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I’ve always gone out of my way to help others – including strangers.  So whenever other’s kindness is directed to me, I actually wonder if it’s a Karma thing – or simply good folks being nice! Probably a combination.  Anyway,  there I was in Amsterdam last week visiting with family, temporarily separated from my husband since we had a mix-up exiting the tram. So…a lovely women verbally guided me to the next stop, and I did not run into him.  Then sitting down in the noon sun in The Spui (square) – next to young friendly Amsterdammers who listened well and advised me to wait 15 minutes before heading back to where we were staying. So, just as my fifteen minutes was over Steve appeared having retraced his steps from the tram stop – no cell phones activated. Image

A few years ago we were separated abroad in a much scarier scenario – I disembarked the ferry boat too soon – still in Asia not Istanbul yet – as I was on the dock level just exited the restroom and it appeared everyone was leaving!  I was beside myself (didn’t know EFT yet to release my anxiety).. Long story short, a young mom who spoke English called the hotel, got directions and guided me to a different ferry and directions when to get off and how to get to the hotel.  An hour later Steve showed up (crazed) very relieved and happy to see me there in the lobby waiting his arrival.

Lessons learned: 

~ALWAYS have a cell emergency activation even if its an English speaking country

~If you’re traveling with someone, stay with them no matter what!!  On the boat if I had gone back up to the deck where we were seated he was there. On the tram, I needed to look back and not think he was behind me.

~ Always carry the address and phone # of where you are staying. (I did that).

Do you have any travel mishaps and/or “kindness of strangers” stories to share?

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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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