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Lovely Links – my Guest Curator links compiled!

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I was a Guest Curator at crescendoh.com from December 27, 2010 – January 2, 2011 and it was a pleasure to share some of my favorite things with the crescendoh community.  In case you didn’t get the chance to click on my Guest Curator window daily to see the links I shared with Jenny Doh and her readers, I’m posting them here as well.

These links include things like community art projects, a favorite song and its charming video, artists I like, how-to art features, ways to share kindness with others, and a scrumptious cheesecake that can magically appear at your door!

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Please take a peek at these Lovely Links:

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Can these gorgeous beads really be made of paper?

Art with Heart – fabric-based art from Little Lion Designs

There’s lots to see and do at the Art House Co-op!

I love this song, Fireflies, and also love the video’s aesthetic and playful innocence…

I want to buy one of these crocheted hats (in an adult size) for my inner child.

Please lend a hand.  Organizations like this can help you help others…

Does collage confound you?  This tutorial will help.

SkyBluePink is a great resource for collage artists…

Banish dull travel journals with these helpful hints!

Diane Teske Harris‘ work is wonderful – whimsical…

Carnegie has mastered the art of making cheesecake. Thank goodness they ship!

“In the end only kindness matters.” (Jewel)
I imagine the folks at Kind Over Matter agree with those lyrics.

It’s playtime!  Pay a visit to The Toymaker.

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I hope you enjoy these links.  I’ll be a Guest Curator at crescendoh.com again in June, and am starting to compile another batch of lovely links.  It’s such fun to hunt and gather wonderful things to share…

Warm regards,
Melody

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A Photographic Tour: Ireland

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In December of 2004 I traveled to Ireland for a guided tour.  I was so excited!  It was my first time overseas, and was my first real international trip.  (I’d been across the border into Mexico a few years prior, but when you live in Southern California that doesn’t count as international.  At least not in my book!)

I toured with CIE Tours International, and I had a wonderful time!  I was only in Ireland for five full days, which was much too short a time to get my fill, but it was plenty long enough for me to fall in love with the country.  The scenery was utterly gorgeous, and the people were charming.  I was particularly lucky to meet up with some of my Irish family when I was in both Dublin and Galway, and appreciate the effort they made to see me.

I hope to return to Ireland in the not-too-distant future – there’s still so much to see and do!  In the meantime, here is a semi-brief photo tour of my time in Ireland.  There’s more to the trip, but this will give you an overview.

My Tour of Ireland

The tour began in Dublin, and we started with a driving tour of the city, which included stops at Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  I saw pages from the Book of Kells at Trinity College and nearly swooned.  Such amazing artistry and mind-bogglingly detailed illuminated pages!

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Top: A busy Dublin weekday
Bottom: Landscaping detail at Trinity College

The next day we left Dublin behind and drove southwest, and I got my first glimpse of the Irish countryside.  Gorgeous!  Our first stop was at the Rock of Cashel, and I was literally giddy with excitement as we approached the stone ruins.  Off the tour bus, feet on the ground, breathing the crisp air, I felt so alive and invigorated!  Knowing the site had been there braving the elements for centuries was amazing, and I took dozens of pictures.

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From top to bottom:
The Rock of Cashel
Gravestones at the Rock of Cashel
Looking down at the village of Cashel
The Irish countryside

Continuing southwest, our next stop was at Blarney Castle.  What an experience!  The staircase to the top level consisted of dozens of narrow stone steps spiraling up – up – up.  The view was worth it though – the gorgeous scenery illustrated why Ireland is called the Emerald Isle, said to have forty shades of green.

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Top: The view from atop Blarney Castle
Bottom: The grounds at Blarney Castle

My third full day in Ireland included the Ring of Kerry.  The Ring of Kerry is a scenic drive in the southwest, well known the world over.  It didn’t disappoint!  Some noteworthy stops included Dingle Bay, lunch at the Scaraff Inn,  and the village of Sneem, which was darling.

