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How are things? I'm in the middle of planning a trip today and was thinking about some of the more interesting questions folks ask me when I'm traveling.
Now don't get me wrong, for me travel is a way of life and meeting interesting people and having adventures is part of the fun. But I must be very approachable, because people do not hesitate to ask me off hand questions at every turn.
Is it just me or does this happen to everyone?
"You don't look like your passport!" Said by every customs agent everywhere. I usually reply, "Thank God! Because I was ill then," or something like that. They have never given me any real grief over it, so I must not look THAT DIFFERENT, lol
(The picture is rubbish and I will not post it, lol but take my word for it!)
But I honestly don't tend to look the same in any pictures and since I color my hair as a hobby, I do tend to look different everyday. (As you may have noticed on here.)
Next common question: "Where's your husband?"
I don't get offended anymore when people (men) ask. I guess for some people (men) it's tough to imagine a woman traveling that much?
Another really common question I hear is: "What are you doing here?" or "How did you get here?" People seemed surprised that anyone would visit their region or even their countries. Usually I answer pretty straightforward, by telling them a plane or a train or a bus or whatever. I always run into people who have never left their own countries and cannot image anyone coming all the way from America to see their area. Travel really is a mindset as much as anything else.
Leaving Rotterdam, Norway a youngish train attendant was talking to me about which route was best to take to get to the port and seemed to be caught off guard by me returning to America via a ship. "How long does it take? It takes 6 months, right?!"
Funny but a lot of people still seem to think it takes months to cross the sea.
The number one question French women ask me, when they find out I grew up in south Texas:
"Are cowboys real?"
Another common question I hear is: "Is Trump for real?"
It is usually asked by everyone who sees my American passport.
Another common question or actual statement I hear often in England is:
"There is nothing older than 200 years in America! Nothing there to see so you come to Europe!"
Ugh! I usually just smile at this and walk away, because its not my job to educate people.
This is Chaco Canyon in New Mexico it was occupied from around 800A.D., to the 1,200s. There are plenty of Native American sites across America that are even older.
What are you often asked when you travel? I'd love to hear so leave me a comment below.
See you at the airport!
I haven’t really spoken about Harvey. As some of you know I am from Texas, (United States) and while Texas is a large state - roughly the size of France actually, it's all connected. Many nice people have asked if I was affected by this massive storm and if it hit close to my home or family. The short answer is yes. It hit close and the rains following the hurricane devastated “my part of Texas”.
More than six million Americans endured more than 30 inches of rain as Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast. The storm set historic records for rainfall in the United States, dumping 33 trillion gallons of water as it made landfall. According to the Red Cross, rain flooded an area in Texas roughly the size of Michigan, and nearly 52 inches of rain fell in Mont Belvieu (a suburb east of Houston), making it the highest total rainfall of any storm in the country’s history.
Harvey displaced 1 million people—early estimates suggest nearly 43,000 headed to shelters, while NPR reported 7,500 people evacuated to Texas State Parks. A Reuters assessment believes 30,000 homes were flooded, resulting in approximately $23 billion in property damage, though experts agree the full environmental impact is still unknown. That’s not a typo that's a BILLION with a B and although the storm is over, the recovery has just begun.
I grew up spending summers on the gulf coast. My friends and family still live in the area. It was difficult to watch all of this and almost impossible to not to rush right in afterwards. I’m actually going to Texas in a few weeks to help as much as I can. I promise to blog/video the entire trip.
What I’m Doing To Help:
I’m going to be dropping off a donation and lending a hand where it’s needed. If you want to help too I have added a 10 page Hurricane Preparedness Guide to this site. This report includes a 5 page Emergency Supplies Checklist. The whole report and the checklist are only $2.99 with the proceeds, after paypal fees, going towards Harvey relief. No matter where you live disasters happen and it pays to be prepared - so buy the report to learn how to protect your family and know that the money is going to a good cause.
