They're not always what they're cut out to be. Holidays, that is. My long awaited, long vacation turned into something very different than what I'd anticipated. I saw some wonderful places and saw some strange ones; met fascinating people and encountered only a hint of mean-spiritedness. The real surprise was the cruise line with which I chose to spend 16 days; they did not live up to their reputation, not in the quality of food or service, travel conditions or the product sold in their catalogue. After 158 good to great experiences this trip forced me to Focus On what could, and should, have been, not on what was actual. It has taught me a new lesson in travel - and I worked in this industry for 16 years - and that is to ask every conceivable question before you go and don't depend on common sense, or past history, or anything else when making your choices. Read about all this in Three Continents and have a happier holiday.
A THREE CONTINENTS DIARY
Writing from the hotel lobby in Lisbon on Sunday, November 5.
After a day of stomach cramps and projectile vomiting I am well again and packed for the shift of locale to the ship, Holland-America's Rotterdam, this afternoon. I have seen, heard and visited much that is fascinating and unusual and I will present the update - with photographs - as soon as possible.
So "watch this space" as they used to say on blank billboards when I was a kid.