Posts Tagged ‘Travel’

An idea

January 14, 2009


A couple weeks ago, I asked what your goals are for the New Year and what kinds of things you’d like to see on the blog.  A few of you mentioned traveling.  And call me crazy (I’m looking at you Emma-Lu!  lol), but y’all seem like quite the international crowd.  So I was wondering if any of you would like to tell the rest of us about your hometowns or neighborhoods.  Through writing, or photographs, or video, or whatever other means you think can communicate to the rest of us what it’s like where you live.

Things like:

  • the language(s) spoken
  • the people who live there
  • what people talk about
  • how people spend their free time
  • customs or traditions visitors should know about
  • popular places to visit
  • unpopular places to visit that are still cool
  • things to do
  • attitudes toward women

…you get the idea.  Basically, the things you’d be interested to know if you were reading about another place.  And not necessarily like something you’d read in a travel guide really, because we can always go ahead and read the travel guides.  This is just supposed to be an easygoing, personal introduction to different places and cultures.  Particularly an introduction from the female perspective.  Even if you just visited a new place, that would be cool too because it’s a different viewpoint.

I’ll try to do one (or two, or a few) about the city that I grew up in and love to its core, New York.  And I know I’m not the only New Yorker here, so don’t be shy now.  😉

So think about it.  If you’d like to share, shoot me an email.  🙂

P.S. – If English isn’t your first language, no worries.  If your writing just needs a quick once-over for spelling and grammatical mistakes, I’m your gal and would be more than happy to edit.  🙂

I’m Baaack!

January 8, 2009

Hey Ladies!

I just returned from our first annual “Wild Women’s Adventure” in Ecuador. Four of us girls spent a few weeks in the Galapagos, Andes and Amazon… Really one of the best trips of my life. Due, I think, to the company more so than any environment. Between the 4 of us we have 112 years, 1 baby, 3 dogs, 1 cat, 1 husband, 1 engagement, 2 masters degrees, 4 very different histories and a lot of giggles. I found these women to be such a great source of inspiration and insight. We each have such very different lives but such similar values.

Highlights…in no particular order:

1) Blue footed boobies!!

2) Iguana fights.

3) New Year’s 12-grape ceremony (each grape represents one thing we want to bring into our 2009), Bangra dancing and effigy burning (the effigies represent those things we want to eliminate from the previous year) in the streets of Quito.

4) Horseback riding at the Cotopaxi volcano. so. fricking. amazing.

5) Random town rodeo in the Andes!! Lots of sugar cane liquor drunk people, injured horse fixing by said drunk people… but with such beautiful care and community, back empanadas with the locals, dancing with said drunk people to “Carraway, carraway”, and struggling to breath due to the altitude.

6) The sunset at Otovalo.

7) The markets, people, shopping, and general loveliness of a great and massive open-air market.

8) The weird Shaman in the Andes. More precisely, the hysterical and inappropriate laughter while he was spitting %90 alcohol and geranium down our friend’s shirt.

9) The drive over the Andes and down into the jungle.

10) The canoe, and subsequent hike into the jungle.

11) The community we saw in the jungle.

12) The really beautiful Shamanic ceremony we had. One of the most beautiful experiences I have ever had.

13) The knowledge I gained about the politics of Ecuador, and especially politics of the jungle.

Happy 2009!