We’re here in Memphis! Having arrived around 3pm their time, my friend Cindy and I checked into our room and then went “Walkin’ in Memphis”. Come along to see what we saw…
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I would like to thank the following bloggers who have bestowed a variety of Awards to me:
Kim at Garden Lillie for the “Liebster Blog Award”. She has some beautiful poetry and has a heart of gold!
Renee at Positive Boomer for “The Blog of the Year 2012” Award. She awarded it to me twice in December. She always has informative, positive and inspirational posts!
Viveka at My Guilty Pleasures also for “The Blog of the Year 2012” Award. She lives in Sweden and I enjoy the variety of posts that she produces!
Martyn at Cabo de Gata Photography for the “Addictive Blog Award”. Martyn lives in Spain and loves it! His photography is beautiful!
Nakita at Nakita Audrey for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”. Her lovely blog is about Fashion, travel, photography and movies!
Marcela at Photography Art Plus for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”. Her flower photographs are gorgeous!
Untitled Adventure (I don’t know her name) for the “Versatile Blogger Award”. She has had some wonderful adventures!
I am really grateful for all of you and appreciate your recognition! Let’s make 2013 our best year yet!!
Woo Hoo…Planning a trip to Europe!
I have brain pain right now! The good kind! I’m planning a six-week trip through 12 countries in Europe! I’d like to visit Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Copenhagen, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungry, Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey. The only one I’ve been to is Germany (I lived there for a couple of years back in the late 70’s). I’m hoping to Couchsurf in some countries, stay in hostels or cheap hotels for others, and I’d love to meet some of my fellow bloggers (like I met Rory in Cape Town)!
I’m not set on these countries yet but if I purchase a Eurail pass they are the most convenient to visit. I would get discounts on boat travel with the Eurail pass. As many of you know, when planning a big trip like this–it’s so time-consuming. To get the best deal, I’m flexible with my dates (hoping to leave in about a month) and with my beginning destination. I’ve looked at flying into Oslo, Norway; Helsinki, Finland and Copenhagen, Denmark. From Helsinki I’d like to take a fast ferry to Tallinn, Estonia (2 hrs.) and spend a day there. Also from Helsinki there is an overnight ship through either Silja or Viking Cruise Lines to Stockholm, Sweden. And…of course in Norway the Fjords are at the top of my list!! Air travel is quite inexpensive between some of the European cities also. Less than $100 to fly from Bergen, Norway to Berlin!
So…my itinerary could be fly into Helsinki..stay a couple of nights..take a day trip to Estonia..take the overnight cruise to Stockholm..stay 2 or 3 nights…take a train to Oslo, Norway..stay 2 nights..take the scenic train & fjord cruise to Myrdal..Flam..Gudvangen.. bus to Voss..train to Bergen. Fly to Copenhagen..trains on to Berlin, Prague, etc.
Or…fly into Copenhagen…stay 2 or 3 nights..take the train to Stockholm..stay 2 or 3 nights..take overnight cruise to Helsinki..stay 2 nights and do day trip to Estonia..fly from Helsinki to Oslo where I start the itinerary listed above onto Bergen…then fly from Bergen to Berlin, then trains onward.
Or…fly into Bergen…reverse the fjord & train itinerary to Oslo..stay 2 nights..train to Stockholm..stay 2 or 3 nights…overnight cruise to Helsinki…stay 2 nights with day trip to Estonia…fly from Helsinki to Copenhagen…then trains onto Berlin, Prague, etc.
Whew! I was allotting at least 30-35 days for all of the countries except for Turkey, where I would stay in Istanbul for 3 nights — then possibly see Cappadocia (where the fairy chimneys are) — and for sure the Mediterranean shore, called the Turquoise Coast, in the area of Fethiye. I’d love to hike a few miles along the Lycian Way (500 km) which is located on the coast.
I would be traveling solo…and thinking I won’t plan everything this time…to let the universe do its magic! So if anyone would like to meet up…let me know!!
- In the Fjords of Norway, a Family Reunion (frugaltraveler.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Norway: Nature Paradise (emineuropa.wordpress.com)
- I Love My Neighborhood: Os Kommune’s Osøyro (expatedna.com)
- Bergen, and Fjords! (stieglarssonrealitytour.wordpress.com)
- Helsinki (downes.ca)
- Justin Bieber goes to Norway: 43 fans hurt in mobs, Oslo mayor forced to take cover (arts.nationalpost.com)
- Fjords – Balestrand, Norway (travelpod.com)
On a Roll…
“Those who don’t believe in Magic..will never find it!” Roald Dahl
Hope you have a lovely day!!
Listen to the Whispers of Your Heart
This past week has been a wild ride. After being dropped at the Cincinnati Airport to travel to California for a Symposium, where mass interviews took place, I realized I was at the wrong airport. How does that happen to someone who is as detailed and organized as I am? I believe I wasn’t supposed to go and I was ignoring the whispers of the universe/God/my heart! I had tried to back out of going a while back and people talked me back into it. And actually—that sign from the Universe was yelling—not whispering!
