My life is messy, uncertain, rootless and ill planned. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Where I’ve been
In 2014, I hiked about 2/3rds of the Appalachian Trail, but I’ve been backpacking it for years. I had a “mystical” and mistaken experience with butterflies, fed hikers and finally spotted a bear.
I’ve had adventures off the trail in The States, too. I had a gun pointed at me in Paris, Texas and learned to love ghost tours in New Orleans, (which inspired me to start my own company, Atlanta Culinary Tours). I took my mother to Alaska to ride the scenic railroad and watch whales in Prince William Sound. And what usually stays in Vegas is your money, so here’s how to save money in Las Vegas.
I went to Puerto Rico and spent a very long night in the rain forest, then swam in a bio-luminescent bay. In the Caribbean I’ve fed stingrays off Grand Cayman. Currently, I’m teaching English in Mexico and learning Spanish.
My first international, solo trip was London. I was hooked–not only with seeing the world, but solo travel! I returned to London to show this city off to my mother in 2008. Though I’m a frugal traveler, I found I’m too old for hostels on a trip to Prague, in 2009. In Italy, I visited Rome, Florence and Venice. And I took the train from Lisbon, Portugal to see the bullfights in Madrid, Spain. Thanksgiving 2013, I took a trip to Iceland. Most of 2015, I was Teaching English in Turkey, where I lived in one of the world’s great cities, Istanbul, which straddles the European & Asian continents. While there, I rode what remains of the Orient Express through Bulgaria and stopped in Bucharest, Romania. I met up with a friend in Belgrade, Serbia and took a side trip to Paris with a fellow teacher. I also spend a week in Athens, Greece.
In 2016, I visited Scotland, then headed to Spain where I saw Barcelona (one of my favorite cities), Madrid, and taught English in Valencia. I also hiked The French Way of the Camino de Santiago–750km in 37 days.
I’ve been mostly ignored in Tokyo, Japan (2011). In China in 2011, I saw the Terra Cotta Warriors, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and more when I visited three cities: Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai. Went hot air ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey, in 2009. In 2013, I did a quick tour of SE Asia visiting Seoul, Korea; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Bangkok, Thailand. I liked it so much, I came back for five months, living in Bien Hoa, Vietnam and teaching English. While there, I managed a visa run to Cambodia to see Ankor Wat.
So far, I’ve only been to Egypt, where I rode a camel around the pyramids and took a cruise up the Nile. I have plans to see more, of course.
CURRENTLY: I taught English for the summer in Nakhodka, Russia, in 2016, and the last week of July, I moved to San Luis Potosi, Mexico to teach English and (hopefully) become fluent in Spanish, (finally !). That’s where I am now. Who knows where I might turn up?