Best Black Forest Cake in Peru
Feel like pampering yourself during the rigors of travel in
northern Peru? Make sure your journey takes you through the city
of Trujillo, and don't miss a visit to Cafe Romano. An oasis of fine
food and attentive service, it's almost worth the trip to Trujillo
just for their selection of deserts; including the best black forest
cake south of the Panama Canal!
Daisy Kunstaetter, Quito, Ecuador.
Ed. note: Daisy is the editor of The Latin American Travel Advisor and a
member of the Journeywoman Network. Want to connect with her? Just click
Throw Away Your Undies, Ladies!
When I have a pair of underwear or socks that are showing wear, I simply
put them in a bag in the closet. Then when I travel, I pack them and
throw them away after one use. This lightens my load every day. I did
this all through Europe, Great Britain and Costa Rica.
Erin Flinn, Bakerfield, USA
Free Magazine in Singapore
This is a message for women visiting my corner of the world. I'd like
you to know that in Singapore, there's a magazine simply called IS which
is distributed free (every first and third Friday of the month) at many
cafes, restaurants and Tower Books. It is chock full of the most
interesting things including a directory of planned events. This is a
very good way to learn about the city and to copy what the locals are
Ng Xiang Lynn, Singapore
She Pack Pictures
When traveling I find that others are interested in where I am from...
so before leaving I gather a few small pictures of my home town and its
scenery, such as totem poles, glaciers and whales. You can glue them
into your travel journal, or make a wallet sized album. It's a very good
conversation starter in a new place and it also helps on lonely evenings
when you realize how far you are from home.
Cameo, Ketchikan, Alaska
Ed. note: I usually carry a set of postcards bought at one of
the tourist shops where I live. I find this a perfect way of showing off
Beware of Women Carrying Babies in Italy
While travelling in certain areas of Italy such as Pisa or Rome,
beware of women who are lingering by souvenir stands holding babies.
They may be getting ready to rob you. Their babies are not real
babies -- they're dolls which the women will throw to you. You,
of course, will want to stop the (fake) baby from falling and as
you reach out to catch it, the women will snatch your purse. Be
E. Pessin, Port Washington, USA
Best Public Transport Deal in Sydney, Australia
I'd like women around the world to know that one of the best bargains
around Sydney is the Public Transport Red Weekly ticket for $23. This
pass allows you to travel all over Sydney on buses, trains and ferries
for 7 days. Take ferries all over the Harbor from Circular Quay (pronounced
"Key") and enjoy our spectacular city from the water. This ticket
is used by weekly workers, but is so much cheaper for travellers than
the daily tickets. Happy Travels!
Teena Hughes, Kirribilli, Australia
Ed. note: Teena Hughes maintains a very helpful
and well-designed webpage all about her hometown, Sydney Australia
and, much more . Want to take a peek? It's called, Absolutely Faaabulous!
Australia and you can find it at: http://www.abfab-australia.com
Chicago Designer Shoe Discounts
I'd like other Journeywoman to know that in Chicago, both Halsted and
Armitage Streets offer lots of lovely little boutiques and cafes. For
designer shoes at discount prices, try Lori's Designer Shoes
(773-281-5655) at 824 W. Armitage, near Halsted.
Sharon Wingler, Chicago, USA
Ed. note: For more female-friendly advice about Chicago, you 'll enjoy
the articles She Cavorts in Chicago and Chicago Women Chat.
Iron your money!
In many countries locals often prefer receiving US dollars in exchange
for goods and services rather than their own currency. In places like
Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Khirghiz Republic and Tajikistan, they do not like
new money (as it could be counterfeit), but prefer "gently used" bills
with no marks or tears. P.S. You can fit more money into your moneybelt
if you iron it. I also give it a shot of spray starch just to crisp it
up a bit. The setting for wool is just about right.
Esther Perica, Arlington Heights, IL
Ed. note: If you crisp it up, doesn't it look like new again? Won't the
locals think it's counterfeit?
Her Germany Washroom Advice
Ladies, never be without a 50 pfennig piece in Germany! All public
washrooms that I used required 50 pf. to get in. Also they never seemed
to have hot water, soap or paper towels. Best to carry antiseptic wipes
with you for washing your hands and face.
Marilyn Frazer, Toronto, Canada
Cheap Way to Belize
You can save hundreds on airfare by taking advantage of one of the
cheaper fares to the Mexican resort, Cancun. From there, take a DeLuxe
bus to Chetumal, Mexico, another bus across the border to Corozal,
Belize. In Belize, you'll be traveling on Battys Bros Bus. Fare from
Corozal to Belize City is $4.25 U.S. These buses are comfortable and
even show movies aboard.
Ruth Halcomb, Network for Living Abroad Newsletter, USA