Travel Tunes: Kíla: Suas Síos

Kíla's music has been a huge part of my life for decades.

In January of 2015, I was preparing to travel to Costa Rica, and Nicaragua to take some time away from the damp of a British Colombian winter and undertake a bit of travel writing. I'd read online that Kíla had a new album ready to pop. I was desperate to have a copy of it to use as my soundtrack for my 14-day trek. Contacting the band via Twitter and, later, by email, I explained to them how important their music was in my life and that, a trip to a new continent needed to be accompanied by their new music.

Three days before I was set to fly away from Vancouver Island, a small parcel from Ireland showed up in the post: it was a CD copy of Suas Síos. I quickly ripped it to throw on my iPhone and sent them an emailed thank-you which I'm pretty sure wasn't nearly eloquent enough to capture my gratitude.

The woman, who is now my partner in life, was working in Costa Rica as a dive master. We've been together for close to five years now, and married for almost three of those. I consider Suas Síos the album and, consequentially, Suas Síos the song, to be good luck charms, of sorts. I never leave the house for a pop down to the shop or an adventure like our upcoming trip to Morocco, without them.

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Soft, big Lucky Charms marshmallows headed to stores

These aren't the chalky little marshmallows you'll find in Lucky Charms cereal. Thanks to a collab with Jet-Puffed, large, soft versions of the cereal's hearts, moons, stars, and clovers will be available nationwide indefinitely in September.

Fun fact: According to an old General Mills press release (via Wikipedia), each of the marshmallow's shapes have magical "powers."

Hearts – power to bring things to life Shooting Stars – power to fly Horseshoes – power to speed/slow down time Green Clovers – luck, but you will never know what kind of luck you will get Blue Moons – power of invisibility Rainbows – instantaneous travel from place to place Red Balloons – power to make things float Unicorn – according to the inaugural cereal box, unicorns can "cleanse water with a touch of their horn," "heal whatever troubles you," and "always know when you are telling the truth" Moon – power to change alternate gravity

It appears you'll only be able to harness the powers of the pink hearts, blue moons, yellow stars, and green clovers with this new product.

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It's not easy to make Lucky Charms from scratch

Remember Claire Saffitz, the pastry chef from Bon Appétit who made her own versions of Skittles, Kit Kats, and other junk foods? Well, she's back, and now she's doing her best to figure out how real Lucky Charms are made so she can create a gourmet version. As it turns out, it's not easy to make cereal from scratch. In the nearly 20-minute long video, we get to see her failures and disappointments that eventually lead her success. If you make it to the end, she shares the final recipe.

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