I didn't start traveling until I was 50. My parents couldn't afford to travel anywhere but the Catskills, which is in upstate New York. In my twenties and thirties and forties, I was busy dealing with failed marriages, losing custody of my only child, starting and building a successful PR firm, and trying to become a better person (still on that particular journey).
I met my current hubby when I was 46. We began traveling together almost immediately, mostly road trips to National Parks, trips to Florida to see my folks, and things like that. But when I was going to turn 50 (yikes, 14 years ago), we went to Europe for my first time. It was a dream come true. I'd never thought I would get to travel, let alone go to Rome, Venice and Florence, Stonehenge, and Paris.
We have been many places since then: back to Europe on a six-week adventure that included 11 countries, mostly in Eastern Europe; an Alaskan cruise, Guatemala, a Caribbean cruise, Mexico, well, you get the idea.
This month, we are going to South Africa. We will spend 5 days in Cape Town, then 4 days on Safari at a private game reserve, then 4 days in Victoria Falls. I have always dreamed of going to Africa to see the animals, sadly many of whom are disappearing from the planet. I'm one of those people who cries when driving and I see a dead animal in the road. One of my closest friends is a wildlife biologist who works tirelessly to protect endangered species. When I look into the eyes of an animal, I see a soul.
I know there is a possibility we won't see some of the animals we hope to see, but whatever we do get to see will be such a blessing. So, I can't wait...
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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here on Monday and Tuesday. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair.
"ONLY ONE THING IS MORE FRIGHTENING THAN SPEAKING YOUR TRUTH, AND THAT IS NOT SPEAKING IT." Naomi Wolf
"We are called human beings, not human doings."
Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher
"The way to do is to be."
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs..(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly."