First, a brief explanation about those uncaptioned India and Egypt photographs on the previous blog post. I needed a place to deposit the shots I was fishing around in my photo files for, as I was describing my solo travels through India. Also, Egypt was the only country in which I joined a tour group and that was because one cannot explore the Sacred Valley of the Nile alone.
At least, I did know how to plant pictures here to add them to my blogs……but, obviously, I didn’t know how to add descriptive words to those pages AFTER I had inserted the pictures. So, I created a blog without words! That’s a first! So, these are shots of friends in Udiapur, India, and of my three days on the open deck of a Nile Falluca ( a flat-bottomed river boat) with members of my Intrepid Tour Group, exploring ancient Egypt.
We are halfway through the daily questions of The Indie Challenge, during the month of November sent to me by www.bootsnall.com, interviewing present, or wanna be, around-the-world travelers about our many habits and characteristics. Almost without fail, when I first read every question, I wonder what in the world I might answer to that one?
Today’s question is:
“What small things do you enjoy while traveling? Simple moments and details? What would make me happy today? Prioritize and make it happen.”
Hmmmmm???? Everything is small and understated in my travels. I don’t go to the huge tourist attractions. I just go live in a country and a town and fit right in, getting the feel of a place through my skin, gradually. But, then I figured it out!
Naps! I do love my mid-afternoon lie-downs, even if I’ve slept a full ten hours the night before….which is usually the case. It’s not that hard to arrange…. even in the hostels, as those are often really quiet, day or night. But, especially when I rent an apartment for awhile. I get up early and by 3 p.m., I’m ready for a good old rest, just like I would do at home.
Age is as good an excuse as any, but I think it’s simply a sane way to take care of your body when you’re asking so much of it in the way of adaptation to new locations and new foods.
Yep! I love to take naps! A small thing, but so pleasant!
And also, having the time to read paperback novels. I’ve just finished Wilbur Smith’s “Elephant Song” (519 pages) in just a few days and my eyes needed their rest. This voracious digesting of a good story reminds me why I don’t often pick up those hefty time-taker-upers. Then, I swear not to get involved with another long book and sign away another week to digest it thoroughly. At home, I can stick to my resolve…. but not so easily while on the road, where many hostels and restaurant hangouts have a book exchange rack, so temptingly at hand.
But, indeed, reading good books, also constitutes a Small Pleasure to enjoy while traveling.