Luggage – packing , YIKES!!!!!‏

I have been asked by number of people how I pack for 5 months and 4 seasons. I don’t, it is a disaster!! When I left Palma at Christmas I left big duffle bag at Guest House and still came with 2 large suitcases. That makes 3 and a carry on.

I have habit of mailing clothes back to Canada, which was fine until I left India last September. I mailed a box home of Indian clothes from Spain, it arrived wrapped in plastic and no one opened it, why would they! The actual box was soaked in water including 3 new silk outfits, which I just had designed and made in India. Everything was ruined except for some shawl’s that were wrapped in plastic. I send stuff home by sea freight, much cheaper than air and it takes about 6 weeks.

Well I’ll be in Spain during spring, fall and winter; England in the spring, Iceland in the winter, Italy and France will be the same as Spain, plus Greece during spring and summer. I’ll be back in Canada for the middle of June after leaving the bitterly cold weather.. So what do I pack for five months? The items that are always with me.

-Silk sheets (warm)– just in case
-Silk long Underwear
-Many shawls and scarf s( different colours and weights)
-Black jeans (numerous pairs)
-White and black regular long sleeved T shirts
-Down vest
-Down long sleeved layering piece
-Black leather running shoes
-Hat , gloves , earmuff’s
-1 pair of black velvet jean’s for dress
-1 black leather loafer’s
-2 Cashmere sweaters.
-2 facecloth’s (not always available)
and of course my toilet paper!

I have friend here who has travelled the world for many years and she is still in her forties. She has one suitcase, with all of her belongings in the world and is a very sharp dresser. It puts me to shame, meanwhile I have closet full of clothes in Canada, bins full of clothes in storage etc. Maybe there is hope for me yet!!!

In closing I’m sitting in very fancy restaurant in Palma it’s about 8 in the evening. Ladies across from me playing cards , guys beside me on the computer drinking coffee, a woman on other side drinking wine, reading the newspaper and one couple seriously having a real dinner and me with my Salad and wine of course.

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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