Weekly Photo: Nighttime

By Nora Vasconcelos

Nighttime by NVS

Licencia Creative Commons

I'm part of Post A Week 2014

Posted in Photography, Post A Week, Post a Week 2014, postaday, Travel, Weekly Photo, Weekly Photo Challenge | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rediscovering the magic of the Colombian Landscapes

By Nora Vasconcelos

ElMono Courtesy BookGuildTony Cleaver has traveled around the world spending his time abroad teaching, discovering new roads around the mountains and writing. After living in the UK, Singapore, the Netherlands and Chile, it was Colombia which enchanted him so much that took him back to live there and to write a novel that explores what life is like in the different urban and rural areas of this South American country.

Published by Book Guild Publishing, “El Mono” tells the story of different characters, and show how their lives change through time as they interact in different situations.

While getting to know each other, their friendships get more solid, and are these bonds that help them go through the rough moments, both when their paths take unexpected turns and when things in the country get difficult.

But it’s one mysterious figure which influences their lives the most. “El Mono” appears in the city once in a while to help and protect Juan Sebastian, who’s gone blind while working in the gold mines and who has found a way to earn a living by selling pottery pieces at the Popayan market. “El Mono” has also captivated the curiosity of young Karin Roth, an exchange student who has come to Colombia all the way from England.

This intriguing character is a mountain man who speaks English and Spanish, as well as the secret language of nature, so that, animals feel comfortable with him the same as he feels at home surrounded by the sheer lands of the Colombian ladscapes.

But things get complicated when the corporate life intersects the expectations of Karin and her friend Claudia, and the ones of Juan Sebastian and his friend Hugo. Then, everything changes, and the challenges grow page after page as the story develops, bringing to live the streets of the Colombian cities, as well as the paths of its countryside.

Things could be more complicated, but “El Mono” is there to fight for what he feels is fair. And to help the readers to go through the difficult passages, Tony Cleaver presents in his writing an extraordinary easiness which shows that the complexity attached to this country -which story goes back to the XVI century- has not affected or changed the magic of the Colombian culture and its natural scenery.

Licencia Creative Commons

I'm part of Post A Week 2014

Posted in Books, Post A Week, Post a Week 2014, postaday, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Weekly Photo: Endurance

By Nora Vasconcelos

Simply Amazing!

Simply Amazing!

Licencia Creative Commons

I'm part of Post A Week 2014

Posted in Photography, Post A Week, Post a Week 2014, postaday, Travel, Weekly Photo, Weekly Photo Challenge | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

101 Innovative and Delicious Sandwiches

By Nora Vasconcelos

Crazy for Breakfast Sandwiches Cover

If you’ve ever got bored of your everyday sandwich, or have wished you could take something delicious to eat during lunch time, then this book is for you!

Crazy for Breakfast Sandwiches , by Jessica Harlan, presents 101 recipes for “delicious, handheld meals”, all of them offering something original: from waffle sandwiches, to muffin pizzas and chili cheese dogs.

“Like most people, I rarely have time to make the elaborate morning meals of my dreams. My solution? For a quick and tasty morning meal, I make a sandwich. You can pack a world of flavors alongside an egg between pieces of bread, English muffin, or even bagel. Healthy or decadent, vegetarian or meaty – the choice is yours,” says Jessica Harlan in the introduction of her book.

Croissant

Published by Ulysses Press, this book offers all sort of ideas to prepare unexpected sandwiches in a short time. Taking the best advantage of the sandwich maker, fresh ingredients and made-in-advance food, the author has developed all sort of recipes, not only for breakfast but also for brunch, lunch and dinner.

Saussage and Cheese Biscuit, Turkey and Egg Whites, Herb Pancakes with Prosciutto, Chicken and Waffles, and the classic Ham and Egg English Muffin are some of the ideas that give everyone something delicious to eat every day.

Spinach

And for those who are dessert lovers, innovative recipes come along with this book as well, from Apple Pie Donut Sandwich to S’mores Toasts and Warm Strawberry Shortcake, among others.

Warm Mini Cheesecakes

Either if you prepare your sandwiches to eat them at home, to take them to work or to school, these small combos made of bread in all its different forms, and creative and delicious food, are meant to be enjoyed with every single bite.

