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29 Jun 2015

Colors of India – An Original Poem

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Here is one of my poems, hope you  enjoy the colorful journey thru India it will take you on.

 

Colors of India

 

The land of barren trees and holy rivers

The land of the forgotten past

The land that asks come hither

The land of colors of every caste.

 

The land of India is gold and green.

Gold the color of brass,

of ripples of wheat, the fields are not vast.

Green the color of the peacocks tail

In full spread, traditions of the past.

 

The land of India is yellow and crimson.

Yellow the color of bright summer sun,

with its heat forever unyielding.

Crimson the color of newly made bricks,

Used for the creation of a new building.

 

The land of India is silver and brown.

Silver the color of wares old and new,

Found in dusty and dark crevices.

Brown the color of eyes showing pride

And offering their services.

 

The land of India is red and gray.

Red the color of Delhi’s Purana Quila,

And other forts from India’s history.

Grey the color of every dawn arising

Starting a new day with its old mystery.

 

The land of India is white and orange.

White the color of purity,

as beautiful as the Taj Mahal, Symbolizing honor and respect.

Orange the color of the setting day dusk,

A color of the flag and the hope of a new prospect.

 

The land of India is a rainbow,

Filling the skies during Diwali.

The land of India is pink with the fat wild pigs, Running on the streets.

The land of India is Violet,

The exploding colors of water balloons during Holi.

The land of India is turquoise,

The color of the sacred Ganges.

The land of India is its wisps of beige

And it’s burning of its beloved souls and holy cows.

The land of India is it assorted colors of its Saris and Ambassador cars.

The land of India in all it’s colors can be wonderful and dreadful,

But always an experience.

The land of India is black.

The color of death, poverty and the ending of an old civilization.

 

These are some of the colors of India!

30 Apr 2015

Travel Quote: Becoming Friends

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“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou

27 Apr 2015

Travel Quote: No Yesterdays

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“What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.”

William Least Heat Moon

21 Apr 2015

Travel Quote: What Traveling Does

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“Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.” – Freya Stark

21 Apr 2015

7 Travel Tips For Woman Traveling Alone (3 of 7)

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Travel Tip (3 of 7) – Don’t sit in your room alone at night, go out – have fun, see a show, visit a museum or art gallery. When eating out, choose restaurants that have a bar vs. sitting alone at a table. When sitting at a bar others won’t know if you are with the people on either side of you. If that doesn’t make you feel comfortable, search for an elderly couple in line, start chatting with them (especially if the hostesses say hello to them by name) let them know that you are here alone for work or pleasure. If they are easy going & kind,  I have had the good luck to be invited to sit with them before I ask & invite myself. Even after just a few minutes of chatting you will know if you’d like to spend the next 45-60 minutes with them. Always ask for separate check but I always tell my new friends that I would like to leave the tip for the wait staff for all of us since they were so kind in letting me dine with them instead of dining alone. I have met the most wonderful people this way, plus great company during a good meal makes the evening extra special.

17 Apr 2015

Travel Tips For Woman Traveling Alone (2 of 7)

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Travel Tip – You are on a trip dress up, enjoy yourself. Treat yourself to a special dinner (if you are traveling for work or not). When you do dress up wear costume jewelry out. You’ll look great and from a far, most crooks won’t know if that pearl necklace is real or not, until they get to the pawn broker. Same for leaving your jewelry in your room, bring a jewelry bag or case. If there is a safe in the room, lock away any of your ‘precious’ jewelry to you in there (even if it is only precious because your six year old got it for you last Mothers Day).

16 Apr 2015

7 Travel Tips For Woman Traveling Alone (1 of 7)

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Travel Tip (1 of 7)- When traveling, relax. Your demeanor will alert people of your vulnerability, if you relax, be aware of you & your surrounding you will carry an air of confidence which will deter others wanting to take advantage of you in any way. You are on an adventure, you are traveling, be it for work for fun. If you are nervous, uncertain then you are already portraying someone who expects and is afraid of being taken advantage of such as leaving your purse open for a pick pocket.

Don’t relax 100%, even at home you should be aware of your surrounding. Asses the area, be cautious, such as ensuring your purse/wallet is secure. Have fun but don’t be foolhardy.

