To take the challenge offered by Kiwiontheloose to answer these 11 quick questions intrigued me today. It’s a lazy Saturday afternoon, I’m not traveling, but sitting here in front of the fireplace and the puppy is finally learning to lay at my feet like the “obedient” dog he should be (not!)
So here goes, Sarah, I think I have to agree with you on some answers as you soon will see.
1. WHAT’S YOUR TRAVELER MOTTO?
“Once a year go someplace you’ve never been before” a quote by the Dalai Lama. It’s something I live by. Doesn’t necessarily mean a different country but it just means getting out and seeing any part of the world whether near or far.
Here I totally agree! It’s been my motto for as long as I’ve been traveling solo. Life is too short and there is so much to see out in the world. I feel as if I’m running out of time.
2. WHAT’S YOUR BEST TRAVEL MEMORY?
I have two answers for this question, but I will use the “G” rated-answer and keep the “X-rated” for a short story. 🙂 When traveling in the UK, you must see Stonehenge. However, to see the stones up close and personal contact the website about Stonehenge and make arrangements to see them before or after the tours. This will mean very early in the morning most of the time, but well worth it. There is a fence around the perimeter of the stones and the tours only allow the tourists to see the stones outside of that fence. Making special arrangements will allow you to see the stones within the stone’s perimeter. You can see the true majesty and get the feel for the size and mystical nature. After that visit, I can now understand why it is one of the great wonders of the world.
3. IF YOU COULD ONLY EAT ONE TYPE OF CUISINE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE WHICH WOULD IT BE?
Anything that has potatoes! Me too, but I really like limencello gelato.
4. WHAT DO YOU MISS THE MOST WHILE TRAVELING?
My own bed if we are talking about comfort. But I would have to say my dog. I worry about him when I’m gone.
5. IF YOU COULD RELIVE THE ADVENTURES OF ONE EXPLORER (REAL OR FICTION) WHICH ONE’S WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
Indiana Jones – well without the people trying to kill you part. I grew up watching Indiana Jones and I think part of me wanted to go on adventures like that. I think that’s why I wanted to be an archaeologist when I was younger and I know it is way Petra is at the top of my bucket list – The Last Crusade anyone?!
I’ll join you on that adventure. Petra is one my bucket list as well,actually too many things on my bucket list!
6. WHAT MADE YOU BECOME A TRAVEL BLOGGER?
I’m one of those women over 65 that travels solo and get asked all the time if I am scared to travel alone. I started blogging to share my stories to show other women my age that they can do it too. I had never had the opportunity and it wasn’t even a consideration when I was in my 20’s to travel or take a year off. It just wasn’t done. I am one of those that work five days a week in a corporate job and save my money for that special trip once a year and take as many side trips locally as I can when I can. Age and circumstance should not limit a woman to travel. She shouldn’t be afraid to travel alone. She shouldn’t be afraid to leave her hometown to discover the world and learn new experiences. Being single should not limit her travel options. There are so many ways to travel, so many ways to travel on a budget, in groups, and solo. You just need to get that ticket and go!
7. IF YOU COULD DO IT AGAIN, WOULD YOU? WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY?
Amen on the starting earlier than I did! and as you, if I did anything differently I wouldn’t be where I am today or have the experiences or income that I have today. Life is that way. There is a time for everything. Perhaps that’s why I didn’t start earlier. So its up to me to make the most of the time that I have now and do as much and experience as much as I can now. I often force myself to overcome any anxieties or fears I might have and find that the results of overcoming these obstacles of a repressed childhood and young adulthood teach me so much that I find myself grateful for the experience.
8. WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU LEARNED WHILE TRAVELING?
Besides packing, I learn more about that with every trip I take and try to take less and less with each trip. I keep it to only 1 small suitcase. The one thing I have really learned is how to be kind to myself. How to pace my activities to take care of me. I know the spirit may be willing, but the body with a chronic illness will speak to me and say “no, you don’t or you will pay”. And it has! Instead of pushing myself to see many cities in one visit. I’ve learned that it’s best that I park myself in one city, become a local for a few weeks, get absorbed in the culture, take my time, and enjoy myself thoroughly. This way not only do I get a real feel of the country and its people, but my body stays healthy and strong.
9. WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND YOUR BLOG’S NAME?
Netdancer started over 23 years ago when the Internet was in its infancy. I was “dancing” all over the “net” designing webpages, chat rooms and trying to learn this new technology. I’ve had this domain now and it has gone through many iterations of ideas, free-lance design, business, teaching and now I’ve transferred the domain name to my blog. I still dance the net reading other’s blogs learning and and expanding my horizons. I feel that we cannot stop learning and technology only assists in that endeavor. It keeps me mentally stimulated, out of trouble and off the streets at night.
10. TELL US 5 THINGS THAT ARE ON YOUR BUCKET LIST
Almost everything on my bucket list has to do with travel.
- The next thing on my bucket list I hope to check off is Athen, Greece. I’m a big history fan. The ruins of Athens are calling my name and after learning how to photograph the super moon…
- the next thing on my bucket list is to photograph each of the next countries I visit during a full moon. I think it will be totally awesome. I already collect sand from each of the beaches of the world I have visited and will continue this, but a full moon over the ruins of Athens. WOW.
- I do want to go zip lining in Costa Rica and stay in a tree house by the ocean.
- This blogging and publishing my photographs is practice for the next thing on my bucket list. Actually being good enough to sell my photography. And you know, I am seeing an improvement every year.
- Okay, last thing on my bucket list is Love. I know it’s a little sappy, but I’ve lived alone a long time. It’s time.
11. IF YOU HAD TO BE STUCK WITH THE SAME PERSON AND TRAVEL WITH THEM CONTINUOUSLY FOR A YEAR (ALIVE OR DEAD) WHO WOULD YOU HAVE WITH YOU?
I can’t say I know of anyone I know alive or dead I would want to travel continuously with for a year. I like traveling at my own pace, I like exploring when I want to, I like not following the rules. I like not having to follow someone else’s timetable. Who knows if in the future if that would change, I’m not totally inflexible.
Featured Image: Clava Cairns, next to Culloden Fields. I was hoping if I touched the stones I would go back in time and find my Highlander ( Jaime) These are the stone that supposedly inspired Diana Gabaldon’s story.