Have a Great Weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? Since the weather is so breezy and refreshing, we’re hoping to have a picnic with friends. (Maybe we’ll bring shrimp!) We’ve also been playing this game lately, which Toby finds hilarious. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

Gruff French waiters get a makeover.

Relationship illustrations.

Culture shock: London to New York.

How to keep strawberries fresh.

Loving grey jeans for the fall.

Alternate brand slogans.

A beautiful post about marriage.

Paris wedding design.

Made me laugh.

Conflict Kitchen only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict.

Andy Samberg is a cutie.

Fascinating read.

The world’s best worst smartphone app.

Life lessons from kids.

(Photo by Julia Robbs for Cup of Jo)

  1. Everest base camp trekking &Everest base camp trek&kala Patthar
    Everest region is popular all over the world for mountaineering, peak climbing, trekking and expedition. Everest trekking is the adventurous place where you can find numerous trekking options in this region of a life time experiences to Everest Base Camp, Kalapatthar, Gokyo-Ri Trek, Gokyo Cho- La Pass Trek, Everest Panorama, and in the Everest view points to capture the stunning views of the Everest.
    The main destination of many Everest adventure is to reach Everest Base Camp of about 5430m. You can find Everest icefalls, glaciers, many other eye catching mountains parallel to your walk in the base camp hiking but it’s the great Kala Patthar at the height of 5545m from where you highly enjoy the majestic views of Mt. Everest from a few minutes ascends.
    During ascend on the high altitude mountains; be aware of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) which is caused due to too quickly climbing to a high elevation. The symptoms like headache, vomiting and loss of appetite are common and must be immediately informed to the guide so that he could provide you some first aid treatment and provide you the further medical facilities.

    Everest base camp Itinerary Day by days
    Day 01
    Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
    Day 02
    Fly to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) & trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft), 3-4 hrs walk
    Day 03
    Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11,283ft), 5-6 hrs walk
    Day 04
    Acclimatization day at Namche
    Day 05
    Trek to Tyangboche(3,867m/12684ft), 4-5 hrs walk
    Day 06
    Trek to Dingboche (4,358m/14,295 ft), 5-6 hrs walk
    Day 07
    Acclimatization day at Dingboche
    Day 08
    Trek to Lobuche (4,928m/16164 ft), 5-6 hrs walk
    Day 09
    Trek to Gorakshep (5,160m/16,929ft) & hike to Everest Base Camp (5,320m/17,450ft) 6-7 hrs walk
    Day 10
    Early hike to Kala Pathar (5550m/18,204ft) & Trek back to Pheriche 6-7 hrs walk
    Day 11
    Trek to Kyanjuma(3,500m/11,480ft), 5-6 hrs walk
    Day 12
    Trek to Khumjung to Monju (2,850m/9,348ft), 6-7 hrs walk
    Day 13
    Trek to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), 4-5 hrs walk
    Day 14
    Fly back to Kathmandu
    Day 15
    Departure from Kathmandu
    Trekking Cost per person =1097$USA dollar

    Cost Include :
    • All airport/hotel transfers
    • Welcome and farewell dinner
    • All accommodation and meals during the trek
    • Domestic flights and airport departure taxes
    • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
    • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
    • A comprehensive medical kit
    • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
    Cost Exclude:
    • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
    • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
    • Excess baggage charges
    • Extra night accommodation/s in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu(and also in the case you return early from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
    • Tips for guides and porters

  2. Annapurna Sanctuary Trek or Annapurna base camp trek
    Annapurna Base Camp is one of the best treks of Nepal as it is the combination of splendid natural scenery with the blend of cultures. The major attractions of this place are the Annapurna Himal including Himchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna, Annapurna II, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhre and many more.
    The terraced farmland above Pokhara and the pastures, the deep forests of oak, bamboo and rhododendron provides an alluring sensation. The view of Dhaulagiri and Kali Gandaki is even more appealing. The visit to the inner sanctuary of Annapurna gives you the panoramic views of ten peaks over 6000m. The Natural hot spring at Jhinudanda is quite relaxing.
    The ABC is suitable for any trekker who has enough stamina to walk few hours a day. Previous trekking experience is not necessary and one does not need to be super fit. Daily exercise prior to the trip is strongly recommended. February to June and September to December is the favorable time to enjoy this trek.

  3. I love the article on marriage. My husband and I just hit the 7 yr mark. What the author said was true – you have to really invest in and work on your marriage to make it work and keep it healthy. Great advice.

    Oh, and please post something about fashion on a budget sometime. I love the clothes/accessories you share, but I could never, ever pay $195 for a pair of shoes!

