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Why I’ve Chosen to Abandon Cars

Why I’ve Chosen to Abandon Cars

Not owning a car seems rather radical doesn’t it?  Maybe I am still suffering from the trauma caused by my last experience with a mechanic. Maybe it’s because I  haven’t needed a car in two and a half years! Could be the problems attached to owning a car are too numerous and costly? Or is it that cute shiny  baby blue Vespa I keep eyeing in a showroom as I walk by every day. It could be that I have…

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Taiwan

Taiwan

I ended up in Taipei, Taiwan in order to get a re-entry 30 day visa for Thailand. Most people go across the border to Laos, stay overnight or for a weekend. Having visited Laos about two years ago choosing Taiwan was easy because it was the nearest country that I hadn’t visited. Taiwan is a small island nation east of China. It was never on my radar until I started traveling and meeting people who were from Taiwan.  I decided…

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Russia

Russia

The Cathedral of St. Basil the Blessed in Moscow Russia has always been on my travel wish list, long before they elected the current U.S. president. Too soon to make jokes? Sorry, this is really a no politics blog. Because of the logistics involved in taking this trip I chose to take a tour, and you know I hate tours. But I must say Katie’s tours are so great I have been with her to Russia and dog-sledding in Finland….

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Peru

Peru

Peru was part of a 50th birthday present to myself. Spending a week in each country, I visited India, USA, Brazil, Peru and Argentina. It was a fabulous five week test of my travel planning skills and my first attempt at extended solo travel. I began this Peruvian adventure in the capital city of Lima. The city center was beautiful. Lima City Center The Train down to Macchu Picchu I flew up to Cusco from Lima. Cusco is a city…

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Healthcare for a Nomad Like Me

Healthcare for a Nomad Like Me

  Living Without Health Insurance! Oh my! I am one of many uninsured Americans. It’s a strange and unusual predicament for me. I have had the same health care insurer  throughout my entire working life, thirty years to be exact. Now like so many others I wonder what will happen if I have a major health crisis. At the tender age of 56 I left my career behind. In an effort to maximize my retirement pay, I defered all benefits…

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Jordan

Jordan

Okay cue the Indian Jones theme music! I have always enjoyed visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites so it should not be a surprise that I took this opportunity during Christmas vacation 2014  to visit Petra in Jordan, in the heart of the Middle East. I will also admit to the world that Petra’s connection to the Raiders of the Lost Arc was also a factor. Making a last minute choice I didn’t have time to research as much as I…

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India

India

India India was a part of a five country 5oth birthday trip which consisted of a 6 week-long trip with the first leg being a visit to India with a final destination  Taj Mahal. Travel has always been a part of my life. I travel because I am intrigued with how other people live. I love the colors, the hustle and bustle of a big city. New Delhi did not disappoint. I was on sensory overload most days. I can…

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Bali

Bali

Bali Before I begin I have to say I love Bali. Wait for it…………..but, upon my return after an eighteen year absence I have to admit that my disappointment ran deep. Within the course of eighteen years change is expected. But Ubud’s changes, in my humble opinion, are drastic and detrimental to the environment, local traditions and culture. The enchanting streets, the rice patties that dotted the surrounding hills, and the sleepy village I knew have disappeared. There is an…

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Ethiopia

Ethiopia

Ethiopia Crossing the river to get to Blue Nile Falls I lucked up on this great photo op Ethiopia was not on my radar. However, in one of the rare moments where I travel with friends, I let my friend Sallie (I call her Sallie Sue) pick the location of our next journey. Sallie is a good friend and a long time travel buddy. We travel well together. You won’t see her in many of the pictures because she hates…

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Spain – Madrid is Better the Second Time Around

Spain – Madrid is Better the Second Time Around

Sixteen years ago I traveled to Madrid and did not like if very much. Actually, I didn’t like it at all. On subsequent trips back to Spain, Barcelona was my go-to city. Not sure why but this time around I fell in love with Madrid. Could be maturity. Could be perspective. Could be Madrid actually changed for the better.