From India to Mallorca, with London in between

Palma

Palma

I departed Toronto on September 26th to begin my nomadic journey, leaving behind my apartment: still full of furniture and good friends who were committed to do the big moving job on my behalf (how lucky was I to miss it). First stop was India for 12 days.  I attended a meeting called “Call Of The Time” with 50 attendees from around the world. It was put on at the Brahma Khumaris World  Spiritual University at Mount Abu. It was wonderful 3 days led by Sister Jayanti who is responsible for the BKs in Europe,  and my old friend as I call her Dadi Janki who is 97 and who has taught me more in the last  20 years than anyone else. Dadi speaks Hindi, so we chat through a translator, and we seem to connect! I was also in India to bring closure to some hospital work  that I have been involved with over the last few years, so  meetings went well. Then I had lovely treat I was invited by the Maharaleigh (sp) family to spend 5 days with them, it was lovely. It was a really special treat! So, I said goodbye to India after I had connected with special and old friends and left for Mallorca, the real start of my Nomadic Journey.

I arrived in Palma de Mallorca, but my luggage didn’t which wasn’t fun. I first went to the town of Orient, population of 20. Orient is very beautiful, but strange. I was greeted by the hotel owner who looked at me and said I must have Bubonic Plague because I had been in India: just a little old fashioned. It got weirder, and by the end of week I had renamed the village Peyton Place after the old TV show. There were lots of dinners with plenty of wine flowing: I would have had to have had a liver transplant if I had stayed. I next went to the seaside to a lovely apartment overlooking the sea, but all in German, but I was good and met people along the way. Then to Palma:  I finally arrived and checked into my little guest house on the main shopping street of Palma, which is like Bloor St with all the fancy stores. The house has only 4 rooms and I am not sure I it is legal in apartment building but it is quite comfortable and clean. Then with my base set up I went to London for a few days to my friend Briony’s magazine launch. Then I went to visit my friend Thulie and we went to the movies which is one thing I really miss.

Mallorca is a very complex society: 26 percent unemployment but no one seems stressed about it at all, many stores are closed on Saturdays and all of them on Sundays! I am told 49 percent of mothers are single parents but I see lots of generations of families walking the streets with prams in the evenings. I had only been here for 2 days when I was asked by the English newspaper for an interview, which I thought was funny!

Palma is a city of about 300’000 people, with lots of lovely streets and alleyways, a  very funky area called Santa Catalina which I love, a market where you can walk around with a glass of wine in your hand, very civilised. I’ve fallen in love with a car; it is a black and white and a very, VERY small electric car. I found the local English language movie theatre in a refurbished slaughter plant! I am looking at a lovely flat where from the terrace you can see the sea and city. It is high up on a hill. Next week I am starting Spanish lessons with the crews of the yachts, which should be fun.

As you know I love to assist people wherever I go and I have found a lady called Glynis who has had an enormous finca donated to her. She hopes to start some programmes up there for under privileged women. I am helping her put structure around that idea, setting up the Board of Directors etc.  that is going to be fun for me, especially in Spanish…!

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About Betty Steinhauer

Betty Steinhauer was born in England and raised in Toronto, Canada. Even as a young mother, Betty was active in the community sitting on a number of boards and lending her expertise to various public organizations. In 1983, she founded Betty Steinhauer & Associates Ltd. a consulting firm where, for twenty-five years, she used her unique abilities to act as a catalyst, facilitator and advisor to both the private and public sectors, in forging relationships between organizations and/or individuals for mutually advantageous outcomes. For many years, Betty travelled widely in out-of-the-way areas of the world. As she travelled, the idea for The People Bridge Charitable Foundation was formed. The People Bridge was registered as a Canadian charity in 1997. The mandate of the Foundation was to facilitate important changes in the lives of ordinary people through small-scale charitable projects. Betty has now retired the Foundation that, during its lifetime, undertook over 100 projects worldwide, mostly in conjunction with organizations already working in the target area. Betty’s experience and expertise in business, along with the advice and assistance she receives from colleagues around the globe, give her a unique ability to spot the need and understand how it can be met. Betty has the unusual combination of an entrepreneur’s abilities and an intrinsic understanding of people. Betty has visited India seventeen times in the past twenty years to pursue her spiritual journey. She has frequently been a guest of the Brahma Kumaris and the World Spiritual University to study meditation and further her own spiritual life. Betty is currently active with the Steering Committee of the Spirit of Humanity Forum, in Reykjavik, Iceland. This is an annual Forum that, it is felt, will become to the spiritual world what the Davos Forum is to the financial world. Betty makes her home in Toronto, and has published her memoir “My Way”. She began her Nomadic Internship in the summer of 2013.
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2 Responses to From India to Mallorca, with London in between

  1. Natalie Barresi says:

    Betty, I thought the USA had the most embarressing politician( Andrew Weiner with his sexting!),but Canada has now won that title with the Mayor Ford. You Canadians are very competitive! Natalie PS I am enjoying the blog!!

  2. Heidi Gass says:

    good going girl,, quirky diddly Dynamo,, amazing your energy and spirit,

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