Humans might question, given the current weather, if Spring has arrived anywhere besides on a calendar. Plants, on the other hand, do not let a bit of inclement weather stop them from doing what brung them here...
To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.
Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says , "In case of emergency, notify: "
I put "DOCTOR".
The whole art of writing is to be credible, not to be authentic.
John Le Carré
Today, I booked my vacation in Maldives. I will not admit in public what this will cost, because I will be judged harshly. I have stayed in expensive hotels around the world and we do not do cheap, but prices in the Maldives are incomparable. On the one hand, this is ludicrous. On the other, my wife wants to experience this beautiful bit of the earth before she dies. Memories can be expensive. I will be able to think of this vacation as I rot in some old folks home. I will not miss them money, because old-age care costs will eat it up.
We will spend then next months looking forward to the trip. Expectation will surely exceed reality, but something will be will good. One must take the bad with the good, so I will be positive. Deciding was difficult, because too much information is available. All hotels look spectacular, because the environment is spectacular. Reviews for each hotel range from “perfect” to “horrible”. How does one decided? In the end, we chose a chain we know and a resort that is the shortest distance from the international airport. After flying hours from Germany, we did no want to spend more hours reaching the resort.
We plan to spend a few days in Dubai on the return journey, to decompress and shop. Maldives do not offer malls, merely water, sand, and palm trees. I chose a hotel that tries to look like an Arabian palace. I prefer kitsch to high rise.
Look forward to the daily travel report with plenty of photos. If you cannot wait, then I recommend spending time on Google Earth. They offer plenty of photos at every island of the Maldives....
Unlike Fox News and other rightwing media outlets, I feel obligated to give equal time to all species...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.