Fumbling cables

  • How do you keep the cables from tangling up?
  • What you can do is literally wrap the cable in a circle, do the binder clip over it and place the ear buds through the little handle pieces.

Hey everybody! It’s Shauna, the work correspondent for Without Bags. Today, I want to talk about cables. We all love and hate cables at the same time. I know a lot of manufacturers including iBuds and many others, are going wireless. I don’t have my wireless in today because recording definitely works better on a cable. So there are some cases where you need a cable. How do you keep the cables from tangling up? Definitely searching on YouTube provides lots of options.

One of my favorites is actually a binder clip. Let’s see. I’m pretty sure I have one of these guys. Let me show you how this works; so basically what you’re looking at is a binder clip. We absolutely love binder clips. What you can do is literally wrap the cable in a circle, do the binder clip over it and place the ear buds through the little metal pieces; the little handle pieces. That will actually keep your cables from getting totally mucked up and messed up in your bag. Or you can also consider using an old iGlass case,the kind with the zipper around the front, to put your cables in there and that way they won’t get all jumbled up and messed up inside your bag. So definitely like doing some of these stuff on the cheap. I think this was all a five cents at my local office supply store.

So have a great day guys. I hope you are all enjoying your travels in different parts of the world. Love to hear where you are right now. I just came back from Sicily a couple of weeks ago, so definitely check out all the videos and pictures from that, above or below in the feed, whichever way that goes. Hope you guys are having a great day.

So this has been Shauna, work correspondent for Without Bags. Thanks so much, bye.

Whiskey in the Jar 4-4-17

So we are currently down in the wine cellar of Knocktopher Abbey and we have met some absolutely, fantastically, amazing people, and we are about to hear, “Whiskey in the Jar”, live in the bottom of a cellar, and you guys should be here, so make sure you show up in Ireland, because Ireland is awesome! So, as soon as they start playing, we’ll be listening. And at the moment, we’re just live and you guys are staring at me (laughs). Pretty exciting!

She laughs at me every time I do this (laughs). We’re working on it guys, working on it.

May I present a different type of clapping pattern with this song. Three times then once. So, the chorus goes a little like this.

Mush a ring dumb a do dumb a da

Wack fall the daddy o, wack fall the daddy o.

“There’s whiskey in the jar …” (singing).

“Oh as I was a going over the far famed Kerry mountains
I met with Captain Farrell and his money he was counting.
I first produced my pistol and I then produced my rapier
Saying “Stand and deliver” for he were a bold deceiver

Mush a ring dumb a do dumb a da
Wack fall the daddy o, wack fall the daddy o
There’s whiskey in the jar.

Oh! Gerald.
I counted out his money and it made a pretty penny
But I put it in me pocket and I brought it home to Jenny.
She sighed and then she swore that never would she leave me
But the devil take the women for you sure tricked me easy.

Mush a ring dumb a do dumb a da
Wack fall the daddy o, wack fall the daddy o
There’s whiskey in the jar o.

I went down to my chamber, all for to take a slumber.
I dreamt of gold and jewels and for sure it was no wonder
But Jenny brought me charges and she filled them up with water
Then sent for Captain Farrell to be ready for the slaughter.

Mush a ring dumb a do dumb a da
Wack fall the daddy o, wack fall the daddy o
There’s whiskey in the jar.

Was early in the morning, now before we rose to travel
Up comes a man with four footmen and likewise captain Farrell
I first produced my pistol, she stole away me rapier
I couldn’t shoot the water, so a prisoner I was taken.

Mush a ring dumb a do dumb a da
Wack fall the daddy o, wack fall the daddy o
There’s whiskey in the jar.

“Ohh, wack fall the daddy oh, there’s whiskey in the jar.” (singing)
There’s some take delight in the carriages a rolling
and others take delight in the hurling and the bawling
but me I take delight in the juice of the barley
and courting pretty women in the morning bright and early

Mush a ring dumb a do dumb a da
Wack fall the daddy o, wack fall the daddy o
There’s whiskey in the jar.
Mush a ring dumb a do dumb a da
Wack fall the daddy o, wack fall the daddy o
There’s whiskey in the jar.
Mush a ring dumb a do dumb a da
Wack fall the daddy o, wack fall the daddy o
There’s whiskey in the jar.”


Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls

These are among the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. The Zambezi River, which is more than 2 km wide at this point, plunges noisily down a series of basalt gorges and raises an iridescent mist that can be seen more than 20 km away.

