When a person is about to retire, there are two things they talk about doing: spending more time with family, traveling. Neither of these things had any appeal for me as I approached the end of my employment. I already spent waaaay too much time with my family. Not one of them would appreciate more. And I had seen enough of the world to know it was a good place and a bad place, wherever you went.
Stanley, however, had a bucket list, and it mostly contained places to see. Bucket lists also made no sense to me, but as I saw Stanley come home (alone) from several of his travels, I started to wonder. Which led to taking one trip, then another, then three inside a year. Travel, travel everywhere, and not a list in sight.
Welcome to the wonderful world of travel as only me, Marsha, can do it. Without much reason, without an order of preference, without any need to study the history or understand the culture ahead of time, here are my observations…
I should give you a general warning in advance.