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Traveler’s Diarrhea Tutorial for People Who Go Off the Beaten Path — By Jennifer Shipp
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Traveler’s Diarrhea Tutorial for People Who Go Off the Beaten Path — By Jennifer Shipp

Admittedly, because we mostly prepare our own food when we travel, we rarely get traveler’s diarrhea anymore. Most traveler’s diarrhea comes from eating food that’s been contaminated with another person’s feces. In our early days of traveling, before we went to Fez, Morocco in 2012 where John got Cyclosporiasis, we ate most of our meals in restaurants on our overseas trips. Usually, we didn’t get sick. But, ...
Interview with Inventor of the Speedy Store in Ashbourne, England
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Interview with Inventor of the Speedy Store in Ashbourne, England

Jennifer and John spent a lot of time trying to build the small town where they lived in Nebraska. While traveling to England, they decided to track down Peter Fox, inventor of the Speedy Store to learn more about grocery store vending machines. The goal was to make their small town (situated in the middle of the American Food Desert) a healthier place to live by providing better access to food. ...
Grocery Store in Jalpan, Mexico
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Grocery Store in Jalpan, Mexico

Lydian likes to check out what's available at grocery stores around the world. She has a special interest in cooking and baking so this is kind of her "thing". In places where food is very different from what we're used to, or where it's hard to find healthy or clean foods, her videos can help us come up with a strategy to survive. ...
Going to the Vegetable Vendor in Guanajuato, Mexico
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Going to the Vegetable Vendor in Guanajuato, Mexico

Lydi's a little over-excited about going out for a little trip to the vegetable vendor, but that's okay. It had been a few days since we'd gotten out of the house. ...
Chennai Food: John Talks about the Garlic
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Chennai Food: John Talks about the Garlic

It always amazes us how different the food is when we travel. U.S. mangos are not even similar to the mangos in Nepal, for example. They look the same, but they taste completely different. In this video, John talks about the way the garlic smells and tastes there. ...
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Places to Visit in Beijing: Vegetarian Restaurant in Beijing

Lydian talks about our experience at a vegetarian restaurant in Beijing. This particular restaurant (Sian Su-Something) go mixed reviews from us. The walls were dirty and the bitter melon, bitter. But the desserts were good. This vegetarian buffet was located right next door to the Confucius Temple. ...
Beijing Food: Market with Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
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Beijing Food: Market with Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

There were a lot of fresh fruit and vegetable vendors who had their good set up on the streets in Beijing, but we never patronized any of them. We'd read that human waste was sometimes used to fertilize the fresh stuff and that we'd need to really clean our fruits and veggies if we were going to eat them raw. Since we didn't have those kinds of facilities in our hotel room, we decided to avoid them ...
Things to Do in Beijing: John Learns to Cook Chinese Eggplant Dish at Fairy Su
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Things to Do in Beijing: John Learns to Cook Chinese Eggplant Dish at Fairy Su

We went to the Fairy Su Vegetarian Restaurant in Beijing over and over again. The food was spectacular, the restaurant was immaculately clean, and the staff was incredibly friendly. We met Bing Bing (also known as "Claire", her western name) on our second or third visit to the restaurant and after chatting for a while, she invited our family back to her kitchen to learn how to cook an eggplant dish, just ...
Things to Do in Beijing: Hawberries and People-Watching
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Things to Do in Beijing: Hawberries and People-Watching

China was only our 2nd overseas trip, so we spent most of our days there in tourist-attraction mode. We wanted to "see it all", but the most interesting thing to see were the people and the everyday things they were doing on the streets. Hawberries are a sweet treat that we absolutely loved after we tried them. And one we realized how much fun it was to just watch the people, we slowed down and started just ...
Naddi Village: Lydi Makes Besan Dollups
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Naddi Village: Lydi Makes Besan Dollups

In this video, Lydi talks about the day over her chickpea dollups. We'd gotten up early for a flight that had been delayed several times and then rode up a hill in a taxi...an unforgettable ride with a car-tuk tuk accident that happened partway through the journey, and then we arrived at a vacation rental that was two separate rooms instead of one. We were prepared to deal with it until the electricity went ...
A Grocery Store Near Dal Lake Between Naddi Village and Mcleodganj
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A Grocery Store Near Dal Lake Between Naddi Village and Mcleodganj

Finding food is always a priority for us when we're traveling. We like to stay in and cook all our own food (with rare exceptions) because we don't get food poisoning or traveler's diarrhea that way. This video shows a quick overview of the Rahan General Store that sits right across from Dal Lake, near the tuk tuks that head downhill to Mcleodganj. Across the street from the general store is a fruit and ...
Delhi: Handmade Newspaper Bag for Rice and Eggs
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Delhi: Handmade Newspaper Bag for Rice and Eggs

In northern India, in both Delhi and the Mcleodganj area, we received things like eggs and rice from vendors in these handmade newspaper bags. I don't know whether the vendors made them themselves or someone else made them and sold them to the vendors. Either way, it's innovative and resourceful!

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Delhi: Food and Leprosy
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Delhi: Food and Leprosy

It's hard to describe India to anyone who hasn't been there. There's no reprieve from it, even inside when we're "at home". The particular apartment that we rented was in a "nice" area of Delhi, but the furnishings had crusty stains all over them and the silverware was "sticky". There were pubic hairs all over our sheets. So we cleaned the sheets, wiped off the crusty stains, and washed the silverware. But ...
Delhi: The Granary and Food Vendors in High-Class Neighborhood
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Delhi: The Granary and Food Vendors in High-Class Neighborhood

On a grocery outing in our neighborhood in Delhi, John and I walk to see the local granary before stopping at the fresh fruit and vegetable vendors. The streets are dirty and dusty and filled with cows and trash. ...
Saving the World, One Peanut at a Time: Museo de las Momias in Guanajuato, Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
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Saving the World, One Peanut at a Time: Museo de las Momias in Guanajuato, Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

I keep 10 pesos in my pocket for poor people on the street. I don’t give my 10 pesos out to every homeless, shabby-looking person I see, but sometimes, I wish I had the coins in easy access for shriveled up old ladies selling flowers at 8:00 PM at night or little kids selling garlic on the street. I’m working with a Huichol belief that whatever we give to others we give to ourselves. So, my act-of-kindness ...
Why You Should Stop at Epic Pizza in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory — By Jennifer Shipp
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Why You Should Stop at Epic Pizza in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory — By Jennifer Shipp

There are few singularly fun experiences  to be had on the  way through the Yukon Territory in Canada. Mostly there are a lot of trees, frost-heaved roads, some bears, and a lot of moose. The Yukon Territory is mostly about wilderness and mosquitoes with the exception of Whitehorse, a hip little community that makes up for whatever coolness is lacking in the rest of Northern Canada. And nestled within this ...
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