Your weekly dose of interesting reading matter has arrived, courtesy of our contributors ‘ blogs. 

Mike, our contributor from Japan, published a photo essay titled The Twisted Umbrella at Manzamo about a visit to Manzamo on a very windy day.

 “There is a Tropical Storm named Haikui hanging around Okinawa. The darn thing isn’t strong enough to be called a typhoon, so far. So, RyukyuRusty and I decided to take a ride while the rain was stopped.”

RyukyuMike struggling in the wind (photo: Mike Lynch)

Rathina, our new contributor from India, muses about rain and food on her post Rain, Rain, Come Again

“Rain for me is a steaming cup of tea that is prepared with a pinch of shredded ginger.  What better than the cuppa prepared in the Amruttulya stalls across the city? No posh coffee outlet could replace the taste and feeling of heaven on earth that one would get by sipping this nectar (amrut) comparable (tulya) drink.”

Liz, our contributor from Australia, recommends places to eat in the vibrant city of Melbourne.

“MELBOURNE offers a little touch of cosmopolitan Europe in Australia – think a cool, cultured urban centre, winding laneways packed with cafes, hidden arcades and interesting neighbourhoods. Melbourne attracts weekend getaway crowds for its sporting and cultural events, but these drawcards aside, there are excellent eats, small bars and cafes to explore. Here is a trio of possible pitstops on a quick Melbourne getaway”

Ana, our contributor from Argentina, wrote about a medieval Spanish monastery in Miami (USA)

” The monastery was built in Segovia, Spain, between 1133 and 1144 and occupied by Cistercian monks for seven centuries. In the mid-1830s, social unrest caused the monastery to be sold and converted into a granary and stable. Cut to 1925. William Randolph Hearst purchased the cloisters and outbuildings, had them dismantled, packed in 11,000 wooden crates and shipped to the U.S.”


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About the author

Ana Astri-O’Reilly is from Argentina, where she lived until five years ago. She currently lives in Dallas, USA with her British husband, but they move a lot. Previously a translator and English and Spanish teacher, Ana first started writing to share her experiences and adventures with friends and family. She speaks Spanish, English and a smattering of Portuguese.