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The Mosi-oa-Tunya/Victoria Falls is the world’s greatest sheet of falling water and significant worldwide for its exceptional geological and geomorphological features and active land formation processes with outstanding beauty attributed to the falls i.e. the spray, mist and rainbows. This transboundary property extends over 6860 ha and comprises 3779 ha of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Zambia), 2340 ha of Victoria Falls National Park (Zimbabwe), 741 ha of the riverine strip of Zambezi National Park (Zimbabwe). A riverine strip of the Zambezi National Park extending 9 km west along the right bank of the Zambezi and islands in the river are all within the Park as far as Palm and Kandahar Islands, with the Victoria Falls being one of the major attractions. The waterfall stands at an altitude of about 915 m above mean sea level (a.m.s.l.) and spans to about 1708 m wide with an average depth of 100 m and the deepest point being 108 m. Sprays from this giant waterfall can be seen from a distance of 30 km from the Lusaka road, Zambia and 50 km from Bulawayo road, Zimbabwe. Basalts have been cut by a river system producing a series of eightspectacular gorges that serve as breeding sites for four species of endangered birds. The basalts of the Victoria Falls World Heritage property are layered unlike those of the Giants Causeway World Heritage site which are vertical and columnar.


Find more at http://goo.gl/LFLsIO





Prskalo waterfall is one of the most beautiful and most interesting waterfalls in Serbia, with its very unusual structure that resembles a tall stone sculpture. The water from the nearby spring flows over the top of the rock, creating a thin but powerful jet. It is located in the Kučaj mountains, 17 km away from the nearest paved road, at about 760 meters above sea level. Continue reading

Mount Roraima

Today we will talk about Mount Roraima, one of the oldest mountain formations on Earth, a natural border between Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana in South America. It is also called Roraima Tepui or Cerro Roraima.

There are some wonderful places on Earth that offer such breathtaking views that they might just stick with you forever and ever down in some rusty memory box. And there are others worth discovering that we do not even know about.

This site is about unconventional traveling ideas, a place where people can find unworldly landscapes and a new way of seeing things. And this is definitely one of them.

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Long before the European conquistadors took over these lands, Mount Roraima was considered a symbol of these regions, an “axis mundi”, an enormous tree within which all the vegetables and fruits of the world grow.

This mountain, surrounded by 400 meter (1,300 ft) tall cliffs was a place of mystery, myths and legends for the indigenous people that used to live here centuries ago.

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Today this unusual looking mountain can be visited by anyone having the will to discover it. The ascend starts in the Pemón village of Paraitepui which can be reached via the town of Santa Elena.

Getting to Mount Roraima is possible by taking a plane to Santa Elena de Uairén airport. This is a town in Brazil, very close to the border.  From here on, you will see there are buses or shuttles that can get you close to the ascending point- the village of Paraitepui.

Hiking here is not hard and you can also get help from the indigenous population, as they organize tour guides in exchange for a small sum of money. If you are on your own however, try to reserve at least four days for this fantastic journey, as there are plenty of things to see and enjoy up there. Mount Roraima is said to have some of the most fascinating hiking trails in the world

You should not leave after 2 p.m. from the village as trekkers are no longer allowed after this hour. At the beginning of your climb, your baggages will be strictly checked and you can not take more than 15 kilos with you. So careful how you organize things. Being given that this is a national park , you are not permitted to take rocks or plants along the way.

The top of the mountain measures 2,772 m, it offers amazing landscapes and establishing a tent around here is possible. However, you should know the weather changes suddenly in this area so be prepared.

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You can find a complete tour guide to hiking Mount Roraima here.


Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach is a 7 km stretch along Whitsunday Island, Australia. The island is accessible by boat from the mainland tourist ports ofAirlie Beach and Shute Harbour, as well as Hamilton Island. It lies across from Chalkies Beach on Haslewood Island.

Whitehaven Beach is a pristine, award winning beach on Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays. Whitehaven Beach stretches over seven kilometres and boasts brilliant white silica sand that is among the purest in the world. Sink your feet into the sand and wade into the warm waves that gently lap the shore and you’ll soon realise why people come here from all over the world.

At the northern end of Whitehaven Beach is Hill Inlet, a stunning inlet where the tide shifts the sand and water to create a beautiful fusion of colours. Many people claim Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach are the most beautiful places they’ve ever seen. The lookout at Tongue Point is the best spot from which to view the swirling sands of Hill Inlet, so if you don’t mind a short bushwalk, book your Whitehaven tour with an operator that visits the lookout.

Whitehaven Beach can be experienced in several ways. If you’re interested in a day trip there are ferries, yachts, power boats and luxury cruising yachts that depart from Airlie Beach. A variety of sailing companies also offer multi-day charters that include a memorable visit to Whitehaven Beach.

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Interlaken, Switzerland

If you’re after a winter sports holiday, you can’t find a more gorgeous place to do it than Interlaken, the popular Swiss resort town. There’s super lative skiing, toboggan rides, miles of sledding tracks (which, like the ski slopes, vary in difficulty), snowboarding… all with amazing views of the mountains. In summer, hike among the ibex at nearby Neiderhorn, or shop for watches in the town’s boutiques.  Find more at http://goo.gl/Xgrj9P

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I LOVE my Vest!!!

