For anyone that wants to look ahead…or look back, this is a rather good—albeit with too many British references (but one can interpolate)—assessment of becoming older.
Observing the difference between the memory functions of a young child and an old person is interesting...and depressing. There are times when an old person does not remember what he or she did a few minutes earlier. A child, on the other hand, is able to recall actions from a week ago or several weeks ago. Age might have the advantage of more knowledge, but not all circuits fire all the time, as child strive to catch up. Life is not fair...
If I ignore the fact that I am of advanced age, most people on this cruise are “old”. The few children seem to wish that they were on a different kind of vacation, but at least all are well-behaved.
I decided that I like old people. They are quiet and polite. That is a nice characteristic to have on a cruise ship. And, most make me feel young...
Any large group of foreign tourists will have a mix of jerks, average folks, and nice people (of course, we belong to the last group). I must often force myself to hold my tongue, when I hear ignorant tourists (more often than not from Germany or USA) criticize native practices, especially those that are common in their own country. For them, different is bad, and their own ignorance plays no role. I tend to criticize tourists more than local people or native customs. I travel to discover new or different things...
Another common practice of German tourists is to get up early and place a magazine or book on pool or beach lounge chairs to block anyone other guest from using it. They do not care that these lounge chairs remain unused for hours, as long as they can have what they want. There are two chairs on the pool deck, which have had the same books on display for days, but I have yet to see them occupied. Of course, these people must be the center of the universe...so such an anti-social practice acceptable.
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.