Feeling lucky

LuckyMaybe it’s all the traveling I’ve been doing lately.  Possibly it’s my freshly cleaned house.  Definitely it’s all the amazing friendship and support I have in my life.  And it could be because it’s a spring Sunday.

Whatever the reason, I’m centered, optimistic and inspired.  Lucky to be healthy and happy and zipping around this planet.  Feeling flush with appreciation for all the good stuff in my world, it’s a fresh season and I love that.

There’s even a strange alchemy happening with “bad stuff”.  For example, I missed out on an opportunity I thought I really wanted.  Within a couple days, I was startled to realize that not getting it was a relief.  It only had short term advantages and could have unnecessarily detoured me from my dearest, most treasured goal.  It’s like the universe played 3 card monte with me.  Instead of leaving me high & dry, though, it left me with renewed appreciation and focus on what matters most to me.  High five for that!

Feeling like I’m at the start of a fantastic new adventure and I’m liking it.  Wishing the same for you!

Fortune cat

Feeling as happy as this Fortune Cat! 

Never, ever travel without your sense of humor

Sense of humor.  It’s an absolute must-have item on any trip.  Forget to bring your ability to laugh and you may as well skip the trip entirely.  We can’t take everything quite so seriously, right?  Get a head start by enjoying the quotes below.


“Airplane food is the smallest food I’ve ever seen in my entire life.  Any kind of meat that you get -chicken, steak, anything – has grill marks on each side, like somehow we’ll actually believe there’s an open-flame grill in the front of the plane.” – Ellen Degeneres

“I love it when the flight attendant says, ‘Your seat cushion becomes a flotation device.’ Well why doesn’t the plane just become a boat?” – Steve Shaffer

“Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason.” – Jerry Seinfeld


“You define a good flight by negatives: you didn’t get hijacked, you didn’t crash, you didn’t throw up, you weren’t late, you weren’t nauseated by the food. So you are grateful.” – Paul Theroux

“I suspect that LaGuardia is an elaborate prank, and New York has a real airport nearby that only locals know about.” – Dave Barry  (sorry my NYC friends, but this feels true)

“Did you ever notice that the first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone?” – Erma Bombeck

“Cars will soon have the Internet on the dashboard. I worry that this will distract me from my texting.” – Andy Borowitz

“Airplane travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo.” – Al Gore

“What does it mean to pre-board? Do you get on before you get on?” – George Carlin


“Thanks to the USA’s Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything.” – Charles Kuralt

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance.” – bumper sticker

“Two great talkers will not travel far together.” – Spanish proverb

“It’s easier to find a travelling companion than to get rid of one.” – Art Buchwald

“A lot of people ask me if I were shipwrecked, and could have only one book, what would it be? I always say, ‘How to Build a Boat’.” – Steven Wright


“Never relinquish clothing to a hotel valet without first specifically telling him that you want it back.” – Fran Lebowitz

“The best time to go to Disney World, if you want to avoid huge crowds, is 1962.” – Dave Barry

“What is the story with the airport sinks, that they will not give us a twist-on twist-off human faucet. Is it that too risky for the human population?  We have to do the one-handed pain-in-the-ass Alcatraz-style faucets.  What is it they think we will do?  Turn ’em all on full, run out into the parking lot, laughing, pushing each other into the bushes?” – Jerry Seinfeld

“English, who needs that? I’m never going to England” – Homer Simpson

Keep laughing and traveling!






Travel dreams: flowers, junk and day of the dead in The Netherlands, Hong Kong and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

2016 Corso Zundert parade entry winner “Dangerous Cargo”

Sometimes the best thing you can do is to escape into travel daydreams.  That was my day. Frigid temps and blowing & drifting snow made me want to escape the gray winter.  Today I slipped out of the cold and daydreamed my way to three places on my travel wish list.

Destination #1…the Netherlands.

In Haarlem a few years ago, I accidentally stumbled upon the spring flower parade (https://www.bloemencorso-bollenstreek.nl/en/).  And it was AMAZING!  Yes, I’m shouting, because I walked out of my hotel and smack into a huge float of flowers – I felt like Alice in Wonderland.  Disoriented and confused by a wall of dahlias, I had no idea there even was such a thing as a flower parade and suddenly I was smack in the middle of one.  Even if you aren’t a gardener or into flowers, the creativity and enormity of the floats was mind blowing.

On today’s imaginary flower trip, I headed back to the Netherlands for the September 4-5 Corso Zundert and a heady dose of huge floats.  The parade has been around since 1936.  Zundert is home to about 21,000 people and 50,000 people come to the parade.  No traffic or hotel hassles in this daydream, though.  Check it out: http://www.corsozundert.nl/home-EN/

Destination #2…Hong Kong.

Old and new easily coexisting in Hong Kong

Junk.  Who knew?  That’s what they call these boats in Hong Kong.  Made up of 260 islands, having water transportation in Hong Kong could come in handy.  While I haven’t been to there yet, I’m guessing that getting on the water might be a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the city.   The boat design has been around since the Han Dynasty (200 AD).  And they still float around this city of over 7 million people.  Talk about staying power!

Final destination…San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

The day of the dead is celebrated all over central and southern Mexico.  So why San Miguel de Allende?  Because they stretch the day into an entire weeklong celebration.  Impressive.

Day of the Dead in Mexico City
Colorful, bold, eery, morbid and festive all at once

The holiday is for remembering and honoring the dead.  Like the last two stops on my travel daydream tour, I’ve never been.  A fun trip to the cemetery sounds like an oxymoron — I need to see this live and in person someday to fully understand it.  Here’s a little more info: http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/mexico-day-of-the-dead-san-miguel-de-allende



Well, friends, even travel daydreams must end.  Like all good trips, though, this little mental jaunt left me happy and ready to go again soon.

Wishing all safe & happy travels! (real or imagined)