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Traveler’s Show & Tell: From Favelas to Faceburger

Faceburger in Messina, Sicily (photo by Tui Snider)
Faceburger in Messina, Sicily (photo by Tui Snider)

Welcome to the January 21, 2012 edition of Traveler’s Show and Tell.

This week’s Traveler’s Show and Tell blog carnival features thirteen travelers. Read on to find out:

  • … why folks in New Orleans drink coffee with chicory root added to it.
  • … how to make the most of a trip to Jamaica.
  • …why the Amalfi coast is worth visiting – again and again.
  • … what life is really like in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.
  • … and much, much more!

This Week’s Travel Photo

This burger joint’s blatant ripoff of the Facebook logo gave me a double take as my husband and I were exploring the side streets of Messina, Sicily last fall. I thought it would be fun to update my Facebook status while in a Faceburger restaurant, but they didn’t have wi-fi, oddly enough. But hey, I’ll always have this photo as a souvenir, right?

This Week’s Travelers

Tui Snider (Hey, that’s me!) presents New Orleans’ Cafe du Monde: A Taste of History posted right here at Mental Mosaic: Even Home is a Travel Destination, saying

“When you enjoy a cup of chicory-laced coffee and a plate of beignets at New Orleans’ famous Cafe du Monde, you’re ingesting a bit of history along with your sugar and caffeine. Coffee played a big role in New Orleans’ history, and at one point in the 1800′s there were nearly 500 coffeehouses in the French Quarter. Cafe du Monde is the sole survivor from that era, with a menu that is virtually unchanged since it first opened in 1862.”

April D. Thompson presents What’s Going On in Jamaica posted at The Absolute Travel Addict, saying

“My time in in JA isn’t just one big vacation. I’m still working…on several projects (a girl’s gotta eat), but taking every opportunity to explore and learn more about the island and its people. There’s so much to see and do in Jamaica and I’m not just talking beaches, jerk chicken and rum punch either (though I love them all).”

Ella presents a lush photo essay Amalfi Coast posted at Home & Landscape *design fix, saying

“Around this time of year, I usually start dreaming about where to travel next. The few months ahead are going to be the darkest and coldest ones, so this sort of daydreaming activity keeps me warm. “

Rekha presents The Temple Trio of Trivandrum (Part 1) – Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. posted at The Road Less Travelled, saying,

“A tour of the famed Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Trivandrum , Kerala , India”

Bastiaan Reinink presents Cuzco, where the catwalk got it’s claws » Perpetual Wonder posted at Perpetual Wonder, saying,

““I’m helping to organize a fashion show here in Cuzco and we are still looking for tall, slim models. Would you please audition?” Right. That’s how I got suckered into being there, at the Hotel Cuzco, a week later. Cold fear running down my back (hoping that I wasn’t staining the designer’s outfit too badly), as my calves cramped up from the way-too-tight pants”

Katie Loat presents Fiji – Bula! posted at A World Outside Wolvo, saying,

“Most of the time we would be in the water or sun bathing, whether we went snorkelling, kayaking, diving or simply just swimming in the pool! Pretty much spent the whole week barefoot with wet hair!”

Michael Turtle presents Life in one of Rio’s favelas posted at Time Travel Turtle : Stories from the world, saying,

“In the alleys and walkways of the Vila Canoas favela, it’s easy to lose your sense of direction, height and time. There are no roads in this community and at times residents navigate their way through passageways that suddenly descend into the plumbing under a building. There are tunnels of staircases cut into stone filled with smoke and illuminated only by the light at either end. And throughout it all is a warren of paths split off in every direction as dictated by the needs of the locals. But for the people who live in this slum on the side of one of Rio de Janeiro’s mountains, this is home and they know it as well as anyone knows their neighborhood.”

Juliet Jones presents 9 Things That Were Awesome About Air Travel Back in the Day posted at Business Insurance,

“In the good old days, there was something intensely romantic about the idea of air travel. Not only were you leaving your home to discover somewhere new, but you were high above the clouds in a grand silver machine, populated only by the most glamorous travel companions. Similar to traveling the ocean liners of their day, air travel used to be something in which people took pride. It was an excuse to dress up, to hobnob, to flirt. Nowadays, as Orson Welles famously quipped, ‘there are only two emotions in a plane: boredom and terror.'”

Brooke Allen presents Big Sky, Montana, New Year?s 2012, Part II posted at Rambling Brooke, saying,

“When I travel, I usually visit a place, thoroughly enjoy it, and cross it off my list…However, Montana might be my current exception, just like Switzerland was my exception when I lived in Europe.”

Stephen Vanderpool presents Honest Airfare is Coming One Disclosure at a Time posted at NerdWallet | Travel, saying,

“Airfare is rarely what it seems…New legislation is working to untangle the costly, convoluted clutter of half-hidden charges, demanding fair and upfront disclosure of baggage fees. The new regulations are a small but satisfying victory for travelers, a vital step toward coherent airfare.”

Megan presents Costa Rica-Nicaragua 2012 Budget posted at La Vida en Viaje, saying,

“This is a post about budgeting for a big trip! It contains general tips for budgeting as well as specifics about my upcoming trip to Costa Rica and Nicaragua.”

Theresa Torres presents 5 Ways To Fund Your Travels posted at Travel Corner, saying,

“Planning on a new adventure but don’t have enough funds? Here are some ways on how you can earn enough to start on your journey.”

Sush presents MIAMI BEACH posted at Flag On Globe, saying,

“Miami Beach: Just after one glance at the beach, i realize why it is world famous beach.”

Iain Manley presents Vestiges of the Hippie Trail posted at Old World Wandering: A Travelogue, saying,

“The Hippie Trail overland to Kathmandu may have faded into the past, but in Western views of India and the backpacking industry, its vestiges remain.”

That’s it for this week’s blog carnival, Traveler’s Show & Tell.

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  1. Nice compile .. Thanks for including my post !

    • mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

      Hi Rekha!

      Thanks for submitting your post to the Traveler’s Show & Tell. Hope to see you here again. :)


  2. Amazing compilation of travels! Thanks for the include.

    • mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

      Hi Ella!

      Thanks for joining in. Hope to see you in another blog carnival soon. :)


  3. Great collection of stories, as usual! Thanks for including my post about Rio!

    • mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

      Hi Michael,

      I love your story on Rio. That favela tour sounds really cool. Kinda reminds me of some of the back
      streets of Naples, Italy, too, which can be narrow and labyrinthine.


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