Well this page obviously needs an update since I am now retired and just ran away from home LOL.
I am tapping this out whilst lounging in a hammock looking out over Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.
Now if you know hammocks you will know I am more contorted than ‘lounging’ and I’m not actually looking at the lake since the goof who hung it did so that I would mostly see the hammock. Reality is a subjective thing.
But I am on my way to a year of travelling the world to see what, at the age of 65, I am made of. The plan is loose, controlled by pet sitting opportunities and eye treatments. The latter is a serious pain in my butt and would really appreciate it if the researchers could hurry up and cure Macular Degeneration soon. Roaming the earth letting strangers stick needles in my eyes is not comfortable! Not that knowing the doctor makes it comfortable, it’s a matter of degrees I guess. It helps when you have a common language too.
Back to the plan… I’m starting in Guatemala, likely moving towards the Yucatan via Tikal and Belize.. up to Mexico City. About June I will hop on a cargo ship bound for Asia where I will likely go back to Thailand, then to Sri Lanka, India and back to Africa: Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia. All this could change given enough temptation.
At this point it is surreal and hasn’t really settled into my brain that this is going to be my life for a while. After all, I was at Lake Atitlan a few years ago so there is a familiarity to it… I could just be on one of my vacations and will have to return to work in a few weeks. I wonder what it will feel like when it does… I wait with bated breath.
I’ve kept the original bio below since that is still me but the circumstances have changed, just adding layers to the onion. I’ll try not to make you cry :}.
Hope you decide to follow me and come back to visit often.
You know all those wonderful women travel bloggers out there? The beautiful, fresh, young and vivacious young women? The ones that you just know can walk into a room anywhere in the world and instantly make BFF’s? Yeah well that’s not me. I’m in my early 60’s, single, slightly overweight, neurotic, suffering through bouts of shyness balanced with occasional attacks of fearlessness. As I was trolling through travel blogs for the past few months looking to see if there was a place for me in this blogsphere, I realized I never saw “me” in any of them. So I figured I’d share my kind of travelling, including the inner journey that I go through to travel. Maybe some woman somewhere might be inspired to step out of her comfort zone and onto the road, thinking “Hell if she can do it so can I!”. Plus I might supply comic relief for those amazing young women that roam the earth with such courage and confidence. They are the ones that inspire me.
I love everything about travel, well except for planes… between the government and the terrorists the fun has been sucked right out of that. But the rest? My adrenaline surges just thinking about it. I am not the kind of traveller though that jumps off a plane and wings it (pun intended). I really come into my own when researching and planning my next trip, putting all the pieces together creating a wonderful collage of experiences and adventures. I am an artist (clay) and have discovered a love of writing so it all seems to be merging together into an interesting stew that will be this blog… I hope.
Recently it occurred to me that I would be retiring in 4 years (less now!). At 20 that may seem like a lifetime but at 61 due to the accelerated time warp of aging it is but a nano second. I had planned on living in a developing country since I knew I wouldn’t be able to handle living in Vancouver, B.C. financially once I retired. But now I realize I have no plan, no place in mind and certainly no support system in place when I get there. Guess I’d better get on that. So this blog has taken a lane change from what it started as, now it is going to be about my journey to find my place in the sun, finally a home where just maybe I will finally feel like I belong.
So that’s me. I will do my best to be honest and entertaining. Here’s hoping some people come by and say hello and give me some feedback. If not, well I’ll just keep plodding along and do my best to enjoy the journey.