My traveling is now with my Aliner camper (a hard-sided pop up trailer). I call her "Alice." We paired up last year, 2010. Now that I'm over the hump of new ownership, I'm ready to do blogs again.
I retired. In 2006 I finished volunteering in Guatemala,
finished being a foreign expert at Nanjing Normal University in China, from August 2006 to July 2007.
The next few years I traveled several places in the USA; visited a spa in Mexico with my sisters; northern Europe in February '08 with friends from China. June 2011 another trip to Mexico, to Rio Caliente Spa. But staying home got boring.
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July 8th 2011
Rio Caliente Spa, Primavera, Mexico Jalisco Province I’m home from a week in Mexico. I heard that my favorite spa was closing July 18, so, of course, I immediately went online and reserved a week and made plane reservations. I tried to talk some friends and relatives into joining me, but no one was free or willing to travel then. “I’m sorry, Susie, my ankle still isn’t healed enough for me to walk to the dining room.” “I’m sorry, Susie, I just came back from India.” “I’m sorry, Susan, I was at Rio Caliente already this year.” “I’m sorry, Susie, I’m afraid to go to Mexico.” I finally realized I was on my own. I did face some opposition from my family about the dangers in Mexico; but Guadalajara isn’t a border town; besides I fly ... read more
October 6th 2010
I ordered a book of my blogs. It's thick, and a bit expensive for anyone else (over $100). But I'm glad I got it. The book is well laid out--all done automatically--and the photos are crisp enough. I got to choose which blogs and photos would be included, but the layout was automatic. I now have a permanent copy of all the work that went into those blogs. A funny incident: I was telling someone that I was a blogger. Another person overheard and called to ask me to clog at an event for entertainment. CLOG!!! She thought I had said I was a clogger. So long for now. I may start blogging about my camping trips in my Aliner camper.... read more
December 11th 2009
Hello friends and relatives, I haven't written in a while. Through unusual circumstance, I've had a mild, life changing event take place. You may know that I have four siblings. All of us took piano lessons. The piano sat in the front sunroom and we were required to practice regularly. The other four did great on the piano and then moved to other instruments, the saxophone, the flute, the clarinet, and Gailey even moved from the piano to the organ. I was a failure. I hated practice. I could never memorize the keys or the measures, or the beat, whatever. Finally, my parents gave up after five years of trying to teach me the piano, and they gave me voice lessons. After my parents passed away and we were selling the house, the furniture was divided ... read more
September 4th 2008
Alaska -Sept 1-7, part 2 We were on the Holland America’s ship Westerdam from August 31 through Sept 7, 2008. The last day we received the ship’s log. We went a total of 2016 NM (nautical miles). Seattle to Glacier Bay National Park our average speed was 22.6 knots. From there to Juneau we went a piddling 11.7 knots. Looking at the weather reported in the log, “Overcast” for five days, “sunny” for one day, and “cloudy” for one day. Our trip was the last one of the season, and is cheaper because of the weather. During the summer you get a lot of sunny days. A few other facts: our diesel generators used 216 tons/day of fuel, the gas turbine used 90 tons/day. The ship does a lot of recycling, including cleaning gray water to ... read more
August 31st 2008
Heading for Alaska August 27 I flew from Atlanta to Los Angeles. I was supposed to go on to Portland, but our plane was too full, so I spent a short night in a hotel in LA and flew on early the next morning. I took the MAX, the Portland light rail, to my friend’s condo. My friend, Mariana, called me with the idea of taking an Alaskan cruise, at the end of the summer. “Let’s get the discount for the last cruise.” Her aqua aerobics partner was a travel agent and recommended Holland America. I know nothing about cruises, so I was glad to take advice. Soon we were booked on the August 31 cruise on the Westerdam, a new ship in the Holland America stable. “It will be about 1,000 people,” I was told. ... read more
March 10th 2008
FLORENCE, ITALY Last February 27 2008, we arrived in Florence, Italy. (Yes, I'm writing this blog in July 2008, but maybe you really DO want to hear about Florence. This evening, my sister and I ate Little Azio pizza, at home in Atlanta, that reminded me of the wonderful pizza that Linell, Dai and I ate in Florence; so I'm finally finishing the blog. I hope you enjoy it.) After a week in Paris we took a night train to Florence. There was some mix up with that part of the trip. I advised Dai to reserve a sleeper for us, but somehow she got a couchette - or maybe it is the other way around. In any event, our sleeping quarters were not very comfortable. Six to a cabin. Our companions were 3 Korean girls ... read more
February 2nd 2008
PARIS, FRANCE After 6 days in London, we took the Eurostar train to Paris. It is really amazing to be able to travel from London to Paris in less than 3 hours, no stops, no transfers, no airports far from the city center. When we arrived at the Gare du Nord, we went to the tourist information booth, where a very pleasant man got us ready for Paris. We got a bus-metro pass and found out the exact location of our hotel. It was on the Left Bank, only a few blocks from Notre Dame. We checked in and then walked to the cathedral. The experience of visiting it was much better than I remember from previous visits. Someone had the brilliant idea of piping in Gregorian chants and lighting the place to simulate a medieval ... read more
February 1st 2008
The Little, Yellow Duck, Quack, and Her/His Travels We have been carrying a little, yellow, stuffed, toy duck with us on our travels. My daughter-in-law, is working as a nanny to pay for her artist studio. She cares for two children, a boy and a girl. The girl’s teacher gave each student a small, soft duck and asked them to have the duck travel around and come back home in April. As you have probably guessed, I am carrying the duck on my travels. I took it to the John Campbell Folk School in December to my week long class on fusing glass. Quack has now been to Wales, London, and Paris and with us in Florence, Italy. After taking photos of Quack in lots of interesting places, today I let Quack sleep in and take ... read more
January 18th 2008
Some more London Photos-- London was wonderful, so I want to show you more of the pictures. ... read more
January 17th 2008
I arrived in London by bus from Cardiff, Wales, with my friend, Dai. We took the tube (also known as the underground or subway) to our hotel in Bayswater, the Royal Court Apartments. Linell was flying in from Shanghai and was to meet us there on January 15. As often happens, her plane was delayed by bad weather so she was several hours late. Linell sent Dai and me her report on our trip. I have her permission to use it for the next 3 blogs--one on each city, London, Paris and Florence. Here it is sent to us from China where she lives. I am back from the Europe trip. Everything is very quiet here in Nanjing, except for the nightly firecrackers and the persistent drip, drip, drip of melting snow. Students are still at ... read more