Akaka Falls

See the World for Free

The idea here is to TRAVEL THE WORLD regardless of time or budget. It dawned on me one day that even if I had unlimited time and money (which I definitley do not), I still couldn't see everything in the world that I'd like to see--I'm simply not going to live long enough to do it.

But I had a bit of brain wave and soon after the travel envelope was born. This is an actual physical envelope. I typed the name of every country in the world, plus every state in the US on little slips of paper which I then put into the envelope. In the beginning we (myself, my husband, Dave and daugher Catherine) would draw out a slip at random at the beginning of the month and that's where we would go---at least in our minds. We grab some books about the country from the library and put them in our bathroom to look at. We also check out some videos about the country if any. We check it out on googleearth, listen to the music, try the food, maybe even attempt to learn a dance or celebrate a festival.

After the first two years we discovered that even virtual traveling can be tiring, so we travel now whenever I happen to be in the mood.

It's great fun. I especially love it when people I meet have been to the place I'm "visiting" in real life, or get excited and have some virtual adventures of their own. I hope that anyone who comes across this blog will feel welcome to come with us on the trip!

You have a standing reservation to see it all!

Feb 13, 2014

Dominican dinner

We had Dad up for a Dominican dinner.  Interesting. First course was a kind of potato soup. Didn't taste bad, but it was supposed to be made with malanga. Best I could figure, malanga is a type of root vegetable similar to yucca. In a pinch the internet said I could use a potato or a sweet potato. I hunted all over town and finally just bought some fingerling potatoes. These are cool because they come in red and purple. The effect of them in a soup though is to turn the soup gray.  It was a little bland and looked unappetizing, but it wasn't terrible. The muffins, which were supposed to be made of another mystery substance similar to cornmeal (I used cornmeal) didn't use baking powder, and were flat and not very good.  The pork chops, however were great!

I rubbed the chops with cumin and put them in the oven (too cold to use the BBQ).  Then I wrapped banana chunks in bacon and put them on the chops for the last 15 minutes.  That was really good! The banana on the pork was an unusual and delicious flavor. Bacon of course, improves everything.

Dessert should have been better, it was a mango banana bread. Not terrible, but would have been greatly improved with coconut and chocolate chips.

We put on steel drum music and wore the loudest shirts that we had.