A sample of beers from my last trip to Australia.
This week on Novel Adventurers we're writing about beverages around the world--and I'm making a confession that isn't really a secret.
You see, I'm a beer snob.
And while you're there, don't forget to check out the other great posts about drinks around the world.
This week on Novel Adventurers, we're blogging about funerals and death rituals around the world. Sounds macabre? Maybe, but it's also interesting!
Check out the link to my post, on China, and don't forget to browse through the other bloggers' offerings as well.
This week over at Novel Adventurers, we've been blogging about street food the world over. Take a look at the posts to see what you might snack on while taking a walk in South America, Iran, Italy--or, my own contribution, in China. But beware--you'll be hungry after reading!
On a related topic, I've just finished reading a few books that take place in different cultures, and, since I was thinking about street food, I took special note of the snacks and dishes that were described in them. Last night I finished Sue Grafton's V is for Vengeance. Her PI Kinsey Millhone is always going to McDonald's and other fast food joints--perfect for 1980s California where the book is set. In Shamini Flint's A Deadly Cambodian Crime Spree, her Inspector Singh finds Cambodian food to be more difficult to come to terms with than the murders he is investigating. And in The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern, the smells and tastes of the carnival food set the scene of the magic circus almost as well as her stunning visual descriptions.
I won't say I like reading about food as much as I like eating said food, but it's certainly an important part of the travel experience for me--and also, an important part of my reading experience.
Today I'm thrilled to announce that I've been invited to blog regularly for The Novel Adventurers, a group of novelists who love to travel--especially on the page. The writers have a world's worth of experience between them, including experts on Italy, Iran, South America and the Indian diaspora (sorry if I missed anyone!). I learn something fascinating about a distant land every time I check out the blog, and I'm flattered to be included as a blogger for this group. I'll be writing there roughly every other Wednesday.
My first blog as one of the regulars is out today. This week's topic is reviews, and I've shared one of my favorite detective series--the Sonchai Jitpleecheep books by John Burdett.
Please go on over and take a look! http://noveladventurers.blogspot.com/2012/04/troubles-brewing-in-bangkok.html
Today I'm excited to be a guest blogger over at Novel Adventurers, a site run by novelists bitten by the travel bug.
I wrote about a festival I happened upon a few years ago in a Dong minority village in southern Guizhou province. For one reason or another, I never got around to putting this on my travel blog at the time ( read more about that trip at www.travelpod.com/members/bethverde), so here it is now, first time in cyberspace.
Take a look at the link, and, if you've got time, read the posts by the other authors. This week they're sharing stories about amazing festivals from all corners of the globe. http://noveladventurers.blogspot.com/
Beth is an American freelance writer who has lived in Europe and Asia since 2003. She grew up on a sailboat and, though now a landlubber, still enjoys a peripatetic life. She writes articles and suspense about travel, expatriate living, and many other topics.