Subject: First Night in foreign country
Hello Lucy and Ziners, A quick answer to Lucy's question about what I do the first night in another country is go to bed at my usual time on that country's clock and hope to sleep at least several hours.

However, I think what I do before that is the most important in helping me to sleep.

Except for one time, I have never gone to sleep on arriving at my hotel. I deposit my luggage and go out for a walk and explore the hotel area. I probably will stop for lunch and visit a museum or church or some place nearby worth seeing.

Then I go back to the hotel, shower (which wakes me up a bit) and then go out for dinner near the hotel. Since I don't eat until 8 or 8:30 this is easy to do in many European countries. The only time I felt I had to sleep was when I ended up having to sit in the hotel for 30 or 45 minutes to get into my room. It seemed too short a time not to wait. The sitting made me so tired, I felt I had to sleep. However, I set my alarm clock for 30 minutes, and after my quick nap, I was ready to go out and explore. A 30 minute nap is all that I allow myself on a day I feel like it now that I am retired and was all I allowed myself on weekends when I was stll working. For me it works. Joan in Illinois