I remembered how excited I was when I found out from my husband that we were going to Vienna, Austria for our wedding anniversary. We had a trainer for our business that knew a lot about Vienna and so I decided to call him to get a few tips on things to do and places to stay. But instead, I got was a one hour dissertation on Vienna! This guy knew Vienna like the back of his hand (no pun intended since he was a Chiropractor) and now a business trainer. He knew everything about Vienna, as he was a walking, talking Vienna tourism board.
I will search for my notes about that trip to tell you more, but I have to say I never learned so much in one setting about one place in my life. I knew right then, after getting off of the phone with him that that was what I wanted to do. To get to know a place like the back of my hand. Not just any place, but some exotic place like Vienna. We eventually took some trips with Dr. Radermacher and his management team to Europe. I was hooked. As I can see now, he was too. He had been hooked for a while. I could see it in his eyes and in his step. He knew what he was doing and where he was going. I was the rookie. It was in these days of travel that I learned how to travel. How to go with the flow, how to lay out a day of touring a city, how to enjoy a city, being all dressed up and ready to take it on. Learning the ropes as to what to see and what to do. He was the expert at managing the perfect day to include the highlights and along with the perfect cafes and downtime.
As it turned out, Vienna, Austria is #1 on my bucket list! I don’t know if it was that phone conversation that I had with Dr Radermacher, or the fabulous Stats Opera, or the Sacher torte or the diamond bracelet that I received for my wedding anniversary (that helps!), but, whatever it was, Vienna was magical. Truly, to this day, it holds a special place in my heart. I was a young and inexperienced traveler, but the city revealed itself to me nonetheless.
I hope one day I can inspire someone to travel, the way Dr. Radermacher inspired me that day. His knowledge was astounding and I will never forget that moment as long as I live.