Harry the Lego-Loving Hermit Crab

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads

Presenting Harry the Hermit Crab, living in the Atlantis Discovery area of Legoland in Windsor, UK. And by “living in Legoland” I mean LIVING in Legoland: his shell is made entirely of lego.

When he needed a new home, the staff decided to construct an optional shell for him, which he seems to like quite a bit.

According to Liane Riley, a senior aquarist at Legoland: “We decided to give Harry a wider choice and the model makers here created a special Lego house just for him. We weren’t really sure if he’d actually move in, but he rejected the sea and snail shells on offer and seems very comfortable in his new home”.

Adorable photo via Huffington Post UK; by Steve Parsons/PA Wire

For a video of Harry stumbling and crawling in his bright lego shell: YouTube video (not embeddable, otherwise we would have!) viewable here.


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Practical tips from four years of round-the-world adventures

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads

In my time as the Wandering Hipmunk (just over a year now) I’ve been posting my updates from such far-flung places as Thailand and Laos and Jordan and Morocco. I tend to focus on fun stuff from around the web that you Hipmunks will hopefully enjoy, and some of my own photos in between. For today’s post, I wanted to give a bit of backstory and some practical advice from my own travels.

I wanted to travel for years, having seen a documentary about the Trans-Siberian trains in 1996 that had me dreaming of exploring them firsthand. So after saving up while working as a lawyer for 5 years, I quit my job on April 1, 2008 (not an April Fool’s Joke!). I expected to travel the world for a year and then return to lawyering in New York. 

What happened was that my Legal Nomads blog – which I initially started to keep my mother updated about where I was heading – began to get readers that were not my mother, which led to freelance work, which led to more travelling. And now, 4 years after I quit for a 1-year trip, I’m writing this post on The Hipmunk from Bangkok, with no end in sight.

Colourful umbrellas at a Thai market

So, on this year’s travel-versary, I wanted to list out some of the lessons learned and practical tips for those of you looking to long-term travel for yourselves. I tried to keep the list varied, from packing advice (“don’t listen to the people who tell you to leave your jeans at home”) to strategies for bus rides (“bring a bag of oranges, the smaller the better”) to fears (“solo travel does not mean that you’re lonely” – you meet some very … interesting people along the way —>)

The full post is here. I hope you find the tips and insight helpful. Feel free to ask any questions you might have in the comments and I’ll be happy to answer them!


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An edible cookbook? Why not!

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads

A creative project from German design firm Korefe takes a cookbook and makes it different… and edible.

Made from fresh pasta that can actually be baked into a dish of lasagna, the quirky cookbook actually turns into one great looking meal! Unfortunately this is only a special project for a German publishing house and not being sold individually, but extra points for a great concept.

Per Korefe:

“The first and only cookbook you can actually read, cook and eat. Made out of 100% fresh pasta it can be opened, filled with ingredients and finally be cooked.”

And the finished product:

I hope they start selling them because it would make for a very fun gift.


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