One of the booths that I stopped at was an apartment rental company in Florance, Italy. I spoke to a gentleman who not only rents apartments, but also has connections with nearby colleges. I was thinking I would like to spend a minimum of 6 months in Italy, so this may come in handy. A student visa may be my best bet for a lengthy stay. While I am in Italy, I plan on taking many trips to Pompeii, the setting of my impending novel, so Florance is not ideal. Although I believe it is only a short rail trip, so it may be doable. I will add this to my list of things to research.
I also sat in on a “Global Travel Tips for Women” seminar, where I heard the term “women friendly hotel” for the first time and far too many times. Why must we expect a specifically women friendly hotel where ever we go in the world. The whole point of travel is to experience local culture and possibly step outside of our comfort zone, not to demand full length mirrors and special vanities. At least that’s my intention. I wanted to scream, “Have some respect for yourselves, you are making us all look bad!” Then again, I had to remember, I was listening to a bunch of ladies in their 50s and 60s who are divorced or widowed and have been traveling on their own since the 1970s. They had a lot of good advice to impart, once you git past the age gap. I particularly liked travel blogger Evelyn Hannon, journeywoman.com. She had a lot of spirit and a wealth of knowledge.
Can’t wait to sparse through all of the new information I have. Expect more posts soon!