“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca
Don’t you enjoy travelling, opening yourself to new experiences and possibilities? Travel is a passion of mine, which is a probably useful for a professor teaching travel and tourism, a career I’ve had for over thirty years.
I am Carla Roosen, living in Calgary, Alberta,Canada.
I have owned my own home since my mid-twenties. The homes I’ve liked the most have been single family homes and the main reason for liking them more has to be because I can then have a garden and it feels so positive and fruitful to see the results of ones efforts with fresh vegetables and always, the lovely scents of herbs and flowers.
When you're a tourist, you're viewed as one and you tend to act as one. To get a true feel of a place, living like a local is best. It's good to have some purpose every day and helping with pets is one way. Something else that has been part of my life is to have pets (although I’ve definitely received the impression many times that they are the ones who have allowed me the honour of being their caregiver). We’ve been very fortunate in that all of them died of old age.
One of my guiding principles is to ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ and that definitely includes not just respect for others but also respect for their belongings. This was really brought home to me twenty years ago when the opportunity for a teacher exchange at the college level occurred so basically, the other teacher and I exchanged homes, vehicles and jobs. A year later, my young son and I came home from Australia having had some very interesting experiences but totally unprepared to clean our home from top to bottom, including even washing the bedding and needing to restock almost everything. It would never have even crossed my mind that anyone would show so little respect and consideration.
I have over the years looked after friends’ homes while they were away, watering their yards and gardens, taking in their mail, walked dogs, fed a variety of pets, etc. but because they were in the same town or city I lived in, I didn’t stay overnight.
I have stayed in B&Bs quite a number of times in my travels, from being in someone else's home for as short a time as one night to as long as a couple of weeks. Two summers ago I had the opportunities to plant sit in southern Spain (over 100 orchids) for a week and to house/pet sit just outside of Lyon, France for a month, which were wonderful experiences. This past summer I was able to look after a large home and pool in SW France, along with 4 cats, 2 guinea pigs, 2 hamsters, a rabbit and several fish. This was an utter delight.
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