||She writes to herself...
When on the road, why not send a postcard to yourself from each
city or place you visit? This is not as crazy as it sounds. Not
only will you have a written memory of the place (as well as a great
photo), but writing down your immediate impressions will help you
relive your experiences when you arrive home and the postcards continue
to come in the mail.
Elizabeth Israel, Seattle, USA
||She B&Bs in Brugge...
I live in France. This past weekend I ventured to Brugge, a sublimely
picturesque small city located in Northwest Belgium where I enjoyed
an absolutely splendid stay with my B&B hosts, Paul & Roos
Gheeraert. I received a handy map to the town which allowed me to
bypass the lines at the Tourist Information center; slept in the
most comfortable bed I think I've ever slept in on a holiday, and
enjoyed a spacious room with lovely amenities. Perhaps the most
enjoyable part of my stay however, was chatting with other guests
during breakfast. As we munched on fresh raisin toast and nut bread
from the nearby 'Brood' stores and sipped freshly squeezed orange
juice, we marvelled at the wonders of this small village. Such a
fantastic place should be shared with other Journeywoman readers!
My single room for the evening was only $US45. Want to know more?
My Belgian B&B hosts can be contacted by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie Reiter, Saint Cloud, France
||Bargain shopping in Brisbane,
When visiting Brisbane (my part of the world), there is a suburb
where many leading clothing manufacturers have discount shops offering
end of season or seconds at a fraction of their original price.
This suburb is called Stones Corner and is a short taxi ride from
the city centre. Or else (being the smart shopper you are), you
can just hop on to a Brisbane City Council bus to get yourself there.
Stones Corner has recently had its main shopping street prettied
up so you can relax at any number of coffee shops when going
through the racks becomes too much. Enjoy!
Pat Garvey, Brisbane, Australia
||Feed 'n Read in Thamel, Nepal...
Journeywomen will love this one! Located directly behind Pilgrims
Book House in central Thamel, and owned by them, this patio cafe
is perfect any time of day. Fresh citrus or apple juice, crunchy
wheat toast with homemade apple butter, and scrambled eggs are a
satisfying breakfast. Indian dishes for dinner are good and their
momos (like won tons) make a great snack with a pot of tea or lemon
soda (lemon juice with bottled soda water). Who know? You might
just sit yourself down next to a hopeful writer trying to make a
publication deal with Pilgrims Publishers; its offices
are in the adjacent building.
Joyce Tapper, Kathmandu and Los Angeles
||Shops and women-friendly eats
in Hong Kong...
Women travelling to HK will love the Pacific Place Shopping Mall
for browsing or buying. Theres also many interesting restaurants
worth a try within this complex. For fast food, theres Coo
in the basement of Seibu department store. They are very reasonable
by HK standards and they serve everything from sushi to sandwiches
for eating in or taking out. (You can eat well for around $HK50).
Next door is a Japanese restaurant called Ichigawa which has a counter
-- quite cozy and great for noodles and set lunches (around $HK120).
When you need a caffeine fix look out for Pacific Coffee Shop (I
believe that they have computers with free internet access here
so you can connect with Mama at home and tell her youre fine).
For a western-style lunch, theres a sandwich bar called Eats
-- good food and wonderful for people watching. Opposite to that
is La Cite decked out like a French style cafe/bar -- quite pleasant
although a bit pricey for a shopping lunch.
Anna Cheung, Hong Kong, China
||Limber up your legs for Japan...
Ive just returned from Japan and would like to make a suggestion
to others going to this destination. Prior to leaving set time aside
to learn to sit comfortably on the floor in the Japanese style.
When eating in many Japanese restaurants or participating in a "Tea
Ceremony", sitting on one's legs is customary (and rather painful
- if you are not prepared to do so). If I had it to do over again,
I would spend more time prior to my trip in limbering up my legs.
Barbara B. Miller, Winter Park, USA
||Mexican taxi, anyone?...
Prior to leaving for Mexico I was warned about taking taxis because
others have had their jewelry, purse, etc. stolen by their drivers.
However, on my last two day business trip, I was allocated a taxi
driver who was well known by my client with an office in Mexico
City. This man was excellent and he even waited for me while I was
in meetings - all at a very reasonable cost - US$40 for about four
hours of work. I felt that this was true value for my money and,
above all, I felt safe. I would be happy to supply his number to
anyone that would like it. Contact the JW office for my e-mail address.
Nadine Marsh, London, England
||She yells in Japan...
Living in Japan, I can tell you that for a woman traveller this
is probably one of the safest countries you can travel in. You will
feel (and be safe) at any hour of the day or night. If you ever
do feel threatened, which I assure you is rare, (i.e. relatively
harmless situations like unwanted advances from a drunk office worker
on the train), create a scene by yelling a few words in the language
of your choice. The mans behaviour will generally stop and
he will probably be yanked from the train.
Jennifer S, Nagoya, Japan
||B&B savings for the older
Heres a very juicy one! Join a bed-and-breakfast club and
pay a pittance for accommodations. The Evergreen B&B Club, limited
to people over the age of 50, charges annual dues of $40 single
or $50 per couple. This gives you the privilege of staying at the
homes of other members here and abroad for only $10 a night single
or $15 double. For further info call the club at: 800.374.9392 or
Joan Rattner Heilman, USA
Ed. note: Joan is the author
of Unbelievably Good Deals and Adventures That You Absolutely
Cant Get Unless Youre Over 50. Were delighted
to have her as a member of the JW Network. She lets us in on all
the good stuff for older, wiser, adventuring gals.