D.C. Days: The Capital in Under 48 Hours

Erin Leigh Ever After

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A big problem about catching the travel bug is being 22 and broke. A quick-fix solution for this is to keep your trips short and sweet. This sparked the two-day trip to Washington D.C. my boyfriend Nick and I took this fall. Luckily, we live within driving distance (about two and a half hours), which of course saves tons on travel costs! We got there on a Saturday morning and left by Sunday night, but had a awesome, activity packed two days in the nation’s capital.

After sitting in traffic most of the morning I finally got into D.C. and met Nick (who was coming from school in Virginia) at The MadHatter. The restaurant was unsurprisingly decked out in all things Alice in Wonderland, but in an almost subtle way that wasn’t completely overwhelming. I didn’t feel like I was in Disneyland; instead there was an assortment of portraits and memorabilia of Alice…

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You should disguise your travel guidebook. Here’s how

Tripping Over The World

Jim and I have written previous posts on how to blend in with locals when traveling, and why it’s important. One of the easiest ways I try to avoid sticking out like a tourist is to disguise my guidebooks and maps.

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Guidebooks often have distinctive color pallets and designs that make them (and me when I use them) stick out like a sore thumb. In places that have a lot of tourists, all sorts of people — from crooks to sidewalk vendors — learn to recognize these books and the attention can be… unwanted.

Luckily a simple piece of paper wrapped around the book like a jacket easily and immediately hides the touristy nature of what I’m holding. Jim and I used this technique for our Eastern Europe guidebook during our recent trip to Budapest, Krakow, and Bavaria.

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I also used this trick during my recent San Francisco…

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On the Elusive Megamouth Shark

It’s not often we see one of these. Each time is an occasion.

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On the morning of the 28th of January in Barangay Marigondon, Philippines, local residents discovered a mysterious shark washed up on their coastline caught in fishing nets. After contacting local authorities, it was confirmed to be the ever elusive megamouth shark, Megachasma pelagios. This is, by my records, only the 60th confirmed documentation of this enigmatic shark. Whilst detailed information on this species is still lacking, some biological information is known about this shark:  check out my 12 brain fondling facts here

But what have we learnt about this shark since its last sighting back in July of 2014.

[EDIT]: The original upload of the photo was by Rosalina Sariola of Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines (as credited under the photo and hyperlinked). Please see their Facebook page for more videos and photos of the event. All other pictures used are credited to the photographer and also hyperlinked to…

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All About Able Women

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There is something special about being ignored. About being looked past, or over. A pang, that almost tastes like shame, for apologetically asking for a crumb. A seat at the table.

On March 8, there is an event on in Sydney. It’s being widely publicised on radio and tickets are nearly sold out. All About Women sells itself as a space to discuss a range of topics among some impressive women. Lots of people I know are going. I’m not.

In January, I asked the organisers about the accessibility of the venue and the event, if there were any panels discussing disability or if any of the presenters were women with a disability. In response, I was told that the curators would email me, and that they hadn’t asked any of the panellists to disclose whether they had a disability or not.

Hmm, I wonder what this means? Is it…

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baked banana bites to go

These would be nice party treats too!

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What to do with your banana fana? Or over ripened bananas???  How about some delicious and healthy mini baked banana bites!

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 Baked Banana Bites

  • 1 3/4 c. flour
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/4 c. apple sauce
  • oil
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 t. vanilla bean paste
  • 1 ripe banana (mashed)
  • 2 T. coconut pieces finely chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 c. coconut milk
  • *chopped nuts (optional)

For Coating:

  • spicy sugar (1/4 c. granulated sugar mixed with 1 t. allspice)
  • 1/4 c. melted butter

Preheat oven to 350, spray your mini muffin tin & set aside.

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In a medium bowl whisk together the flour & other dry ingredients.  In a measuring cup add the 1/4 c. applesauce and when adding oil, have it reach the 1/3 c. mark.  combine this and a large bowl with the sugar, egg and vanilla  Mix well and gradually add…

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