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The Beauty of VirtualTourist.......

"Like Neruda. Like Picasso. Like Casals.
Poetry. Paint. Music. Can we educate people to be gentle with others?"

Yes, Paisano YOU CAN.

The beauty of VirtualTourist is the connection you make with the people you meet around the world. You never know when that connection can carry on to the next generations…….

Before Facebook, before Twitter….Instagram…Tumblr….Pinterest…VirtualTourist was the ‘social’ link to the world. Even now, after all these years, remnants of the Virtualtourist connection could still prove to be life changing. We can never forget where we all came from in the “original” Social Network.

Travel inspires us, and there are those few magical instances when you can have an opportunity to inspire back. It was an honor to open up my home to help an adventurous young man realize a dream and achieve his goals.

Like Casals who said, “Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated, but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it.”

And also in the words of Casals …. The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him.”

Just like this young man’s Father who works hard to support a dream---we must all work to make the world worthy of its children.

Dearest Paisano, you have raised a fine young man, who is gentle with others, and courageous enough to take on the world. A trait that clearly runs in the family.

Besos y Abrazos,

This is my wish for you:

Comfort on difficult days
Smiles when sadness intrudes
Rainbows to follow the clouds
Laughter to kiss your lips
Sunsets to warm your heart
Hugs when spirits sag
Beauty for your eyes to see
Friendships to brighten your being
Faith so that you can believe
Confidence for when you doubt
Courage to know yourself
Patience to accept the truth
Love to complete your life......

One day your life will flash before your eyes---
Make sure it's worth watching....

In life's eternal adventure, you must know what you are doing...
or know the woman who does.

"Charm is arranging kindness, teasing, and wit into something that will please the ear."
--Shizuka Geisha

"A Geisha is like Prozac for your soul."
--Shizuka client.

It was Oscar Wilde who once said, "I prefer women with a past. They're always so damned amusing to talk to." Well, I'm sure this past year in the life of the Geisha_Girl would make Oscar quite amused ....
if he wasn't so dead.

These pages are dedicated to the friends...
(Hey Lemon-Drop crew, this includes ya'll!) and strangers from around the world who have touched my life throughout these journeys.

This is the world as seen through my eyes. This is the world that makes me smile.....

It's 5:00 Somewhere.....

With all these different timezones...happy hour may never end!

Recent footprints: Seattle, Chicago, Costa Rica, Bodega Bay, Kenwood, Glen Ellen, Rutherford, London, Staines, Bath, Long Beach, Manila, Cavite, Boracay, Palawan, Hong Kong, Ensenada, Lakeville.

I haven't been everywhere---but.....

It's on my list !

On the Roadmap: NYC, Barcelona, Florence, Venice, Cinque Terre, Napoli, Mykonos, Istanbul, Izmir, Piraeus, La Cruz, Paris, Tokyo, Portland.....and STILL eyeing Antarctica!

Wherever you are.....

It's your friends that make your world.....


A Little Bit (French) Country.......

“The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.”

Fait Accompli

What keeps the permanent SMILE on my face?

-Lacin' up the HIKING BOOTZ!!!

-I have 18 more pages to fill up on my brand-spankin' new passport!

-He always gives that look to me as if I "Hung the Moon"

-I always give that look to him because I know he "Hung the Moon"

-After a 60-hour work week he knows the best remedy for me is a glass of champagne and a back rub

-I know that when I tell him "I want to parachute into the Gobi Desert" or "Help build houses in Mongolia" he doesn't flinch or laugh. It can be done. He's been there....done that.

I smile knowing he can challenge me to journey beyond myself....to reach a bit further than I ordinarily would.....to feel SAFE in taking more risks as I know that I had safe arms in which to land.



September 20, 1998 - March 11, 2009


(A Tribute to Miyamoto Musashi)

Ode to the Samurai Bulldog

Brain Candy........

But today the way I play the game is not the same
No way
Think I'm gonna get me some happy

"We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come."
- From Kundera's "Unbearable Lightness of Being"

"Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life."
- J. Kerouac

"It is not what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable."
- Moliere

"Total absence of humor renders life impossible."
- Colette

"I feel that there is an angel inside me whom I am constantly shocking. "
- Jean Cocteau

"...contrary to what the cynics say, distance is not for the fearful, it is for the bold. It's for those who are willing to spend a lot of time alone in exchange for a little time with the one they love. It's for those knowing a good thing when they see it, even if they don't see it nearly enough..."

"The happiness of day is not possible without the happiness of night. Happiness is a shared nirvana......
I Think, and that's why I do Love"
-Manuel E. Brito

And all I wanted was the simple things
A simple kind of life.....

How'd I get so faithful to my freedom?

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  • Jan 23, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    hello on here. flashing that sparkler, nearly blinded me! ;-)

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    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Hola from the Baja. It's been ages.

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    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Now look who is online.
    Hope eveything is good with you Rochelle :)

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      Oct 10, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      What a sharp notice, Claus. Waving at GG. PJ

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      Oct 10, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      Yeah...keep that creature far away from here Claus! (unless you can mix it with a lil vodka!) Waving back PJ!

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    Sep 24, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    My dearest BFF...can't wait to hear all about this wonderful journey you are about to embark in and hoping to share in the happiness...see you in October :)

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      Sep 24, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      Can't wait to see you! Oooohhh..what shall we do??!! The possibilities are endless! :-)) It's always such a HOOT coming back here! So many changes and so much visual stimulation! Suddenly my VT life flashed before my eyes and I got caught up in the "Archive" of email purgatory.....glancing at emails from 10 years ago! Man, we were naughty on here. ;-)) Hurry up and get here already!

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    Aug 12, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    I hope you had a great birthday! My wishes are a bit late ... but I was travelling. Cheers!

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    Aug 6, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Ahhhhhh birthday week.....happy, happy travels girl. best wishes

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    Aug 5, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Happy belated B'day!!!

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    Aug 5, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Long time ago... wishing you a Happy Happy B-day, enjoy ur day, bye bye from Holland

    • SUN_69's Profile Photo
      Aug 15, 2013 at 8:12 AM

      Hey Roy, how have you been? I'll be doing a trekking trip in Atlas mountain in Morocco.; Take care!

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    Aug 5, 2013 at 4:17 AM

    Geisha girl, warm birthday wishes from Yenagoa!

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    Aug 4, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Hope your birthday is filled with all the fun you can handle!

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