Photo Contest – January

Group Photo Winners

In our last newsletter, we asked you to give us your best group photo taken on one of our tours and we weren’t disappointed! These lucky travellers will each get $200 off their next tour with Adventures Abroad:

ALEX TALYAMSKY, Daily City, California

It is difficult to capture in beauty or words the magnificence of the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. Arriving just in time for sunset makes it all the better. Taken in 2012 on tour code RW2, Kenya and Tanzania with the Rwanda Gorilla Trek Extension led by the wonderful James Kaggia.

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, 2012 ©Alex Talyamsky

Ngorongoro Crater, 2012 ©Alex Talyamsky

JOHN YIP, Toronto, Ontario

“This group picture was taken by our local guide named Visal at the Elephant Terrace … Visal had just been the guide for a photographer for National Geographic and so he knew all of the best photographic vantage points. He loved photography and wanted us to not only get the best shots, but also be in as many as possible images ourselves.

I like this image as it depicts the old stone with the jungle behind …. one can just imagine how hard it was to build these temples and how easy it was for the forest to reclaim them after they were abandoned. The image depicts the closeness of an AA tour group in colourful dress with each one of us at different levels on the stairs leading to the terrace. And of course there is Chris Tripodi with his arms spread out like a protective shepherd showing off his flock of which he is so proud.

This AA group image commemorates our visit to one of the finest religious structures in the world and brings to an end a remarkable and memorable first AA tour.”

- John Yip

Angkor Thom, Elephant Terrace, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 2012 © John Yip

Angkor Thom, Elephant Terrace, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 2012 © John Yip

Win $200 off your next tour with us!

For our next contest Adventures Abroad is looking for a photo taken on one of our tours that depicts an encounter between our travelers and the local people. The winners will be posted in our next newsletter and on the website and will receive $200 off their next tour with us! Please send an email to info@adventures-abroad.com with the subject line as follows: Photo contest, your name, tour code. Good luck to all entrants!

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Culinary Adventures – Cuba

Discovering local restaurants and sampling national and regional specialties are at the heart of the love of travel for most of our travellers. Cuba has never been a destination famed for its cuisine but that is changing quickly as private restaurants flourish under the new, relaxed economic reforms and access to ingredients at reasonable prices has become the new reality.

One dish you are sure to encounter in Cuba is Ropa Vieja. Named “old clothes” due to its ragged look, the exact origin of this meal is a bit of a mystery. Ropa vieja is believed to have its origins in the Sephardi Jewish community of Spain in the 12th century and evolved in the Canary Islands and finally in Cuba, where it is one of the national dishes. Variations of the dish occur throughout the Caribbean, especially in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Accompaniments can vary, but can include black beans, fried plantains, white rice, and sometimes arepitas (a flatbread).

Ropa Viejaropa

Ingredients

2 lb. flank steak, cut into 1 ½″ strips
Salt and black pepper, to taste
1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 (16-oz.) can whole peeled tomatoes, crushed

1 green pepper, thinly sliced
1 tbsp. dried oregano

6 oz. tomato paste
1 tbsp. cumin
1 tbsp. dried thyme
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
½ cup dry white wine
2 cups beef stock
½ cup halved, pitted green olives
⅓ cup sliced jarred pimiento peppers
1 tbsp. white wine vinegar
¼ cup roughly chopped cilantro

Preparations

Season steak with salt and pepper. Working in batches, cook until browned on both sides, about 6 minutes; transfer to plate. Add onion and peppers; cook until soft, about 4 minutes. Add tomato paste, cumin, thyme, oregano, garlic, and bay leaf; cook until lightly caramelized, about 3 minutes. Add wine; cook, scraping bottom of pot, for 1 minute. Return steak to pot with stock and tomatoes; boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, covered, until steak is very tender, 2–3 hours. Remove steak, and shred; return meat to pot with olives, pimientos, and vinegar. Cook until sauce is slightly thickened, about 30 minutes. Stir in cilantro before serving.

Have a favourite recipe or dish from your travels? Email it to us and if we publish it, we’ll give you a $200 credit for a future trip!

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South Pacific Photo Journal – Jonathan Hodgson

Jonathan Hodgson is one of Adventures Abroad’s most popular and experienced tour leaders. Anyone who has travelled with him will know that he is as passionate about photography as he is about travel. The best ways to follow him are on Instagram (OWILYBUG) or like his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OwilybugPhotography. He shared with us some of his favourite images from his recent South Pacific Odyssey, tour code MCSP.