Bon Appétit!

* All images courtesy of Ulysses Press

Licencia Creative Commons

I'm part of Post A Week 2014

Posted in Books, Food, Post A Week, Post a Week 2014, postaday | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Weekly Photo: Adventure

By Nora Vasconcelos

Adventure by NVS

Licencia Creative Commons

I'm part of Post A Week 2014

Posted in Photography, Post A Week, Post a Week 2014, postaday, Travel, Weekly Photo, Weekly Photo Challenge | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Weekly Photo: Dialogue

By Nora Vasconcelos

Dialogue by NVS

Licencia Creative Commons

I'm part of Post A Week 2014

Posted in Photography, Post A Week, Post a Week 2014, postaday, Travel, Weekly Photo, Weekly Photo Challenge | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Five Authors Lured by the Seas

By Nora Vasconcelos

Spanish_Galleon - Public Domain

From wooden galleons to luxurious cruise ships, several authors have found their inspiration on the magestic vessels that have crossed the seas througout the old and the modern times, writing fantastic stories in which both, the ships and the oceans have taken the main characters to unimaginable places, changing their lifes forever. Here, five of them:

The Phantom Ship:
Written in 1839 by Frederick Marryat, the story places young Philip Vanderdecken facing a dark destiny marked by his dead father whose ghost can only be freed by Philip. Based on the legend of the Flying Dutchman, Marryat develops a fascinating story in which he describes with great detail the life of the Dutch sailors centuries ago. While traveling aboard differt ships, Philip learns all the skills required to command a vessel as well as how to deal with the commercial aspects of the sea travels. However, he remains hunted by the idea that only him can save his father’s spirit, who is believed to be seing crossing the oceans and causing disgraced to any ship that happens to run into his ghostly apparition.

The Count of Monte Cristo
In 1844, Alexandre Dumas published The Count of Monte Cristo. Although the story is better known for the wrongful imprisonment and fantastic escape of its main character, what actually marks the crucial moment of the story is when the young and enthusiastic Edmond Dantes arrives to Marseille, France, commanding The Pharaon, a commercial ships that has taken the crew through the Mediterranean sea and which has lost its capitain, due to a terrible sickness. It’s Dantes brilliant ascent as a sea man which also causes him his terrible misfortune.

Futility – The Wreck of the Titan
As amazing as it might sound, 14 years before the sinking of the Titanic, Morgan Robertson published a novel that described a luxurius trasatlantic cruise ship, called Titan. Although the story has its origins in 1898, the coincidences couldn’t be bigger as the Titan crashes against an iceberg on an April day, while crossing the North Atlantic sea. While reading the book it’s hard not to feel inside the ship which displays all sort of luxurious elements. At the same time, it’s hard not to experience the passangers anguish when they realize the tragedy that is developing while the ship is going under.

Shogun
In 1975, James Clavell published his novel Shogun. Taking advantage of his experiences while traveling through Asia as part of the Navy, the author managed to developed a captivating story that describes the adventures of the fictional captain John Blackthorne, a British sailor that commands a Dutch ship. The plot of the novel accompanies Blackthorne from the moment he fights his enemies in the ocean, to the moments his vessel, the Erasmus becomes a shipwreck in Japan. While learning the language and trying to understand the culture of that country, Blackthorne has only one thing in mind, to go back to the seas. The Erasmus, and the Blackship (it’s main adversary) become then an essential part of the story. Both ships will mark the destiny of the pilot.

She wore only white
Published originaly in German under the title Weit übers Mee, in 2012 it appeared the English version of this novel by Dorthe Binkert, which was inspired by a piece of news read in a newspaper that talked about a mysterious woman who boarded and traveled on a cruise ship wearing only white clothes. From here, the author developed a fictional story for this woman to become then, a stowaway that spent some days aboard the S.S. Kroonland at the begining of the last century. The novel also shows how her presence affected the lives of the people who got to know her while crossing the ocean.

Licencia Creative Commons

I'm part of Post A Week 2014

Posted in Books, Post A Week, Post a Week 2014, postaday, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment