Thank you for visiting my blog about my travels, hiking, dancing, random pursuits, random thoughts (oh dear), adventures and misadventures. My hope is to share photos, travel tips, inspiring recipes, delicious music, and whatever else draws me in and I feel compelled to share.
I had been low-key unofficial blogger for my friends and family for a few years, and was prompted by some encouragement (OK not MUCH encouragement) from these same friends and even by the supportive community of people on Twitter…to go public. It’s more of a what-the-heck motivation than anything else, and I find writing to be cathartic and empowering and if I have an audience, I’m more apt to actually write down my thoughts, ponderings, discoveries and travel tips.
I’ve had some fantastic opportunities as a freelance writer and travel blogger to share my adventures here and on several travel sites. For this I am immeasurably grateful.
Why Gitana? Well, it’s Spanish for “gypsy” and I have an insatiable wanderlust, I am a dancer – a professional belly dancer and an amateur random jiggler – and I love everything to do with Spain. It also happens to encompass all the letters of my name. (Though I pronounce it with a “G” like in Gina, as the Italians do)
Because of my own interest in the powerful network that is social media, I’ve learned a thing or 20 in the few years I’ve been engaging on Twitter (and Pinterest, and Instagram, etc) and I offer consulting to get people started or hone their own social media efficiency. (See my favorite Twitter tools here: http://www.gitanablog.com/sales-page/ )
I’m a recovering workaholic…seeking that elusive element called balance. Since growing and then selling my successful retail boutique to my sister/partner, I’ve been discovering that there is LIFE out there, aside from work and more work. I started this blog to stay in touch with friends while I sample and savor some good bits. So far, I’ve embraced hiking, belly dancing, skiing, cooking, kayaking, some photography, travel (as much as possible!), snow-shoeing, general adventuring, writing, social media-ing, and riding horses whenever I possibly can.
Thanks for checking in with me. Let me know what you do and what inspires you as well.
1) I adore alliteration – bear with me. I also make up words and spellings…sorry in advance if your spell-check goes haywire.
2) I have a tendency towards playful irreverence…which stems more from a tendency to take things more lightly than a disdain for anyone’s beliefs. I, certainly, don’t have all the answers…if I have stumbled upon one or two – hallelujah!
3) I am somewhat tech-challenged. Please bear with me as I hone my internet/blogging/communication skills along with my writing prowess.
But wait! There’s more (more and more lol)…I more recently compiled this “Me List” if you can stomach it
Thank you again for reading me. With all the stories out there, and wonderful perspectives and viewpoints, I’m honored you navigated here – and stayed a while.