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Boats near Valencia Island
At our lunch stop at the Scaraff Inn
Wild flowers near the Inn
Gorgeous scenery in the village of Sneem

On day four we traveled north to Galway. Our journey included a ferry ride across the River Shannon estuary and a stop at the Cliffs of Moher.  It was very windy at the Cliffs of Moher, which made for an unforgettable experience.  I had to brace myself against the stone fence to keep from getting blown around while taking photos!

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Top: The dramatic and beautiful Cliffs of Moher
Middle: A delicious lunch of vegetable soup and a wheat scone
Bottom: Approaching Galway Bay

Our group visited Kylemore Abbey on the last full day of the tour, and it was a beautiful site.  Once a private castle, it’s now an abbey for Benedictine nuns and a private school for girls.  The main building, nearby lake, and the church tucked into the woods were lovely.

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From top to bottom:
The main building
The little church was nestled into the woods
Architectural details inside
Window details outside

I definitely wasn’t ready to leave when my departure day rolled around, but was incredibly thankful for the time I did have on the Emerald Isle.  I flew out of the Shannon airport on the west coast.

I’d  wholeheartedly recommend Ireland as a travel destination.  Just be prepared for the weather, which can change from sunny to rainy within minutes.  The Irish say there’s no bad weather, just inappropriate clothing, and since I was prepared with a slicker and an umbrella I was perfectly content.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this photographic tour of Ireland.  To see a feature about travel journals, which includes my Ireland travel journal, please click here.  Please post a comment if you have any questions or comments on either post.

Warm regards,
Melody

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Making the Most of a Travel Journal

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Keeping a travel journal is a wonderful way to enhance a trip you’re taking, and this post will cover some of the benefits of journaling, important things to include in your entries, and how to customize your travel journal before you ever leave home.

Why Journal?

You might be tempted to skip journaling on a trip.  After all, there are only so many hours in the day, and you want to be out seeing and doing things – right?  You can do both though, with a little dedication and forethought.  The rewards will be many!  The trip will be more indelibly etched in your mind, you’ll have a chronology and log of events to help you with any printed photo books or scrapbooks you might make, and you’ll have a one-of-a-kind souvenir that will take you back to those incredible moments and places.

The Method to My Madness

When I went to Ireland I took my travel journal with me everywhere I went, and I discovered that lugging around a backpack full of stuff daily was not ideal.  By the time I headed to Peru I knew just how to streamline.  I still took my full-size journal with me, but I left it in my room each day.  My constant companion was a small paper notebook that I jotted down the date and order of events in, and then I took some time each evening or morning to elaborate in my journal.

My travel journals are part diary and part scrapbook – I take pens and glue sticks with me, and paste things into my journal as I go along.  Not only does this add visual interest, but it’s a great way to record certain stops along the way.  Postcards are an inexpensive way to illustrate your journal as you go, and are sometimes the only image you’ll capture of the inside of a structure.  For example, in Peru many of the cathedrals didn’t allow photography inside, but did sell postcards.  Now the incredibly ornate interiors can be seen in the pages of my journal.  I also glue in some receipts – and anything else that strikes my fancy.

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Style and Substance

Whether you write out full paragraphs, make printed bulleted lists, or just glue down ephemera from your travel and jot down meaningful and informative phrases adjacent to these treasures, it’s all up to you.  I tend to combine all three of these techniques – I go with whatever the day or moment requires. Your journal, your rules, but please consider including the following:

Dates, times, places: These details, which are fresh in your mind during your trip, will soon fade away if you don’t have them written down.

The meals you eat, and where: Whether it’s a bit of street food from a vendor’s stall or a meal at a sumptuous restaurant near the Eiffel Tower, each meal – and where you eat it – helps to tell the story of your journey.

Ticket stubs, postage stamps, coins, and more: The bits and pieces you pick up along the way will help form a beautiful patchwork illustrating your trip – one best captured in your travel journal.

