It seems unbelievable that I have been in the travel industry for 25 years now! I remember my first telephone call; it was a request for an airline ticket to Abidjan. My geography was good and I have always had an atlas at my desk. I knew Abidjan was in West Africa along the Ivory Coast but I did not know which country. My goodness, time goes by….
Even before that, I remember sitting on the bed at a Club Med in the days when you shared rooms with strangers, and my roommate Deddi said to me “why don’t you have a career?” She suggested being a travel agent. “You have not traveled; you have a talkative, friendly personality and like people.” Five weeks later, I was in travel school.
I remember when I used my new passport for the first time; I won a trip to Spain, Madrid and the coast for a week. I still have friends from that trip! And I still have on my desk a picture of “The Drinker” by Goya that is on the cover of a Ritz Madrid hotel cocktail menu!
“As time goes by…” is most famous for the line in Casablanca! If you have a moment find the editorial section of the Wednesday, 21st March issue of the Boston Globe. It is a great review of the movie we honor and love. The movie, like me, turned 70 on the 21st.
My goodness time does go by….