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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Eat, Pray, Love...and Travel

I started it. And I love her writing. A woman who says, "Because God never slams a door in your face without opening a box of Girl Scout cookies" gets it.

It's made me think about who I am as a traveler.

I like to be alone when I travel. I don't go out of my way to make friends. I like the solitude of a hotel room at night. (I should add then when I'm working all day and often into the evening, I am with people I really like though, and some of them are or become friends.)

I'm not good at languages. I can understand much, much more Spanish that I can speak, and I'm not one of those travelers who ask what all sorts of words are and then repeats them. I try to learn a few polite phrases--thank you, hello--and leave it at that.

I'm not an adventurous eater. I'm pretty conservative, and rarely get sick.

I don't worry much about things going wrong. I figure I can work things out as I go. Left in the airport in Addis Ababa with no money and no ride? Wait. Talk to the cleaning people. Figure it out. Things have a way of solving themselves, given time.

I try to let mistakes go. So I tipped the kid $15 for carrying my bag because I didn't have the money figured out yet? Oh well. Lucky kid.

I don't read much about a country until I get there.

What makes me a good traveler is that I love travel. Deep down in my soul it makes me happy. Travel memories collect in my head. I remember men on a spiritual journey to the Ganges. I think about kids in the orphanage in Madagascar. I recall being given so many mangos and Cokes in one day in Bangladesh that I felt sick. I can hear young men in Mali playing guitars hooked up to the car battery.

Life is sweet. I'm looking forward to Rwanda...and Guatemala.


Blogger Bobealia... said...

Looks like a nice cover and I believe you can read a book by it's cover. Or, at least pick a book by it's cover.
I like travelling alone 'cause I don't like dealing with other people's shit. I actually like travelling with my husband though, because he shoulders half the responsibility and I feel safer.

7:49 PM  
Blogger KC said...

I'm envious of your travel savvy and levelheadedness. I tend to get anxious and worked up silly in some of those predicaments.

Your soul was made to travel. It's so great that you can do it often.

6:11 AM  
Blogger QT said...

Your post made me smile this morning. I can't wait to start this book! I do a lot of research when I travel, and I like to be with someone I know (carefully chosen!) that likes to travel, too. For me I just like having someone there to share the experience with.

I am so glad that you get to do something you love for a living.

6:50 AM  
Blogger Lynnea said...

You sound so relaxed about your travels. I love your attitude about working out problems. I think when I travel with kids I'm more anxious than when I'm alone, which makes total sense. I look forward to retirement travel one day when it is the non-anxious, let's hop over here for awhile type. Until then, I'm here. Let us know how the book goes too.

7:55 AM  
Blogger Tink said...

In my next life, I want to come back as someone like you... I THINK I love traveling. Although I haven't been able to do much of it to know. Once I'm there, I'm cool. But before? I'm a wreck. I like all the basic things worked out: hotel, car, etc. Being left stranded in an airport with no money and no ride would be my nightmare.

8:15 AM  
Blogger thailandchani said...

That is my travel style as well. I traveled to Thailand alone, although I did know a few people in Khon Kaen before I went. Still, I preferred to wander around alone and experience things without a crowd.

I would imagine you will end up being comfortable wherever you go. :)



11:41 AM  
Blogger magickat said...

You are also great at sharing traveling stories. I look forward to hearing about Rwanda.

11:46 AM  
Blogger meno said...

I heard the author of this book interviewed on the radio and made a mental note to check out the book. But as with many of my mental notes these days, it got lost. Thanks for the reminder.

2:35 PM  
Blogger Susan as Herself said...

Ooooh. I love being in a hotel room all by myself too. A real luxury.

4:37 PM  
Blogger Robyn said...

Hi Lucia,
Thanks for popping in the other day :)
One of my friends just recommended this book today, said it was FANTASTIC. She's rationing it to make the reading experience last longer!

5:11 AM  

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