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Cravings: A Zen-inspired memoir about sensual pleasures

December 1, 2015 – 2:31 am

In Cravings: A Zen-inspired memoir about sensual pleasures, freedom from dark places, and living and eating with abandon, long-time journalist and life coach Wanda Hennig invites the reader to accompany her as she shares her journey from a life where she was constantly ambushed and repressed by personal demons to a rich and robust pleasure-filled life-affirming place.

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Krakow’s Stary Kleparz Market: a must for foodies visit Poland

August 18, 2016 – 6:40 am
Stary Kleparz market Krakow entrance.

Krakow’s historic Stary Kleparz Market, which dates back to the 12th century, is a must for foodies who travel to Poland. It’s where locals shop and travel writer Wanda Hennig found it ‘the best’ for a sensual photo adventure.

The culinary travel phenomenon

August 15, 2016 – 3:25 am
A traditional Durban bean bunny chow.

Exploring tastes, traditions and cuisines while traveling — and savoring how other cultures eat, drink and make merry even in restaurants close to home or in ones own kitchen — opens up a whole new world and preserves culinary traditions.

Thailand travel 10. To market, to market in Chiangmai and boomer no-buy joy

August 2, 2016 – 10:00 pm
Talat Warorot Saturday prduce.

Walk down my side of the Ping River to upscale coffee shops and arty places. At some point across the Ping to Talat Warorot, which I now know is Chiangmai’s oldest and most famous market. Right next door to Talat Ton Lam Yai, which is the city’s fresh flower market.

Thailand travel 9. Monk chat with Nit and foot massage envy

August 2, 2016 – 9:50 pm
Monk chat Chiangmai

The young monk’s English is broken, but OK. I have been surprised at the unselfconscious lack of English to date. “Thailand has never been colonized,” the young man explains. Guess a self-confidence comes with that. Of “just being Thai.”
He says here in Thailand they belong to the Theravada school of Buddhism. Asks me if I know anything about Buddhism. I tell him I lived for three years at the San Francisco Zen Center. Have meditated for many.

Thailand travel 8. Upward (literally) and onward to Chiangmai

August 2, 2016 – 1:09 am
Wat Chedi Luang, Chiangmai.

The swashbuckling mystery man from the tow path near Oxford writes, the night before I fly out: “You going to Thailand? On a whim? For four weeks? Wow. Well, if you find yourself in Chiang Mai or Chiangmai https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiang_Mai , you might want to look into the ‘monk’s chat’ option. You go talk to a monk at a monastery. It’s so they can practice their English.”

Thailand travel 7. Kamala for best Thai massage in the world

August 1, 2016 – 5:22 am

Thai massage has deep roots a history dating way back. And Being a modern-day pilgrim is something open equally to all. Women going solo. Men going solo is more of a norm. And boomers. Because to travel, to pilgrim, requires that we stay fit and healthy.

Thailand travel 6. Single boomer? No need for the Marigold Hotel

August 1, 2016 – 4:26 am
Tuc-tuc to Patong with Kerrie.

You don’t need India’s Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to have an adventurous life-out-the-box post-60. It’s easy to live the ex-pat life in Thailand. Men and women, hundreds, it seems, do this. Couples. Singles. Party person. Creative person. Find your spot and enjoy.

Thailand travel 5. Kamala massage makes you Happy and Smile

August 1, 2016 – 1:52 am
Smile restaurant Kamala.

At some point, suddenly, a wind comes up and the rain comes down and huge umbrellas are dug into the sand and staff hold onto them to keep them planted and the fairy lights twinkle and people laugh and it’s all delightful.

Thailand travel 4. Kamala Market cooks in a swirl of pink flounces

July 31, 2016 – 11:05 pm
With the Kamala market cook.

A walkabout in the village and down a side street brings me to a food market. It’s hot. Humid. The market is buzzing. Veggies, fish, meat, cakes. People frying stuff. Grilling stuff. And Markets are always places to be trigger-finger happy with a camera, aren’t they?

Thailand travel 3. Touchdown Phuket and cab to Kamala

July 31, 2016 – 1:00 pm
Clinking glasses in Kamala

Travel writer, boomer and solo traveler Wanda Hennig explores Thailand and Laos starting in Kamala on Phuket island.

Thailand travel 2. Spin-the-bottle and true confessions

July 30, 2016 – 7:48 am

Travel writer, boomer and solo traveler Wanda Hennig recently spent a month journeying with a backpack and camera through Thailand and Laos. She blogs about it here.