12 Apr 2015

Travel Quote: The Journey

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“The journey, not the arrival matters.” – T. S. Elliot

9 Apr 2015

Travel Quote: Glamorous Travel

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“Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” – Paul Theroux

 

 

“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” – Benjamin Disraeli

3 Apr 2015

Savvy Ways To Chill During Flight Delays

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Flight delays are inevitable. There are many different reasons why these events happen now on a daily basis and all over the world. I worked for an airline for nearly 5 years and they lay blame of most delays as an ‘Act of God’. To travelers that means you are not going to get free meal vouchers or a hotel night stay. Now in saying that, there are still ways to have this happen to you and you reap some benefits and rewards.

Here are some helpful tips that can make any delay or cancelled flight into no big deal. First of all understand what a ‘Act of God’ means. Any event that man did not create is an ‘Act of God’ to the airlines, such as bad weather. Many inexperienced travelers don’t realize the scope of which items fall into this category. So here is a brief list:

Snow, ice, sleet, fog, strong winds (anything over 20mph), heat, rain, thunder, lightning, frigid temperatures, hurricanes, typhoons, tornados & twisters, sever storm warnings (just in case these really do happen), hail (golf ball size smaller and/or larger), wild fires (the smoke deterrents the view for pilots), eclipses, flooding, wind shear and more.

 

Then there is the gamete of mechanical, staffing and airport issues that can and do cause delays every minute of every hour of every day in a year. Our world is in constant motion and air travel is effected all the time. Unfortunately, the people of the United Stated don’t have many rights when traveling via air planes and the airlines are under no legal obligation to provide compensation for any delayed or cancelled flights. Even the newish passenger Bill of Rights is bent more to protect the airlines than their traveling passengers.

But don’t worry there are a few tricks & tips that can help you get thru this kind of event. Many of these items can be found on your ticket voucher called the Contract of Carriage. These by law must be maintained on the airlines websites since they have gone ticketless. These Contracts of Carriage used to be the back page of your tickets. Look them up, read thru them, so you have a better idea of what is expected of the airlines for each time you fly a plane.

1. Be patient, polite and don’t cause a ruckus. You will get more help if you are courteous, just watch how the loud overbearing people are treated with respect but no compensation or care is given to them.

2. Rule 240 – the airlines have the obligation to get you from/to the exact cities you booked your trip for. If there is a delay or cancellation, they must protect you on the next reasonable flight (and it does not have to be on the same airline) to your destination. Reasonable isn’t too finite, so I go by that 2 hours or less is reasonable but making you take 3 connections is not reasonable.

3. The DOT (department of Transportation) requires all airlines to refund a part or all of a trip’s cost if their flights have been delayed, diverted or cancelled. This applies to non-refundable tickets as well and the baggage fees paid for that trip. If you have to cancel your trip because of the airlines issues, they must make a full refund.

4. Got bumped? Lucky you! Plan your trip with some wiggle room, so if you get bumped or are asked to give up your seat on an oversold flight, you will still be able to reach your destination for the real intended time. If you showed up on time, check-in within the time parameters (such as 1 hr. prior to departure for US domestic flights), you can ask for a flight voucher and protected on a later flight. They can even put you on another carrier if need be but you are still elegiable for some flight vouchers. Don’t get greedy, they know how much you paid for ticket. If your ticket cost $210.00 they will offer you vouchers worth $200.00. Their vouchers only come in certain denominations, so take the amount offered but ask for a free drink or meal voucher to even the costs.

5. Verify, Verify, Verify! Always check on your flight the day before, just because you have great weather does not mean where the plane is coming from does. Check again before you leave for the airport, there are lots of apps out there now that it is easy to check these on a smart phone. If there is a delay or cancellation, get in line right away and call your travel agent or the air lines to get you rebooked and compensated. The sooner the better because there are literally hundreds of people now who are vying to get on a new flight. It is 1st come, 1st served remember. Use social media too…be heard and get taken care of faster. Never be afraid to ask for compensation, again leave greed & rudeness at home and you’ll get compensated.

6. If you fly all the time or once every few years bring a long an empty water bottle, some snacks (airport food is not the best for diets), a book or magazine, a tablet and/or your smart phone to engage your self while you wait. Even better, put away those electronics, look up and chat with the people around you, they are in the same boat you are. You’ll be surprised at how many new friends you can meet in airports while traveling. That is one of my favorite tidbits I tell people.

7. Don’t forget chargers for your phone and other electric devices. More airports are installing multi outlet stations in gate stations. Even better, get a portable charger that will boost your devices battery life.

 

Here are a few more suggestions from Fare Compare https://youtu.be/8zuGBgL0C0Y

Hope these help in the future & have a great trip!