This is a first attempt for me at writing for all to see. Pretty scary and I'm sure it will sound like a 4th grade composition! Have to write though as I'm tired of seeing on the screen "you haven't written your blog yet"
Of course it's all about travel which has been a passion for me since I was little girl and was allowed to take the train alone several times from Bridgeport, CT to Stamford, CT. And I was only 8 years old! Years later there would be the Greyhound bus trip from MA to CA to begin life on the west coast. The trip wasn't that much fun but a good way to see the USA. I probably didn't appreciate it enough at age fourteen. Years later in 1985, with many trips around the USA in between, came the best trip of my life. Three weeks (the good old days of three week Untours) in Sarnen, Switzerland. Every night for those weeks I'd be sitting at the kitchen table planning the next days' outing. No computers then so there was a lot of time spent at that table. Made an unexpected trip those first few days - always seemed to be going the wrong way from what I thought I had planned. In 1990 two years after my husband passed away I felt brave enough for another Untour going solo - and the rest is history! Too many Untours to count.
I ventured off track what I really wanted to relate was the best thing I've gotten out of this wonderful company! The chance to build so many friendships. Untourists are the best!!!!Willing to try something a bit different and just going with the flow. Hardly a complaint to be heard. I never feel alone from the minute I hit the bahnoff (train station) every morning. Usually someone there with maybe a question for me or vice versa. Where are you headed? Want to join us? And on and on. I've visited homes on the east and west coast to see my NBFs. Here in California I can meet other new best friends for lunch several times a year. And then there are the e-mails. And it's fun to meet on Idyllchat. Can't believe that I spent time with Joan and Bruce Herriges in CH this past June. Isn't she a wonderful asset on Idyllchat! And someday I'll get lucky and meet the Haggarts and the many other wonderful contributors.
If you've made it this far, thanks!! Shirley in Paradise, CA but she'd rather be in Switzerland.