The thought of traveling with 24 strangers can be a bit intimidating and rather daunting. I was feeling rather nervous as I boarded the Aegean Odyssey in Cannes, France on June 8 for a 15 day cruise of the Mediterranean. What would my McGill travelers be like? Would they enjoy themselves? Two weeks is a long time to spend together, would we all get along?
I needn’t have worried; McGill travelers are the best. Our group of doctors, engineers, teachers, business people and retirees, from all over North America, were interesting, interested, and up for anything. We had some long hot days, with significant walking/hiking components, but no one ever succumbed to the heat or exhaustion. Graduates nearly twice my age put my stamina to shame: I want to be Nate or Dave when I grow up – these guys know how to live well.
I never would have thought, as I boarded the ship in early June, how much I would now miss my new friends. I miss the smiling faces greeting me in the mornings, I miss their adventurous nature, I miss sharing wonderful travel experiences with them. This trip was an extraordinary experience, and I am honoured to have shared it with them. I hope you enjoy sharing it with us through the next few blog posts.