Carnival of Cities Gallops Around the Globe

Home Turf Media’s Carnival of Cities carries the tag line, “An Armchair Traveler’s Dream Come True.” I think that it is just that! With the quality of submissions from bloggers around the world, how can you go wrong?

Carnival HorseHomespun Honolulu is proud to host the Carnival of Cities this week and I’m proud to share all of these fantastic cities and their happenings with all with you! So, kick back, relax in that armchair and get ready to tour some of the World’s cities through the eyes of the people who actually live there. I think we should make our journey on the Merry Go Round this week. Since we will need to circle the globe we’ll need to be on a Carnival horse that’s on the fly! Many thanks to Virtual Horses for the pretty picture!

We’ll start here in Hawaii and our first stop will be on the island of Maui. Kailani at An Island Life lets us know that It’s Obon Season in Hawaii. Actually, it’s Kailani’s two darling daughters who show us their first bon dance, dressed in their proper Japanese attire, of course! Kailani also made sure to include a video of the Taiko Drum performance for us to watch! Thanks, Kailani, the girls are adorable! I love the colorful graphics that make up the overall look of this blog.

We have to hurry to our next stop across the Pacific! Carole at The San Diego Beat has sent us a Birth Announcement at the Zoo! The San Diego Zoo is a proud foster parent to a brand new baby panda! You can watch the live cam that the zoo has set up — seriously, you can see them live! This post even has a link to the video stream during the birth. Carole gives us a little bit of panda genealogy and then pops the announcement. She then suggests that we go and see the “new baby via a live panda-cam!” I guess we missed the baby shower but at least we don’t have to bring a gift!

The Seattle Traveler brings us what I would call an introductory post, or I might even say an invitational post, about an event that is about to happen. Mary Jo tells us all about Labor Day Weekend & Bumbershoot in Seattle! Here is a festival that started out as an art show and has since become, as Mary Jo puts it, an “eclectic assortment of activities.” This was Seattle’s way of telling the rest of the world, “Hey, look what we’ve got going over here!” Looks like a festival for all of the senses so I say to Seattle, “Good job!” Thanks for sharing, Mary Jo!

If you’re hungry, Asia at the Chicago Business Review is taking all of us to Cafe 28 where there’s Cuban Flavor for People Who Can Handle the Heat! I love spicy food with taste that’s as good as it is spicy! Asia has me convinced that when in Chicago, this is the place to go! I could hear Asia’s “voice” in her writing and I got caught up in her excitement over this restaurant. I must admit, however, that when I could sense her swallowing hard, I wasn’t altogether sure that it was the food that was causing it. Alrighty then, on we go!

Our next stop is at the edge of the Atlantic as the TherapyDoc at Everyone Needs Therapy tells us that she has committed a cardinal sin. Asia, are you listening?!? Our doctor is actually based in Chicago but her story comes in from Newark. With all of her academic degrees, the good doctor forgot… well… she forgot… the food! There, I said it. But, our TherapyDoc comes clean and tells us all about it when she talks about Feeding Them. I guess confession can be considered therapy, can’t it Doc? All kidding aside, I have to say that I agree with FD — I too wring every minute out of time, and being early really is a waste of time. My mother calls it procrastination, but, that’s another story.

GrrlScientist woke up the other day to a little more than just a pitter patter of rain in New York. In fact, she tells us about NYC Crippled by Rainstorm at her blog, Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted). We get to hear all about how the New York subway and the transportation routes get all messed up. We also get to hear about how the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) seems to have fallen down on the job of getting their equipment improved and updated. Unfortunately, as much as I hate to admit it, that sure sounds familiar. Grrl, I think we’ve got something in common.

As much as I like dipping our toes into the Atlantic, we need to make a long jump over to the Caribbean! Coqui in Puerto Rico tells us all about the Plaza Las Americas Come Rain or Shine posted at Visit The Coqui. Not that we haven’t had enough water already, rain or otherwise, but, how can we not stop in the Caribbean? And, how can we not go shopping at the largest shopping mall in the Caribbean?!? I must admit, I was quite surprised at just how much this mall has so many of the same stores as Honolulu’s Ala Moana Center. I guess some things are constant no matter where you are!

