||She loves marketing in Beijing...
Yabalu, Russian Market in Beijing is on the west wide of Ritan Park
(Temple of the Sun Park). Journey women can expect to find fur coats,
clothing, hats, bras, toys, bathing suits, and much more "stuff"
here than you can imagine (all actually destined for Russia in bulk
quantities). A word of caution -- Make sure when you bargain that
the merchants realize you're not buying ten dozen of an item. Speak
English as a security measure.
Jane Liedke, Beijing, China
||The latest in Asian bathroom
After travelling a great deal in this part of the world, I highly
recommend skirts rather than pants in much of undeveloped Asia.
This is not because of femininity or cultural mores, but simply
because of cleanliness. The bathrooms in this part of the world
are pretty rugged (by North American standards) and the floors are
usually quite wet and nasty. Since many of these cultures use water
instead of toilet paper to cleanse themselves, the water tends to
be all over the floor. I suggest that it is much easier to squat
and hold your skirt over your waist than it is to squat and hold
up the bottom of your pants from touching the floor.
Durfee, Boston, USA
Twelve pieces of clothing for
two months in Italy...
I spent two months in Italy (February-March), including six weeks
at a language school in Venice and two weeks travelling in Tuscany.
I managed with the following:
- Two pairs of warm pants (navy and black)
- One black skirt.
- Two pairs of shoes, black dressy lace-ups and dark brown ankle-length
- One taupe lined outer jacket with hood, scarf and gloves. It
snows in Venice!
- Two sweaters (black and navy)
- Two long sleeved blouses to layer under the sweaters
- One dressy cream colored blouse
- One nice red chenille top (warm and it broke the monotony of
black and navy).
Boring, its true, but with a little costume jewelry these
twelve pieces saw me through every occasion.
Susan, Haifa, Israel
||Her rule of three...
I am a 'retired' backpacker having had to retire from actually 'back
packing' because of some lower back problems. I now use one of those
cabin sized 'pullalongs' on wheels, and carry a daypack for essentials.
My rule of three is very simple and I suggest that other journey
women try it: Never take more than three of anything. Three means
one to wear, one to wash, and one for any other emergency!
Elain, Nanaimo, Canada
||She finds true Thai in L.A....
Visiting Los Angeles can be quite an adventure for those who love
food of all kinds, but for those who love Thai food, there is one
place and one place only to truly taste Thai food as it's supposed
to be cooked, to taste, and to be priced. That place is called,
"PiYai" located on Hollywood Blvd. Their special is "Laad
nah Talay" or pan fried seafood noodles. Guaranteed to put
you into culinary ecstasy. Order that plus their famous Thai iced
tea. Yummy! Anyone who wants more tips on food at affordable prices
in the heart of Los Angeles, can e-mail me at Toon@laovision.net.
I'm very happy to help another Journeywoman.
Toon, North Carolina, USA
||Womens Taxi Service in
I had to take a taxi at 3 a.m. from London to Heathrow. For both
comfort and savings, it was suggested I use a women's taxi service.
(Evidently, this is a group of women who provide service in their
own cars). I found the female driver both courteous and reliable,
so it was a minor point that I had to help move my own luggage.
I can certainly recommend Lady Cabs, 29 Downham Road, London NW1,
Tel. 0171 254 3501. The trip from North London to Heathrow cost
Ruth Heiges, Tel Aviv, Israel
||Gosh, her collar bone is showing...
Western women travelling in Morocco are not expected to dress like
traditional Moroccan women, and, indeed, many sophisticated or foreign-educated
Moroccan women have now adopted European fashion styles themselves.
However, no matter how snug the pants or short the skirt, they always
keep that collar bone covered up. So pack carefully. Your own vee-neck
sweaters, even blouses, no matter how chaste you may think them,
may be interpreted as risqué, disrespectful, or inappropriate
Pamela, Minneapolis, USA
Ed. note: Heed the warnings,
ladies. Morocco is not an easy country for solo women travellers.
||Shoe covers free from hotels...
You know those shower caps that all hotels offer in their bathrooms?
You think theyre meant to slip on your head, right? Well how
about thinking of your feet, instead? Seriously, ladies, shower
caps make the absolute best sole covers when youre
packing your footwear. Your clothes are protected from the dirt
and grim of the streets and, if these shoecaps tear, you neednt
worry. Theyll always be free replacements in the next hotel
you check-in to.
Leslie Ehm, Toronto, Canada
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Nebenzahl will be travelling the world, documenting the work of
40 activist women in words and photographs. As they travel, the
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