Where Have I Been and Where Am I Going?

Okay, so where have I been for the past five months and why haven’t I posted anything? Although I’ve received prodding, encouragement and affirmation from people and I’ve written partial posts, I’ve then set them aside, promising myself I’ll finish them up soon. Then I’ve wandered off into my life, enjoying the present without feeling […]

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Harbors of the World

When I travel I like to spend a lot of time around the ocean. Be the waters crystal clear with a hint of turqouise, as in the Grand Caymans, or nearly black as in my home state of Connecticut, I just love the atmosphere. More than the wide open ocean, though, I love the look […]

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Coffee or Tea? Drinks Around the World

Coffee and tea are international beverages. I came to this realization at some point during the past two years of living in and traveling through the Middle East while also spending large amounts of time in Australia and Southeast Asia. These two beverages are ubiquitous throughout the above continents as well as my homeland of […]

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Returning Home – Why Don’t I Have Reverse Culture Shock?

I anticipated that my return home to the U.S. for a few months after two years in the Middle East would be fraught with multiple cultural difficulties. I wouldn’t understand the values and behaviors of Americans anymore, and they certainly wouldn’t understand me. Accustomed to speaking primarily to non-native English speakers, I would accidentally communicate […]

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Ever Yearned for Your Own Bed While Traveling? Me too.

I’m making this post excessively short because I have so much to do before I leave Dahab tomorrow. At noon I’ll be taking a bus to Cairo, where I’ll be spending one night and one day before I…fly home. It was two years ago that I left. What is the one thing about my home […]

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Animals in Restaurants – Cute Complement or Health Hazard?

As I sit right now in one of Dahab’s dozens of restaurants on the Red Sea, I am a little lonely. Why? There are no cats sitting on my lap. In Dahab, Egypt, you see, stray cats are more plentiful than the stars in the desert sky. They roam freely not just on the roads […]

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Safety Do’s and Don’ts for Solo Female Travelers

Because my very first travels were solo and began years ago, whatever safety rules I may have adhered to in the beginning have become somewhat become absorbed into my psyche and, therefore, a little difficult to extract and express. I have pulled out several of them, though, and compiled them into the following list. Whether […]

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2011 – The Highs and the Lows

As I reflect on 2011, I need to be realistic. It was a good, educational and exciting year full of getting to know other cultures, exploring the world and trying new things. Like any year, though, 2011 had its down sides. I traveled and I loved, I lived and I lost. I’m a private person […]

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Things I Find in Other Countries That Don’t Exist at Home, Part III

I’m privileged to have my eyes so often opened to the ways of the rest of the world as I travel a little and spend a lot of time living like a local. While I’ve found that my native land of America has more stuff than most countries, other countries actually have some things that […]

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Photos of Things I Shouldn’t Have Taken Photos Of

It seems as if some of the most interesting sights I happen upon while traveling are forbidden territory. As far as photos go, anyway. Whether a No Photos Allowed sign is hanging in the foreground, someone tells me not to take a picture or it’s obvious that I shouldn’t, sometimes these prohibitions make snapping a […]

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Injuries and Accidents on the Road

I am not accident prone, but I have had a few rather painful injuries and mishaps since I began my living-like-a-local travels almost a year and a half ago. If I was the type to routinely get hit by cars and fall down stairs or whatever it is that accident prone people do, my injuries […]

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Things I Find in Other Countries That Don’t Exist at Home, Part II

Whether you’re a nubile traveler or you’ve been a citizen of the world for years, travel can open your eyes. A few months ago I wrote a post entitled Five Things I Find in Other Countries That Don’t Exist At Home . Just five? You might say. Yes, just five, because I am terrible at […]

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