Hit by the travel bug at an early age.
My fascination with far away places was triggered by exotic images of Latin America on packets of coffee frequently purchased by my parents! This is where I wanted to go. An Adventurous Spirit as a child saw me fantasising of distant suns and untapped cultures.
Children in Austria in the early 1960s would get to dip their feet into the Mediterranean coast, if they were lucky! I wanted more.
These limitations were left behind as well as high school! I travelled with friends to Europe’s most northern point in an old VW Bus. It was the 1970s. Neither mosquitoes nor living on cheap canned food would diminish the experience. Life was good. No, it was great!
Early years at Vienna University frequently took me across the Atlantic. Working holidays in the US enabled me to explore the country. An adventurous time travelling on Greyhound buses left me with lifetime memories & an even greater passion to continue my ever growing need to explore this wonderful planet of ours!
Southeast Asia was calling, the 1970s had past and the 1980s now rolling in, I joined the backpacker brigade heading for Sri Lanka. The travel bug was here to stay as I look forward to a lifetime of travel and the Gypsy in me now fully exposed!
On a personal note
I teach English, History and Sport at a high-school in Vienna. I do teachers’ training and continuous education classes for adults.
And yes, there is another small addiction, politics: Green rules!
A Travel Aficionada?
I absolutely love Vienna. My river front apartment is where I call home and I truly appreciate Austria’s scenic beauty and cultural splendour, but an unquenchable curiosity for new and unknown lands keeps pulling me away. Travelling has taught me more than anything in life.
Fulfilling travel needs a few basic ingredients, foremost a general a trust in people and due respect for the host country and culture. Then things fall in place and you will be duly rewarded.
My travelling highlights include a trip around the world in 2007 - 2008.
You will find his name many times on this website. And pictures of him… Gilles shared my life for more than 17 years.
Back in 2002 I got Gilles hooked to travelling, during an unforgettable trip through Senegal in a “taxi brousse”. Over the years Gilles became the expert photographer, while I turned out to be the travel writer.
If we now go different ways, we will both keep on traveling, discovering, exploring. There is one life. Live it! Check out Gilles’ website www.grandescapades.net