Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux
I must confess that I have more travel knowledge than computer skills. I think I finally have this blog correct and have been able to send it to friends, family and facebook. Sorry about the slow start up. I’ll try to write more regularly. We have a new site. Havefunflysafe@wordpress.com.
I don’t travel with a laptop or an ipad. (I do have an ipod and a kindle) I take a computer break when I travel. I read a lot more. I get lost much more and usually have to ask real people for directions instead of mapquest and navigation. I do a lot of research beforehand so anything that changes becomes an adventure. I’m a planner so it is good for me to get out of my comfort zone. The restaurants I plan to eat in get changed the moment I run into a place where the grandmother is cooking. If I like the food somewhere, I take recommendations from the chef. If I connect with a good concierge or tour guide, I do the same. You have to be careful with that because sometimes they recommend places that pay them or give them perks. I have found myself in some tourist traps.
I get a lot of info at home about the cultural events in a city. There is always something I miss and when I get there that becomes a priority. ( Diana Vishneva is dancing at the Maryinsky Theatre in St Petersburg; an International Music Festival is in Dubrovnik, a morning market in Vienna, No Sex Thai Massage in Bangkok,)
I use the business center when I need a computer and meet kids from different countries playing computer games. They always show me how to use the computer there even if I don’t speak their language. . (The kids from Kazakhstan did not think that Borat was funny . The French kids cursed nonstop in English . They said that was the only English they knew – Merde)
My notes are with a pen or pencil (preferably taken from a hotel or my friend Cindra) and one of those moleskin notebooks. There is something about taking out a pen and notebook in a village somewhere, that makes me feel more like Hemingway and less like Carrie Bradshaw. But I don’t always have it with me, so at the end of a trip I have a collection of bits of paper, envelopes, napkins, business cards, pieces of place mats , menus and hotel stationary. Not the most organized data, but definitely the most colorful.
It is from this collage of notes that I will be telling you my stories.
Does anyone still have my Russia and the Baltics info? Mine is missing.