Thursday, November 24, 2011

Freya Stark, "Passionate Nomad" (1893 - 1993)

"To awaken... in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world."

Truer words; never spoken, bad ass old-timey travelling lady! Freya Stark was one of the first Western women to travel thorough the Arabian desert ..."often traveling solo into areas where few Europeans, let alone women, had ever been" (Wikipedia) See: badass!! And she set out at age 34... sending her straight to my "People Who Do Awesome Things A Bit Later in Life" as well as my "Inspiring Female Idols" list!

"Stark longed for the social security of the times: marriage and children. Proposals fell through, on occasion her beloved was married, or the romantic emotions she felt went unrequited - and besides, as a friend later pointed out, marriage would have spoiled her with its confinements. Rising above depression, self-imposed ostracism, and her numerous illnesses, Stark learned Arabic and how to climb mountains, map, partake in geographical digs, and find a niche in strange cultures" (from cannot wait to get my hands on this book)

Sounds a bit better than being married with children just between me and you Freya! ;)


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