September 2014 = Smattering of Posts Month

As mentioned in a previous post, I am taking a bit of hiatus from posting regularly.

The posts will be sporadic and a lot less in volume than in previous months.

What do I have planned or intend to do in September??

Today I will travel to Barcelona on a train from Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The past 3 days in Santiago de Compostela is a symbolic and very truncated version of my original intention to walk the Camino (St. Jame’s way). However, I believe it was still immensely helpful for me to clear some past life matters as I reconnected with the Earth energy there. I chose to use the word “matters” as I believe the word “issues” has a negative connotations that I do not want to associate with.

After honoring my love for amazing and unique architectural designs in Barcelona, I will fly to Hamburg in hope to meet someone in person for the first time. We had met online after I left Hamburg in July.

From Hamburg, I will return to Turkey and continue my pilgrimage to the Eastern front and make my way to the Black Sea region. I do not have much details to share further than this. This is the intention though.

I bid you adieu.

Be well. Travel safe. Take care of yourself.

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Thoughts after 500 posts…

Good Saturday Morning from Paris, France!!

Looking at my WordPress Dashboard, it’s reminding me today it will be posting my 500th post.Sculpture of Madame Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux en toilette de mariee by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux found in Petit Palais Paris France

I migrated my Single Woman Travels! site from Tumblr to WordPress back in November 2013. It’s been quite the journey because I traveled for 8 months in 2013 and now I’m in the middle of a 6 months pilgrimage/journey in Europe.

I have been very fortunate to have found this outlet to share my images and thoughts with you.

Thank you for your time, attention and acknowledgement of my thoughts and ideas.

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Travel Tuesday :- Train Travel in Switzerland

In the past 10 days, I’ve spent countless hours on the various types of SBB train in Switzerland. Traveling from villages to cities to the top of the Swiss Alps. Switzerland has many different train routes.

To date, I’ve only traveled on the train once in Canada. Though I’ve traveled on trains in India, Turkey, Japan, Vietnam, Peru, Tibet, Western Europe and Central Europe. Train travel can be time efficient though a bit more costly. In Switzerland there’s no long distance buses, so unless I rent a car and share it with a few people – it’s not cost effective as a solo traveler.

However, I must say I’m quite impressed by the various types of trains used on the various routes in Switzerland. Some trains are noticeably purpose driven in their design while others purely serves the purpose to commute passengers from point A to point B. Continue reading

5 Tips How to be Safe while Traveling Solo

In light of recent rape incident of a 51 year old Danish traveler in New Delhi, India I thought it’d be helpful to share some tips on how to travel safely as a single woman. I’ll admit I’ve done some dumb things in the past and been stubborn with my decisions. Luckily I’ve come out unscathed and only have stories to tell.
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Mon cheri… Paris

Today I heard from a couple of friends who call Paris home – my mind went right to work and a flood of memories streamed through my mind.

L’homme, I met at a yoga/meditation retreat in Kathmandu back in 2011, right after my trip to Bhutan. For a few days, we shared laughs, stories and yoga time with his partner. We even took a day trip to Patan, shopped for Tibetan singing bowls and meditated a bit in the Durbar Square.

La femme, I met just a few months ago in Banff where we shared a 4-bed hostel room in Banff. She was traveling with her partner across Canada and parts of USA, prior to their return to France after living in Toronto for a period of time. We talked about the variety of cuisine Toronto has to offer and they gave me a ride to Lake Louise and saved me a costly bus ticket. Continue reading

Spending Christmas (solo) away from home?

This time last year, I arrived in Buenos Aires (BsAs), Argentina at the early hours of Christmas Day to begin my 2013 Epic Journey. After a restful sleep, I started early to explore the city – alone – on what is typically a day reserved for family and friends.

I know most people if given the choice, they would rather not be on the road during the festive holiday season – solo. Traveling alone can be challenging. Homesickness is common. I relate it to Valentine’s day, when I see lovey dovey couples together, while I’m spending Vday alone or with other single friends. I admit I am a seasoned solo traveler but I know traveling solo can be a daunting and pushing you out of your comfort zone. Personally, I think and know that when one choose to travel solo, one can end up gaining some new perspectives and unexpected experiences, if given the opportunity. Continue reading