Well, Deepak Jeswal opens up some cultural awareness for us as we visit Aligarh in India via the post at Random Expressions. We hear all about what sounds like a very comfortable day with comfortable people to share it with! Deepak made a comment that I found very appropriate, yet not one I would ever think to use. The comment was that this day we’re allowed to share will “remain fossilized in its multi-hued nostalgic contours on my mind and on this space.” Nice choice of words! I like that phrase!

We’ve made it around the globe and we return to Hawaii where Pua from Best Hawaii Vacation with Hawaii Vacation Blog, although based on the Big Island, shares a story about Oahu and the building of the Trump Tower in Waikiki. Pua says that when she “heard about Donald Trump building the Trump Tower and selling all the apartments within 8 hrs,” she was intrigued and wrote the article, Donald Trump in Hawaii.

We’ve made it around just in time for Homespun Honolulu to tell Pua and the rest of the State of Hawaii to stay vigilant and stay prepared. Hurricane Flossie is headed our way and I couldn’t stop myself from thinking about just how much the whole thing reminds me of things from the past. I guess I’m supposed to ask, “Shall We Talk About the Weather?” I didn’t want to but, people were at Home Depot today stocking up on supplies like batteries and generators, so, I guess we have to talk about it.

carnival-logo.jpgThat wraps up the Carnival of Cities for this week. The Carnival will be leaving us here in Honolulu but it will keep right on going! If you want to join the fun and host this carnival, visit here. Next week, the Carnival is setting up tents at Doc’s Place. We’re going to, Kansas City, Kansas City here we come!

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 kailani // Aug 12, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    Mahalo for including me in this great carnival. Off to do some reading . . .

  • 2 therapydoc // Aug 13, 2007 at 1:10 am

    Thanks for including me. This is a terrific tour and I intend to vacate my premises asap to visit all over the place.

  • 3 Jon // Aug 13, 2007 at 5:22 am

    Carnival looks great. Well done and thanks for the hard work.

  • 4 Evelyn // Aug 13, 2007 at 5:25 am

    It’s all of your stories that make the Carnival of Cities what it is! Kailani, thank you for sharing the adorable picture of the girls! TherapyDoc, thank you for letting me have fun at your expense! Great snapshots of life, ladies, thank you for sharing them!

  • 5 Pua // Aug 13, 2007 at 5:40 am

    after blogging about hawaii and hawaii vacation for over a year, i found kailani’s great blog about island life. i will stay connected, to say the least.

    thanks for including my post about your hometown honolulu and the donald trump connection. a hui hou, pua
    hope flossie will pass the big island far enough with no damages but some much need rain!

  • 6 Evelyn // Aug 13, 2007 at 5:57 am

    Good morning, Jon! Thank you and Home Turf Media for making it possible!

  • 7 Evelyn // Aug 13, 2007 at 6:06 am

    Hey, Pua! Glad to hear from you! I know, I thought about the rain thing too; I know the Big Island needs it badly… just without the wind! Thank you for submitting your article and stay dry and safe!

  • 8 Asia // Aug 16, 2007 at 9:40 am

    Thank you very much for mentioning my website. I like the way you write your posts. They are very informative, right to the point, and they catch readers’ attention. Keep up the good work!

  • 9 Evelyn // Aug 16, 2007 at 9:53 am

    Thank you, Asia, for the kind words! My goodness! I think you did a fine job of catching people’s attention! I enjoyed your post and I’m sure our other readers did too! 🙂

  • 10 HawaiiVacationGifts // Aug 22, 2007 at 1:38 am

    Hi Evelyn,
    I joined the Carnival of Aloha you will be hosting on September 3. It will be my first one and I am looking forward to it. Thanks for the invite!

  • 11 Evelyn // Aug 22, 2007 at 7:03 am

    Thank you. 🙂 Of course, now I have to post and tell everyone else about it. 😉 I was planning to anyway, I just need to do it sooner! Thanks for the nudge, and for your post!

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