Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 55
it felt perfectly safe because I knew I could
trust these guides.
In Bali, I go to art venues or private
gardens. I'm not a vacation beach
stroller. After all, I live in Los Angeles,
for God's sake.
Eating healthy on the road? It's simple:
a sumptuous hotel breakfast with an
oatmeal base and lots of fruit. During the
day, it's fruits and vegetables and plenty
of hydrating tea or water.
My most transformative moment in travel
happened while shopping in the world's
largest mall in Dubai in a stunningly chic
boutique. I put on a hijab and an abaya
to buy, and, for the first time, and in only
about three seconds, all my preconceptions and judgments about women
wearing these all-black robes vanished.
I immediately felt elegant and empowered
and connected to the women around me.
I could feel my mind changing.
When I got to that St. Regis polo match,
a lot of people were getting frisky with their
fancy Champagne. Eleanor had me seated
at table no. 1, where they knew to pour me
the most delicious pink bubbly that was
alcohol free. I was in heaven!
My friends from Bangalore, whom I met
on my first train trip in India, are coming
to stay with me in L.A. They do BMW rallies,
so we're going to the Petersen Automotive
Museum, which is visually stunning. Another
must is the Getty in Brentwood. And we'll go
to Malibu if they insist. If they want to go to
Disneyland, I'll indulge them by paying for an
Uber to send them there on their own.
Romania, Hungary, and Poland. I'd like to go
to Saudi Arabia, now that it's opening up. My
dream is to get to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
I want to sleep in a yurt and ride a yak and
take the Trans-Siberian Railway from somewhere to nowhere.