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
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 wonders!
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 visit http://www.bnb.it/beb
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 20.
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
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 lock.
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
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