WiFi in Spain – Camino Edition

International Symbol of Service!
International Symbol of Service!

We generally found WiFi to be available at many – close to most, but not quite all – peregrino (pilgrim) places along the Camino (see separate notes for the rest of Spain). Many people we met along The Way relied SOLELY on WiFi for “keeping in touch,” mostly via e-mail (text messaging generally requires mobile phone service – see separate article on how we handled that kind of service).

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Lavender Oil – Smells Nice and It WORKS!

I’m not sure WHAT bit me and/or whether or not it had to do with being bit in one of the few… ummmmm… publicly-accessible areas of my body, which would be under my watchband on the left wrist (I’ve have worn a watch virtually EVERY DAY┬ásince I was five — and since I got my first “skin-diver’s” watch and most watches after THAT one were “water-resistant to 10-meters,” this INCLUDED in the water), but IT HURT!!! Continue reading “Lavender Oil – Smells Nice and It WORKS!”

This is not my beautiful home!

Traveling the world while subsisting on a small pension requires leverage. If I had to pay full price for airfare and hotel lodging, I would be spending a lot of time sitting at home. One way to significantly cut costs is by house sitting. There are several websites devoted to bringing homeowners and house sitters together. The potential house sitter pays a membership fee which covers a background check and allows access to homeowners in need of home and pet sitters. In most cases there is no money exchange. The sitter gets a free place to stay and the homeowner gets someone to keep an eye on things while they are away. However, It is not uncommon for the homeowner to ask that the sitter pay for utilities during their stay. Sometimes, especially if there is a lot of pet and garden care involved, the house sitter receives a stipend.

Currently, I am enjoying a stay at a beachfront property on Molokai. The work involved is minimal and the view is fantastic!