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 We had a lovely apartment with a great view of the town & sea. We went to a secluded beach yesterday, hiking down one mile to the shore..Xabi & Steve walked up to get the car and drive us up- no parking allowed on that road.
Lot’s of sun; the mediteranean was too cold to go in and good waves to my surprise..  We went on a route with beautiful vistas mountains-sea. Some of the mountain roads were extremely curvy-not well paved with no guardrails; Steve & I agree Costa Rica beats them for most treacherous. Frigliliana is a charming town and had some cute diorama-puppet art/entertainment in windows for a coin and also we said hello to a Enrique, a cute chiuhuanhua in a window whose elderly owner was so happy to hear we are American and that Obama is a world leader now to “give the world hope.”  Onto  Sayalonga, on the “Sun & Wine Route” with a yummy menu el dia at 3PM (lunch) complete with liquor de yerbes (chamomile) apertif. London next; sayonora!

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Before too much time has passed, I’d like to share my thoughts from the park bench en Madrid last week, 6:45PM/…
Madrid has been a stopover for us – hangin’ @ Ariel & Xabi’s…enjoying their flat and terrace… his guitar strumming…viewing a brilliant rainbow from the terrace with strain’s of Neil Young “she can take me over the rainbow” on the stereo…
We had a wonderful midday meal: grilled fish, sauteed veggies and vino…I wrote this sitting while sitting on a park bench listening to birds. I was anticipating Ariel’s superb performance in a dramatic-musical production in the eve. We weren’t dissapppointed…

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I’ve gone nine days “unconnected”.. that may be my record in this phase of life. Traveling is leaving “life as you know it” behind to explore different cultures and landscapes and to refresh and renew yourself. Traveling with my husband Steve, we had wonderful five days in Mallorca with our daughters, who live in Madrid and London. The word “idyllic” kept popping up in conversation re this locale~ Later in our itinerary Steve and I revisited Marakesh, Morocco after a 37 year time span from our last visit when we spent over a month there in the winter of a year of travels. We found some positive changes which I’ll write about in a stand alone blog soon..
As a seasoned traveler to foreign lands, I’d like to share
10 Tips for Smooth Travels and Fun:
1. Anticipate having a wonderful time
2. If something goes “wrong” or not according to plan, try to see the humor in it and move on.
3. Once you’re settled in and go exploring, allow yourself to “get lost”. ie: don’t have your nose glued to a map.
4. Know key phrases in the language.
5. Take some “downtime” everyday or a siesta to relax and recharge.
6. Stay “unconnected” to the internet, phone, TV, newspaper for as much-as long as possible
7. Enjoy!!!!
8. Bring home meaningful mementos-souvenirs-photos.
9. Compromise as much as possible with your travel mate(s)..after all, you came to have a good time and probably have tickets home together~
10. Smile!!

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