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About this blog: I've been attracted to food for good and bad reasons for many years. From eating disorder to east coast culinary school, food has been my passion, profession & nemesis. I've been a sugar addict, a 17-year vegetarian, a food and en...  (More)

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Eat, Surf, Love

Uploaded: Jan 13, 2018

Spanish men seem different than men from Italy (the last country I visited). More like Juan Antonio on horse with a cervesa, rather than Casanova in a Ferrari with his mom. I met all types of men (and women) Solo in Spain, and got to fall in love a few times, with both.

My mom often asks, "Do you ever get lonely traveling by yourself?" An honest question - an interesting response. No actually, traveling solo seems to open oneself up to so much more. It's like we carry a protective coating of our lives back home, and a force-field extension when operating in pairs and groups, which can keep us from truly connecting because, well, there’s really no need to. When solo though, we depend more on the people who live there and forced to engage more deeply. With this reality we are not just visiting the county, we are immersed into the world we’ve come to explore.

Traveling by oneself can certainly be uneasy at times. Is this the correct street, or line, or train? What do I do with my luggage in the bathroom? The uncertainty can be overwhelming. Unless, of course, we expect and except it. You have to have guts to travel alone, but preparation (and naps) make it easier to navigate the variability and flow. Prepare to get lost and roll with the changes. After all, life is a daring adventure or nothing, reminds Helen Keller. It makes travel (and living for that matter) a continued journey of growth, excitement and fulfillment.

Since Eat, Surf, Love starts with food…

this is where our story begins.

To be continued…..

Sent from my iPad and Madrid.


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Posted by Louise68, a resident of Menlo Park: other,
on Jan 13, 2018 at 10:32 am

Nice to have another interesting blog from my favorite Embarcadero Media blogger!

What you write is always interesting, and I do learn things along the way. And this time is no exception. I had learned long ago from a friend about the advantages of traveling alone, mostly because they knew that they would be likely to be able to make new friends while traveling alone, precisely because of what you said -- you do not have the cocoon of others around you that will keep people from striking up conversations with you. And who knows what good things may come from such interactions?

Yes, there are practical problems that solo travelers face, such as one really important one you pointed out: where do you put your luggage when you need to use the restroom? Pack light, a la Rick Steves (if you can)? About getting lost: as you said, prepare and just hang loose, and you'll be fine. (And it would help a lot to have extra time between connections, if possible.)

It is great that you are having a good time over there.

Please tell us about some of the restaurants you found, and your favorite meals over there. Looking forward to your next blog!

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Posted by Peter N, a resident of Old Palo Alto,
on Jan 16, 2018 at 5:19 am

Food and travel do go hand-in-hand. Food provides an insight into the culture, customs, history, and so many other aspects of a locale. Thanks for the article.

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Posted by Your good friend, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on Jan 17, 2018 at 10:36 pm

Great insights! But are you really going to leave us hanging like this? I'm drooling in suspense...

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Posted by Laura Stec, a resident of Portola Valley,
on Jan 18, 2018 at 6:00 am

Readers you are all very sweet. Thank you Louise68. Peter N is in the house (!) and hmmmm, that leaves "my good friend" to whom I say get yourself a hankie and hang on cuz we are going on a wild trip to Spain!

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Posted by papa, a resident of Bailey Park,
13 hours ago

I like to eat, to surf and to make love, thanks.

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