When She's in Rome, She Does as the Italian
Feel free to be glamorous and stylish in Italy. I was in Rome and
Florence in December when it was quite chilly. I noticed many of the
women were wearing beautiful floor-length, wool sweater coats (mostly
gray and black). I bought one for myself in Florence for about $40
US and then found a beautiful silk scarf to drape over it ($4 US).
With high-heeled black leather boots I packed from home and black
leather gloves (bought from the marketplace in Florence) I not only
looked and felt totally Italian Vogue but I stayed warm too. Que Bellisimo!
Sabrina, Miami, Florida
She Identifies Her Suitcase...
I learned this trick from the flight attendant crew on a Tokyo flight
and I want other women to know about it. Put a bright colored sticker
or other identifier on the bottom/end of your suitcase. We always
remember to use bright ribbons, scarves or other identifiers on the
handle, but...think about it...your luggage always comes down the
carousel bottom end first.
Brenda L. in the USA
She Wears a Panya. Do You...?
I've traveled in Europe, Asia, and Africa, and there is one thing
I never leave home without. My panya. I bought it on my first trip
abroad to West Africa. It's a 2 meter by 1 meter strip of brightly
colored and paterned fabric and it's indespensible. I use it as a
sheet, a sarong, my bath towel, a beach cloth, a privacy screen, a
shawl, a table cloth, anything! It's made of a light cotton fabric
so I can rinse it out often and it's dry in no time at all.
Cora, Takamatsu-shi, Japan
She Meets Children in Tibet...
If you meet children in rural Tibet who may extend their hand to you
as if asking for candy or money, they are actually asking for pens
or pencils. In this part of the world, due to the economic situation,
most young people are not able to afford the utensils for learning.
By carrying some writing utensils to give away, you are helping them
get one of the greatest gifts which western children often take for
granted, an education.
Karolina Pek, Shanghai, China
Her China Bathroom Blues...
Travelling in China, I found the washroom facilities in public places
were almost always workable. However, there were times that the odours
could be overwhelming. A lady on my tour brought along a very tiny
bottle of lavender oil. A sniff of a small drop on my finger tip was
a blessing and made the bathroom situation much more bearable.
Shirley Yarmoloy, Delta, Canada
Ed. note: Under these same circumstances,
I carry a mentholated chapstick and dab a bit under my nose. Works
She Runs a B&B for Women in Florence...
I would like to tell women about my B&B in Florence, Italy. It is
is a newly opened, exclusive accommodation, for women only, located
at the top floor (no lift - 68 steps) of a historical palace in the
center of Florence, Italy. With a stunning view of Brunelleschi's
cupola of the Duomo, it overlooks a quiet inner garden and is only
minutes away from the Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce, the Accademia,
the main train station and air terminal. Want to know more? Please
Paola Fazzini, Florence, Italy
She Uses Cable Ties on Her Luggage...
My friend Amy gave me this great idea to secure my luggage when I
went to Brazil. Use cable ties. She says it's easier and quicker for
thieves to pick a lock than to walk around with a cutting device (to
sever the cables) and I agree. I purchased my cable ties at a hardware
store. They were very cheap, less than $1.50 for a packet of around
Dianne Penn, Brooklyn, USA
Ed. note: Cable ties are also
great for securing the suitcase or cardboard boxes (checked luggage)
filled with all the goodies that you purchased abroad and are bringing
home with you.
She Carries a Screwdriver...
Whenever I travel I now carry one of the small double ended screwdrivers
that many of the electronic service techies carry. It has saved me
many frustrating moments and calls to the front desk for assistance
in connecting things to my laptop or even opening a stuck suitcase
Vicki, Orlando, USA
She Always Wears Her Socks...
I have been fortunate enough to travel to the Far East quite a few
times. Many of the most interesting places to visit are temples, shrines
and other holy places. Many times you are required to take off your
shoes and leave them at the entrance. The entrance can be right on
the street, and can require you to walk quite a distance across a
courtyard. I have found that in order to avoid stepping on a very
hot and/or dirty surface, the best thing is to carry a pair of the
'give away' socks provided by the airlines on long flights. They are
quick and easy to slip on either over bare feet or your regular socks.
Judy M, Stratford, Canada
She's Culturally Correct in Nepal...
Despite the fact that it may seem impractical, hiking the Nepalese
mountain trails in a skirt is not only culturally appropriate, but
also provides some added decency when making pit stops. The Nepalese
sherpas and porters with whom we trekked were very pleased and decidedly
more comfortable to see women in skirts, and very offended by the
women who insisted on wearing shorts during our month's travels through
the country. As the elevation got higher, and it got cooler, we simply
wore our tights and leggings underneath the skirts.
Diana, Calgary, Canada