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Best Vietnamese coffee

Anyone who loves pho, probably has tried Vietnamese coffee as well, and can vouch for how good it is. I was just reading about Norwegian coffee and how to make it when it reminded me of how much I like Vietnamese coffee.

As I get older I’ve started to like my coffee more and more just black, but I still love it all dressed up too. So Monday through friday I tend to just drink plain coffee out of a french press, but on the weekends I look forward to something a little more special, which this definitely is.

Oh and just an extra tip that I’ll share with y’all, Nutella and a little sweetened condensed milk makes a great combo.

Cellphone Charger

http://www.hellonomad.com/products/chargekey-micro-usb

When you’re traveling or on the go and you forgot your cellphone charger, this chargekey is right there to help. Available for android and iPhone. Probably on of the best most durable micro cellphone chargers available.

 

Best Snorkel 2014

Easybreath Snorkel

New snorkel design for 2014, unlike anything else you’ve probably tried. You can now breath naturally through both your mouth and nose without feeling stuffy. I doubt we’ll be seeing hardcore divers switching masks anytime soon, but for the casual snorkeler taking in the sights, this is definitely an interesting concept. Although after looking at the design and how it fits around ones nose, I can’t help but wonder if it doesn’t restrict your field of view a bit when looking around. If anyone gets to try one before I do, I want a full review! If it’s better than the ones I listed for 2013.. See my 2013 list, let me know.

Valenki Felt Boots- That’s Russian for warm!

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Valenki Style Boots

Valenki Felt Boots

Felt Boots

Valenki Felt Boots

Valenki Felt boots are synonymous with Russia, and Winter, and staying warm. Eskimos and Canadians have there Muklucks, which I’ve previously wrote about, but not to be outdone, the Russians have their Valenki’s. Valenki boots are supposed to be based off of the boots worn by Asian Nomads 1500 years ago, so there is plenty of history to go with these boots.  If you’re interested in the full run down, check out this “Russiapedia” post. Or if you’d like to see how they’re made check out this article by yahoo on a factory in Belarus http://news.yahoo.com/photos/historical-felt-boot-factory-in-belarus-slideshow/. Like all things Russian, when it comes to staying warm or making boots, they’re pretty serious about it, and they don’t look too bad either. Lastly, according to one source, due to the electrostatic energy that’s built up by walking in wool boots barefoot, they’re supposed to help the circulation in your feet, and maybe even help with hangovers according to Peter the Great! I’m not sure about all that, but it can’t hurt to try them.

Jay Paul Apodaca – Perseus and Medusa

Perseus and Medusa By Jay Paul Apodaca

 

Jay Paul Apodaca

Another Piece by my favorite artist, the amazing Jay Paul Apodaca. “Perseus and Medusa” after looking at his recent work like the “Boxer” and and after seeing this new work of art, it’s no wonder that this artist has collectors from around the globe clamoring for his art.

Trip of the day – Travel to Russia

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Siberian Hotels

Only in Russia

Travel to Russia is definitely high on my list of places to go. I recently ran across the blog 56th parallel http://www.56thparallel.com, and have to say that they do a very fine job of marketing Siberia and Russia as a travel location. I was practically ready to pack my bags after looking at their blog. They seriously have some fun looking activities like racing horse drawn sleds in the winter, their famous Russian saunas, Siberian ice swimming.. okay maybe not so much on that last option.

56th Parallel does paint a great picture of travel to Russia though. They also provide a lot of great information. For instance after reading about Lake Baikal, I found out that apparently there are over 80,000 Baikal Seals their and it’s baffling to scientists because it’s a freshwater lake that’s completely landlocked. You can thank me later for that bit of trivia info. Anyways if you’re interested in killing some time be sure to check out the blog, and if you end of going to Siberia, let me know if it’s as good as they make it look.

 

Sony Cyber-Shot

Sony Cyber- Shot, When it comes to traveling with a camera, especially internationally, the main goal is quality pictures with minimum weight.

Personally I recently made the mistake of only taking a camera phone with me on a hike with an extremely gorgeous girl to Hanging Lake over this past summer. It wasn’t an international trip, but it was extra fun and after looking back at the pictures I was extremely disappointed because up close they were fine, but add just a little distance to the mix, and the camera couldn’t do that pretty Nepalese girl justice. That’s when I started kicking myself because I had recently bought the RX100, and it seems to be the perfect mix of quality versus compactness, I mean I can throw it in my back pocket and almost forget it’s there. Anyways next time I’ll hopefully remember it, or maybe if I’m luck by next time I’ll have upgraded to the RX1R 🙂

P.S. here’s a link some other great cameras for travel http://sherlockroams.com/outdoor-and-travel-gear/best-camera-international-travel/