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Sonido Soundwave

Yesterday I found this cute little authentic South American restaurant near the city called Sonido (Sound in spanish). Their prices were decent and the decor was fantastic. I walked through the wooden front door with the peeling white paint, and stepped into Colombia. The walls were a pale blue with accents of bright yellow everywhere. The kitchen, which was in the middle of the cafe, looked exactly like a Colombian kitchen with metal pots and pans hanging everywhere, ready to be served with hot chocolate (Colombian style) or perico (coffee with milk).

Hanging on the walls were a variety of knickknacks from the mother country, such as old bus signs, leather pouches and shoes, and stickers of their beer and soda. The menus had jackets of old albums of native music that they played throughout the restaurant. All of the tables and chairs were mismatched in a way that went together. I particularly liked my pale green that had jumped out of the 1970s. On each table, there were a multitude of books about the countries of South America, perfect for flipping through while waiting for your meal.

I ordered jugo de lulo (Lulo juice) and arepas con queso (arepas with cheese). Lulo is a native tropical fruit found in South America that isn’t very sweet, but refreshing with a slight bitter taste, although not as bitter as a grapefruit. Arepas are a kind of corn pancake that Colombians and Venezuelans eat with most of their meals and can come in many different ways: with cheese, eggs, jam, meat, or plain. They are deliciously golden and round that fit perfectly in the palm of your hand. I topped mine with butter, picadillo (salsa), guacamole, and hot sauce. Then I eat it like a one-sided sandwich. Mmmm!

For that short little hour, I felt I was back in Colombia, a country filled with laughter, beer, music, and dancing! It was such a nice feeling… almost like a mini-vacation.


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Posted by on September 25, 2012 in Colombia, Food


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Fluffy like a Wombat

I got a new mattress this week!!! To say I am excited would be a little understated. I have not slept in a new mattress… ever. For over twenty years I have lived with old, hand-me-down, broken, or air mattresses. Let me just say that I did not realize one could love a bed so much. I wake up (refreshed) and go to work, and every minute I am thinking of my amazing pillow-top mattress with polka dot sheets. I love my new bed. It has independent springs and foam so that it forms to my body while sleeping and is good for my spine. It is firm, bouncy, soft, and fluffy. Everything a bed should be! I am happy with my purchase, which was LONG overdue. I had been sleeping on an air mattress for almost 10 months and my back was complaining to me for it. Now, the reason I was sleeping on an air mattress for so long was because I was traveling so much that I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a mattress I couldn’t take with me. (I was also too cheap.) I have finally ‘settled in’ to a city I like so I figured it was time to buy a mattress. (yay!) My spine was praising me for the decision. 😛

Okay, okay. Enough about mattresses… what about wombats?! Wombats are such cute, fat creatures, native to Australia. They are like a ball of fur with legs and some actually like to cuddle. I really don’t know why anyone wouldn’t like a wombat. They are quite harmless, peaceful animals. It just makes me smile thinking of them rolling around in the grass.

Rescued Baby Wombat –>

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Posted by on September 24, 2012 in Australia, Stream of Consciousness


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The Aussie Accent?

I have finally decided to do a post on Australia again. I have known about the quirks and fun things for awhile, but now I am starting to repeat some things, which I would rather not, considering the grammar is terrible. 🙂

So, onward to some fun/funny Australian accents and things they do or say with their voice…

The first thing Aussies do, that is probably the most annoying to me, is their intonation. Some are worse than others and I have noticed that women (and Aussie men have told me this) are the worst. When they speak, the ends of their sentences tend to rise as if asking a question. Therefore, sometimes you don’t know if they are asking you something or simply stating a sentence. It can get very confusing and very annoying, especially in Queensland (a tropical State in Northern AU). I lived in Queensland for almost a year and most people who live in that State are country people and laborers. Their intonation would rise after every sentence, to the point where you cannot take anything they say seriously. I enjoyed it for the first part of my stay, but then it wore on me a bit. Victoria, where Melbourne is located, is not as bad, since people live closer to a city, but you will still find the occasional person who will ask you questions without asking questions. 🙂

A second thing that Aussies do is state questions that don’t need answered. For example, instead of saying, ‘Wow, that’s awesome!’ they say, ‘How awesome is that?!’ <– Question that doesn’t need answered. Now, I have been starting to do this, and the worst part of it all, is that I notice it BEFORE I do and STILL do it. Ugh! I suppose there could be far dismal things… my husband asks me, ‘Why do you say it like that when you know it’s the wrong way?’ and I usually answer, ‘I don’t know. I can’t help it.’ The Aussie quirks are slowly infiltrating me…

If you want a better idea of what I’m talking about, watch this video by an Australian comedian who makes fun of Aussie accents:

Enjoy and more to come on Australia!

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Posted by on September 8, 2012 in Australia


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