you’ll take some time to check out this event at rock bottom prices. For those of you who are already familiar with TBEX events, I hope that you’re as excited about Athens as I am.

We are thrilled to announce Athens, Greece as our host destination for TBEX Europe 2014. TBEX Athens will be held at the Megaron Conference Center October 23-25, 2014.

Ukraine: Twitter Accounts To Follow

If you want to know what’s going on in the Ukraine, and don’t want to rely on traditional mainstream news sources, you may want to follow these folks on twitter. The list is diverse, so you won’t be getting just one side of the story. This is real, boots on the ground talk from the Ukraine.

Here are 10 Twitter accounts that are highly active in Ukraine. Seven are international journalists, one is a revolutionary-leaning newspaper, another is a Russian ministry and one is a active voice in the EuroMaidan movement. If you’re looking for the latest from the Ukraine, these are the Twitter accounts to pay attention to.

The Face Behind Bitcoin

I’m fascinated by the concept of Bitcoin, and loved this Newsweek article about the man behind it all. I think the stories about this man are just beginning.

It seemed ludicrous that the man credited with inventing Bitcoin – the world’s most wildly successful digital currency, with transactions of nearly $500 million a day at its peak – would retreat to Los Angeles’s San Gabriel foothills, hole up in the family home and leave his estimated $400 million of Bitcoin riches untouched.

6 Tips on How to Take Selfies

I don’t take a lot of selfies. I’m not self conscious about having my photo taken, just self conscious of having it taken and turning out bad. So the thought of putting myself through it is tough. But armed with these tips for better selfies, I may give it a try again.

Did you know that the word “Selfie” was used so much in 2013 it was actually added to the Oxford dictionary. If you are new to the term it is simply short for a self portrait, which is usually taken with a smartphone.

Drink All Week: Tips on Storing Open Wine

While a bottle of wine rarely goes unfinished at my house, there are plenty of times that I’m traveling alone and one glass at the end of the day (perhaps sitting on my balcony watching a beautiful sunset) is the perfect ending to a perfect day. These are some easy, and inexpensive, ways to make that bottle of wine last all week long.

Beer comes in a perfect single-serving size. For wine drinkers, however, it’s very unlikely to find a six pack of wine. So the next option is to figure out how to make a bottle of wine last all week. If you think about it; one bottle provides 5 glasses of wine and, if you spend $20 on a decent bottle, that’s only $4 per glass.

Miracle Machine is the divine invention that turns water into wine

This really has me curious. It’s not quite as simple as water to wine, there a bunch of other ingredients, but the company claims that the ingredients are readily available via Amazon and will also be available as part of a wine club, with monthly shipments of ingredient packets giving you enough to make a bottle of wine each week. I’m intrigued. The device looks like it will have a hefty purchase price, and it does take away some of the charm of winemaking, but still – I’ll be following along to see when they launch their Kickstarter campaign (it looks like that will be fairly soon).

A STARTUP company has developed a corking idea to turn ordinary tap water into world-class wine without the need to cellar, pay through the nose or require the son of God to make it.

Unordinary Friendship in Animal Kingdom

And it wouldn’t be a great week if there weren’t some cute animal pics to make me go aaaaahhhhh. I don’t know if these are photoshopped or not, but I’m choosing to believe that no matter how different we may be, we can all learn to share this big world together.

These amazing photos prove that in animal world there are not “racial discrimination” and maybe we all can learn from them how we be can become more tolerant to each other and how to overcome differences. They come from different species but they intimate like they are from the same.

Photo credit:  Parthenon photo courtesy of Athens CVB


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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