Friday, July 30, 2010

Vacation Giveaway Extravaganza!

Hola Rant Followers! The time has finally come for my first giveaway! Having spent two magnificent weeks in España and Morocco, I felt it was only appropriate to get two gifts, one from each country, to share with my readers! So now your odds of winning have doubled!

I know you're probably dying to know what the gifts are. But I like to build people's anticipation. You should be at my house at Christmas, it's kind of a family tradition for everyone to unintentionally move as slowly as possible to all get seated before we open gifts. First I have to walk the poodle and get him settled with water and food. And my mom is notorious for being distracted somewhere in the kitchen dealing with the food. And when finally get around to opening gifts, it's even funnier because we always tape all four sides of the boxes shut, and watching each other struggle trying to rip it off never gets old. See how I just made you wait even longer to see the gifts? It was funny. It's like my virtual way of taping the wrapping paper to the box, and then taping all four sides of the box closed. Lol. You love me for it.

Gift #1

It's a bread bag that I bought in Barcelona. It was actually an accidental purchase. See right what had happened...was that I thought I was buying this really really cute apron, that had a flamenco dancer on it, said Barcelona, and even had a little skirt ruffle on it.  But when I opened the package back at our apartment, far far away from the souvenir shop I bought it from, I discovered that it was in fact a bread bad and not that adorable apron, that by the way I never saw in any other of the dozens of touristy shops in the rest of España. FAIL...or so I thought. But then I got to thinking, that it's really cute, and really practical. It's a total space saver, and it's long enough to accommodate long french baguettes, and would be a really cute and practical giveaway. And then I got back home and seriously considered keeping it for myself. But I didn't, so you're welcome.

Gift #2

It's a spice tangine from Morocco. During our wonderful stay in Marrakech, every meal that we were served was accompanied by a tangine of various spices.  I just loved the look of them, and considered getting one for myself, but after realizing that I don't have any space for anything in my "cozy" kitchen, I thought it better to make it a blog gift. I searched high and low for a really pretty one that was well made, and finally found this one. I hope you like it!

How to enter:
1. You must be a follower of the blog or a fan on facebook. Bloglovin' followers are anonymous, so feel free to follow via bloglovin' but I can't verify your status if you do.
2. Leave a comment below either about your favorite international travel experience OR what you like best from what you've seen from my trip thus far. [more vacay posts coming soon] *Please indicate your mode of blog following in your comment*
3. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win.
4. I will use a random generator to pick the winner.

The deadline for comments is Sunday August 8th
Winners will be announced Monday August 9th!


  1. Yay!!! Congrats on your first giveaway!! I'm excited for the possibility to win any of these goodies :) The bread bag with Flamenco dancer is so cute (btw - did you see any Flameco dancers while you were there?) and the spice tangine is lovely and just screams Morocco!

    I have many great international travel stories, but the one that sticks out to me is my first European vacation : Amsterdam with my college buddies! It was quite the learning experience. First of all, we all brought giant lugguages (big no no!) and stayed at a hostel. No one new what a hostel was until we got there and realized we were going to be sleeping with strangers. It was a 10 day trip, so we ate and drank like rockstars the first 3 nights (not realizing how expensive it can be)and then had to eat McDonald's or the free hostel food the rest of the week...since we already went through our cash! Lol!! So many poor travel mistakes, but it was still a lot of fun and it opened my eyes to to the big, beautiful world out there!

  2. I am a GFC follower! I guess my favorite and only international trip was a trip to mexico we took when I was little.I just remember the beach and the hotel but it was so much fun and we took home lots of really fun things to give to the neighbors.

  3. Bonjour Nadette! I follow via Blogger/google reader. My best international travel experience was being surprise-whisked away to London for a long weekend to see U2 concert. I swear if my husband didn't have such a great job I would have been pushing to move there permanently. I can't wait to go back.

  4. I'm a follower and I would love the spice thing (yes i'm too lazy to scroll back up and check for the actual name :) )

    I looooooooved Anguilla. During my brief time at Howard University, I met a couple of students from there who raved about how beautiful the beaches were and I vowed to get there some way some how. My husband and I went for our pre-wedding honeymoon and just had a really relaxing time

  5. I follow via Blogger!

    You picked out some really nice giveaways - I hope you kept some nice items for yourself!

    My favorite international travel experience? I haven't had many, but I enjoyed my cruise to Bermuda with my husband in 2006 the most. It was his first time out of the country, our first cruise, and it was the most peaceful and romantic trip I've ever experienced. We compare every vacation to that trip.

    I missed a few of your posts while I was on vacation, so I'm catching up this morning!

  6. I follow via blogger--google connect.

    My favorite part of your trip has been the JAMON! I love all things ham, cheese and bread! I've been salivating as my current Korean breakfast consists of clear soups and rice with NO ham and eggs in sight :(
    BTW, my favorite international experience has been the one I'm on right now in South Korea just because 3 months is a long time and allows full immersion into the culture (which is very generous and about the collective, no crime, no rudeness, so nice). Not sure I would move here...but it's a completely different experience.



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