SuuperG

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/ )

Some “Me-ness”:

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.

Some caveats:

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.

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Claus March 5, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Hi Gina,

Could not help seeing that one of your photos are from Malaga. I live in Malaga and run a holiday rentals company from here. I like the way you write and wanted to explore the possibility of using your skills on our company blogs…if you are interested.

Do you live in Malaga?

Un saludo desde Cerrado de Calderon

Claus Sorensen

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Gina "SuuperG" Stark March 6, 2010 at 9:38 pm

I only wish I lived in Malaga :) and I’d love to visit again…my stay was all too brief. I was lucky enough to visit and stroll through the Alcazaba and the Cathedral. Thank you for your generous comment, Claus. Saludos!

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Yoli May 5, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Hi Gina!
@ppebble here!
We follow each other on twitter…hope we're going someplace great! I recently started tweetin and love it. Want to take it to the next level.
I am a fitness professional (15 yr veteran personal trainer) and I incorporate vibrational modalities of healing in my practice with my clients. i,e; meditation, yoga, chakra work and bach flower remedies.
All in the name of "seeking the elusive element called balance". Within the balance there is an abundance of health of mind, body and spirit.
I have decided to start a blog, because I am ready to share with who ever will listen, that reading my blog can make their world an extraordinary place. A way to look at their own exercise program or lack there of and revamp it, mold it add some stuff, eliminate others and feel grounded, balanced and good. Any quick tips how to start? and…How do you get your inspiration to write as often as you do?

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Yoli May 5, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Hi Gina!
@ppebble here!
We follow each other on twitter…hope we're going someplace great! I recently started tweetin and love it. Want to take it to the next level.
I am a fitness professional (15 yr veteran personal trainer) and I incorporate vibrational modalities of healing in my practice with my clients. i,e; meditation, yoga, chakra work and bach flower remedies.
All in the name of "seeking the elusive element called balance". Within the balance there is an abundance of health of mind, body and spirit.
I have decided to start a blog, because I am ready to share with who ever will listen, that reading my blog can make their world an extraordinary place. A way to look at their own exercise program or lack there of and revamp it, mold it add some stuff, eliminate others and feel grounded, balanced and good. Any quick tips how to start? and…How do you get your inspiration to write as often as you do?

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Gina "SuuperG" Stark May 6, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Greetings Yoli! :) How nice of you to find me here ;) We ARE going great places…I can feel it! I find inspiration in my friends and in my pursuits. So often when I'm hiking or dancing my thoughts turn inward and often they are about bliss and gratitude. Pay attention all around you…watch and listen to people…they say the darndest things! lol Good stuff from which to draw topics ;) I'm using WordPress and I'm very happy with it. I get technical assistance from tech-y friends, though :) Also, I follow bit rebels blog (which I love!) and I think this post may be a nice beginning for you:http://bit.ly/9cuRnB Thanks so much for visiting and for your comments. Cheers! G

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Gina "SuuperG" Stark May 6, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Greetings Yoli! :) How nice of you to find me here ;) We ARE going great places…I can feel it! I find inspiration in my friends and in my pursuits. So often when I'm hiking or dancing my thoughts turn inward and often they are about bliss and gratitude. Pay attention all around you…watch and listen to people…they say the darndest things! lol Good stuff from which to draw topics ;) I'm using WordPress and I'm very happy with it. I get technical assistance from tech-y friends, though :) Also, I follow bit rebels blog (which I love!) and I think this post may be a nice beginning for you:http://bit.ly/9cuRnB Thanks so much for visiting and for your comments. Cheers! G

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Gina "SuuperG" Stark May 6, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Greetings Yoli! :) How nice of you to find me here ;) We ARE going great places…I can feel it! I find inspiration in my friends and in my pursuits. So often when I'm hiking or dancing my thoughts turn inward and often they are about bliss and gratitude. Pay attention all around you…watch and listen to people…they say the darndest things! lol Good stuff from which to draw topics ;) I'm using WordPress and I'm very happy with it. I get technical assistance from tech-y friends, though :) Also, I follow bit rebels blog (which I love!) and I think this post may be a nice beginning for you:http://bit.ly/9cuRnB Thanks so much for visiting and for your comments. Cheers! G

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Gina "SuuperG" Stark May 6, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Greetings Yoli! :) How nice of you to find me here ;) We ARE going great places…I can feel it! I find inspiration in my friends and in my pursuits. So often when I'm hiking or dancing my thoughts turn inward and often they are about bliss and gratitude. Pay attention all around you…watch and listen to people…they say the darndest things! lol Good stuff from which to draw topics ;) I'm using WordPress and I'm very happy with it. I get technical assistance from tech-y friends, though :) Also, I follow bit rebels blog (which I love!) and I think this post may be a nice beginning for you:http://bit.ly/9cuRnB Thanks so much for visiting and for your comments. Cheers! G

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goldeneagle July 13, 2010 at 6:11 pm

I was just going to ask/look for a bio, how you got so good @ writing. Now I see- you grew up talking ur parents' ears off until finally some hip youngster told them about "blogs" (Oh, God help us)"why don't you try ur hand at that Gina". Pffft. Sorry, just pickin on ya. Your blog is great. I'll rant on about all the reasons I say that later : )

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gitanablog July 15, 2010 at 4:35 am

Hey Eagle :) I am overwhelmed by your generous reading and comments strewn throughout my blog! Woot! I have a fan ;-) I love your sass, too…at the risk of encouraging MORE of it! :P Nahhh I can handle it and I enjoy your creative ponderings. I'm just a girl with an active mind and mouth who turned to a keyboard to express some of my mental meanderings. Thanks again for your blog love! Cheers and hugs, Gina

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aldo October 1, 2010 at 10:34 am

Hey, I work with the CheapOair travel blog (cheapoair.typepad.com) and we're interested in having you guest blog for us. Please contact me if you're interested. Thanks! Aldo.

