Thanks! I am off to Indonesia for a month on my 66th birthday in January, four weeks riding horses in BC mid summer and back to Africa in September. Wide world indeed. I have made it a habit to make friends with superb, amazing, creative and powerful local women of a Certain Age who have horse outfits or run hostels or whatever. They are my necklace of diamonds around the world. This is one way that I ensure my safety. Most places I go I find women like that, fifties and up. It is just so much safer a world when we carve out friendships in it, which is why traveling solo is just a great strategy. Merry Christmas to you as well.