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Gary Goldschneider calls me a “Grounded Wanderer”

Gary Goldschneider calls me a "Grounded Wanderer" Red Velvet Voyage is a personal travel blog site where I share my random experiences. Here I am on a scooter on a day ride in Greece.

In the Book “The Secret Language of Birthdays” Gary Goldschneider calls me a “Grounded Wanderer” meaning traits typical of my birthdate are IMAGINATIVE, FREE-SPIRITED, GIVING, NERVOUS, UNSETTLED, & NEUROTIC, your typical Travel Addict!  

At sixteen years old with hot-pink hair, exaggerated baggy wide-legged skater pants, and a tiny midriff, I came across the most amazing book that to this day continues to astound me.  It was in Borders, right at the time when big-box megastores were transforming the way that we shopped, the early 90’s. The book is “The Secret Language of Birthdays” by Gary Goldschneider.  To this day I still look to this book & another of his, “The Secret Language of Relationships” as encyclopedia value.  I don’t know how he does it, but to me Gary Goldschneider is a genius, fortune-telling, mind-reading guru who can say or do no wrong in my book.  Maybe because I am head over heels in truth about HIS dedication to the day I was born.  Maybe because he predicted the break up of my last serious relationship for the exact reasons that were.  Maybe because he wrote my husband and I a relationship to out-stand cockroaches on Earth.  However the fact, I am and will forever be, The Grounded Wanderer!

Those born on this day are wanderers by nature and therefore either love to travel, or are somehow driven to do so. This theme of wandering or travel in their lives usually takes a real form, but can also be a metaphor for mental and emotional adventures as well. Indeed the literal and figurative are not mutually exclusive here. Reading, thinking, dreaming, traveling—both physically and psychically wandering—these are the kinds of activities which interest those born on this day.Gary Goldschneider

from The Secret Language of Birthdays

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Are you at Risk of Identity Theft while on Vacation?

Could you be an easy target for Identity Theft?
Do you put your mail on Vacation Hold in the USPS while on vacation?
Do you use the same passwords for multiple accounts?
Do you still use the same online passwords from years ago?
Do you use your full real name on Social Media Sites?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, You ARE an easy target for Identity Theft.
I became a Victim of Identity Theft while I was on vacation, racking up $10,000 in debt.

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Il Palio dei Micci or The Donkey Derby

Il Palio dei Micci Donkey Derby

Have you any idea what is Il Palio dei Micci or The Donkey Derby ?  Finally after three years of attempting to witness this Palio dei Micci, or as I call it… the Donkey Derby, I now fully comprehend this Fantastic Event!  I have been every year only to have it rained out due to it presiding  outdoors.  Its an annual competition/festival event that takes place in Querceta, Italy.  This year was the 59th year of participation. Eight different teams, each with their own color symbolism, compete to win in four categories: The Donkey race, the Performance, the Drummers, and the Parade/Fashion Show.

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Il Palio dei Micci – The Donkey Race

Il Palio dei Micci is a famous festival near the beach in Tuscany, near Forte dei Marmi & Viareggio Italia.  It’s an annual Medieval Festival that incorporates all of the different neighborhoods, le contrade, to compete against one another.

One of my very good friends is in charge of her team’s very elaborate & costly costumes that they annually recreate.   Last year she won first place for costume design!  Years ago she walked in the Parade as the Queen… Her husband once as the King…  as her children also participate in the event.  It involves almost every member of the Versilia Italia Community.

The neighborhoods take this event very seriously, with everyone donating their time and money to be the best Contrada!  Members of the community start to prepare for the following year almost immediately after the event is over.   They have sagras throughout the year to raise money for the elaborate costumes and the unique parade platforms.  I heard that they even inject the donkey with a shot of cocaine before the race starts to make their donkey go the fastest.  IDK, never seen that before. It’s a year of hard work for one day competing to be the best!

I have been to the event two years in a row & have never seen the Palio or the Parade, la Sfilata.  In the event of rain, the event is postponed to the following weekend.  It has rained EVERY time I have driven to the coast to attend.  Today we are driving to Forte Dei Marmi to attend the Palio tomorrow and there is a 40% chance of rain.  Please Mother Nature, smettere di piovere! Please don’t rain tomorrow!