The Ninth Day of Christmas: Gift Ideas for the Travel Lover

Travel clothes. A MUST have. I need comfort and I need style. Here is the perfect outfit for wandering aimlessly around _________________.

Skinny Jeans from Zara – dress them up or down. Thanks Olivia!

H&M cardigan in blue

Aldo bronze flat sandals

Light blue top from Joe Fresh

Bronze earrings, similar to these from Creation

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Tea Time (in Boulder, Colorado)!

Last weekend I had the opportunity to visit Boulder, Colorado, and during a brief recess in my meetings, I was able to visit a famous tea house with an amazing story.

The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse Restaurant was such a great place to relax and sip a delicious cup o tea. Here’s the story, from their website:

The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse is nestled against the Rocky Mountain Foothills in Boulder Colorado. Sitting alongside Boulder Creek in Central Park, the Teahouse is considered one of Boulder’s most attractive and popular tourist attractions, as well as being a local favorite for great food, tea, and atmosphere.

Completely build by hand without the use of any power tools, the Teahouse was constructed in Dushanbe, Tajikistan as a gift to their sister city, Boulder. It was disassembled, crated up, and sent halfway around the world to be rebuilt in Boulder as a symbol of friendship and cultural exploration. The elaborate and creative teahouse now sits as a reminder to the citizens of Boulder to value cultural diversity, global cooperation, and international friendship.

Great story, isn’t it? By the way – try the hummus as well. I sipped on a vanilla black tea, and loved it so much I still daydream about it at the end of the week.

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Colorado Rocky Mountain High

One more full day left in Colorado, hanging out in Boulder for some teaching related meetings.

I love the fresh, crisp air here. It seems to make me feel so much healthier and awake. Wish I could bottle it up!

Enjoy these pictures from a hike I did yesterday morning!

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Go Tigers…oh wait, too late now?

I had the GREAT privilege to attend Game 3 of the World Series (Detroit Tigers vs San Francisco Giants), two weekends ago. It was a surprise gift from my boyfriend for my birthday the following weekend.

He couldn’t have picked a better gift – as many of you know, I am a huge baseball fan, and he is probably the sweetest boyfriend in the world too. Oh, and Zooey Deschanel sang the anthem, who I love!

What an amazing game – who knew “standing room only” meant that we could stand about 20 rows behind home plate (as seen in one of the pics below). The entire evening, I was wondering why the people in front of me spend so much more cash money for seats, when all they did was stand?!

So the game did not turn out so well for Detroit in the end, but I must admit, I have a secret crush on the Giants.

What a lucky girl, to see 2 of her favorite teams? …..whoops, does this slip mean I might not be such a great Toronto Blue Jays fan after all?

Quote: Bolivia’s Politics

Bolivia is a majority indigenous nation, but that majority has always been excluded.
Evo Morales

Savory Saturday: Omani Cuisine

I was fantasizing about someone booking a trip for me to Oman yesterday. It didn’t quite work, but I can at least cook a meal to transport me to the area, if I were to close my eyes (ps – I won’t handle a knife while my eyes are closed).

Chicken Maqbous

  • 1 WHOLE CHICKEN, cut
  • 1 TBSP BAHARAT
  • 2 ONIONS, chopped
  • 2 DRIED LIMES, cut
  • 1 GREEN PEPPER, chopped
  • 2 CLOVES GARLIC, chopped
  • 3 TOMATOES, cubed
  • PIECE OF GINGERROOT, grated
  • HANDFUL CORIANDER LEAVES, cut
  • 2 CUPS RICE

Stir fry the onion, garlic, limes and pepper for three minutes. Sprinkle the chicken with half of the baharat, add it to the onion and fry until brown on all sides. Add the tomatoes, the remaining baharat and gingerroot and salt to taste and bring to the boil; simmer for half an hour. Take out the chicken and put it under the grill for 15 minutes or so. In the meantime, add as much water as needed to the tomato sauce for the amount of rice. Bring this to the boil, add the rice and simmer for 20 minutes; add the coriander. Put the grilled chicken on top of the rice.

Yum YUM! Can’t wait to try it.

Fantasy Friday – Beauty has an Address: Oman

Yep – that’s the saying on the official tourism site for Oman. And wow, does it ever look beautiful there. I mean WOW!

Here’s my agenda, someone please book it for me? And pay? Thanks!

1. Bandar Khayran Reserve

This reserve is at a distance of 30-40 minutes by boat from Bandar Al Rawdha Marina, located in the heart of Muscat. The boat ride is made even more pleasurable with the accompaniment of some dolphins which swim alongisde the boats. As a visitor, you’ll enjoy seeing the rocky mountains and the white-washed small houses that overlook the majestic sea. You’ll also pass Al Bustan Palace Hotel and Barr Al Jissah Spa.

Coral reefs permeate the Bandar Al Khayran waters, considered home to many diverse organisms and fish. The place is abuzz with divers, especially with the presence of more than 22 diving locations, each with its own charm and beauty.

2. Hawiyat Najm Park

The park is situated in the Dabab area of Wilayat Qurayat, Muscat Governorate, and can be reached via the road linking Qurayat to Sur. It is a deep natural depression filled with water, called Hawiyat Najm.  The locals say that a meteor fell on this spot of land, resulting in the natural depression and forming a small lake.

3. Old Muscat

Reminds me of Matera, Italy

Old Muscat is located along Muttrah Corniche from Port Sultan Qaboos to Al Bustan Beach, while passing through Muscat.

When you set foot in Muscat, you’ll be swept over by a feeling of love and exhilarating joie de vivre as every inch of Muscat relates to its visitors an ancient tale of love between man and the Sea of Oman.

Muscat is surrounded by a wall on its southern and western sides. The wall, with its round towers, was built in 1625, while the mountains and the Gulf of Oman have remained its natural walls to the north and east.

Muttrah Corniche is coastal road which connects Muttrah through Gate, Muscat Gate Museum and the old neighbourhoods.

More photos of Oman’s beauty: