Arm Chair Traveling
I am a bit late with my post for today because I wanted to finish the last few chapters of my current read. For you see, I am busy Arm Chair Traveling.
The gift of having Care-Givers Syndrome or Adrenal Fatigue is that I can expand my reading time considerably. If I fall asleep reading – who cares, I will not miss my next connection or lose my suitcase.
It the writers are good, then I can recall yummy fragrances, make the joy of a food a savory idea, and when it is too noisy or boisterous just fantasize without a headache.
I was sad about not getting a vacation this year or even planning one until I remember some of my favorite memoirs and gracious reads, which are still on my Kindle and my book shelf. Off I went, and I began traveling and traveling – sometimes wrapped in a blanket and cozy by the fire, always accompanied by a cup a tea.
Frances Mayes is my first writer guide. The DVD of Under The Tuscan Sun is one I own, because when I am overwhelmed by the painful lessons of my life, I can pop that movie in the player and see how her plans played out – with beautiful characterizations.
Mayes discovers the section of Italy called Tuscany as she is beginning her recovery from a painful divorce. I like the book better but the movie can transport me out of my “pity party” in a quicker mode.
I do not resent her financial success which enables her to purchase an old house and remodel it in Tuscany, because she is writing about her recovery and her life lessons and her story is not my story – it is not my recovery. The story gives me hope and encouragement for my own lessons and living.
I have just finished reading book two about her Tuscan Experience: Bella Tuscany and I am nearly finished with book three: Everyday in Tuscany
I did not have to clean up after the carpenters, endure the new septic system, or sweat in the hot sun planting the gardens. I could just enjoy the whole experience and keep my carbon footprint quite neutral.
Alice Steinbach also writes about traveling. Alice is comfortable in her circumstances but not foot loose and fancy free about her finances. Steinbach starts taking classes all over the world and then writing about her experience and what she learned and experienced.
Steinbach’s books are Without Reservations and Educating Alice: Adventures of a Curious Woman.
I have just finished the Educating Alice book where she goes to French Cooking School in Paris, Border Collie training in Scotland, Japanese Arts and Tea Ceremony in Kyoto and Architecture and Art in Havana.
Steinbach has a clever sense of humor which she uses to wrap around her journey of self-discovery. She takes a sabbatical from her column writing in the Baltimore Sun; she was a Pulitzer Prize winning writer at that part of her adventure.
Two Great Writers, Mayes writes and teaches in the San Francisco Area and has won awards also, who are able to share the details of their adventures with a tender heart and picturesque descriptions.
Now I am ready for a great murder mystery and some unnatural suspense!
Do you ever do any Arm Chair Traveling? Do you like to watch pictures of other folk’s trips or read their stories? Are you taking a vacation this year? Where are you going? Will you share on your blog?
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