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Byteful Travel Blog Carnival #9 – 2011 Nov 30

Astronomical clock in Messina, Italy. (photo by Tui Snider)
Astronomical clock in Messina, Italy. (photo by Tui Snider)

Welcome to the Byteful Travel Blog Carnival #9 – 2011 Nov 30

Last month, while I was off traveling, Andarin from Byteful Travel kindly hosted an issue of Traveler’s Show & Tell, which (in case you are a new reader) is the bi-weekly travel-themed blog carnival I put on here at Mental Mosaic.

Andarin often contributes to the Traveler’s Show & Tell, and I always look forward to his posts because I feel we are kindred traveling spirits, meaning that – as much as we both love seeing new places and meeting new people – the inner journey is what matters most to us.

In other words, like me, Andarin learns as much about himself when he travels as he does about the world around him.

Because of this, I knew my carnival was in good hands when he agreed to babysit in October. Check out Traveler’s Show & Tell – From Cycling in Lucca to a Secret Prison Rodeo to see for yourself what a great job he did.

This month, it’s my chance to return the favor to Andarin and host his travel-themed blog carnival. After sorting the wheat from the spam, er, chaff, I’ve compiled seven interesting posts from travel bloggers around the web.

Read on to find out:



  • …where to find tropical beaches in Germany.
  • …how to cope when an “amazing adventure” turns tragic.
  • …how visiting historic places with your kids can make them view the present differently.
  • …how to refuse a stubborn prostitute in Thailand.
  • …and more!
  • Shea Duane presents A Three Cornered Hat, a Powder Horn, a Wooden Pistol and a Musket Ball posted at shea duane, saying:

    “Travel in the USA is a great way to teach children not only about American History, but about issues that affect our Country and our people. Colonial Williamsburg is a history and a political science classroom with great food and lots of fun!”

    Lanthy presents Great Adventures That Weren’t: Chasing Down a Prostitute in Thailand posted at nod ‘n’ smile, saying:

    “When I continued to ignore her, she rushed to catch up with me, following and propositioning me as I walked. At this point, I realized that she was actually a he, one of Thailand’s many famous ladyboys. I continuously declined her offers for a good time and insisted that I really had to find the travel agency to book my elephant tour. She rolled her eyes in disbelief (much as you probably are now), and mockingly suggested that I wasn’t REALLLY looking for an elephant tour at 10pm.”

    Marcus Grip presents Fear in Photography and Travel posted at Marcus Grip, saying:

    “To start this entry, I would like you to know that I changed my flight from 11th November to 6th March without a budget for it and no idea how to survive these 4 months to come. I rarely fear the future and what to come because my mind is set to “everything will be alright” and so it will. But a small itchy fear of being in Central America – far away from Sweden – all by myself and without an income and so on scratched my head.”

    AbundantJourneys presents 6 Reasons to Travel by Luxury Motorcoach posted at Life Is Full of Bloom, saying:

    “Traveling by motorcoach is such a grand way for a family to tour the United States from coast to coast. Generally speaking, we take 6-8 weeks to travel the country and what better way to hit the road then by motorcoach? Here are 6 reasons why you should consider traveling by motorcoach on your next family vacation.”

    CBCreations presents Accident on the Baltoro posted at Measure of All Things, saying:

    “How do you describe a trek through one of the more remote places on earth for 13 days; seeing the worlds 2nd highest mountain and 48 hours driving on a road that has been referred to as the 9th wonder of the world? Awesome, amazing, awe-inspiring, an experience? How would the description change if during the above experience 3 people died and another 2 were seriously injured? This is the conversation that has been playing out in my mind since I returned after a 13 day trek up (and back) the Baltoro Glacier. ”

    Andrew Heaton presents Spreewald Tropical Islands posted at, saying:

    “Imagine that instead of World War II the Germans had dedicated their resources and abundance of rocket scientists towards building extravagant moon bases. Got it? Now picture that moon base about an hour south of Berlin in the middle of a big field. That’s Spreewald’s Tropical Islands.”

    Kenneth Lange presents Talking about Passion posted at Kenneth Lange.

    “This summer in Ireland I discovered my passion. The whole thing started with a light backpack, a traveller’s guide and a ticket for a local coach.”

    Do you have a travel story to share?

    Travel blog carnivals like Byteful Travel Blog Carnival and Traveler’s Show & Tell are a great way to share you travel adventures with others, bring new readers to your blog and to find other interesting bloggers to follow. Plus, joining in is really easy:

    To submit your blog article to the next edition of the monthly Byteful Travel Blog Carnival simply use this carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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  1. Wabbit Wabbit

    What a great round up of travel stories. Can hardly wait to take a trip myself… Until then, just gonna daydream by reading travel bloggers like these….

    • mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

      Hi Wabbit,

      I know what you mean. Putting this blog carnival together gives me a good dose of armchair traveling every time.

      Happy travels!

  2. thanks for this great post and also for this amazing clock house post. much pleasure post.

    • mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

      Hi Tourist Places,

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I have never been to India, but would love to visit someday.


  3. Kim Kim

    Thank you for including me in the carnival. A number of other interesting posts here as well.

    • mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

      Thanks, Kim! I hope you will join in for another blog carnival soon. :) ~Tui

  4. Thanks so much for being the first to guest host the BTBC, Tui! You did a great job!

    I’ll be sure to link to this from BTBC #8 so people can more easily find it, and I’ll be sure to do all of the social media shoutouts tomorrow morning.

    Thanks also to the great writers who submitted and continue to submit to keep these carnivals going. Great carnival!

    • mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

      Hi Andarin, Phew – glad you are happy with the way the carnival turned out! It’s always fun to open my email and see what people have contributed. Thanks! :) ~Tui

  5. Thank you for including our post. Going down the list to promote all other participants. Hope you vacation was nice!

    • mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

      Thanks, Shonda! And, yes, the trip was a blast. :) ~Tui

  6. Thanks for including my post. It was a great pleasure to read the contributions of the other participants :-)

    • mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

      Thanks for joining in, Ken! :) ~Tui

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