My husband and I retired in 2002 and backpacked for 5 years before separating...he lives in Pattaya Thailand and I moved to Oaxaca where I have been for 6 years. However, I prefer solo travel.
I have a son that has been married to his Thai wife for 9 years and he lives part of the year with her on Koh Samui. I also have a son who is a chef in Hong Kong. My oldest son is an anesthesiologist in Las Vegas.
I have been a member of (website hidden) since 2008 and you can check my profile there with references by using my name Zoe Goetz in Oaxaca Mexico. I am on the most popular social media site and you can find me there by using the same name in Oaxaca.
Here is some stuff I took off my (website hidden) profile:
I'm pretty down to earth even if I wear two different earrings at the same time. I just get high on the smiles and laughter that friends and strangers bring to me. I try to be understanding. You never know what someone is dealing with in his/her life. However I will be straight-up with you in a kind and fair way.
The last 9 years of travel and living as an expat in Mexico has given me perspective…forcing me to leave behind my baggage (so to speak) forget everything I ever knew (which is worthless while traveling) and just be in the present...enjoying people without judgment. Well, at least less judgment.
I have an acute need to understand the world I live in so I am a news junkie and travel with my computer. I want to see for myself what is happening on the ground, how people feel about their lives in their own countries. Then I like to explore the geopolitical big picture.
Am an avid reader and love music of all kinds although western music still dominates my primitive brain...mostly blues and rock. I like classical music when at home and it is quiet. Or something like "Dead Can Dance." Or acoustic song. When in the mood I like downbeat.
Meditation and periodic down time is important to me.
I enjoy kind, easygoing, generous, egalitarian people with a sense of humor and who don't take themselves so seriously they can't laugh at themselves...because I sure don't! I enjoy anyone of good will with an interest in people.
I love good conversation...about anything...but especially about deep culture with a hint of irony.
Question Authority...always. Question yourself. In the book "Letters From Thailand" the principle character learns that the strongest survival instinct is self deception. And that what we believe about ourselves does not necessarily reflect what and who we are. Try to know yourself honestly and leave the world a better place for having lived in it. A fantasy perhaps. It is very important for me to have a compassionate influence on the people around me whether it is mentoring youth or just lighting up a person's life for a few moments. Listening, humor and laughter work best for me.
Some books I have enjoyed recently:
"2666" Roberto Bolano, "Ali & Nino" by Kurban Said, "The Orientalist" by Tom Reiss, "The Rebellion of the Hanged" B. Traven, "Botany of Desire" by Michael Pollen, "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" by Junot Diaz, "Resurrecting Empire...Western Footprints and America’s Perilous Path in the Middle East.” by Rashid Khalidi, several by Haruki Murakami
There are some newly resonated songs that will stay with me forever because I heard them on the road:
Hitch-hiked Europe with a friend in 1965 and visited East Berlin through Checkpoint Charlie...amazing at the time but probably, mostly in retrospect.
More recently I have, seared into my heart, the images of seeing the aftermath of the tsunami where my son and his Thai wife almost lost their lives in their bungalow on the beach on Khlong Muang Beach Krabi Thailand