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!


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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