Still Chilly In Beautiful Mexico…San Miguel de Allende!

December 7, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

My traveling life has resumed after two months visiting family in The States. Back in September, I concluded my 3rd around-the-world trip and flew from Hanoi, Vietnam to Hawaii and then, on to Denver, Colorado. It was great to reunite with daughter, Jennifer; son-in-law, Kevin and grandkids, Riley and Molly.

Santa Fe, New Mexico, hosted the International Living Magazine’s Expat Conference, which I attended to help me settle into expat life here in Mexico. I met several people already living here, whom I will soon look up. I plan to stay at least the six months that my tourist visa allows.

Then, I flew to Central Florida to visit my sister and her husband, Ann and Bill Sargent.

But, this decision to return to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico had already “flown into my heart” as soon as I turned the corner in South East Asia. Why, I’m not sure, though I’d been very impressed with its beauty on my first trip to Mexico.

This is the Central Plaza, the beautiful heart of San Miguel de Allende. Everyone gravitates here simply to be surrounded by this beauty. Even though it’s a small town, I’ve never found one so packed with hidden treasure of color, beauty, art, style, food and culture. I’m so glad to be back!

Absolutely Freezing In Santa Fe, New Mexico!

November 15, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Brrrr! An Alberta Clipper just landed on New Mexico Sunday night! Winter visited, alright, with snow, wind and freezing temperatures. Luckily, it waited until the real purpose of my visit to this State was accomplished. I had come for an International Living Magazine Conference about “Expating to foreign countries on Social Security,” which was held at the very, very fancy Hilton Buffalo Thunder Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, between November 8-10. There were 500 of us gathered for an intense look at all the wonderful offshore possibilities for living cheaper, fulltime or part-time lives, overseas. All of this consultation confirmed my decision to move/expat to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico next month.

On my way there, I will fly to Central Florida to visit my sister and brother-in-law in Lakeland. We haven’t seen each other for quite some time and I’m looking forward to being with the rest of my family, just as I had in Denver before the conference. But first, I decided to come closer to the actual town of Santa Fe for a nostalgic look-see. Some years ago, I housesat/petsat in this vicinity and wanted to remind myself of its Southwestern loveliness.

Naturally, after paying BIG bucks for staying in that fancy hotel for this Expating Bootcamp, I chose to stay the three nights in the dorm at the very funky and informal Santa Fe International Hostel, which is much more in tune with my worldwide travel tastes. This is one of the homiest, southwestern-themed, hostels I’ve ever stayed in and I wound up spending all of my time right here, inside because, all of a sudden, the night that I checked-in, the weather changed sooooo drastically! Freezing weather swooped over most of the Central United States from Canada! Hence, the “Alberta Clipper” designation! Folks here say this is very early for such extreme weather, which was down in the 20’s and 30’s with a biting wind. I only walked several blocks and came back to the hostel, abandoning my plans to poke around this cute little town. Instead of the cold outdoors, my pictures are of the interior of this little western hostel, where all the food is free because local grocery stores donate their outdated foods. We cook up all sorts of tasty meals in the restaurant-sized kitchen.

Tomorrow, I fly to warm and sunny Florida…. where my sister says it has now cooled from the 80’s to the 70’s. Yay! I’ll take it!

Do You Know What An Expat Is? I’m Planning To Become One. Again!

November 3, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

I’ve had a delightful Fall visit with my family in Golden, Colorado, and will fly to Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Wednesday, November 7th. Fortunately for me. International Living Magazine is sponsoring a Conference on “How To Become An Expat anywhere in the world.” Since I’ll head for San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, after my Florida visits; the timing is perfect. I like big meetings where other travel-nuts like myself, gather to trade tips; so I jumped right in.

The word “Expat” surely comes from the word Expatriot, but we don’t turn our backs on our Western citizenship, at all. We merely choose to live overseas for a portion of the year. Many people buy property in attractive world locations and retire to warmer… and much less expensive… places of living. Frequently, they become active in tbose communities or, at least, the weekly lunch gatherings of fellow expats.

My first experience of this type of retired life came in Montevideo, Uruguay, a few years ago, and I will find it again in Mexico. In fact, several speakers at next week’s Bootcamp conference are now living in San Miguel. I have identified this categoty of Senior Citizen as world-minded as I am; even though they are far older than the hostelers, whom I usually hang out with during my frequent around-the-world jaunts

The big question for me will be: “Can I satisfy my wanderlust by becoming an expat somewhere?” And that remains to be seen. I still owe myself a good, long looksee at China, Siberia Russia, North and South Korea, Japan and many Pacific Islands; which I postponed this time by coming back to the States a year early. But, family and friends are important, too; and those countries will always be there.

