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International Travel Adapters

If your traveling internationally, you will definitely need a travel adapter. The plugs and voltage in the U.S. are not the same in every country so you’ll need a good power bank with multiple adapters in order to charge you electronics once you reach your destination. Here we have provided a guide on the common plugs, associated country of usage, and voltage for your future travels.

Common Plugs

Plugs, Electrical Info & Countries

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Salmon Avocado Rice Bowls

Salmon Avocado rice bowls a perfect addition to your summer menu and is part of our summer series recipes. Salmon is light, healthy and quick so you’ll have more time to spend with your family rather than cooking in the kitchen. This is also a great way to introduce kids to fish since this recipe has lots of sweet flavors to mask the any fishy taste. Its definitely a crowd pleaser!

Ingredients

  • 4 cup jasmine rice (1 cup per person)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • Salt
  • 1 cup lime, juice only
  • 4 tbsp minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp chicken or vegatable stock
  • 1 lb salmon fillets, skin off
  • 1 ripe avocado

Let’s Make It!

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F
  2. Cook rice per package instructions.
  3. Heat a cooking pan on medium-high heat. Add stock, 1 tbsp of honey, 1/2 cup lime juice and 2 tbsp cilantro to pan. (Save remaining ingredients for next steps).
  4. Simmer the mixture for about a minute, remove from heat and mix with rice. Mix well and set aside.
  5. Line a backing sheet with aluminum foil.
  6. Mix remaining lime juice, honey, and together in a bowl then rub mixture onto salmon fillets. Sprinkle salt on salmon as desired. NOTE: Glaze will run down salmon onto baking sheet and will burn. This is ok, the fish is not burning.
  7. Bake salmon 12-15 minutes.
  8. Divide rice among bowls and top with salmon fillet. Top with sliced avocado, lime juice, and salt to taste. Enjoy!

Surviving Chaos

  • Rice: Pre-cook rice the day before to speed of cook time.
  • Chili Powder: Add a 1/4 tsp of chili powder to add a little spice!
  • Noodles: Substitute thin noodles for rice to change up the recipe.

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Summer Series: Citrus Shrimp Salad

This recipe is a perfect start to The Traveller’s Wife Recipes: Summer Series! With light and airy spring time notes, citrus shrimp salad can be made in as little as 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and de-veined (about 40) plus pan searing ingredients
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1/2 cup lemon juice
    • 5 garlic cloves
    • 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
    • black pepper and salt
  • 8 cups of greens (arugula, spinach or spring mix)
  • Lemon flavored extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 4 ounces sliced almonds (optional)
  • Salt and black pepper

Let’s Make It!

  1. In medium bowl mix olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, onion, 2 teaspoons parsley. Pour the mixture into large skillet over medium heat. Simmer and cook until reduced by half (about 5-8 minutes).
  2. Add shrimp, salt and pepper cover and cook until shrimp turn pink (about 5 minutes).
  3. In large bowl toss shrimp and greens together.
  4. Lightly drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice. Lightly toss to coat.
  5. Add avocado and almond slices to coat. Enjoy!!!

Surviving Chaos

  1. Pre-make Shrimp: Make shrimp the day before and just reheat when ready to eat.
  2. Onion: Substitute green onion for red onion.
  3. Pasta: If you have extra shrimp, mix it with linguine or angel hair pasta for another quick weeknight dinner.

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London, England

London, England

How about a trip down penny lane in……London, England! My husband’s last business trip. before the world went on lockdown due to COVID-19, was to London, England. He was able to take in a few sights and sounds before everything closed. London was one the cities he was excited to visit, he typically passes through it travelling to other countries.

What better way to make the best of a short business trip than to hop on a double-decker sightseeing bus! This by far is one of the best ways to see all that London has to offer; you can hop on and hop off to get a more up close and personal experience at each of the historic sites. One of the first sites was Paddington Station, known as the world’s first underground railway. This is the same station seen in movies and is still recognizable by its original design by Brunel. And while your there, don’t forget to take the kids to see the Paddington Bear statue which was name after the station. Since your on a double-decker bus, don’t miss out on the fantastic sculpture pieces around town like the Still Water sculpture. This sculpture is quite the head turner…….it’s literally a horse’s head! Commissioned by Sir Anthony and Lady Bamford, it is a replacement of the Horse at Water sculpture….I wonder what the original looked like??

If your headed to see the Tower of London, cross the River Thames using the Tower Bridge. There is so much history surrounding this bridge and the architectural design is stunning. The Tower Bridge connects Southwark to Tower Hamlets boroughs and is a major thoroughfare for the cities citizens. It is an iconic symbol of London but it is not to be confused with the London Bridge. There have been numerous incidences at the Tower Bridge such of multiple planes flying under the pedestrian walkway throughout history, the bridge opening with a double-decker bus driving across it and even a president getting stuck on 1 side apart from his security team!

Tower Bridge

Of course you can’t visit London without visiting Buckingham palace and Big Ben. Buckingham palace, home to the Queen Elizabeth is beautiful and truly must be seen in person. My husband did not make the changing of the guards but he was able to get right up to the gate for some awesome pictures. On the way there, he passed the London Eye which was still giving rides at the time. He said he didn’t have time to catch a ride but I think he was scared of the height of the Ferris wheel which is 443 ft (135 m) tall! Its one panoramic view of London, hence its name, is definitely worth seeing. And close to the London Eye is the Earl Haig Memorial. The bronze equestrian statue is of British Western Front commander Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig on Whitehall in Westminster. A representation of a great war hero, the statue is not without its controversy. From the likeness of the commander to his stance, uniform and the representation of his horse Poperinghe definitely has a love hate relationship with the people.

These are just some of the things to see and do in London. There is a TON of rich history learn about during your stay. Unfortunately, this particular trip was short so we definitely plan on going back. Next time, we will definitely get on the London Eye Ferris wheel and enjoy more British cuisine.

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Building Your Tribe

We all have our very own tribe, you know….that group of people that we can always rely on. A tribe, a group a crew, or your posse are people you have chosen and elevated to be part of your inner circle. Those people who know your likes and dislikes, in and outs, high and lows. Basically, the people who know you best. I can’t tell you how many times we have relied on our tribe of family and friends during chaotic times, world chaos or when nothing seems to be going right. When my husband travels, I definitely have a tribe in each country that I can rely on both in the U.S. and abroad. This is especially important when traveling abroad, you need people you can trust should anything go wrong. If you looked around you, could you definitively say you have your own tribe?

Your tribe should consist of people who show up no matter what. The ones who call you consistently (yes, an actual phone call) whether they have something in particular they want to talk about or just to say “Hi”. They routinely check on you and your family to make sure everything is OK. They should know when you have deviated from your normal routine; they’re more likely to see red flags or be alerted when something is amiss. Additionally, your tribe should encourage you to go after you goals and dreams. Have an idea? Your tribe should be right there cheering you on. They will want the very best for you at all times.

Members of your tribe accept you exactly as you are…your uniqueness, individuality, quirks, imperfections, and everything in between. Who you are is what brought you together in the very beginning. Your tribe sees the good in you, what you have to offer, and what you have accomplished. They bring out the best in you and you bring out the best in them. Now more than ever, it is so important to have a tribe, a team that you can rely and they can rely on you. Even though we are social distancing, remember to keep in contact with them. With social distancing comes isolation. Your tribe will never let you feel alone or isolated, they are always looking out for each other. We are so thankful for our tribe aka our family and friends for their continued support.