On My Way To, I Hope, Sunny California!!!

I have been in Toronto for 7 weeks and I am ready to move again, I guess the traveling bug hasn’t left me yet. I am going to visit my friends, Barbara and Stephen, and to see other long-time friends. I am going to rent a car and travel around; my main goal is to get a suntan before I go to the UK! I met Barbara in the early nineties, in Kathmandu, Nepal. We were going to the border of Nepal and Tibet to do some volunteer work for an organization called, Earthwatch‎. We were sent to a village where, women wearing toothbrushes as jewellery greeted us, it was very primitive. One person working there was named Dor, he was an Anthropologist and walked around in a fur hat and a brown cape, I think he was quite mad! My role was to train the village Chief how to deal with politicians, but this village was so far from the Capital, and I was not sure the Chief would ever visit! At my first meeting with the Chief, we were to meet at a certain rock (yes I said rock) and I cooled my heels for couple of hours, he was very late, I wasn’t happy, he showed up in a pink ski jacket. Other memories; it was so cold so we warmed our hands over candles, and we slept in tents and sleeping bags. To leave we had to fly from very small airport that didn’t have a building, just a bench and a control tower. As I was waiting, to catch my flight, a truck arrived carrying potatoes, to make a long story short, the potatoes went on before me, and the plane was so small that there was no room for passengers, so myself and 2 Priests sat on the bench, in the sun and waited a few more hours for the plane to return. That trip really opened my eyes to the world and it was the first time I saw the difference between the West and the East.

So that is how I met Barbara, long-term relationships are established on trips like this. I also learnt about high altitude sickness, there was a notice on the bulletin board at a hotel about a workshop that was being held, I attended this because I had no understanding or knowledge of the dangers and I have seen people nearly die with high altitude difficulties on my various travels.

People have asked me about, how I pack when I am traveling for months at a time? I am still learning; it is an ongoing process! When I started out on my Nomadic Journeys, nearly 3 years ago, I took 2 very large suitcases plus a carryon and I paid a fortune for overweight baggage! That was just crazy!!

I can now travel for 3 seasons with one suitcase and a carryon. My wardrobe consists of 3 black jeans, 1 pair of blue jeans, white and black long sleeved tee shirts, with a couple of coloured ones thrown in, 2 cashmere sweaters, a down jacket and a down vest, hat, gloves, many, many scarfs to dress up and also to make outfits look different. I also pack a couple pairs of tights or leggings with long shirts, dress boots, black loafers, running shoes, and sandals, a bathing suit (which I usually never put on), white linen outfits for my BK visits in India, I big shawl which can be used for warmth or to dress an outfit up, maybe my short black leather jacket, and 2 pairs of beige pants for warmer destinations.‎

Right now I’m sitting on a plane in Chicago, waiting for the weather to clear up in San Francisco, whereas Justin Trudeau, Canada’s Prime Minister, is on his way to the State Dinner tonight with President Obama. I hope he can do something about customs, this time I was asked to show customs how much money I had with me (that was first), and he proceeded to tell me how, “fortunate I was to get a US VISA”, I said, “you don’t need a VISA to go to the States”, he said, “yes, yes you do, it is the new language we are using”, (pretty scary), so Justin, please help with this issue!! He put a stamp in my passport that said I was allowed to stay in the US until April 1st, one day after my return ticket.

In closing, I want to thank everyone that is responding to my blog asking for advice; it’s all food for thought!

 

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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4 Responses to On My Way To, I Hope, Sunny California!!!

  1. Heidi gass says:

    You are a eye opener keep going great Soul…..tons of luv luv luv. Heidi in Abu INDIA

  2. Prue Chambers says:

    Great to hear from you. We leave in a couple of weeks for a four week visit to China and Japan, so are really looking forward to our trip. Hope we can get together again before too long, meantime take care and enjoy life! Love from us bot, Prue and Bruce

  3. Reg says:

    Knew that you wouldn’t last staying in one place…lol. Have a wonderful adventure.
    Hope the border agent was pulling your leg. Are your total days in the US greater than or near the limit you are allowed as a visitor? Perhaps that was the reason for the “visa”.

  4. bkjoanne says:

    I would like to see you meet directly with Mr. Trudeau and chat with him … he will at least hear about your issue directly and certainly be entertained by you … 🙂 have a wonderful trip

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