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  5. Great collection of links! I loved that article about arriving in NYC after 18 years in London — UK-American differences never fail to amuse and intrigue me, partly because I’m about to move to the UK. And on a separate note, what a cute bike photo — makes me want to dig out my old pink and chrome banana seat from the garage!

    Kate x

  6. The self-esteem cult is a huge issue I think. I took a cultural psychology class comparing Eastern and Western cultures- a main difference being that Western cultures are so focussed on raising kids’ self-esteem, when many Eastern cultures don’t even have a direct translation for the concept. One of the studies was particularly enlightening: a group of teenagers from America, and another group from Japan were asked to rate themselves on different tasks (for ex. driving, drawing, listening, etc.) While the group from Japan had proportional, realistic answers, each participant from America almost always rated themselves as above average- this is not how averages work.. Interestingly, when you placed the Americans in front of a mirror, their answers became more realistic, whereas the Japanese answers did not change. Much of the studies in the course correlated findings like this with instances of depression and ‘self-esteem’ issues in Western cultures.
    Here we tend to tell our children they can do anything, they are good at most things and, in turn, that they are somehow more ‘special’ and important. When reality tells them differently- and society treats them differently- they are disappointed. What’s so bad about allowing our children to know that they are not better or deserve more than others? It would just make them more humble, caring

  7. just stumbled upon your blog, absolutely fantastic, just perusing the links, I could learn a thing or two about how to do blogging lol ;)

  8. I love the idea of conflict kitchen!

  9. that bike is a beauty. the green is perfect! going to spend some time checking out those links now :)

  10. I love the Onion article. I refuse to go on a vacation unless I get to stay somewhere where I don’t have to lift a finger.

  11. Love that Onion article! Reminds me of the Bon Appetempt in Palm Springs video where she says her mom always says something during vacation like, “It’s my vacation too you know!” Poor Moms!

  12. Thank you for posting the link on marriage, was a great read and really touching!

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  14. Thanks for these links. I loved the articles about French tourism, British vs. American culture, and children’s self esteem!

    Have a nice weekend!

  15. The post about marriage has left me in awe. It is an absolutely beautiful depiction of what it looks like to stick it out, while enjoying all the moments that seem dull or uninspiring. Turning those moments into something more, while getting a new pair of eyes … I love it.

    Take care,

  16. My first time posting after lurking for a while. You have a beautiful blog. The photo of the bike reminds me that I need to get in some exercise this weekend. No biking but I will try to get a couple of miles around the track.—Sandra

  17. I’m definitely bookmarking the post about marriage. Thanks for sharing that one.

  18. CC says...

    The post about marriage was absolutely beautiful. I also really enjoyed the article about the cult of self esteem from The Atlantic. Thanks for the great links!

  19. I love those relationship illustrations! They truly are soppy, in the nicest possible way.
    And the post on marriage should be mandatory reading for anyone wanting to get married!

  20. Thank you so much for that link to the marriage post–it is a truly inspired piece. I’ve only been married for one year–and very happily at that–but I cannot begin to testify to how truly her piece rings. THIS is what marriage is built on. I just wish that more people in the world understood that! Brought tears to my eyes!

  21. Joanna, thanks for featuring Pittsburgh in a small way today with your link to Conflict Kitchen! This place is amazing and it’s great to see it getting love from outside the city!

  22. Thank you for a great roundup. The British/American piece cracked me up (repeatedly!), the piece on marriage was lovely lovely, and the Atlantic article nails a tough issue. Also, it’s a little thing, but there’s such an art to the wry link headers – you do such a great job of putting it all together!

  23. I absolutely love your lists! I always find new and inspiring things to look at! and of course, for now the marriage one was my favorite!

  24. The marriage one was my favorite!

  25. Must eat at the conflict kitchen, as soon as possible!

  26. omg, cooool!!! angie

  27. Ohhh my god I’m gushing over those relationship illustrations. SO CUTE and so adorably accurate. Thank you for find that!!

    xoxo hope your weekend is great as well.

  28. Our daughter (4.5y) also loooooooooooves jenga :-) Our 8 month old son was scared to death the first time the tower crashed down ;-)

  29. my family had the kid version of that schwinn. my little brother and i would ride it (me on the seat, him on the rear fender) up to the corner store and buy licorice and garbage pail kid cards from the change scrounged from the couch cushions. i wish my parents had never gotten rid of it. so many fond memories in one picture.

  30. Wow, that marriage piece is my marriage. Isn’t it interesting how we can find ourselves in writing?

  31. Ah, the Conflict Kitchen. Go Pittsburgh!

    • This is exactly what I wanted to say :) I was so excited to see that link!

  32. I absolutely look forward to these links as a matter of fact. Thanks so much!

  33. I always love your collection of links :) Thanks for sharing!