New Beginnings and Navigating Solo Travel

Recently, A friend posted a very touching and candid video of her preparing to go on a solo journey.  It reminded me that I’m not traveling simply for the sake of traveling. For me, this isn’t just a vacation. I am searching for something. I’m not exactly sure what; hopefully, I will recognize it when I find it.  Part of my quest is to find a better version of myself. I  have learned a lot about myself in the last two months.  Now I set off on a new beginning, navigating the ins and outs of solo travel. I have no doubt that there are numerous lessons and fears to face in the days ahead.

As I revealed in my last blog post, things haven’t always been as great as they appear on social media. Without a doubt, I have experienced more beauty and awesomeness than anyone could ask for, but it has not been without its stresses. Stacy decided that she needed a vacation from her vacation and flew home a week ago. While I have my moments of homesickness as well, I feel that to go home now, even for a short while, could derail my momentum and invite all those questions I put to bed to come rushing back in.  Besides, I don’t have a home to go back to now.  Of course, I could stay with Stacy (don’t worry, we’re still best of friends!) or my mom, but it wouldn’t be the same as going home for me. It was clear to me that I must carry on.

Fun fact, in Spain they dub most of their movies in Spanish, and only select theaters in large cities offer “VO” (Version Original) – English with Spanish subtitles.  Rumor has it that this started when dictator Franco was in power – dubbing made it easier to censor. Anyway! One of the last things we did before Stacy flew home was to see the new Star Wars Solo movie.  Fun flick!

Time for a new plan

Our original plan was to suck the fun out of Spain, rent a car and take a leisurely drive up through Southern France on into Italy for the month of June. That much driving on my own didn’t sound like the grand adventure I had imagined.  I felt overwhelmed, sad, disappointed, and bewildered and that I needed to reevaluate everything.  I spent pretty much two solid days moping and working on a new plan.

We had planned to revisit Ronda, the “cloud city” in Spain, which had enchanted and inspired us the prior year. This was the place where we dreamed of having a villa.  This town captured our imagination and inspired us to dream. I’m not positive, but I think that this was the moment our adventure was born. We stood upon the Puente Nuevo Bridge, dizzy from looking down the plunging ocher cliffs, marveling at the stark contrast to the lush green hills and blue mountains in the distance. The spark was born. However, by the time Ronda fit into our schedule, Stacy had already purchased a ticket home and logistically it just didn’t make sense to squeeze in before her departure.
The incredible bridge in Ronda Spain

Help me Ronda, yeah

As my turbulent thoughts struggled to become clear, Ronda kept resurfacing.  Aside from the fact that Ronda is pretty much magically beautiful, another reason was I needed a new purse! My beautiful Spanish leather purse (red and black of course!) was starting to show that I had used it non-stop since buying it there the prior year.
Sooner or later, I was going to need to bite the bullet and drive in Europe.  Might as well do it on a route that I’d ridden before and knew to be beautiful. Plus they drive on the right side of the road, just like at home.
I found an adorable Airbnb with an amazing view at a great price and decided to pull the trigger on the next stage of my journey.
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  • roggedance

    June 14, 2018 at 8:27 pm
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    For some reason it left my name out. It's Jen Mixon. :)

  • roggedance

    June 14, 2018 at 8:26 pm
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  • Unknown

    June 14, 2018 at 1:43 pm
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    Is Stacy going to rejoin You? So glad you are forging ahead! You won't regret it, and you'll probably make friends along the […] Read MoreIs Stacy going to rejoin You? So glad you are forging ahead! You won't regret it, and you'll probably make friends along the way! Read Less

  • kerry

    June 14, 2018 at 11:58 am
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    Perfect. The stage is set to jump. A road you have traveled; right side. I love hiyw we just get taken by the hand to […] Read MorePerfect. The stage is set to jump. A road you have traveled; right side. I love hiyw we just get taken by the hand to grow through the fears when we decide to jump. XO!!! Read Less

  • Ginger

    June 14, 2018 at 1:35 am
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    Hugs, you amazing person. Carry on as the path becomes somewhat clear. Sometimes bushwhacking has its advantages too. Know you are loved […] Read MoreHugs, you amazing person. Carry on as the path becomes somewhat clear. Sometimes bushwhacking has its advantages too. Know you are loved by soooo many wherever you are. Read Less

  • Unknown

    June 13, 2018 at 8:59 pm
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    Keep journeying, brave adventurer. But there is always a spare bed for you any place I call home if you need to set up […] Read MoreKeep journeying, brave adventurer. But there is always a spare bed for you any place I call home if you need to set up a temporary home. Read Less

  • Unknown

    June 13, 2018 at 11:33 am
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    Putting a beautiful face on living with adversity aka getting on with it!

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Hi, I'm Christina. I love travel, cats, gardens, house sitting, birds, painting, dogs, museums, good food & drink, you know - all the good stuff! I've been working on my first memoir, Magicians, Cross Dressers and My Uterus while living my second!

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