See you at the airport~
Is this you too? Are you ready for Halloween, cooler temps and fuzzy sweaters? I must admit, there is a part of me that loves the cool crisp air that comes along with the autumn season. I want to be able to enjoy my pumpkin flavored decaffeinated beverages without breaking a sweat. Not to mention, I have recently purged/donated 4 XXL trash bags worth of old summer/spring clothes - part of my 'out with the old and in with the new' challenge. So I’m Uber excited to wear all my new fall purchases.
Whose with me? Let's grab those sweaters, long socks and new boots!
#FAIL Sadly it was 89' here today...
But the weather here in New Mexico is unpredictable, so who knows what next week will be like? In the meantime check out what I happened on in the market today.
That's right! The Halloween decorations are going up! And actually all things Thanksgiving/Turkey Madness was also being arranged on the next shelf....OMG! Holiday's here we come!
I did my part and bought organic pumpkin. I actually am NOT that crazy about pumpkin, I can take it or leave it. I like one good piece of pie or one good cup of pumpkin spiced coffee a season. But figure I might as well get with the program and grab some now, before it's all gone.
This has been a crazy week. I had planned to jump on a plane this weekend and go to south Texas, but it just didn't work out. I should be going before the months out- I need to see for myself the damage and also check on things.
I promise to post pictures as I make my way there and of the area. My family is fine and most of my friends were spared the worst of it, except those in Houston. It's such a tragedy, but I know almost everyone will rebuild. Texans are strong and very loyal.
Here's to hoping for a good September, no matter what you are facing or where you are in the world.
OMG! I found another old, forgotten half finished post!
Did I EVER finish a post or what? WTF?!?
This one is from a road trip I took last May (2016) - I drove from south Texas to Albuquerque, New Mexico. I believe this trip was to look at houses. Which actually I didn't do. I knew what I wanted, researched the area and made an apointment to look at one house...
And it was of course perfect!
And then, finally we were in New Mexico.
And all the Alien Craziness that is Roswell. Don't get me wrong, I love it or I would not stop there so often, lol. So we spent the morning roaming around Roswell taking pictures and buying Alien T-shirts, lol.
Roswell ~ is a quirky town, but well worth a visit if you are in the area.
Err, actually this was my 3rd visit in 2016.
The Roswell Daily Record (From Wiki) This is what started all the UFO craze for this sleepy little town.
After spending a day taking silly alien photos, I got serious and drove on into ABQ. The weather was amazing and it was a perfect day for a road trip.
No dead men in this journey, but it was still a long trip. Click here to read about that Post.
This was another 11 hour drive that I made last 3 days, lol #Committed
I did not take as many pictures this time. But I have a train trip to Santa Fe planned soon and I'm sure I'm gonna spam you big on that adventuntre. I have not been to Sant Fe in years! It's such a cool city (so why don't ever go visit? Idk?)
Have a look at these random pictures from the latest road trip, as I ponder why I haven't been anywhere lately..
And then we arrived back home....Finally.
So it was a pretty boring trip. We stopped to eat and for fuel and I took no pictures...#Fail
But when you are driving 1,115 miles boring can be a good thing, lol.
More adventures soon-
Now that May is gone its time to look at the most clicked random bits as we do every month. May was a busy month, meaning I was lazy and didn't post much. #Fail
But none the less, you stuck it out and returned to read more of my silly blog.
For May 2016 the Most clicked (but maybe not the Best posts) were:
Native American Pueblo -Post from May 6, 2016, from my latest trip to New Mexico. I still have more to post from this trip, including more from the Native American town, shopping in ABQ and other adventures. One day, I will catch up, but in the meantime read it if you haven't already.
Eat To Thrive - May post showing my Thrive food order and the May Vegan Cuts box and more random food. 18+ pictures of random Vegan goodness. No real review because I have not had time to even eat the goodies yet.
Hello May - Short post of me leaving Texas on a road trip. As usual more pictures than text and random as Hell.
