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Travel Book Tuesday


For starters, I found the tips in the book to be well thought out and well explained.

The author explains every thing from booking flights, hotels to how you should dress appropriatly when visiting different exotic locations.

Personally I found the two wallet tip a great tip and I plan on using it on my upcoming trip to Guatemala.

For the more experienced traveler you may find some of the tips a little “dumbed down” but for those who need extra help in planning a trip, I find this a perfect guide to help you plan a trip from Costa Rica to China to Cambodia.

The book is well organized from planning the trip all the way to what to do when you come back home.

I don’t really think this is the best guide for someone who may be planning a trip around the world, but if you are planning a 1-2 weeks vacation this book is perfect for you.

In fact I think this is the perfect book for any Cubicle Escapee 😉

I give this book 5 stars!


Book Review Sunday

this is my first book review of the year, fresh off my 2014 Want to Read list.  It was a solid 4 star book.  Started slow in my opinion, but quickly picked up the pace.
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This book took me a little while to get into it, in fact I was at about 50% before I really started getting into the plot.

The world building is slow, but it is a trilogy and I suspect it will be built eventually.  Rossi can’t dish all the secrets in book one, why would we read book 2 & 3, had we found out EVERYTHING in this book, so I will give her a slight reprieve… for now.

I have way too many questions about the Aether… like what the hell is it? I read the reviews to this book, and let’s face it I am very late to this ball game, but I noticed a lot of people had this question about the Aether?

What is Aether you ask? Good question, wish my review could solve this mystery for you, it can’t.

The main POV characters were slowly developed too, but once Rossi started scratching their surface I found myself liking them. Especially Aria.

The technology in the book will satisfy any techno geek, who else wants a smarteye?  I do.

and man what a nice twist at the end, I didn’t see that coming, maybe I should have, but I was so focused on what the hell was Aether, that I think I might have missed a few clues.

So needless to say, I enjoyed this book and I will keep reading just to find out what Aether is, hopefully I do.

Outdoor Markets

When traveling I often find one of my favorite things to do is explore outdoor markets. I am someone that works at First Monday’s here in Texas, so seeing the layouts, crafts and set ups of locals in foreign places always excites me.

The locals, the colors, smells and products always make me smile.

The cruise was no different.  Coffee and Chocolate in Honduras, Chocolate and purses in Belize, clay crafts & leather goods in Mexico. I had some pretty amazing adventures in these countries, but I found the hustle & bustle of the markets just as exciting.

I am always on a limited budget when I shop in these locations, I typically buy a small food product of the country and a Christmas Tree ornament.  I normally take a ton of photos but sadly didn’t this last trip. I think I was too distracted or something.

here are a few of the outdoor market booth pictures I took, and if you ever travel to an exotic location I recommend taking a chance and going to the local outdoor markets.  You never know WHO you will meet, or WHAT you will find. 🙂


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