Sunday Stories for October 5th, 2014

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It’s hard to believe that I’ll be headed off to Greece in two week. And I’m NOT READY! The first week will be busy with TBEX responsibilities, but I am taking an additional week for some personal rest and relaxation, along with discovering some new editorial content for the blog. I’ve been dithering away between going to Santorini or Mykonos, but currently it’s looking like the latter, and I’m looking forward to the slower paced, end-of-season cadence of life in the islands.

On to what caught my attention this week.


20 Things Only Cat People Would Understand

I am unbashedly a cat love. Call me that silly old cat lady if you will, but there’s nothing like curly up with a good book, a cup of tea, and a warm, furry, four-legged pal. If you understannd that, you’ll enjoy this article.

Pet owners know that caring for an animal brings a new world of experiences. Some pets are affectionate and some are snarky, but only cats are consistently both. Between acrobatics, midnight cuddle attacks, and massive attitude problems, cats have managed to completely capture our attention.

15 made-up words

Some of these are funny, others pathetic, but let’s not dismiss them out of hand. After all, did we know what “unfriend” meant five years ago?

Recently, I’ve been reading about made-up words, why they were created, and how they eventually make it into the dictionary. Though I’ll never be able to use any of these words at work, here are some of my favorite fictional words.

Read original article here: 15 made-up words

What It’s like to Fly the $23,000 Singapore Airlines Suites Class

So this one is not in the cards for me, but it’s sure fun to read about. Although three entrees in the lounge before the flight seems a tad over the top.

Formerly, the only way for an average person to fly in the Suites was to take out a bank loan. And then I remembered that most of my personal net worth exists in frequent flier miles rather than cash.

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Traveling with Another Sweeney: A TWA Air Hostess 

I love reading about the halcyon days of air travel, before it was all security checks, TSA, and body scanners. This is a lovely tribute to a beloved aunt, a former stewardess with TWA.

Although her days as an air hostess ended several years before I was born, Aunt Vi’s flight career still came up in family conversations and I listened intently.

Travel Tip of the Day: Photograph Your Prescriptions

Here’s a great tip for travelers who have medication needs.

My dad had foolishly forgotten to pack them, but because we had photographs of his prescription labels, things worked out okay. The lesson: Photograph your prescription labels and keep them on your phone when you travel, because in Sete, that’s all the pharmacist needed to fulfill my dad’s order.

A Traditional Farmhouse: Liminka, Finland

I’ve never been to Finland, but I’ve enjoyed the country vicarously throughly the eyes of my friend, Cacinda. Her stay at a traditional farmhouse, and her immersion into sauna culture makes me want to give it a try. How about you?

The immersion into the culture of a Finnish sauna is quite a foreign concept to a southern American girl like me, but refreshing nonetheless.

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Enjoying Modern Mexican Food at Ramona in Cancun

I didn’t have the chance to dine at Nizuc’s Ramona on my recent trips to Cancun, but the hotel itself was a marvelous blend of Zen and Mayan. After reading this review, it’s apparent that I missed out on a great meal.

In addition to our molecular gastronomy dinner at Benazuza, one of the most memorable meals that I had was at Nizuc Resort and Spa at the restaurant Ramona. There I had the chance to sample modern takes on traditional Mexican cuisine over 6 courses that were expertly paired with wines.

How to wear a long vest

With fall underway, and even some of the warmer spots I visit cooling down at night, I like to the idea of a long vest. It gives some layered weight, without being too bulky, and  add some fashion panache. This article provides some great ideas of how to wear one.

The long vest looks very chic in a minimalist outfit. This does not necessarily have to be black an white. As you can see, a black bottom layer with a lighter vest creates a very slimming and long silhouette.

Read original article here: How to wear a long vest – you will love all these options and ideas!

Slouching Toward Nimmanhaemin

Read this if you’ve ever thought about becoming a digital nomad. It’s not my cup of tea, I like having a home base, but I have friends who’ve easily fallen into the lifestyle and love it. Is it for you?

Skilled professionals were quitting jobs that wasted their creative potential. People were selling up, moving out and hitting the road, with only a backpack, a laptop, and a few creative ideas about how they were going to pay the bills. In the 30s they would have been called Bohemians. In the 50s Beats. In the 70s Hippies. Now it was 2013, and people were starting to call them ‘digital nomads’.



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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