What a treat! I would usually go for a month at a time pretending that I too lived in Hong Kong. Her apartment was half way up Victoria Peak with giant picture windows overlooking the harbor. My favorite night-time activity was simply sitting there looking at the light show. I could not believe my luck.
She had a gym in the building which kept me busy and I was great friends with the staff. When done with my workout I would find a new way to hike down to town, exploring each block and trying not to get lost…which is more difficult when you have the harbor and peak as landmarks.
My only job was to prepare dinner and that task also became fun as I tried out different grocery stores with different foods. When loaded up with bundles I would take the apartment bus back up…
I chuckle when I see the meme of someone’s floor plan and they joke that they are traveling today to this particular room…all in honor of staying at home, sheltering in place. It’s a crazy time and I do dream about traveling soon, just not sure it’ll happen. (pics of shower curtain and suitcases hiding under my bed/sofa)
I live in a studio apartment, or what I fondly call “my shed with a bed”. I sold my home years ago in order to have travel money to fulfill my dreams. I’m usually not sad about that except for now. I miss it. (not sure if it’s my home I miss or the travel). Yes, I’m sure….it’s the “road not taken”.
So far, I’ve had to cancel three trips. I’ve two more on the schedule, one for August and one for September, trying to hit those times between outbreaks of Covid-19. I am too up to date on every country and every problem, causing many sleepless nights. I get upset with the numbers of people in my neighborhood who ignore social-distancing and refuse to wear masks. I truly don’t want to go through this again (day 40 for me).
My airline of choice, Delta, is being great with their loyalty program. Apparently I would not have to travel 125,000 miles this year and could retain my status with my miles rolling over. While I enjoy the game of meeting their requirements I enjoy the travel more.
My retirement was supposedly all about travel. My destiny was to see the World before I died. Covid-19 put a dent into those hopes. Considering the damage it has done to many people’s lives and many countries’ economies, my pending future is minute in comparison.
However, I miss packing my suitcase, I miss the anxiety of new adventures, and I miss watching all those movies in a cramped space with mediocre food. Travel has been my freedom from life’s crazy disturbances: the sustenance for my soul.
I finally cancelled my trip to Malawi even though I was unable to get most of the money back. Contacting the hotels and airlines has been very difficult. They asked that I not call until 72 hours before the trip even though that meant I missed the deadlines for any refunds. I have two more trips coming up….Peru in May and Minnesota in June. Fingers crossed.
I am trying to be a responsible citizen, respecting both the lives of those I would visit as well as those I see upon a return. It stinks though.
To experience a new country, a new language, a new cuisine, or a new garb is beyond exciting. It is first hand education using all of your senses at once. And when given an opportunity to take part in a local custom, one can only enhance one’s understanding. Trying something different allows one to appreciate the extraordinary. The following photos bring back such joy and amazement for me and remind me that all is not wrong with the world.
I realize how fortunate I’ve been to have seen so much and I am richer for having done so. I admire and respect those of you who have made a difference to these same places by doing humanitarian work while I have been the one benefiting. Maybe one of these years I will join you in your compassionate endeavors! Meanwhile, thank you.
It’s a little hard to complain about a luxury cruise when the service is incredible, the food and weather amazing and the fellow travelers are interesting and engaging. However, I don’t think it’s for me. I had read about a woman travelling on such a boat instead of spending her final years in an assisted living facility and thought that was just a legend but I actually met someone who was living on this boat! It is something I will keep in mind.
Perhaps the fact that I was traveling alone made my experience a bit different; however, I think it was that I felt myself melting into too much leisure. I no longer cared if I went to the gym daily, didn’t care that I was eating 3 full meals each day and definitely didn’t balk at drinking wine with lunch or really any other time.
I’m not judging anyone who loves this life including those who enjoy dressing up in formal wear, but it’s not for me. I prefer a bit of a struggle getting from here to there; I like planning my day and I relish unforeseen adventures that test my energy.
I’m sure I will take another cruise someday, especially if it’s the only way to get me to a destination in the most efficient and cost effective way. Meanwhile, I think I will push my limits. My next trip will take me to Malawi…a landlocked country!
While I cruised for a week on the Seabourn Odyssey it certainly was not a voyage marked by upheaval or even any big waves. It would be difficult to find something wrong with this beautiful ship on its expedition among the Caribbean islands.
This boat includes 11 decks with two swimming pools, six outdoor whirlpools, a spa and a gym. There is a capacity for 450 passengers. The dining rooms serve incredible food and drink and the overall service of the staff is amazing.
As a woman traveling alone I was invited to join other diners each evening, hosted by one of the entertainers or one of the ship officers. The majority of the passengers were Brits and I met quite a few who had made this exact trip before!
While I’ve not done many ocean voyages the fact that I would amass 5 new countries to add to my check-it-off map was a definite plus. Starting at Barbados, our stops included St. Kitt’s and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Antigua and Sint Maarten where I disembarked.
Living in San Diego I wasn’t as excited as most of the passengers to visit the local beaches although I do like walking them and enjoy a good snorkeling spot.
With my two adult daughters in tow, one a vegetarian and the other a pescatarian we delighted in the options we discovered in Lima, Peru! Breakfast was included at the hotel and actually had individual stations for various food choices including vegans!
Life is good when you can find new restaurants for both lunch and dinner each day. It is even better when the cost of these delicious morsels is less than one might spend at a fast food place in the USA!
While most of the ones we frequented were in either Miraflores or Barranco due to the close proximity to our hotel we did stop at a fun little eatery off the Plaza De Armas De Lima. I can highly recommend the following: Javier’s, Mo Bistro, Cala and Tragaluz.
But the highlight was the tasting menu at Kjolle. The price was higher than the others but probably five times less than the same meal in New York. The chef, Pia Leon, is a young woman who has wowed patrons around the world with her innovative and exquisite cuisine. Her restaurant sits above her husband’s famous Central where she previously was working. The site of these two set in a beautiful garden is worth a visit in itself.
While enjoying each course I was distracted by a young couple sitting a few tables away taking well choreographed photos of her eating. I asked them about it on the way out and they have their own blog that has allowed them to travel the world and eat at places like this! Take a look at “Cheat Day Eats”.