Here’s the unchanging message that I always find myself sharing with others:

This world really is a wonderfully-welcoming and inviting place and its people are truly nice. If I can get myself around at this age and on a budget; then, so can you! The only thing to fear is fear, itself!

Golden Hours In Golden, Colorado!

October 10, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

I’ve been “Home” for two weeks now. After flying all night from Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii; my daughter, Jennifer, met me at the Denver airport and took me to their lovely suburban home in Golden, Colorado. .>

Jet lag, including the seven-hour flight between Hanoi, Vietnam, and Hawaii, can certainly set one back in time and energy! I’ve had the luxury to come slowly back to the future. And literally, now, having to figure out what to do next. The family, my daughter and son-in-law Jennifer & Kevin; grandkids, Riley and Molly, have given me a grand welcome back to The States.

First things first… I got caught up in the urgent need to design a Halloween Costume for Soda, our huge Golden Retriever; because he needed something to wear for Ellich Gardens’ Halloween Carnival parade next Saturday.

Molly has decided upon the theme of James and The Giant Peach! Guess who gets to be the Peach!

The Giant Peach

Meantime, we are catching up on my three-year
trip around the world and I’m getting used to a grandson in college and a high school senior, granddaughter. Next, I will fly to Florida for more reunions with family and friends.

Coming Home is great!

Completing My 3rd RTW, I Already Am Making Plans For Creating An International Conference In Mexico Next April!

September 24, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

At the moment, I’m in Waikiki, Hawaii, on my last evening offshore before flying to Denver to see my family. That will complete my third, solo circumnavigation of the planet; this time spending three years traveling around the equitorial region. My upper and lower solo hemispheric circles each took about a year and were made possible by the aging necessary for receipt of a Social Security payment, my sole source of income.

I turned 81 this month, but I am, in no way, turning in my Dancin’ Shoes! The new-age spiritual retreat I’m already planning for April, 2019, in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, is well-sprouted in my mind. Think:

A Sock- hop with Soul; A Rock & Roll Millennial Rollover;

A Dancing & Romancing With The Upper Realms!

Can you guess that I’m wordsmithing for titles.

Do you know how to Jitterbug? Circa 1955? Well, I do; and I have taught it all over the world. We’ll have dances every night…. waltz, foxtrot, cha- cha… and fast-dancing to Elvis! With instruction, of course! Nobody has EVER heard of the Jitterbug, according to my extensive, global survey. It’s better than a Yoga workout.

But, during the day, we’ll have serious talks and conversations: massage demonstrations, using unheard-of psychic feedback, taught by a former Radio City Rockette. We’ll have talks by Hearing Voices Network Experiencers, including myself, a clairaudient author, lecturer. And a host of other metaphysical experts.

Keep your eyes open for your chance to enroll.

When else will you ever get a chance to dance every night for two weeks? Never! That’s what!

Plan on Dancin’ and Romancin’ this Spring. Book as soon as we open registration!

Exploring The Hawaian Islands Is A Lot Like Traveling Around The World

September 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

I’m sleeping through seven days of jet-lag in Waikiki! Some formula says that for every Time Meridian one crosses; one must wooze through a full day of fatigue and disorientation. Last Monday, I flew from Hanoi, Vietnam to Honolulu, Hawaii; changing planes in Seoul, Korea. Ever since…I have been floppy!

But, it’s a great place to lounge around in! Even the nasty weather passed us by. I keep telling myself to get out and explore; take a tour! Plan my life! But I take a walk and then get serious about a nap. This, too, shall pass!

Sure, I’ve just circled the world for the third time and that required a lot of flying…but not in such long gulps. Technically, I’m still on my three-year RTW since I haven’t returned to Golden, Colorado, where it began. But, I AM on American soil and that’s a completion of sorts.

Hawaii feels a bit like Clearwater, Florida, where I have spent so many years of my life. Might these islands be a good place to settle down? They have mountains and jungles and beaches within easy reach. So, I am seriously considering it and the only way to find out is to examine the seven individual pieces of this island-state and see which I like best. That’s pretty much the same way I’ve just examined the planet.

I don’t need a visa to live here. Everyone speaks English! My family members might want to visit me, as opposed to somewhere else on the mainland, like Podunk, USA.

So, we shall see; as soon as the jet lag clears!

What Does Traveling Backwards Feel Like?

July 31, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Traveling Backwards and Forwards, simultaneously, feels just the same….only stranger! Exactly the same way that traveling Upwards or Downwards does. I have just completed all four of these directions and am quite disoriented by now.

