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What do I want?

I have a friend who recently sent me some questions from an online summit that is starting soon, and as I was working on the questions, the last one struck a chord with me. What do I want? I want a lot, but I wanted to share with everyone what I wrote for that question.

What do I want?

I want peace in the world.  I know that sounds corny, but it’s true.  I don’t want to see people and countries fighting.  War is such an unnecessary evil in my eyes anyway.  Anger hurts everyone.  We need to see the beauty in everyone and everything we gaze upon.  

I want to be a person who can help others see that.  I want to teach young women that they CAN do anything they want.  I want to inspire older women that they don’t have to just sit around and wait to die, worrying about everything.  I want them to know that it’s okay to worry, it’s natural, but there are also so many great things in the world to see and things to do.  We don’t have to be considered the weaker sex, as we still are in some countries.  We are strong.  We can teach.  We can walk.  We can sing and dance.  We can do anything!

I want my children and my grandchildren to grow up in a world where they can enjoy the freedom and the joy that they should be allowed to enjoy.  To see the beauty in this world.  To be safe no matter where they are.

I want to travel more.  I want to see the wonders of Turkey, the crystal blue waters that surround Greece, to once again see the beauty of the castles and towns of the Czech Republic, to explore the tundra of Northern Canada, to gaze upon the northern lights in Iceland, to hike through the mountains of New Zealand.  I want to go back to Chile.  I want to ride a hot air balloon over Cappadocia.  I want to lay on a beach in Thailand and enjoy the sun beaming down on me.  I want to see more of this world while I still can.

And I want to live out the remainder of my life, no matter how long that may be, with peace and love in my heart.  My love for my children and my grandchildren continues to grow every day and I want them all to know that I will love them forever, and that they will always have a special place in my heart.

That is what I want!



I love travelling, and wherever I am, I always try to get at least one picture of the sunset. This is my favourite time of the day – and there is nothing more beautiful to me than a spectacular sunset that takes my breath away. Enjoy!

La Serena, Chile
Welland Ontario Canada
Lake District, Italy
Vienna, Austria
Atacama Desert, Chile
Changchun, China
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Arica, Chile
Seville, Spain

Hostel living

When I decided to head to Chile, I started thinking of the most economical way to do it.  I knew I wanted to travel city to city but I knew hotels would be too expensive for me to stay at.


Not having any idea about what it was like to stay in a hostel, except with a misconception that they are dorm rooms with a lot of partying young people, I decided to at least take a look and see what the pictures show.  To my surprise, hostels are not only dorms!!  In fact, this is the best way to travel in my opinion!  I was able to get single rooms in all the hostels I have stayed at – and in fact, two of them I had full apartment style rooms.  With my own kitchen, my own bathroom, a table to sit at and a terrace to sit out on at night.  And luckily for me, they were both at my two favourite places of Chile – La Serena and San Pedro.  And I am happy to say that NONE of the hostels have had any loud parties that didn’t allow me to sleep.  For that, I am very grateful!


In Santiago, I was lucky enough to find an apartment for the week I was there – which was good.   It helped me just rest, be on my own, get over major jet lag and get used to a new country.  After that – it has been all hostels.  Single rooms, with a shared bathroom and a shared kitchen.  This time of year here in Chile, it is the end of winter so there are not as many people travelling and I was fortunate to be able to have the place in Valparaiso to myself for 4 of the nights I was there.


Most of them have been great, with great owners who are super friendly, meeting other travellers from all over the world.  And hostels are very reasonably priced.  Far cheaper than a hotel, with amenities like a kitchen to use.  I have only been disappointed with one (the first one I was at in Antofagasta – dirty kitchen and unfriendly hosts – I was happy to be there for only three nights!).


I know my travelling has not finished – there are so many other places I want to see – and I now know that staying in hostels is the way to go for me.  They aren’t for everybody, I know, but for anyone who is looking to save money and travel longer, definitely research hostels – single rooms are a bit more than the dorm rooms, but definitely worth it to check out!!