Time to Travel Solo

When you’re traveling with someone else, you share each discovery, but when you are alone, you have to carry each experience with you like a secret, something you have to write on your heart, because there’s no other way to preserve it.” – Shauna Niequist

20190320_082406My family bought me all these books to help prepare for my first solo trip out of the country.

As a child once I was given permission to leave our block, all my great solo adventures were only as far as my bike would take me. Even then a trip across the Ambassador bridge to Windsor, Canada involved a friend or two.

Today I think I am finally ready to fly solo. Sometimes you can never be sure until you try.

My bags have been packed, edited and re-packed by my sister Margaret using this bundling method illustrated in this Lonely Planet guide for “How to Pack For Any Trip”.



I have decided to travel light and avoid checking any luggage. On “in-country” car trips, I have always overpacked. Taking items that I regret having to carry, because I never use them.


Carry on Bag and Back Pack

This isn’t a Cheryl Strayed “Wild” type of trip. I’m not leaving my husband, or plan to be where I will need to survive totally alone challenged by outdoor elements and physical endurance.  She chose to carry a heavy load I am choosing to travel light. Hoping to bring back more than I take.

This is an opportunity to live, breathe and truly taste a culture I have loved since my father’s introduction to it. The bonus is I will be able to observe, absorb and create in clay, while I am a visiting artist at the Lviv National Academy of Arts .

Also new to me is living alone. All my university experience has been as commuter.  This will only be for 2 1/2 months, however, but I think long enough for me to learn something.

The journey begins tonight. Stay tuned.


About Babs

I'm a narrative sculptor navigating her way through the ever-changing currents in what feels like an art ocean. Whether appreciating the calm rhythm of calls for art and exhibiting, or waiting to catch a big wave of inspiration to take me to the top. I just love being in the water. Formerly a pickle packer, theater major, crisis counselor and occupational therapist with a BA in Communications and a BS in Occupational Therapy, only to discover I've always been an artist. My work grows from a strong connection to people and a passion for discovering the beauty in ordinary things. I sculpt figuratively in clay, utilizing the female form and women’s themes. Frequently my inspiration is drawn from childhood memories and my own short poems. Like each of us as humans every work is uniquely influenced by the past and present and has a narrative.
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8 Responses to Time to Travel Solo

  1. Barbara Schmltt says:

    Sounds exciting!
    Best wishes for a safe, educational and fun trip!

  2. douglaskwhite says:

    How exciting! Even possible temporary feelings, a ways in, of being “a stranger in a strange land” will be interesting. Both the peaks and the valleys will have great value!

  3. K.A. Letts says:

    Can’t wait to follow you on your travels!

  4. Barb
    How freeing !!! Also going to your beloved Ukraine to touch ancestry and art. I will look forward to reading your about your adventures and seeing the inspiration in your art! Excellent Adventure! Xo

  5. Barb
    How freeing !!! Also, how wonderful to travel to your beloved Ukraine to touch ancestry and art. I will look forward to reading about your adventures and seeing the inspiration in your art! Excellent Adventure! Xo

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