Personalizing Your Journal

As a writer I think the most important thing is documenting and writing as you go along, no matter what your journal looks like, but the artist and visual journaler in me demands a bit more when I go abroad!  For my trips to Ireland and Peru I chose journals from Cachet.  They have a variety of colors and sizes to choose from, and I love that I’ve started a little library of sorts!  The simplest way to customize your journal is to decorate the front cover, but why stop there?  I also added pockets and marked each new entry with something along the pages’ outside edge for easy reference.

The cover: I used a vintage map and a vintage postcard to embellish my covers, and sealed both the front and back with water-soluble Polycrylic that’s available at the hardware store – or in smaller containers at Michaels.  Not only does this give the cover a nice shine, it protects it from damp tabletops, dirt and spills.

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Front inside pocket: I put a pocket with a library card inside the front cover, and use it to record the hotels I stay at, along with the date(s) and my room numbers.

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Front inside page: I like including something decorative on the first right inside page – just for fun.

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“New day” delineation on inside pages: I’ve stapled some paper element on the first page of each journal entry so I can easily flip from day to day.  In my Ireland journal these papers were decorative, and in my Peru journal I used Peruvian bus tickets I’d purchased online before my trip began.  This is why the folks in customs might find a tiny stapler in my luggage.  I like the look these tabs create on the book’s closed edge.

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Pockets on inside pages: These pockets can hold things like small coins, stamps, or other goodies you pick up along the way.

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Back inside pocket: Consider using this area for miscellaneous items, like notes on the must-see spots a friend recommended or an extra copy of your immunization record.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed these travel journal tips, and hope they’ll inspire you to document your next trip – or to embellish a journal – in ways you hadn’t thought to before.  Happy trails!

Warm regards,
Melody

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Remarkable Women Series: Wendy Telford – The Travel Queen!

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Are you familiar with the phrase “A rolling stone gathers no moss”?  The person who coined that expression could’ve easily been talking about Wendy Telford!  Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Wendy has traveled far and wide, despite humble beginnings.  Wendy and her siblings were raised by their mother, and though they didn’t have much in the way of money, they had an adoring and capable parent that passed on her can-do attitude to her children.

Wendy took that inheritance of confidence and ran.  Over the years her enthusiasm, incredible work ethic, and ingenuity have brought her many wonderful things in life, including a happy home life with her husband and two (now grown) children, the travel she loves, pets galore, and friendships aplenty!  She’s kind, helpful and hilarious – Wendy is one of the all-around best people you could ever hope to know.

Oh, and I’m not kidding about the extensive travel, folks. For years Wendy traveled for work as a marketing and tradeshow manager, and between work and pleasure Wendy has visited 36 of the 50 United States.  One of Wendy’s recent “for pleasure” trips took her to Arkansas by plane.  From there she drove to Kansas, then Texas, then Phoenix, and on to New Mexico before driving the rest of the way home to San Diego.  She logged a total of 3,154 driving miles and visited seven different groups of people on the way home, and this is the kind of trip she doesn’t think twice about.  Wendy is game for just about anything!

Wendy is also a seasoned international traveler.  She’s been to nine countries, and has been to Italy fourteen times.  Italy has stolen Wendy’s heart, it seems, and she’s found a wonderful way to ensure her return yearly – and sometimes visits twice a year.  Wendy has a small import business, and just has to go purchase the items herself.  I know – I feel terrible for her, too!

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It’s really quite clever.  Wendy travels to Italy, generally traveling from South to North, and buys Italian ceramics and other goods along the way.  She finds things that are well-priced, easy to transport, and that will sell well back home – something she’s determined from multiple trips and by selling at many open-air markets.  Wendy ships some of the goods home, and takes the rest back home in big suitcases.

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If you’re like me, you’re wondering how on earth she gets ceramics home via the airlines without breakage. Not surprisingly, her answer is bubble wrap.  LOTS of bubble wrap.  And though I understand bubble wrap’s protective qualities I also know how rough those luggage handlers can be.  It’s nothing short of a miracle that only one piece has been damaged in the past five years.