If you have kept up with my travels, you will know that I have been steadily moving eastwards around the equator for almost three years; in this third RTW of mine: Traveling from The States and Mexico, Central America; to the UK, Eastern Europe, Russia, Italy, France, Spain, the Canaries, Morocco, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Indonesia, Thailand, and Laos.

Now, that’s a standard, uni-directional, logical plowline! Aside from going north in Thailand and then south along Laos to its capital of Vietiane, I have stayed as predictable as the crow flies.

But, this little crow’s brain is apparently very easy to scramble. All it took was a three-month detour to the Philippine Islands. On impulse, I took an abrupt turn across the South China Sea to Manila, and then traveled north and south (up and down) through Cebu City, Oslob, Siguihor Island and Dumaguete, where I broke a shoulder, twisted a knee, and seriously disoriented myself concerning my straightforwards around-the-world flight.

I am just realizing the effect of this whimsical dosey-do, between Manila, in the Philippine Islands, and Vientiane, Laos; because I have returned to the very same Mixay Paradise Hotel I set out from last April. Same staff, same room, same afternoon tea, same Buddhist temples across the street! Naturally, I have been reabsorbed into the same loving hotel family…even some of the same guests! It suddenly feels as if I haven’t been anywhere. As if May, June and July never occurred! As if the world has, suddenly, simply plopped into the monsoon season.

As soon as I have sufficiently rested, I shall rejoin my Stray Asia hop-on, hop-off tour through Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Then, when I use up these SE Asian countries, I am planning more circles through China, Siberia, Korea, and Japan. How confusing will those be as I teeter on the far-eastern shores of that greatest landmass?

Circles are all that I will have left to perform! The Islands of The Pacific Ocean! I shall be one dizzy balleting blonde, that’s for sure, when I finally attain the western shoreline of my homeland. Will I then collapse like a victorious, long-distance swimmer? Determined to stay closer to home in the future?

What Do George Cloony And I Have I Common?

July 12, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

We were each recently injured while traveling in a foreign country! He was thrown onto the pavement yesterday, when a Mercedes swerved in front of his motorcycle from the opposite lane. In Sardinia, I think. He’s bunged up, but will be alright.

My accident, in Dumaguete, on June 26, wasn’t as dangerous as his, but led to ten days in a Philippine hospital and I am now holed up in a Cebu City hotel for a long, long rest while my broken shoulder and twisted knee completely heal. Luckily, this didn’t happen in traffic, but right in my hostel kitchen when I tripped on a brick ledge in the floor.

Pain is pain and I’m sure George Clooney and I are mutually uncomfortable. But we’re alive and will recover completely. He’s younger, so his bones were stronger. I was very happy not to have very brittle bones at my age. My shoulder merely has a compression fracture, a little more serious than a hairline break, which it was originally thought to be. Things could have been much worse and I’ll get lot’s of writing done during my enforced rest.

But talk about famous people! This injury led me to my sudden spectacular friendship with a top Philippine Rock Star Band, SALBAKUTA. I sat surrounded by them on the airplane coming here. They had just performed a huge stadium concert the night before. Most of them slept, but Mad, my seatmate, (with tatooed arms and sunglasses) and I, talked nonstop the whole hour-long flight. Whoulda’ thunk we would have had so much in common? I don’t know much about modern music.

Their latest hit is “S2upid Luv” (Stupid Love), which is beautiful. Look it up on You Tube for a listen. The verses are in the Filipino language but the chorus is in English. Check out their band there, too. I haven’t learned to post the link here yet; but I will now make an effort to learn.

And while I’m bragging about my intimacy with fame just this week, I’ll report this flattering compliment they gave me. When I first met all of them, as we were settling into our seats, they asked if I was Gloria Romero. She is a big Filipino movie star of an earlier era, who is now 83. They said I look just like her and to prove it, they googled her on their cell phones. But those pictures were taken in her youth when she resembled Elizabeth Taylor. Now, I have found some taken in her eighties after her hair had turned white like mine. Okay, we do look a little alike!

So all that surrounding love and feel-good messages were poured upon me, seemingly to compensate for the “owies” I was recovering from! Not a bad exchange!

I hope George Clooney gets the same for his broken bones today!

Living High In Lazi On Siquijor Island, Philippines

June 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

I’m exploring the special little island of Siquijor by shifting accommodations once a week. I now have a very fancy,  AC, apartment Zosimos Resort in Lazi. Such a move from a lower bunk in a cramped, mixed dorm room with bathroom down the way!

