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19 November 2010
Photo Friday: Loy Krathong

dancers prepare for their act
dancers prepare backstage

This year Loy Krathong, the Thai festival to honor the goddess of water, falls on November 21. So I thought I'd dedicate today's Photo Friday to a few snaps from our 2008 trip to Southeast Asia, where we were able to experience Loy Krathong in the Bangkok suburb of Thonburi. We got to make our own krathongs, and had a ball walking around the streets of Thonburi taking in the sights, smells, and sounds. 

oktapodi surveys the final product
oktapodi surveys the final krathong creations

For more fabulous travel photos, check out Delicious Baby's Photo Friday.


RELATED LINKS:
* read about our
2008 Loy Krathong adventure
* browse all Thailand blog posts
* view all photos from Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia


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18 November 2010
Passports with Purpose: Help Build a Village in India

Passports with Purpose - India 2010 - We believe in the power of travel to change the world. Join us.

 

Passports with PurposeIt's back, and more ambitious than ever! Last year, Passports with Purpose raised enough money to build a school in Cambodia. This year, the goal is to build an entire village in South India.

 

In conjunction with Land for Tillers’ Freedom (LAFTI), PwP aims to raise $50,000 to improve the lives of the Dalits, India’s most neglected class of citizens. Travelbloggers from across the globe are banding together to support this great cause, by donating some amazing prizes and spreading the good word.


Here's how to participate:

* Browse the list of prizes and enter a tax-deductible contribution for a chance to win that prize. Each $10 donation to LAFTI equals one drawing entry. Prizes range from airfare and hotel stays, to travel clothing and gear, to a Nerds Eye View ukelele. I have to say, the depth and breadth of prize donations this year is most impressive.

Get the word out! Tell your friends, shout it from the rooftops, mention it at your next holiday party. 'Tis the season for generosity and goodwill, after all. If you have a blog or site, promote PwP to your readers. Tweet about it using hashtag #PwP. There's also a Facebook Fan Page.

* If you've been naughty this year and need to obtain a few extra good-karma points to avoid getting coal in your stocking, consider donating a prize or becoming a sponsor. You can also make a donation without choosing a prize.


Don't delay! The raffle closes December 13, and winners will be announced December 17.


RELATED LINKS:
* Passports with Purpose: Donate!
* Learn more about LAFTI
* PwP Facebook Page


 

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12 November 2010
PhotoFriday: creatures of Renaissance Island

iguana, do you wanna?
iguana, do you wanna?

We didn't really come to Aruba for the critters. Not the ones on land, anyway. So it was a pleasant surprise to discover that the Renaissance's private island, just a short 15-minute boat ride from the hotel, was home to a fascinating range of denizens.

Iguanas greeted us immediately upon disembarking....

whatchoo lookin at?
whatchoo lookin at?

Flamingos, surreal and iridescent coral, roamed one side of the beach...

flamingos

totally surreal

at the watering hole


And pelicans hunted for fish in the mangroves between the two beaches...

pelicans in the mangroves

love me some Aruban pelicans


Indeed, the island creatures were a fascinating bunch!

oktapodi loves the smell of the salty air

and the wildest denizens of all
and the wildest denizens of all


More Aruba stories & pics coming your way! In the meantime, check out more fabulous travel photos at Delicious Baby's Photo Friday.

Flamingo Beach


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10 November 2010
WanderFood Wednesday: two ends of the spectrum in Aruba

it's way more fun to say "schenk stroop!" than "syrup"
it's way more fun to say "schenk stroop!" than "syrup"

We took a last-minute trip to Aruba last week, with very little on the agenda except diving and enjoying some beachy goodness. And, of course, we managed to find a number of great places to eat!

Like most Caribbean destinations, Aruba has the full spectrum of culinary options, catering to the cruising daytrippers, families with finicky kids, and those with more discerning palates. On this WanderFood Wednesday, I present to you two very different places we greatly enjoyed. Both happened to be recommended by @mariesworlds when I put the request out to the Twitterverse, so thanks Marie!


oktapodi <3s poffertjes
oktapodi <3s poffertjes

Humbertus crepe...pot roast for breakfast!
Humbertus crepe...pot roast for breakfast!


Dutch Pancake House (Pannekoekhuis)
Slightly cheesy, definitely frequented more by tourists than locals, but we loved it enough to go back twice. The range of sweet and savory crepes will make your head spin, and the silver dollar "poffertjes" pancakes come with a range of delicious toppings too. I couldn't resist trying the "Humbertus" crepe on our second visit,
which turned out to be more like a pot roast with its ragu sauce and deer + rabbit meat. Om nom nom!


Papiamento entrance
Papiamento entrance


Papiamento
This restaurant is nothing short of stunning. Housed in a historic Aruban farmhouse from the nineteenth century, the alfresco setting among the foliage was absolutely dazzling. We didn't even get a chance to tour the inside because we were so stuffed from dinner. The attention to detail and nearly-clairvoyant service reminded us a lot of The Inn at Little Washington, where the waiter fills your wine glass before you even realize it's empty. Once again the extensive menu was a bit overwhelming, ranging from traditional Dutch favorites like keshi yena to the full cadre of grilled land
air & sea options. We both opted for items served "on the stone," which provided an additional auditory treat as the sizzling dishes came to our table. Mark said it was one of the best steaks he's ever had. I was too full to speak.

keshi yena
keshi yena

dining among the trees
dining among the trees

grilled wahoo "on the stone"
grilled wahoo "on the stone"


We're back on the wagon after last week's nonstop pigout, but stay tuned for more Aruba pics and stories. And hop on over to Wanderlust & Lipstick's WanderFood Wednesday for more mouth-watering travel foodie posts.


RECOMMENDED:
Dutch Pancake House (Pannekoekhuis)

L.G. Smith Blvd, Oranjestad, Aruba
297-583-7180

Papiamento
Noord, Washington 61, Aruba
297-586-4544


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