Wendy’s most recent trip to Italy included a stop at a bubble wrap factory where she shocked the staff by buying a massive roll of bubble wrap that was almost as tall as she is, and then proceeding to fill the rental car with it.  Even Wendy’s husband, Don, who has known Wendy to do some unusual things, was slightly taken aback. Yep – Wendy can do.  Just watch her!

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Back home, Wendy unpacks and prices everything, and then takes her wares to open-air markets in the San Diego area.  She’s often at The Scripps Ranch Farmers Market (Saturday) and the La Jolla Farmers Market (Sunday).  She also participates in the yearly Little Italy Festa and Sicilian Festa.

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Wendy sells her Italian imports at home parties as well.  She offers a 10% discount to the host or hostess of the party, in addition to some other goodies, and will travel to your home in Southern California if you can meet her required number of guests.

If you’re interested in hosting a home party, please contact Wendy via email at wendytel@cox.net.  Or just stop by one of the markets she frequents to say hello.  And just think – if you purchase something you’ll be helping to deplete her stock.  That will eventually require Wendy to travel back to Italy.  How wonderful!  Quanto meraviglioso!

Warm regards,
Melody

Photo credits: Photos taken in Italy were taken by Don & Wendy Telford.  All other photos were taken by Melody Nuñez.

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A Photographic Tour: Peru

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I traveled to Peru In September of 2009, and took part in a Gate 1 Travel guided tour.  It was my first trip to South America and I was so excited!  By the time I departed I’d been planning and doing research for about three months, and couldn’t wait to experience the country for myself.  My preparations paid off – and I also had good luck. My trip was fantastic, and virtually everything went smoothly.  No sickness or other calamities befell me, and I’ll always look back on this trip with wonder and gratitude.  My tour director, Lucero, was great and I thank her for herding our group through her home country with such care and attention to detail.

Not counting the days I flew in and out of Peru, I was there for seven days.  The time flew by, and I wish I could’ve stayed longer.  I hope to return one day, as there is still so much left to see (the Amazon, Nazca, the coastal region), but it was a great introduction to Peru.  What a charming, colorful, and unique country!  The history was fascinating, the textiles were mind-boggling, and the food was tasty.  Oh, and the scenery? Stupendous!  I was in heaven, taking in the incredible stone work at Machu Picchu, the lush vegetation in the mountains, the cracked adobe dwellings in the Andes, and the deep blue water of Lake Titicaca.

I took hundreds of photos, but will only share a few.  Here’s a brief photo diary of my trip to Peru.

San Francisco Church and Convent

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This church, located in Lima, is famous for its catacombs full of bones.  It made me a bit nervous to go down into the catacombs – not because of the bones, but because Lima is in an earthquake zone!

Cusco – 11,203 feet Above Sea Level

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When we landed in Cusco, in the Andes, I could definitely feel a difference in the altitude.  My heart was beating more quickly – like I was exercising, though I was just walking in the airport!

The Sacred Valley & A Little Llama

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The Sacred Valley was gorgeous, and I made a friend.  It was my first llama sighting and contact!

Friendly Locals & Gorgeous Textiles

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We stopped at a weaving cooperative near Chinchero.  Peruvian textiles are mouth-wateringly beautiful.

Chinchero Market

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The Chinchero market was incredible.  I felt as though I’d stepped into the pages of National Geographic!

Machu Picchu

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Breathtaking!  Mindblowing!  Machu Picchu’s incredible natural beauty and spectacular masonry are unforgettable.

Plaza de Armas – Cusco

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Back in Cusco, I enjoyed Qorikancha, the cathedral, and the Plaza de Armas.  I met this gentleman near the Plaza.  Such a wonderful face and such colorful hats!

Sky High – 14,200 Feet Above Sea Level

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This is what 14,200 feet above sea level looks like.  I was moving my flatlander self around carefully!