But not nearly so social! I’m on my own, with desk space and supposedly working wi-fi to catch up on all my computing duties… like blogging on my two websites. Like my 5th book manuscript. Ummmm. Half the time, I can’t get online. A weak signal, or sonething. The apartment costs four times what Tori’s Backpacker’s Paradise cost, but has worse wi-fi. Maybe the fancy TV will redeem it, but I’m so out of the habit.

I’m On A Small Philippine Island Named Siquijor (Sigi-hor)

June 12, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

I’m enjoying my 5th day at Tori’s Backpacker Hostel on a very tropical island where reggae plays day and night. I sleep very well in a tiny, mixed dorm bunkbed, which I curtain with sarongs to cut down on the light. I’m meeting lots of 20-and-thirty-something scuba divers, as this place is right on the beach.

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I Receive The Munay-Ki Rites of The Andean Shamans In The Sacred Valley of Peru
Becoming The Creator of My Own Universe Through Peruvian Shamanic Traditions
Visions Of Paz y Luz Healing Resort & Conference Center, Pisac, Peru
A Peruvian Despacho Ceremony For A Baby’s First Haircut
My Date With St. Peter – How I Took Charge of My Own Health Through A Peruvian CondorVision San Pedro Ceremony
My Last Day In Pisac, Peru
Having Achieved Ecuador….
Cuenca, Ecuador…….Expat Life……..Not So Much! Yet!….But, Improving!
There’s Much To Like In Cuenca, Ecuador! I Might Stay Here Longer!
Meeting Some of My Fellow Expats in Cuenca, Ecuador
Excursions And Discoveries Ecuadorian!
Age Schmage…………. Money Schmoney
Steady As She Goes On All Expat Plans For 2014
My Last Expat Night In Cuenca, Ecuador – Fabiano’s Pizza
Puerto Lopez, Ecuador – Whale of a Day
Spirit Orbs Over The Secret Garden, Quito, Ecuador, Hostel
New Life, New Friends, New Mexico!
I Drove The Dog And The Dog Won!
Leaving Lovely Santa Fe, N.M. And Heading for Golden, Colorado
Taking A Vacation From My Vacation
This Promises To Be A Very Strange Experiment – A New Trick For An Old Dog
How To Make Yourself At Home Within Ten Minutes Anywhere In The World
Life With My Family on “Normal Street,” U.S.A.
Posthumous Exhibit Of My Son’s (Randy Brown) Art
The Timely Conjunction of “Journey Of Souls” With A New Stage Of My Life
Finding Fabulous Friends In Santa Fe, New Mexico
I Lost My Way In Eldorado…….
Life Is Like A Doggie Bath!
March, 2015 – A Month Of Lost & Found!
I Have Run Six Marathons in Forty-Eight Days
An Explosive Writing Experience!
My Newest Book, “Millennial Springtime: Love In The Vast Lane”
My Mission Statement: “To Write Large Upon The World!” While Traveling Solo
Luxury Home In Santa Fe, N.M. Comes With a Yurt!
This Is A Long, Hard Marathon…. But, I’m Winning!
A Persecution Of Sunshine For A Rabbit Like Me!
Age Schmage…….Money Schmoney! An Excellent Philosophy!
An Introduction Video To My Future Traveling Life: “AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 YEARS!”
An Extreme Example Of Life In A Hostel Dormitory
A Good Description of A New Breed of Senior Travelers – Just Like Me!
My 78th Birthday is Here At Last!!!
Here I Go Again – Around The World For Four Years This Time!
Glorious Colorado In The Fall Brings Out School Field Trips
Patricia, The Greatest Hurricane Show That (N)Ever was! Or, Stalking The Elusive Not-Yeti In Central Mexico!
I Have, Essentially, Moved To Mexico!
My Answers To The BootsN’All Independent Travel Manifesto
My Top Five Travel Trips for New Travelers Before Starting A Trip
My Top Ten Values For Life – Part One
Elder Over-Achievers! My New Heroes!
My Top Ten Values For Life – Part Two
My Dream Journey And Practicing Travel Caution Without Paranoia
Managing Money While I Travel
What Can You NOT Travel Without?
Some Favorite Photos of Me On The Road, Solo, At Age Sixty-Seven
Friends in India & Egypt
What Small Things Do I Enjoy While Traveling?
I’m Organizing The First Chapter of Hearing Voices Network In Mexico
Secrets To My Around-The-World Traveling Life
At Home Or Abroad, Gringos Will Be Gringos
Mexico Will Soon Be In My Rear-View Mirror!
Belize Used To Be Called British Honduras But I Call It Beautiful!
