Even if You Risk Getting Lost in Translation
This is exactly why we love Jane Wells. Go!
Do you ever write something that I don't stop whatever I'm doing to enjoy the journey?
Great article! Loved the descriptions and pictures,
You likely will not recall, but my wife and I began following you when you were walking the Camino....in part because I have walked the Camino... in 2019...so pretty recently...and I do not need to attempt to explain that experience as there is no reasonable way to impart that experience in writing, but there is also no need to attempt it to someone who has experienced it. There are other experiences in life that I believe to be the same... the only one that comes to mind at the moment is divorce... I would guess child birth to be another. Somewhat similar to the Camino is another in my opinion...climbing Mt Fuji...which I had the pleasure of doing in 1970. Also creating our own timeline and all else; we were two submarine sailors on a holiday from Yokosuka where there was a US Navy submarine base. I may have related this story to you when you were on the Camino... there was someone I heard during or just after the Mt. Fuji climb that said there is a saying that translates to something like 'until you climb Mt. Fuji you are ignorant... if you climb it more than one time, you are an idiot'.... as I was nearing the end of the Camino, I met up with a very nice lady who was what I took to calling 'a Camino junkie'... meaning that she had been there before and was now on her second or third trip... the Mt. Fuji comment came into focus for me...and it seemed appropriate to apply it to the Camino also.
I surely do enjoy reading and seeing pix from your travels as well as stories/wisdom regarding finances... enjoy life daily and keep u the stories!
I love traveling on my own. People ask me how can I travel just by myself and I tell them I've never been somewhere where there were no other people. I have met so many interesting people in other countries by being by myself that I wouldn't have it any other way. It's all about serendipity and going where your senses take you. Loved this story, totally relate to it.
an old oil painter friend told me years ago to always take your glasses off to look at paintings. his concept was "the old timers had bad eyes (like us) but before glasses were invented - or got cheap - they truly saw what they saw. i was stunned when i looked at a fuzzy painting that was in focus without glasses. .....just like my eyes!
Love your casual and lighthearted style of writing, whether personal accounts or op-ed... I wanna be like you when I grow up! Btw I'm 61, and have quite a few solo adventures of my own 😁 will share one or two episodes shortly 😎
I was in northern Spain in the Basque region while they walked the Camino de Santiago. I went on my own to Porto in Portugal and to see the Alhambra in Grenada. Except for a select few favorite travel companions, traveling solo is the only way to go!!!! Fully endorse!!!!
I thoroughly enjoyed this travelogue as much as your posts about travels across Spain. As an only child I so related to the meal story as I have eaten many meals alone. You are an adorable Grandmother.
1. Gave a ride to two Hemsin women in Northeast Turkey, they invited us to their house in the woods, fed us honey from their hives, cheese from their cow, tea from their bushes. Taught my wife to tie a traditional Hemsin head scarf.
2. Also in Turkey, in Amasya, walking down an alley past an open door, invited in to eat with a family who spoke zero English. Dad was very proud of his job as an attendant at the local Shell station.
3. Invited to a rural elementary school by teacher to speak English to them. I was a big hero once they found out I had actually met Shaq. Teacher eventually got a Fulbright fellowship and is now an oft-published author an Uni prof.
4. Struck up a convo with Michael in his shop in Dingle Town, West Ireland. Long story short, over the years he has been over to stay in our town for a month every year for at least a half dozen years.
Because of his background, he has The Chieftains on speed dial and others too. He even called one NY Eve from a bar near his home and had Kate Purcell [ a fav of mine] sing a few lines from one of her songs to me.
5. Met some young professionals while wandering in Cairo waiting for a train to Aswan. Great time with them, hated to turn down their libation offerings for fear of the water.
6. Wandering back alleys of La Paz, Bolivia and happened on a party of young members of the Andean Club, the local Sierra Club equivalent. Taught them to do the Hokey Pokey.
7. As I write this, winding up a week with an elementary school English teacher here in Nara, Japan whom we first met 40 years ago. What hospitality she and her friends have shown us here, Kyoto and Osaka.
i enjoyed reading about your trip.
Jane thank you taking us on your journey. Your choice of taking the positive mindset is refreshing.
I thoroughly enjoyed your chronicle. You’re lucky you didn’t have to wait in a long line for Rokurinsha. I love their subway system and yes, Japan keeps the thermostat relatively high so the AC doesn’t go on as often. I agree: Kegon is a show stopper. And your granddaughter is adorable.
What a fabulous day!
Sometime go to Nara, another
Right from the start you had us: cycling in Japan, and in Nikko to be more precise. We've been away for 21 yrs. Will be going back in 2024!!!
You are also quite a good photographer, Jane. (and your grandkids are cute!)