Lake Titicaca

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We visited the Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca – amazing!  People live on floating islands made of tortura reeds, and it was fascinating to get a glimpse of their way of life.

Coolest Boat Ride Ever…

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Yes, I was a really happy camper.  I LOVE to travel!  And riding on a boat handmade from tortura reeds was pret-ty fantastic.

Return to Lima

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We ended our tour where it began – Lima.  After some shopping at the Indian Market I finally tried some of Lima’s world-famous ceviche and understand what all the fuss is about.  It was delectable!  I recommend Alfresco if you’re in Lima and want some great ceviche.

Please post a comment if you have any questions about Peru and my adventures there.  It’s an incredible destination.  And though you’ll want to be prepared and a bit cautious, you’ll be fine if you read a few guide books and/or visit Lonely Planet’s website.  It’s well worth the effort.  Viva Peru!

Warm regards,
Melody

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Self-Portrait Friday: 10/8/10

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Hocus Pocus Horoscope-us?

I’m a Taurus, and was also born in the Chinese Zodiac’s Year of the Ox.  Does that make me doubly stubborn?  I’m sure my husband, Jose, would answer in the affirmative!  I’ve never been one to follow horoscopes closely or put weight in them, but I do find them rather entertaining.  The daily horoscope messages put out in the newspaper or online are pretty hit-and-miss, and I rarely read them.  What I do find interesting is the personality traits attributed to the different signs.  They seem, at least in my case, pretty accurate.

Here are some personality traits for a Taurus: patient, reliable, warmhearted and loving, persistent, determined, and placid. Taurus represents art, beauty in all its forms, and strength (not only physical). Taureans are realistic, and security loving (both on the material and psychological level).  Sounds right-on to me!

From the Chinese Zodiac: The Ox, or the Buffalo sign symbolizes prosperity through fortitude and hard work. Those born under the influence of the Ox or Buffalo are fortunate to be stable and persevering.  The typical Ox is a tolerant person with strong character.  Not many people could equal the resolution and fearlessness that the Ox exhibits when deciding to accomplish a task.  Ox people work hard without complaints at work or at home.  This also sounds about right.

So, given the bullish and oxen-related vibe that surrounds me, for better or worse, I decided this week’s self-portrait should include a ceramic rendering of my bovine-esque self.  I bought this little ox at the Chinchero Market, in Peru – it’s one of a pair.  “I’m” posing with a rose to make my visage slightly more feminine and more colorful!

I saw countless pairs of ceramic oxen (larger than this palm-sized version) on the roofs of homes in Peru – particularly in the Sacred Valley.  They’re put on the roof to attract happiness and prosperity, and though I can’t put the pair I bought on our roof, the two oxen have a place of honor on our mantel.

A stretch for a self-portrait, you say?  I don’t think so, given the double ox designation of my birth.  It’s also a great way for me to mention an upcoming travel feature I’ll be posting!  Be sure to read my blog on Sunday, October 17th – I’ll be posting a brief photo diary of my 2009 trip to Peru, including coastal Lima, Andean Cusco, the mountainous Machu Picchu, and the floating Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Warm regards,
Melody

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Little India: So Near, Yet So Far Away

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I’ve shared many of my “loves” on this blog (art supplies, baking, books, movies, etc.), so I hope you’ll believe me when I tell you how much I love to travel. Whether it’s to another state, or another country, I am crazy about travel.  A business trip to Minnesota?  Yes!  A half marathon in New Orleans?  Woo hoo!  A guided tour in Peru?  Heavenly!  So it may surprise you when I say that a trip to an international district within a hundred miles is thrilling to me, too.

I live in Southern California and I’m so thankful that this area is such a melting pot.  And though different ethnicities are spread throughout, there are often pockets of particular ethnicities in certain areas.  For example Chinatown, near downtown L.A. I love driving up, having a dim sum lunch, and wandering through the stores and markets.  So much of the atmosphere and product is different than what I’d find in my neighborhood stores, and I eat it up.  It’s like I’ve traveled far away, though I’m not far from home at all.

