Sunday, April 13, 2008

A Change of Scene by Barbara Quinn

It’s warm in NY but it’s warmer in Florida. I spent a couple of days in sunny Orlando accompanying my husband on a business trip. It’s lovely to stay in a nice hotel where someone else does the laundry and all I need do is get myself nicely dressed and show up for a meal I haven’t had to cook or plan. I can work anywhere, so I pack up the laptop and a small bag and off I go.

Granted flying is a gauntlet now and you’re likely to be delayed and annoyed on the way there or back. To cope I pack snacks that are far more edible than the airline’s faux food, and I buy a large bottle of water that I am ripped off for right before I board. I usually bring lunch too.

Once I’ve arrived and unpacked it’s a welcome break to be in new surroundings with a different routine. I no longer enjoy rigorous adventure travel (not that I was all that adventurous but my need for creature comforts has increased in a direct ratio to my age). There is no doubt that my creativity is stimulated when I change things up. Different flowers and birds, a different scent to the air, different cadence to the voices, all catch my attention and make me aware of how wonderful and varied our planet is. Bliss!

3 comments:

Angie Ledbetter said...

Hope you enjoy every second of your different scenery. Take it all in, and some for your friends too. ;)

Kathryn Magendie said...

Ah, vacation...! *smiling* Before Rog retired, he'd take those business trips on occassion, and I'd go with him - nowhere exotic, but, the trip to Maine years back was the one I remember the best...loved it.

Nannette Croce said...

Yes, it's nice to travel on someone else's business now and then.

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