“Wash your hands like you just got done slicing jalapeños for a batch of nachos and you need to take your contacts out.”Unknown
As the Corona Virus spreads around the world, health officials are saying washing your hands a minimum of twenty seconds with soap is helpful to prevent infection.
Here are some things you can do in your head for twenty seconds while washing your hands.
Sing Happy Birthday twice.
Sing the chorus of Jolene. Dolly Parton.
Recite as much of the Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll as you can remember or any other poem you had to memorize in school.
Sing the first verse of God Save the Queen, the British National Anthem.
Hum Grieg’s In The Hall Of Mountain King.
Sing the chorus of Africa. ToTo.
Recite the first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence or any speech you had to memorize in High School.
Hum Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.
Sing Mambo Number Five. Lou Bega.
Sing the chorus of Raspberry Beret. Prince.
Hum Ravel’s Bolero.
Sing the chorus of Truth Hurts. Lizzo.
Hum the March Of The Toreadors from Bizet’s Carmen.
Sing the chorus of Owner Of A Lonely Heart. Yes.
Say the famous Star Trek speech. “Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no one has gone before.”
Advice I Would Give A New Solo Traveler
“Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.” Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
I didn’t know 13 years ago that when I got on a plane to fly to Europe alone for the first time to visit friends and family that it would be the beginning of my world travels. Looking back, I should have been wearing a sign that said ”I have no idea what I am doing.” Here are some things I have learned in that time.
- Just Go.
- Don’t be afraid. Fear is a powerful deterrent. You aren’t exploring uncharted territories.
- Be flexible.
- Things will be different.
- Manners are universal. Use them.
- You represent your country. Leave a good impression.
- Learn a few words of the language of the country you are in- or at least Thank You.
- Buy travel Insurance.
- Stay hydrated.
- Talk to locals.
- Bargain but do not over bargain. Fifty cents to you may mean a meal for them.
- Don’t rely on technology.
- Pack light. Still working on that.
- Ask for help when needed – even if it is with hand motions and charades. I can turn into Marcel Marceau if I need to be understood.
- Blow your budget on that once in a lifetime experience.
- Eat the food.
- Be adventurous. Challenge yourself. The fried tarantula actually tasted good.
- Don’t think you are super cool because you don’t do touristy stuff. Do it all.
- Travel for longer to fewer places. I rarely go to more than two countries on a trip- usually one.
- Learn how to squat on a toilet. You will need that.
- Always know where your passport is.
- Smile and say hello.-especially if you are an introvert brought up in New York City. This will change your travel experience.
- Don’t be afraid to say No.
- Don’t be afraid to Yes.