I’m frantically calling my husband repeatedly to come back and pick me up—to no avail—he had turned his cell phone off because people kept texting him while we were having a rather heated discussion on the way to the airport. Everything was aligned against me going. The next flight through that airline to Sacramento wasn’t until Tuesday and flights through other airlines were too expensive.
While I was waiting for my girlfriend to pick me up at the airport, having cried and feeling at one point that it was the end of the world, a handicapped man hobbled past me and a new perspective hit me. So what, I missed a flight. That happens some times…it had just never happened in all of my travels…to me. If I really wanted to be a Tour Director, those are some of the kinds of things that happen while traveling. I also remembered a conversation I had with my boss’s girlfriend the day before leaving. She said the universe guides us if we listen, which I knew, but had forgotten. I spent the day helping my girlfriend pick out décor for remodeling her bathroom, had a couple of rum and coke and spent the night at her house.
My husband picked me up the next day—on Sunday—and I asked him if he’d like to drive to Florida for the week. I had a friend that had offered her condo for us to stay in at Ft. Myers Beach, Florida. After checking with his boss, it took all of 2 hours to unpack winter clothes, pack summer clothes and hit the road for the 17-hour drive. On the drive down we stayed at the same motel in Macon, Georgia, my mother and I stayed at in March, when I drove her down before she died from Cancer in June.
The weather was glorious…80 degrees and sunny every day. I jogged every morning, took 3-4 mile hikes on the beach and read by the pool! I’m glad I chose to not sulk—to seize the moments!
Here are some photos from the trip—
CAPE CORAL, FLORIDA
As Marilyn Monroe has said…”Sometimes Good Things Fall apart so Better Things Can Fall Together”. I can’t wait to see what the Universe has in store for me next—I have a feeling there are some adventurous times around the corner!
Leavin on a Jet Plane…to Sacramento today! This will be my third trip to California this year. I’ll be interviewing with about 20 tour companies for a position as a Tour Director, along with hundreds of others. We’ll also get to go on a couple of fun day trips. Tomorrow is a City tour of Sacramento…followed by a wine tasting in wine country. On Thursday, I’ll be headed to Yosemite for the day. I went hiking in Yosemite back in 2006. I was there by myself touring around California via Amtrak trains and buses. On the bus ride from Napa to Yosemite, I met a girl from England and she and I hiked together the following day for nine hours…about 14 miles…with lots of elevation changes. It was harder than hiking down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back up…which I did by myself back in 2007. Here are a couple of photos from that trip:
This career change is exciting but also makes me feel a bit apprehensive/nervous. Public speaking was never my thing, but I joined Toastmasters back in November and have given two 5 minute speeches already. I think it takes courage to make big changes once you’re older and I’m proud of myself. I’m trying to get comfortable with being uncomfortable!
To change the subject…an update on the care packages for the homeless that I made and distributed. I gave a pack to about 6 of my co-workers and about 10 other family/friends. So far, I’ve heard that two of them have been distributed to people at street corners. I’ve given out two of them. I was stopped at a light and there was a guy holding a sign that said, “Veteran…Need help.” He saw me rolling my window down and starting walking over with a smile on his face. When I said I had a care package for him, I could tell it wasn’t what he was expecting, but he thanked me. A guy came into the office (which is an old home in a semi-residential area) and was looking for donations for the shelter that he stays at…for people with drug/alcohol problems. He had a printed up card with the name, address and mission of the facility that he handed to me. I had donated $20 to a guy from the same place, a couple of years ago, who stopped me in a grocery parking lot. Anyway, I told him about my care package and he accepted it with a “thank you”. It’s fun to hear about how the others are distributing theirs and I can tell it makes them feel good doing so!
Other than that, I’ve been making lots more recipes from Pinterest and am taking my new work-out clothes (from Christmas) to Sacramento to jog/exercise in while I’m there to keep my body and attitude in good shape! I’m excited about reading a new book I downloaded to my I-Pad to read on the planes, etc….”The Help”. I haven’t seen the movie yet and like everyone else, usually enjoy the book better than the movie.
I’ll have lots of photos to post when I return and stories! Hope everyone has a peaceful, fun and inspired week!
Around the World Travel & Groupon
Today, Groupon advertised an around the world airline ticket for two people for $10,000.00 (with some restrictions and excluding taxes), including up to 10 stops. So…I got on Airtreks to decide where I would go. I’ve played around with this numerous times…it’s fun! You have to go from East to West or vice versa…you can’t backtrack. Groupon mentioned North America, Europe and Asia, so I’m assuming I shouldn’t have included South America, Africa, Australia, or any islands. It was difficult to narrow it down, so I have more than 10. You can also choose to go overland (via some other transport, i.e. vehicle, train, etc.), which is noted with the blue. I would do some other overland (i.e. once I was in Uganda, I could take a bus or local airlines to Kenya/Tanzania and Cape Town and then fly from there to India. In South America, LAN Airlines has a great deal to fly around their country. Last time I checked, it was something like $300-$400 to fly to Chili, Brazil, and Argentina. In Europe, of course I would take the train.
For this route…Airtreks would charge:
USD $6038 to USD $8272 and would throw in Bogota, New York City, Sao Paulo, Delhi, and Los Angeles.
As you can see from my map…I want to go everywhere!