Yesterday, I printed out all my paperwork associated with my trip. Copies of credit cards, insurance papers and so on. I make a copy of everything important for my grandson to carry with his things. The idea is if your suitcase gets lost, you have the numbers and information in his luggage. And, his information is in my luggage should his get lost. It is a precaution we hope we won't need, of course.
Then I read
about the clothing requirements, or suggestions, as I prepared to
select what I would take with me. In the country, men and women do not
wear sleeveless shirts or shorts. Women cover their hair. In mosques, if
you do not have proper attire, you must rent it or stay out of the
In the cities, one can get by with showing knees, or even a
sleeveless shirt, but it is still considered rather impolite to go out
in public "improperly" dressed. Boys do not typically wear shorts. They
wear trousers. I'd forgotten how much importance is placed on what we
It wasn't too long ago that women wore house dresses. The first
time my mother came home with a pair of "slacks", it was war at her
house. She wore her slacks until they were thin and then used them to
make a rug which I still have. She wore house dresses most of her life
and only rarely reverted to "pants." For my generation it was giving up
nylons at church and at work. I still had to wear a hat to church as a
kid. Not until I met a firebrand teacher in fifth grade, was I allowed
to wear anything but skirts and long stockings over long underwear to
school. Boys had warm legs, we girls had to freeze. She let us wear
"Jeans" which we did at home, by then, on the farm. Oh, how we adored
That was reversed when we moved back to Escanaba. We were
required to wear long stockings, (no Jeans) to school for seventh and
eighth grades. By the time I arrived at school in the winter, my hands
were so stiff with cold, I had to warm my hands before I could open my
combination lock to my locker.
Now, though it is inconvenient and
seems silly to me, I make it a point to obey the dress codes of the
countries I travel in. Each non-westernized country is so unique and
interesting, I’m glad that I got to see the colorful clothing of the
Inca peoples of Peru. And the folk music and dance costume of Costa
Ricans, and that I learned to tie a piece of fabric that covers a man or
a woman from head to toe without buttons to assist keeping it in place.
our boat, we can only wear boat shoes or socks or bare feet. And, there
is no electrical connections on the small boat we sail for a short
time. I finally have taken the time to be excited about my upcoming
trip, and can enjoy it through the printed word, first.
Today, Jim and I are going to go out and look for wildflowers in bloom and stop and take pictures.