Nigeria – Notes to North America in 1996

Nigeria – Notes to North America in 1996

In 1996 I was living in Port Harcourt Nigeria with my (now ex) husband who worked in the oilfield services business. I only agreed to go live there if I could have something to do. There was a volunteer position at one of the schools so I agreed and off we went to Port Harcourt […]

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Mayfield Park – Peacocks and Hiking Trails in Austin City Limits

Mayfield Park – Peacocks and Hiking Trails in Austin City Limits

Mayfield Park is an absolute gem – this Central Austin park includes a 27 acre nature preserve, 2 acres of beautiful gardens, an historic cottage, water-lily ponds, and peacocks greet you at the entrance!     Mayfield Park and the surrounding nature preserve was gifted to the City of Austin by Mary Mayfield Gutsch in 1971. […]

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Medellin Colombia – Favorite Cities of the World

Medellin Colombia – Favorite Cities of the World

Christmas day 2012 I took a morning flight from Bogota to Medellin after a sleepless night due to the hostel owner’s hosting their Navidad party. Inviting all their friends and turning the whole place into a nightclub until 6:00 am, complete with DJ. I crashed at 3:00 am. Disclosure: “Some of the links in this […]

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Museo de Antioquia – Contemporary Art of Medellin Colombia

Museo de Antioquia – Contemporary Art of Medellin Colombia

The Museo de Antioquia is one of the most popular art museums of Medellin Colombia. Located in Central Medellin next to the Plaza Botero and just a block from the Berrio Park Metro station on the A Line. Especially for solo travelers I would recommend only visiting this neighborhood during daytime – it’s not the […]

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Plaza Botero – Outdoor Museum of Fernando Botero’s Bronze Sculptures

Plaza Botero – Outdoor Museum of Fernando Botero’s Bronze Sculptures

Plaza Botero is located in the central neighborhood of La Candelaria in Medellin Colombia – between the Museum of Antioquia and the Rafael Uribe Uribe Palace of Culture.       During daytime hours the plaza is filled with tourists posing with and rubbing their hands over the large-scale bronze statues by the famous Colombian […]

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Lady Bird Lake – Downtown Austin Texas Hike and Bike Trail

Lady Bird Lake – Downtown Austin Texas Hike and Bike Trail

Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail in downtown Austin Texas is the perfect inner-city getaway! A beautiful escape to nature without leaving the city – I often make a pit-stop for a quick walk by the water when I’m in-between client appointments. It’s the perfect place to get a little exercise and unwind. For […]

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Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez – Medellin Colombia

Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez – Medellin Colombia

I visited Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gomez in Medellin December 2012 during my second solo trip to Colombia. Visiting the museum on your own can feel a bit daunting. I mentioned the museum in my post The Kindness of Strangers a few days ago. Getting off the subway station at Universidad station I walked to the Aranjuez […]

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Kindness of Strangers Around the World

Kindness of Strangers Around the World

Traveling solo I often wind up in neighborhoods where there are no other tourists when I’m traveling simply because that is where some of the art museums happen to be located. As a solo traveler I must rely on my own navigational abilities but I often seek assistance from strangers. When I was in Medellin, […]

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Mumsy’s Garden in Calgary Alberta Canada

Mumsy’s Garden in Calgary Alberta Canada

We’re enjoying springtime weather in Austin Texas. The wildflowers blooming along the Austin roadways always get me thinking about my mom, affectionately known as Mumsy, who happens to love gardening. She loves getting her hands in the dirt. She loves picking out new plants to try out in her garden. She even managed to get […]

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Secrets to Avoiding Jet Lag – Ultimate Guide with Valuable Travel Tips

Secrets to Avoiding Jet Lag – Ultimate Guide with Valuable Travel Tips

Jet lag sucks. It is the bane of all multi time zone travelers. What is the secret to avoiding jet lag? Do you just have to suffer through it after a long-haul flight? How do you cure jet jag when you get home and have to get back to work?     My first experience […]

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SXSW – an afternoon on 6th St in Austin Texas

SXSW – an afternoon on 6th St in Austin Texas

South by SouthWest (SXSW) in Austin Texas is the annual film, interactive, music conference and festival which began in 1987. My first SXSW experience was in 2000 when I purchased a wristband for $95 and found out I still had to wait in lines and could be turned away even with the wristband. I went […]

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Istanbul Turkey – One of My Favorite Cities

Istanbul Turkey – One of My Favorite Cities

Istanbul, Turkey is on my list of favorite cities for solo travelers. Istanbul is a fascinating mix of ancient and modern. The first time I visited I stayed in the Sultanahmet district due to the abundance of historic sites within walking distance and the availability of cheap accommodation. If luxury is more your style try the […]

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