The three cities (Istanbul, Vienna and Moscow) we visited were all wonderful. Istanbul is amazing. It is a city steeped in history and straddles both Europe and Asia. It reflects this dual identity of east and west in every area of life. There’s the hurried pace of city life, trams and cars and the quiet village at night when all the villagers sit around relaxing. Men playing backgammon and women in a huddle reliving their day to each other, while the children run playing in the narrow streets and small parks. Istanbul is truly the city of Mosques.
This is Part 2 of Linda’s Travel Series. Read Part 1 first.
Now for some of the memories of my trip to Istanbul, Vienna and Moscow – some funny, some not so much. Of course, travel to a place with a different language always adds adventure. Throw in a different alphabet, and you have a wonderful recipe for fun and disaster. I talk about Russia. After arriving, we spent the good part of three hours just looking for our hotel/apartment and trying to find someone who could speak enough English to help us make the necessary phone calls to raise the landlord to let us in!
Travel to Russia is not for the fainthearted, and, yes, I did suffer a few panic attacks. Funny how they hit you in the middle of the night, usually around 2:00 am or so. And just to add to the atmosphere, in a concrete fortress of an apartment building (built in the Soviet era), living with the locals. No friendly English speaking hotel desk service to help you out here. I kid you not, the walls here were 2 feet thick – no one would even hear me screaming for help. Continue reading “Staff Stories: Linda the World Traveler Shares Her Memories”
Most workers in America do not travel. Heck, so many of the lucky workers who actually have paid leave, do not even use it all. Instead they stockpile it for a ‘rainy day,” or so I presume, since I am not one of these workers. But what for? It’s something I simply do not understand. Actually, I find it rather sad. For many, who do take leave – a week at home, relaxing or, at best, a cruise is all they need to recharge. In our family, we recharge a totally different way. Our family call them “Reynolds’ rallies!” Continue reading “Staff Stories: Linda the World Traveler on “Getting There””