Texas Again - May 14, 2016, post of me returning to Texas. (I flew into Austin on this trip.) As usual the first thing I did was go for tacos, lol.
When not having tacos I was busy "not" cooking vegan recipes.
Most of my other post were random crap from other months that scored lots of views. (Why? I have no idea.) But thank you for reading, bookmarking and returning. If there is something in particular you want to read about do leave me a comment below. I always enjoy hearing from my readers, haters non withstanding.
June will probably be pretty much the same nonsense as May, as we settle into our new digs. Want to see glamours pictures of unpacking boxes and measuring windows for new drapes? Well, get ready, lol.
See you at the airport (and the home furnishing store!)
I'm back in Texas. It's been a crazy week. If you follow me on SnapChat you know.
I was in Albuquerque, New Mexico (Did I upload those photos yet?) and then Roswell...from there to
San Antonio, Texas Monday and Austin, Texas Tuesday. #GoodTimes
The weather is much more humid here than in New Mexico. And it's MUCH warmer here too. I miss the cool mornings and breezy afternoons, but everything is still green and blooming in south Texas, for now. The wildflowers were amazing on the drive. I will post those photos as soon as there are sorted.
It's been a long week. Excuse my windblown and slightly dazed look.
Good Night and see you at the airport!
Hello and Happy May from Texas!
Are you ready to roam? Here is todays adventure...
Ready, set go!
Up early to get this show on the road.
I am so thankful petrol is affordable here in Texas. We drive EVERYWHERE.
I actually was in both Austin and San Antonio today. It was a long day, but tomorrow is going to be so worth it. #Wanderlust
I have some funny/adventure videos from Snapchat, but will not load here, #Boo
(Sarahpthomas if you want to check them out, they are mostly nonsense anyway.)
I'm finally done for the day. #WIN
And to celebrate I just had a nice long swim in the pool. Now I'm ready for some quality sleep.
Catch you later~
How are things?
Can you believe April is almost over? If you follow me on Snapchat then you know I work too much and rarely get enough sleep. #TrueFact And when I'm not traveling I am pretty boring...
You also know I spend way too much time at the market. #2ndTrueFact
People ask me about food prices all the time and how much it varies from different locations. (More than you would think, actually.)
I think food is expense here in south Texas (USA) I spend an average of about $1,000USD a month on
food/household items for 3 people.
I do not purchase meat, junk food or dairy. I do buy organic items whenever possible, which is, of course, more expensive.
Yes, (I forgot my recycled bags. Do not judge me.)
That's not a lot of stuff. It most certainly is not two carts or an overflowing trolly. IDK...
That figure I mentioned above does not include the money we spend on eating out either.
I'm off to sleep now...zzz zzz zzzz
I swear I packed in my sleep this week. Should make for some awesome surprises later, lol.
See you at the airport!
Over the course of the last few weeks I have been out taking photographs of the Texas wildflowers and the 'planted flowers' too, lol.
Plus I've been ever so busy over working, I've hardly had any time for sneaking off with my friends. We are planning a few cool trips and also I have 2 BIG adventures coming up! But in the meantime - please enjoy some flowers pictures.
I also have been about shopping for bedding plants and new pots. I love spring and all the flowers! Don't you?
All of these pictures were taken in Texas.
Well except for the one listed below--my mate in England sent. Soon it will be too hot here for any flowers, so we are enjoying them while we can.
The sky always is the most amazing color here. I'm sure the UV (feel the sizzle) plays a big part in it.
Then suddenly it's cool again!
We really thought the colder weather was over, but I guess not.
And as the weather changes so does the wildlife! I have seen so many squirrels rabbits, deer and of course lizards while I've been out running. Most are gone long before I can get the phone ready to snap. Also many butterflies and hummingbirds have returned. I take their return as a sure sign Spring is here!
If you follow me on Snapchat then you see mostly blurry video for deer running off, lol.
Remember the pretty peach blossoms from last month? They turned into the cutest baby peaches~
And now the roses are blooming all over town, too.
See you at the airport-
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