“…there ain’t no journey what don’t change you some.”

When I was lying in bed, I could hear the rain. I turned over and went back to sleep. When I woke up and looked out the window, it was sunny. Did I imagine the rain? Am I losing my mind? Well, as far as I know, I am sane and well grounded. Everything is wet so it did rain. I did hear it. Whew!

Nala is not happy at being thwarted. She is now pulling folded boxes from the recycle bag as there is nothing on the counter to grab and eat. When I went out on the deck this morning, I picked up more cardboard, slivers and small pieces of a box which once held cat food. The yard too has paper and cardboard. I’m nervous she’ll figure out how to open cabinets. I swear she watches me.

I have a couple of errands for later, and I need to go to Hyannis. It being cloudy and damp is a bad sign for finding parking spots in Hyannis. Tourists flock to Main Streets when it rains. I’ll have to brace myself to sitting for a few light cycles. I don’t do patience well when it comes to traffic.

When I was a kid, I made a scrapbook of my travels. All of it was imaginary. I used folders from the airport and cut out pictures of airports and planes, my transportation to exotic locations. My scrapbook had pictures of mountains and monuments in far off countries, like the snow on the Andes and the statue of Christ in Rio. I knew I’d be going there someday. I had no doubt.

On my first trip to Europe, I carried a backpack and a rolled up sleeping bag. All my packed clothes were also rolled, all the better to stave off wrinkles. On my first night in Helsinki, we slept in the woods. I used my sleeping bag for the first and only time. After that, we stayed in university housing, hostels and B&B’s. We ate at train stations, cheap and quick foods. We ate at happy hours, buying one drink and eating a meal’s worth of food. I budgeted so well I came home with money. How silly!

Traveling is so much easier now. I use a suitcase with plenty of room for gifts and souvenirs, and I pack an empty carry on, a canvas bag usually. Mostly I stay in small, not very expensive, hotels. I don’t carry much money and no travelers checks. In the old days checks were all I carried. Now I just hit the ATM’s for cash. I have been known for hitting the ATM twice in one day. The machine and I are familiars.

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4 Comments on ““…there ain’t no journey what don’t change you some.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Wow! Travelers checks, that’s a blast from the past along with rotary dial telephones. Do they still exist? The only thing about using ATM machines is paying the high currency exchange fees.

    Today was a repeat of yesterday with a high of 96°. Adding on the humidity it makes if feel like 106°. I go from AC house, to AC car to AC office and back again. 🙂

    When I was a kid I made plastic model airplanes of all the airliners of the day. I had a Boeing 707 and a Douglas DC-8 models painted in Pan Am colors. Who would have ever thought that both of those airlines would be out of business by the turn of the 21st. century.
    Pan Am’s remnants were absorbed by Delta and TWA’s equipment was taken over by American Airlines. Who would have thought that by the 2010s little Southwest Airlines would be America’s largest domestic airline. In 1971, they started operation with three Boeing 737-200 airplanes and three cities, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. They flew to those three cities on the hour every hour for a regular fare of $25 each leg.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      My bank has no fees, and if I am charged one, they reimburse me, even overseas. I don’t know if there are traveler’s checks. I can’t see the need for them anymore.

      It got into the mid 70’s today and rained on and off until this evening when it finally stopped. The air is still quite damp. It is supposed to rain again tomorrow and be about as warm as today.

      I traveled to Europe more by PanAm than TWA in my yearly summer trips to Europe. When there was no PanAm or TWA, I sometimes flew the country’s airline. I chose the cheapest tickets usually. TWA and PanAm are enshrined in my travelog.

  2. Christer. Says:

    Very mixed weather here, everything from sunshine to heavy rain and thunder. The sort of weather that makes it ok to work again 🙂

    I’ve always slept in cheap hotels when I’ve been out travelling, I’ve never liked to sleep in sleeping bags 🙂 Still I have of course been out camping here in Sweden but I’ve never enjoyed those sleeping bags 🙂 I guess that’s one reason to why I quite early in life started to rent old cottages in the middle of nowhere 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      We had a couple of days with rain. It is still needed but not as much. I don’t think there is any rain predicted in the next few days.

      When I was a backpacker in Europe, I stayed in a lot of hostels. They were the cheapest, and they often had a laundry room. In England and Scotland, I stayed in B&B’s. I like when breakfast comes with the room rate. Once in a while I’ve stayed in cheap hotels, mostly in South America. Now that I’m older, I’m far pickier about where I stay.

      Enjoy your day!

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