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  •  I've traveled alone all over the world (29+ / 0-)

    No one I knew ever wondered why I did. Like you, it's hard to find someone who is on your same wave-length in terms of where you'd like to go, what sites you'd like to see, where you'd like to eat. It does come down to selfishly, in a good way, pleasing yourself.
    Only one time was I frightened. I was driving alone in Italy at night, with a stick shift car. The road was winding up to Lake Como and I was taking it slow. A car nearly ran me off the road and I got a flat. Was I angry. There was nothing to do, no shoulder to pull off on, and this was before cell phones; so I continued driving the few miles up to the small town I was staying in. (I nearly shredded the tire and started an international incident after shouting some vulgarities at club-goers who were trying to inform me my tire was flat - yuh think?)
    I arrived in control at a beautiful old 18th century villa, as composed as could be, until I told the desk man that my car was in the town square with a flat tire, and could they please get someone to fix it. At which point I burst into tears. I wouldn't trade that experience though. I knew I could take care of myself, and it's funny now.
    Shame on all those who would blame the victim.

    America is a COUNTRY, not a CORPORATION. She doesn't need a CEO. Vote Obama.

    by manneckdesign on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 02:53:16 PM PST

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    •  I've traveled worldwide, alone, too. (10+ / 0-)

      I have had a few experiences where men intruded into my space with assumptions that I must be looking for male companionship.

      Once, in Brazil, the assumption was that I was a prostitute. I mean, geez, why else would a woman be alone?! (That aggressive exchange ended with me giving him an upper cut as I stood up and knocking him out of the chair he so rudely occupied at my table.)

      •  LOL! - I never experienced that but good for you (2+ / 0-)
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        I think my funniest experiences were in France, having the hotel concierge make a reservation for one at a 2-3 star restaurant, and showing up there, alone. The maitre d's just could not wrap their heads around that, and I think most of the other diners felt sorry for me. HaHa!

        America is a COUNTRY, not a CORPORATION. She doesn't need a CEO. Vote Obama.

        by manneckdesign on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 09:52:15 AM PST

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