I think of this kind of trip as a poor woman’s tourism, and am thankful I can slake my thirst for different experiences and cultures in these international districts in between my trips abroad.  It’s unlikely that I’ll ever have enough money or vacation time to satisfy my travel lust, so I have to be resourceful.

No Passport Required

My dear husband and I recently took an afternoon and went to the far-off land of Little India.  I’ve wanted to visit India (the country) for years, but haven’t managed a trip there yet, so this was a do-able compromise.  And though it was a unique and wonderful experience, it only took us about 30 minutes to drive to Artesia.  No packing required, and no jet lag!  José and I only spent about three hours in Little India, so I’ll definitely need to go back when I have more time.  I’d like to peruse the shops and markets more slowly, but I saw enough on this trip to know that I want to go back for more!

Culinary Delights

We started our adventure with a visit to a restaurant called Ambala Dhaba.  We shared the following:

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Samosa keema (the two pieces served as a tasty appetizer)

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Channa masala (a vegetarian side dish featuring chickpeas – we loved it!)

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Ambala chicken (our main dish, which came out sizzling on a skillet)

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Garlic Naan (delicious bread)

We also had:
A mango shake (José)
Shikanjvi (limeade – me)

The entire meal was delicious, but the channa masala, naan, and mango shake stole the show.  I would drive to Little India just for that shake – yum!  José was nice enough to share with me.

Vibrant Views

After lunch it was time for a little shopping.  As a visual artist, I was thrilled with the colors, textures and fabrics. Indian apparel is often bold and bright, and I love it.  The colors and fabrics were nearly irresistible, and my purchase desires definitely outstripped anything my wallet and finances could ever support!  I restricted myself to one tunic-style garment and some inexpensive bracelets, but drank in the textiles everywhere we went.  Delicious!  And that doesn’t even include the jewelry.

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My God, the jewelry!  The window displays turned me into a slack-jawed tourist, and I numbly stood there gaping and wiping saliva from my chin.  I couldn’t bring myself to enter a single jewelry store – for a few reasons.  One, I know the 24-karat gold jewelry they sell is way out of my price range.  Two, I have nowhere to wear such incredibly gorgeous and ornate creations.  Three, reasons one and two wouldn’t keep me from wanting these pricey and impractical ornaments and I didn’t want to embarrass myself in front of the proprietors by whimpering and whining when I’d eventually be forced to leave the store empty-handed.

Groceries Galore

The grocery store we visited (Pioneer Grocery) was a treasure trove – full of products and packaging that were new and exciting to me.  Spices galore (including a huge bag of turmeric for less than $14), orange lentils that tickled my retinas, several kinds of rice in huge bags, and gorgeous purple and deep pink potatoes – all were there for me to enjoy free of charge.  Next time I visit I’ll grab a cart and shop!

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Dessert?  Certainly!

Culinary enthusiasts that we are, we felt compelled to sample Indian ice cream at Saffron Spot.  They have many flavors that are unusual to the western palate, and though we tried the rose-flavored ice cream, we stuck with more typical flavors like coconut, vanilla, and butterscotch.  Armed with our shovel-shaped “spoons”, we sat on a bench in the shade and enjoyed the creamy goodness.

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Leaving No Stone Unturned

After visiting some more clothing stores and shops with assorted goods, it was almost time to call it a day.  Work loomed the next day, and, responsible citizens that we are, we had to head home.  We couldn’t leave without visiting one of the many sweet shops though. We didn’t want to shortchange you, dear readers.  (wink)  We ventured into Bombay Sweets & Snacks, and gathered an assortment of goodies to take home with us.