Over And Under The Water In Ambergris Caye, Belize
You’d Better Belize It! Life In The Jungles Of Belize!
MEXICO – My Hostel In Tulum!
Cancun Can’t!
I’m Sleeping in The Queen’s Head While Her Majesty Turns 90!
“Moving Through Life @ Eighty Years Per Hour” or “I Need a Luggage Daddy….er, Caddy!”
I Blew Into The UK On Arctic Blast Winds! And Still, I’ve Traveled North To Edinburgh, Scotland
Lovely, Gracious London At The Best Time of The Year
Memories Of Bygone Days ….. Two Months Ago In Belize!
My Normal Life in London Town These Days
Was I On Another Planet… Or In London, England?
I’m Transitioning To Another Region of Europe – The Baltic States
Lots Of Rainbows Over London Today!
I Love Tallin, Estonia!
Glorious Estonia – Pagan Roots, Soaring Steeples And Soviet Museums!
Happy Hostel Life In Estonia….. And Worldwide!
What Do Dead Dogs & At-Risk Elephants Have To Do With Each Other?
“We’re Not In St. Pete Anymore, Toto!” We’re In Russia!
Traveling Into Russia Is Filled With Happy Discovery!
My Little Sister, Ann, Makes Me Proud For My 79th Birthday!
I Spent My Birthday With The Archangel Michael, Near The White Sea In Russia
A Funny Story About A New Dress Purchased The Night Before My Aeroflot Flight To Moscow….With Its Anti-Theft Device Still Firmly Attached!!!
Moscow & Me! I Like It Just As Well As I Did At Perestroika Time!
So Many New Moscow Friends…… But I Had To Travel On To Riga, Latvia
Where, Oh Where, Is The White Sea? Near The Arctic Circle….In Russia!
I’ve Been in Four Countries….. Five Cities, All In The Past Month!
After Europe, I’m in Israel For A Month
I Have A Big Family, So Our Jerusalem Thanksgiving Dinner Was Spaghetti Casserole Bake
Exploring Antiquity In Jerusalem This December!
My First Impressions Of Old Jerusalem
Make Friends! Not Art!
Leaving A Legacy Of Jitterbug In Tel Aviv, Israel
Back to Europe From The Holy Land. I’ve Landed in Barcelona, Spain!
I Will Be Reddit’s Solo Travel Site’s “Ask Me Anything!” Guest Interviewer On Sunday Afternoon, January 29!
My Exciting New Life In Casablanca, Morocco
No, I Have Not Died And Gone To Heaven! Just Zanzibar!
The Search For Meaning In Life Is Probably The Same All Over The World
Life In And Around Lake Victoria, Africa. I Have Achieved My Destination!
Christmas Day On An Island In Thailand
Bangkok, Here I Come! Money Stuff Notwithstanding!
Beautiful Bangkok Is A Peaceful and Varied Place
I Am Deep In The Lovely Land of Laos In South East Asia While My sweet Granddaughter, Molly, Turns 18!
Total Trust, Safety, And Honesty Is Here In Luang Prabang, Laos, Southeast Asia!
Fellow Americans! I’ve Discovered A Terrible Secret, Out Here On The RTW Trail! Help Me, Please!
How To Get To The Root Of Any Matter? Try Wordsmithing! Try Punning!
Open Letter To My Dearest Friend, Fawn Germer, And All Woman’s Leadership Groups Who Work Together to Change The World and Their Own Lives!
Wet Hens Unite! America’s Secret War In Laos!
America’s Birthday Drumroll Coming Up! Time To Clean House!
I’m Breaking Some Habits And Following Others In My Not Always Solo Around The World Trip
With Liberty and Justice For ALL! That’s What America Stands For!
Who Can Jitterbug? You’d Be In The Minority! I Can Teach You!
What Does It Do To The Body, Mind And Soul To Travel To New Places?
Happy Noisy Buddhist New Year In Laos Has Me Ready To Travel Again
Manila, Philippines, Is A Very Modern New Beginning Point
Discovering New Dimensions in Cebu City, Philippines
The Treasure of Health, Wealth, Wholeness And Friendship Is Here In The Philippines!
I’m On A Small Philippine Island Named Siquijor (Sigi-hor)
Living High In Lazi On Siquijor Island, Philippines
What Do George Cloony And I Have I Common?
What Does Traveling Backwards Feel Like?
Exploring The Hawaian Islands Is A Lot Like Traveling Around The World
Completing My 3rd RTW, I Already Am Making Plans For Creating An International Conference In Mexico Next April!
Golden Hours In Golden, Colorado!
Do You Know What An Expat Is? I’m Planning To Become One. Again!
Absolutely Freezing In Santa Fe, New Mexico!
Still Chilly In Beautiful Mexico…San Miguel de Allende!