Anyone who know me either already knows, or could easily guess, that I love Airstreams. Needless to say I was elated to find this wonderful image. In commemoration of some of the other unusual or obscure things that Travelerette loves I have decided to dedicate this blog post to just that: A Few Unusual Things that Travelerette Loves. Please click on the images to be connected to their destination of origin.
That’s right, Travelerette loves nuns! She particularly enjoys researching the sects of monastics (monks and nuns) that live cloistered (away from the world) and practice a life of contemplation. This would definitely not describe the nuns pictured to the left, although Travelerette also loves this calendar and wishes that she could be on that roller coaster. Good times.
In this category, it would be wise to also include one of my favorite places, Mount Athos. This Greek penninsula is home to twenty monasteries and is possibly the only place in the world where women are entirely prohibited from inhabiting or visiting. This prohibition of women, called avaton (Άβατον) in Greek, was originated to make living in celibacy easier. Travelerette finds this all very fascinating.
2. Sky Lanterns
Sky lanterns, also known as Kongming Lantern or Chinese lanterns are airborne paper lanterns that are best known as a tradition found in some Asian cultures. They are constructed from oiled rice paper on a bamboo frame, and contain a small candle or fuel cell composed of a waxy flammable material. When lit, the flame heats the air inside the lantern, thus lowering its density and causing the lantern to rise into the air. The sky lantern is only airborne for as long as the flame stays alight, after which the lantern sinks back to the ground.
3. gummy hamburgers
4. this video about making your own gummy hamburgers
5. the history of Anabaptists
Travelerette would like to point out that she does not watch Amish Mafia, Breaking Amish, or Meet the Hutterites, specifically for the reason that, while somewhat interesting, they are trash. These “reality” tv shows have been cultivated to satisfy the recent mainstream interest in the Amish and like all others in the “reality” genre, they represent what the director and producer have finely crafted, not reality. If this topic fascinates you a great place to start is with the Concise Encyclopedia of Amish, Brethen, Hutterites, and Mennonites, which you can purchase here or checkout Devils’s Playground, an excellent 2002 documentary, that came out right before the Amish craze began.