One of the most—if not the most—unpleasant aspects of a beach vacation in a warm, humid climate are biting insects. I recall only mosquitoes from my childhood, of which there were plenty…all of which liked me. This vacation, a number of varieties, seen and unseen, took a fancy to us. I am normally a charitable person, but was given no choice in my many donations.
Of course, the little buggers are indiscriminate: they’ll chew on anyone that crosses their flight path or seek out the nearest warm body. They bite regardless of race, color, foolish belief, or tax bracket. Even billionaires, who consider themselves to be special and enjoy exceptions in all other facets of life, feed nature. Like flies, which will not differentiate between a sumptuous buffet in a five-star, luxury restaurant and a trash dump in India, mosquitoes know that any blood is good blood.
Such memories will increase the appeal of a vacation in the Alps, despite the chance of rain and cold temperatures…
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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.