A bit about the woman behind the blog:
I am a solo-traveller – I love and ache for the adventure of going far away all alone. Most of the trips I’ve taken in Europe have been by myself and have left me helplessly and hopelessly addicted to the freedom that comes from this solitary form of travel.
I am a definite introvert and am frequently unsure of myself in general. But, although I am often afraid and feel vulnerable and worry about those I’m leaving behind when travelling alone, I need to go. The fear is SO secondary! The thrill of going, far, far away outweighs any trepidation.
I am: relentlessly curious; always learning; longing to continually write about and photograph this world (and never having enough time to do so); contradictory; shy but warm; different; a dreamer of destinations (like my Mom and Grandma – if they were still here, oh, the adventures we would have!); a nurse practitioner (check out my website, “What is an NP?”) with a new and hard-won Doctorate in Nursing Practice (as of December 2015); a relatively young mom whose children are grown and are really kind and awesome; a (most of the time) happily married wife to a man a few decades older than I; a bluestocking and often just a plain ol’ bookworm; a baker and a cook; compassionate; passionate; patient yet eager; far too concerned about others’ opinions but really trying not to be that way; funny; serious; a hiker; a walker; a student of history; a student of art, especially of the Renaissance (Renate and Renaissance mean the same thing after all – REBIRTH – how great is that?); a museum-hound; a Europhile; a yogi with tight hips and hamstrings who has extreme difficulty quieting my mind.