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Gina SuuperG Stark October 1, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Hi Aldo, that sounds lovely. I am interested! Thanks for visiting my blog and I shall be in touch soonly :) Cheers! Gina

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@FinMusicMan March 22, 2011 at 12:00 am

Hi Suuper Duuper Gitana:)Gr8 blog and so much like you my friend:)Compliments by #FMM:)

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Gina SuuperG Stark March 22, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Heyyya Finny! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading more than 140 here ;) Glad you likey! Cheers! :) G

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Jenny May 17, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Hi Gina! You have a great blog and I love your enthusiasm for travel! I have a client who just launched a new website called Triptrotting.com – it has revolutionized the travel experience by establishing an online community of like-minded travelers and locals, giving travelers a unique travel experience while also providing an opportunity for locals to expand their global footprint and network without ever leaving their city.
I thought this might be something you would be interested in, please let me know if you would like more info! Thanks :)

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Gina SuuperG Stark May 19, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Hi Jenny! Sorry for the delay…kinda enjoying Santa Barbara at the moment :) Thanks very muuchly for your kind words! Feel free to email me at suupergstark@gmail.com with more details of what the site is about. Happy travels! G

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Eddie August 9, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Very cool. Love your site and your tweets. Rock on! Peace ~Zeddie

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Gina SuuperG Stark August 11, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Thank you so muuchly, Eddie! I rocked a lovely 8 mile hike today ;) Peace and chocolate to you too! Gina

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wouter August 18, 2011 at 2:33 am

Nice smiley at the bottom of the page, the rest of the site is great also…

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Gina SuuperG Stark August 20, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Thank you. Here's another smiley :) << G

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sicilylovers October 19, 2011 at 12:25 am

Hallo Gina, I'm a new followers (tweet friend sound better by the way). I like your blog. I started a new one and hope will be nice as your is (http://blog.sicilylovers.com). I wrote a book of authentic Sicilian recipes handed down to me by my mum, aunts and friends. I understand that you are passionate for food. I'd like to send you a copy of my 101 Sicilian Recipes, if you like. It would be great to know what do you think about it. Cheers.
Sebastiano

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sicilylovers October 19, 2011 at 12:28 am

Hallo Gina, I'm a new followers (tweet friend sound better by the way). I like your blog. I started a new one and hope will be nice as your is (http://blog.sicilylovers.com). I wrote a book of authentic Sicilian recipes handed down to me by my mum, aunts and friends. I understand that you are passionate for food. I'd like to send you a copy of my 101 Sicilian Recipes, if you like. It would be great to know what do you think about it. Cheers.

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Ali Elle January 3, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I love your style girl! One of the more interesting and well written "About Me" pages I have read – these pages tend to be quite difficult to write well.

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Gina SuuperG Stark January 4, 2012 at 11:17 am

Hi Ali, thank you so much! Very kind of you to take the time and comment here. I found it difficult to edit and carve down to relevancy. If there are some irrelevant and random bits then that's a reflection of a true me! ;) Are you on Twitter? Would love to stay connected, so let me know. Cheers! Gina

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IamVagabond November 10, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Cool blog and I already enjoy your tweets :)

Keep it up. Where to next?

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Gina SuuperG Stark November 10, 2012 at 10:55 pm

I have no immediate travel plans but have yet to write many more stories on my blog. I need to stop traveling and start writing about it! ;) Cheers and thanks for visiting. Gina

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Ranger48 November 17, 2012 at 3:40 am

Your photographs are superb! If you ever find yourself in South Africa and looking for a hike in a relatively unknown area, please contact me. But don't forget your hiking boots, water bottle and sun block. :-)

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Gina SuuperG Stark November 17, 2012 at 11:15 am

Thank you very much, Mister Ranger sir! :) I come equipped with my hiking gear on nearly every trip. And SA is certainly on my travel wish list! Thanks for visiting and for the invite! Cheers, Gina

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hannahkozak November 27, 2012 at 9:47 pm

I can't wait to read more about you! We're following each other on Twitter now. I am more of a blogger
than a tweeter. We both love to wander about especially spanish places and make photos!
Let's chat!
hannahkozak.wordpress.com

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Gina SuuperG Stark November 28, 2012 at 9:15 am

Thank you Hannah, for your enthusiastic greeting! I'm glad you found me here and share my passion for travel and especially Spain. :) Many happy adventures to you. I'll look for you on Twitter. Saludos! Gina

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Darren May 12, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Pretty cool site. I'm with Hannahkozak, we're following each other and I started my site (a multi-media blog site, I call it) with the same idea of just sharing randomness. :) Hope all is well!

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Gina SuuperG Stark May 13, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Thanks, Darren. Randomness is always a good plan! Cheers, Gina

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