Archive | June, 2016

Wallilabou Anchorage – Photo

29 Jun

Photo Courtesy Ins & Out of St Vincent & the Grenadines

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‘Bembe’ by Cuban artist Julio Larraz (1944)

29 Jun

Source: Caribbean Painters

Watercolors and pastel on paper, 2015.

The works by Julio Larraz are painted in a realistic style but the subject always seems a bit mysterious and ambiguous.

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20 Tourist Scams to Watch Out for When Abroad

29 Jun

Jet boats on the beach, Cable Beach, Nassau, Bahamas

Source: Time.com

Vet the travel services you use before you put yourself at risk.

When traveling abroad, it’s not uncommon to get caught in a scammer’s game — even if you consider yourself to be a relatively savvy traveler. However, knowing the usual traps scammers set for tourists at your destination can help you prepare and be on guard. Before embarking on your summer vacation abroad, become familiar with these 20 tourist scams common in popular destinations.

1. The Newspaper Trick

The newspaper trick is especially common in Rome, according to Travel+Leisure. Here’s how it happens: You’re walking down the street and a group of children surrounds you. They seem innocent enough, until they begin waving newspapers at you. You become distracted, and the children grab your purse or bag or pickpocket your wallet.

If you should ever find yourself in this type of situation, move away quickly and lightly brush the children aside if needed. If the situation is too much to handle, don’t be afraid to call for help.

2. Sorry for the Stain, Sir

Also known as “the hot dog trick,” this travel scam can occur in airports while you are stressed out and often distracted. Someone will walk by and accidentally squirt mustard on you, or spill something else, causing a stain, according to Travel+Leisure. They will then awkwardly try to help clean up the stain while an accomplice grabs your luggage and walks off with it. Or, your wallet, according to International Business Times.

To avoid falling prey to this scam, keeping your luggage safely between your feet while sitting or standing, suggested Travel+Leisure. If you’re traveling with others, place your luggage in the middle of your group rather than beside or behind you. As for your wallet, keep it in your front pocket rather than back pocket, and keep valuables out of backpack pockets, International Business Times suggested.

3. The Falling Lady

Also known as “the tumbling woman,” the falling lady scam is common in London, but can happen anywhere in the world, reported Travel+Leisure. This is another type of distraction scam — a woman, typically an elderly woman, will make a huge commotion by falling down. Accomplices will then quickly move throughout the crowd, pickpocketing and grabbing purses.

It’s important to remain as attentive and cautious as possible to avoid distractions scams like this. If you see any suspicious activity and suspect a tumbling woman scam, step aside and keep an eye on your valuables.

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Sangria 4 Ways

28 Jun

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Grand Etang Lake – Photo

28 Jun

Source: True Blue Bay Resort

1800 feet above sea level is one of Grenada’s two crater lakes; Grand Etang Lake. Imagine that from this view you can spot the village of Willis and world famous Grand Anse Beach. 🌴🌊 🏖

Potato Choka Recipe

28 Jun

Potato Choka

Choka refers to a method of preparing particular ingredients. It is about fire-roasting, pounding and grinding.

Ingredients
  1. Ingredients
  2. 8 Servings
  3. 5-7 medium organic potatoes
  4. ½ tsp butter
  5. 5 wiri wiri peppers
  6. ¼ cup chopped onions
  7. ¼ cup chopped scallions
  8. Salt to taste

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The Formidable Mount Roraima

28 Jun

Mount Roraima is surrounded by three different countries; Venezuela, Brazil, and Guyana whose borderlines intersect on the massive shelf, with all four sides being sheer 400-meter high cliffs.

While its cliff walls are only scalable by the most experienced of climbers, there is a path up the mountain’s natural ramp-like path (usually a two-day hike).

Mount Roraima Photograph

The mountains here are also thought to be some of the oldest Continue reading