OK – Random interlude to the regularly scheduled updates on travel.   I just HAVE to say – I LOVE MY VEST.  ScottVest is the BEST for travelling!

Tim Ferriss is my favorite author for lifestyle hacking. One of my favorite questions that he asks his guest on his podcasts is: What have you recently spent $100 or less on that has greatly improved your life. Below is a pictorial version of my answer:

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My answer (for travel related purposes) is my SCOTTeVEST Men’s RFID Travel Vest – I got it on sale (so it counts) and boy oh boy do I use that thing! People wonder how I can travel with just my backpack – the vest holds AT LEAST another 20lbs of gear! It’s my “life” vest! I LOVE IT! (How can you go wrong with an additional 26 pockets??? Don’t I just look so darn happy and peaceful with my best travel buddy! 😛


OK – back to the regularly scheduled programming!

Can’t wait to see what life brings next!

PS – BEST way to get through the TSA ever! Put everything in the pockets, fling off the best into their scanners and fly through to the other side! No emptying pockets, reorganizing, getting everything back to it’s place – you are good to go! 🙂

Day 9 – 15 Tigers in the Garden

Today revealed the highlights of Kyoto, Japan’s capital from 794 to 1868 that was spared destruction during World War II.

We began at 16th-century Ryoan-ji Temple (ca. 1540), where we saw the dry garden of sand and rocks (kare-sansui), a marvel of classic Japanese design. The simplicity of its 15 rocks belies a complex symbolism which its designer never revealed – but whatever the meaning, we’re sure to feel the calm that the garden is meant to instill.

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The story of the garden is as follows: You can only count 14 rocks in the image, and you can only see 14 rocks from any single perspective, however, if you go to the far side of the garden you can see the 15th stone – the hidden stone – reminding us that only if we view the world from the perspective of others can we see the whole picture.

A very lovely sentiment displayed in a very gentle and permanent way as re minder for life to those who viewed the garden.  A reminder that no one single view can always be right.

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Ok – now for those of you that know me personally you know that I have a vegetable garden at my home in Arizona.  I’ve been having problems with my 3 troublemakers (Thor, Mavi, and Shade) eating my sweatpeas in the garden (those are MY Sweetpeas! Grrr)  So, when I saw this fence I realized that I want to build this at my home! I think it will help keep out my little monsters!2016-04-08 10.13.24

Boys eating moms sweetpeas

My trouble makers!

Our next stop was Kinkaku-ji, the lakeside Temple of the Golden Pavilion originally constructed in the 14th century as a retirement villa and later converted to a temple. Burned to the ground by a fanatic in 1950, the temple has been entirely reconstructed
following the original design, and is covered in gold leaf from Kanazawa all the way up to the upper floors. Its setting on pillars suspended over the water makes it one of Kyoto’s most inspired – and inspiring – sights.

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The shaping of Pine trees was something I have come to expect.  This one has been shaped continually in the shape of a wealth boat – a symbol of wealth for the culture.

You can see the cat beckoning wealth with his paw up sitting on top of the Ingot (what this tree is supposed to be shaped as)


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OK – I HAD to include this picture.  I have to admit that I can get really upset about this.  (I know, I know, they say it’s a reflection of self to get upset, and certainly it is in this case – I feel I spend WAYYYY too much time on the internet for sure!).  Really ladies?  Really?  You are in this lovely park, amazing surroundings, and they sat there for the 15 mins I was staring at this lovely garden literally heads down in their phones.  Amazing!  Jeez!!  I read an article the other day talking about how the average adult spends 4 YEARS of their lives staring into their phones by the time they are 30 years old.  4 YEARS!!!  I think, other than doing my posts, I need to get out in the real world more and get off of the internet! OK – enough ranting! Sorry!2016-04-08 11.06.00

On to the next adventure of the day!  After this lovely place of calm and peace (yes, breathe! Calm and Peace!) we then went on to the 17th-century Nijo-jo, the medieval castle of the first Tokugawa Shogun, containing “nightingale” floors that squeak to signal the presence of intruders.

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The nightingale floors were amazing!  Since the Shogun lived here most of the time he wanted to know when ANYONE in the castle moved, at ANY time, so he had the floor boards intentionally installed in such a way that they squeaked.  There was NO way you were going to sneak up on the Shogun! Do you see the little wooden piece?  It allowed the floors to stay in place but still “squeak.”2016-04-08 12.29.21 HDR-2

We ended this full day at Kodaiji Temple to attend a tea ceremony. Both a state of mind (calm and content) and performance art prizing ritual and grace above all, the traditional tea ceremony to this day represents the principles of harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility encouraged by Master Sen no Rikyu, who perfected the ritual Zen practice when tea first was brought to Japan from China in the 16th century.

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