Thursday, February 11, 2016

La Aventura

painting on a wall in Oaxaca

My brother says (too often) "It's all part of the adventure!" My travel experiences lately have been plagued by reservations that have fallen through or been lost. Last year, I was without a hotel in Mexico City at midnight. A helpful porter escorted me through the streets until I found the wonderful
Hotel Central right next to the zocalo. On my New York City trip in September, our apartment rental (already paid for) was cancelled and my daughter and I ended up in Brooklyn. I loved Brooklyn and will stay there again!


giant flying horse sculpture in the zocalo of Oaxaca
Yesterday, after many hours of travel and waiting, I arrived at my destination, a studio apartment (I thought) in an unfamiliar barrio. I had corresponded in Spanish with the owner who came highly recommended by a personal friend and by Trip Advisor and had given her the time of my arrival BUT she had forgotten and had rented out my studio!!! This one of the busiest months in Oaxaca....Remember, it's all part of.....So many times when things go wrong when I'm alone, I think "Okay, if I were with so-and-so, they'd be losing their temper right now. The lady made a mistake but...she gave me her daughter's bedroom until Saturday. If I were with anyone, that would be impossible as I have a single bed, a toilet and a basin. It's clean and it will have to do for now.
This store window displayed religious dolls.
Today, I wandered to the Lending Library where I will volunteer during my visit. I ate a complete breakfast for $3 and I read my book in a 15th century plaza. My room is costing me $15 a night.

It seems that, in solo travel, we must accept whatever comes and learn to depend on the kindness of strangers

6 comments:

  1. You are very inspiring! With such a positive attitude, you are bound to meet people who want to help you, but it's a shame you've needed so much help in your travels this past year. . . Hope it just gets better and better from here.

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  2. I wonder that years ago I travelled in Europe with a friend or my former husband and daughter without reservations. We relied on train porters (non-existent now) or local information centres to secure accommodation. As I get older and I am alone, I wish for a degree of certainty. I have met lots of pleasant and helpful people but I've had all the adventure that I need for a while.

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  3. I love your flexibility and air of acceptance. It sounds like you are able to enjoy what's offered and let go of preconceptions - really good skills for a solo traveler!!

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    1. It seems that it is often our preconceptions that make us miserable.

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  4. I love your flexibility and air of acceptance. It sounds like you are able to enjoy what's offered and let go of preconceptions - really good skills for a solo traveler!!

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  5. I am very much with you when it comes to wanting certainty in my travels (and in many other places, too). However, I am so impressed with the fact that you continue to travel on your own, and have what I can only assume is such a kind and understanding nature that folks want to help you. I'm also impressed with your ability to see the good in what has happened, I look forward to reading about your trip.

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