Papri gathia (a kind of chip made from chickpeas – they resemble Fritos!)
Hot mix (India’s version of spicy Chex Mix?)
Coconut, mango, and badam (almond) barfi (squares of confectionery goodness)
Badana (mysterious orange balls that won me over simply because of their color)
Amriti (mysterious orange pretzel-looking things that also wooed me with their color)

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Back home I sampled all these goodies.  My favorites are the hot mix on the savory side, and the mango and badam barfi (tastes better than it sounds), and badana on the sweet side.  The badana balls are incredibly sweet and delicious.  I think they’re basically fried and sugared bits of bliss – so it’s a good thing I don’t live down the street from Little India or the Bombay staff would be seeing a lot of me!

Venture Forth, Southern California Residents!

I really enjoyed this poor woman’s tour, and hope to return to Little India soon.  If you live in Southern California (or live in another metropolitan area with international districts), consider a trip to Little India.  The sights, smells and sounds will be a treat for your senses, and you’ll experience the joy of travel without all the hassle.  If you’ve read this far, thank you!  I’ll be posting write-ups on trips I’ve taken and on visits to international districts/ethnic markets in the coming months, so please stay tuned!

Warm regards,
Melody

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I Haiku. Do you?

From time to time I will share a haiku with you, dear readers.  I must say that I’m a fairly recent haiku convert, and didn’t fully embrace this Japanese form of poetry until a year or two ago.  However, after a writer friend shared the fun of haiku, and kindly reminded me that I need to accurately count my syllables (yes folks, I once goofed on a simple syllable count!), I’ve really enjoyed writing the occasional haiku.

Traditional haiku is quite different than the poems I have created thus far.  For example, a traditional haiku uses a season word and my haiku generally do not.  (For the history of haiku, please click this link)

However, being a bit non-traditional hasn’t stopped me from forging ahead and creating a slightly modified English/Melody version consisting of three lines.  There are five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the last line.  Here is an example – a haiku about haiku!

A haiku is brief
Verbal minimalism
Choose words carefully

Get the idea?  Here is my first official haiku for my blog – complete with a related photograph.

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Beautiful Ireland
Love your forty shades of green
I long to return

It’s pretty fun once you get going!  Perhaps you’ll be inspired to write a few 5-7-5’s of your own.  Please feel free to post a haiku in the comments section of this blog post – I’d love to see what y’all come up with!

Warm regards,
Melody

p.s. This photo, of the Cliffs of Moher, was taken on the western coast of Ireland.

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Welcome to my blog and website!

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For those of you who don’t know me personally, my name is Melody M. Nuñez.  I’m a writer and an artist, and am very excited about my new blog.  My blog will be focused on writing, art, and life in general, as my tagline says.  My future posts will likely include the following – and more!

  • Updates on my attempt to find a literary agent for my collection of illustrated short stories, and posts on the twisty-turny road that leads to getting a book published
  • New photographic images
  • Preparation for and participation in National Novel Writing month this November (Yep, I will write a 50,000 word novel in one month!)
  • Photos of new collages or mixed-media projects I complete, some with before and after photos
  • New articles and creative writing (including haiku!)
  • Self-portraits (I will be participating in self-portrait Friday, posting new images every other Friday)
  • Posts on the odds and ends in my life – books, travel, walking half marathons, movies, baking (I will include photos & recipes), particularly good meals, volunteerism/charitable opportunities, my pet rabbits (Cypress & Pinto), and anything else that strikes my fancy…

I hope you’ll subscribe to my blog.  You may subscribe now by using the feature on the upper right side of this main blog page, or on the separate subscribe page accessed from the menu at the top.  Also, please invite your friends and family to subscribe, too, if you think they might be interested.  The more the merrier!

Before I sign off, I’d like to publicly thank my wonderful husband, José B. Nuñez, for all his help with the renovation of my website, and with the launch of this blog.  He put in an incredible amount of time and effort, and I’m beyond appreciative.  I’m blessed to have such a helpful, talented, and supportive husband. Thank you, José!

Thank you for stopping by, everyone, and please come back soon!  My next post will appear on Tuesday…

Warm regards,
Melody

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