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Stephanie Sorensen
is the
Ziner in the Spotlight!

 

I'm Stephanie Sorensen, a Wisconsin native who lived in Pittsburgh, PA (5 years) and the San Francisco Bay area of California for 32 years before moving back to Madison, WI after retiring. Winters are longer than I anticipated - but life is generally quite good here.

I enjoy auditing university classes and am very active in Friendship Force, a travel/peace organization based upon clubs visiting other clubs and staying in each other's homes for a week at a time - all over the world. I also enjoy cooking, maj jong, plays and films, music and, of course, traveling.

My first out of the country experience was to Mexico including Mexico City, the Yucatán Peninsula and Isla Mujeres back in 1975. It was lovely and uncrowded. But either I or my travel companion were sick the entire time with Montezuma's revenge, allergies, or altitude sickness. My second out of country experience was in 1978 when I went to Europe for four months, mostly on my own but also meeting a couple of friends for portions of the trip.There I was robbed of my entire backpack two weeks into the trip. Fortunately I had my money and my passport. Somehow, I persisted and continued to decide to enjoy travel and new experiences anyway - and I have.

I've been to Canada, much of both Eastern and Western Europe, the former Soviet Union, Bhutan, Japan, Cambodia, North and South Korea, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Zanzibar, Morocco, Iran, Syria, Jordan, Turkey and Egypt. I like to go places that my government is not so fond of in order to learn more about the place on my own terms and to gather my own impressions and interpretations. History matters.

I've traveled with a husband, with friends, and on my own. I've been with tour groups (often Adventures Abroad or Road Scholar or OAT), with in-country experts or tours that specialize in a particular area, as well as with Friendship Force or as a Servas traveler or just wandering alone. All are unique and different experiences and all have been enjoyable in different ways. I've never been scared. People are helpful and kind in general.

I have yet to experience South America and still have some Middle Eastern and African countries on my to-do list. I like deserts, Islamic architecture, history, culture and ancient ruins the best. Art and food are also favorites. Still lots to do and see, but those long flights are beginning to become less attractive as I age. I just have to find the right stopovers.

Keep traveling and exploring and you will stay engaged with the world and understand it better.


 

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