 

South Pacific Photo Journal – Jonathan Hodgson

By Adventures Abroad

 

60 countries in 7 years of tour leading, Jonathan Hodgson is a beloved tour leader and an incredible photographer. View more photos  on Facebook or Instagram (OWILYBUG).

  • Rock Islands, Palau

    By Adventures Abroad

    Explored by boat or by air, the Rock Islands are limestone islets rich in marine and coral life rising stunningly from the Pacific.

  • Fish at Central Market in Honiara, Solomon Islands

    By Adventures Abroad

  • To Sua Ocean Trench, Solomon Islands

    By Adventures Abroad

    Must be seen to be believed! This all-natural swimming hole is located in the village of Lotofaga (population: 1,089) on the south coast of Upolu island in Samoa.

  • Idyllic beach on the island of Upolu, Samoa

    By Adventures Abroad

  • Centenary Church, Nuku’alofa, Tonga

    By Adventures Abroad

    A visit to this conservative Christian country isn’t complete without a visit to Centenary Church to hopefully catch a glimpse of the royal family including Tupou VI, the King of Tonga.

  • Guadalcanal Island, Solomon Islands

    By Adventures Abroad

    Just a snapshot of life in paradise, taken on the west side of Guadalcanal Island, Solomon Islands

  • Yasur Volcano, Tanna, Vanuatu

    By Adventures Abroad

    A once in a lifetime experience! After traveling to the summit by 4WDs, walk right up to the rim of the world’s most accessible active volcano located in one of the most unspoilt places on earth.

  • Local villager, Vanuatu

    By Adventures Abroad

    In Vanuatu, we have several chances to encounter local people and learn about ancient traditions of the islanders and their way of life.

  • Greeting by Vanuatu warriors

    By Adventures Abroad

  • Central Market, Honiara, Solomon Islands

    By Adventures Abroad

    Local man selling cords of wood in the central market.

  • Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila

    By Adventures Abroad

    With 17,206 graves, it has the most graves of ANY cemetery worldwide for U.S. personnel killed during WWII and the dramatic setting has views of Laguna de Bay and towards the distant mountains.

  • WWII plane, Guadalcanal Island, Solomon Islands

    By Adventures Abroad

  • Stone Monoliths, Babeldaob, Palau

    By Adventures Abroad

    Palau’s largest island is a mysterious place shielding enigmatic archaeological highlights such as mysterious terraced hillsides, Stone Monoliths, and the Stone Faces of Ngerchelong.

  • Belau National Museum, Palau

    By Adventures Abroad

    The oldest museum in Micronesia has indoor and outdoor exhibits from all eras of Palauan life, including artworks, photography, sculpture.

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Hear from our travellers (July/August, 2014)

It’s always a pleasure to get photos and feedback from our clients. If we quote you or If you send us a photo taken on tour with us and it is used on our website or in our newsletter, then we will give you $50 off your next tour with us! (One submission per person, per month). Please send to info@adventures-abroad.com and put your name and tour code in the subject line and a brief description of the photo in the body of the email. We look forward to seeing your photos! Here’s what we have received over the past month: 

We Love our Clients

By Adventures Abroad

 

In the last month, we have received so many wonderful photos and testimonials from our clients that it was very difficult to decide what to include. Here you go!

  • Sun Voyager Sculpture, Reykjavik

    By Adventures Abroad

    Longtime Adventures Abroad traveller Martin Dunn shot this incredible image in Reykjavik Harbour, Iceland. Taken just before sundown on a windy August night in 2013. Tour code IC3.

  • Feedback on Tour Code AD1, Elicia Tippens:

    By Adventures Abroad

    “It was probably one of the best trips that I have ever taken. It was perfect from beginning to end and our tour leader Erin Howell worked extremely hard to ensure that everything was perfect.”

  • Cirque Mafate, Réunion.

    By Adventures Abroad

    Adventures Abroad traveller Rudy Prater sent us this image from his recent adventure with Martin Charlton on the Indian Ocean Islands tour. Tour Code MCIO.

  • Feedback on Tour Code KT1, Renee Teresa-Shalhoub:

    By Adventures Abroad

    “James and all of his support staff were wonderful. You can tell that you have an amazing leader when he constantly strives to surround himself with the best and brightest talent.”

  • Chenonceau, Loire Valley.

    By Adventures Abroad

    Lillian Mathisen took this great shot during the Loire Valley portion of her Heart of France tour. Tour code FR7.

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