I was planning for the Gobi desert trek before I became very ill with uc. I don't know why but I feel extremely at home with Mongolians. The trip is a leisurely three months on horseback and includes riding rhough an amazing wildlife preserve filled with small bears, gazelles and grey wolves. The tribe has family reunions in the middle of nowhere as they travel. I don't have any idea how they find one another. They don't use maps, gps or stars.
In 2009 a 63-year-old relative walked across the desert with her 74-year-old husband. They thought of it as beating the Gobi. I don't want to beat it but to enjoy it and see all its hidden treasures.
I have to wait until I have recovered from my second corrective surgery before I could ride anywhere on horseback for three months. This coming fall I will be studying Italian and Mongolian.
The trip to the Italian coast and Greek islands is doable anytime. I just have to figure out how to make the trip pay for itself.
As to my own education, I still have two children in college and one child starting graduate school. Our oldest is working on his doctorate already. I will probably be one of those 70-year-olds finally achieving a doctorate. Better late than never!