Yes… AGMA lives!
I think this is the longest I have have gone without posting. Sorry ‘bout that!
It’s been all travel all the time at Casa AGMA! Going on trips, booking trips, planning trips…. It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it.
Oh – and I chopped my hair off and got a new tattoo, but that’s another post. (FYI, I LOVE my new ink!)
Hubs and I went to France last month. We flew there, of course.
Thank you Orville & Wilbur!
For some reason, on the flight to Paris, I starting thinking about AGMA’s flying history.
My first plane ride was around 1962 or 1963. My mother, sister and I went to Miami on vacation. We took a train from Pittsburgh to Miami. I don’t remember much about it other than I got sick during the trip.
I’m not sure if it was me getting sick or whether my mother had planned it all along, but we flew home. I was ecstatic! I was really one of the first of my friends to have actually flown on an airplane.
And that was really the start of AGMA’s love of travel!
My father used to fly quite a bit in the 50’s & 60’s for his job. My brother (12 years my senior) fell in love with airplanes as a child in the 40’s, and it is a love that has lasted his entire life. He wanted to be a commercial pilot, but his poor eyesight was a deal breaker for that dream. However, did go on to get his private pilot’s license.
He never owned an airplane, but belonged to a flying club. Through the club, he was able to rent a plane to fly he and his family for long weekend trips. Once in the late 80s, they flew to visit us in Cincinnati. We went out to the community airport to look at the plane. OMG it was SOOOOO incredibly tiny! Literally just room for the 4 of them.
If they all inhaled.
Seriously, you could not give me enough money to fly in such a itty bitty plane! Regional jets even give AGMA the willies…
As a teenager, my friends and I used to go out to the old Pittsburgh airport to watch planes take off and land.
Things were slow back then before social media….
We used to bon voyage people at their gate and greet people coming into the airport after landing. This was in the “olden days” when there was no TSA, no security screening, no rules about who could be at a gate. Back when there was a TWA, Eastern Airlines, Continental Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Braniff Airlines PanAM, Allegheny Airlines. There were so many more airline options back in the day!
My sister (6 years older) did her senior year of college in England. After she graduated here in the US in 1969, she went back to Europe for a year. She worked and traveled during the heyday of “Europe on $5 a Day” times! Her experiences only inflamed AGMA’s passion for travel.
Because I went to college out west in the early 70’s, AGMA used to fly home for the holidays. And boy, did I think I was grown up and sophisticated flying by myself. Of course I was – NOT. This was also the era of student discounts and flying student stand-by as so it was pretty dang cheap to fly. These things, of course, have gone the way of the John McCain type Republican in Florida.
AGMA’s first trip across the pond was in 1973. I took a class on Ancient Greek Civilization, and part of the class was a trip to Greece. Sweet! My mother had died in 1965 at 48, and left a small college trust fund for my sister and I. I was able to pay for the trip from that trust fund because it was associated with a class I was taking.
Thank you Mum! But honestly, I would have rather had you in my life for 40 years more years than I did.
AGMA has been truly blessed in her travel life, and since 1973 there have been many, many trips on flying machines.
Having moved so much, and with friends and family flung all over the US, AGMA has and continues to fly a whole lot domestically. But since the late 2000’s, there have been lots of international trips as well.
But lately, methinks AGMA may have gone a bit too far.
After a 14 month hiatus from international travel from March 2020 to July 2021 (f*ck you COVID), I think I’m over compensating…. France in July 2021; Iceland, France & Ireland in Sept/Oct 2021; England, Germany & Portugal in March 2022; Greece in May 2022; France last month.
But that really doesn’t compare with the trips coming up.
I’ll report on my adventures as I come back, so no details right now, but AGMA is going on not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, but 5 international trips in the next 9 months.
I’m really not sure what has come over me.
Could be, I see the hand writing on the wall. Hubs PLS is getting worse by the month. In a year or two or three, he will be in a wheelchair full time. And that will make traveling the way we have done in the past do far more complicated. And expensive.
But life is definitely a journey and I’m up for the trip.
Next year will be 50 years since I first laid eyes on that handsome jamoke with the cute booty. And last month in France, we celebrated 45 years of ‘flying’ together in matrimony. We’ve flown through a lifetime of challenges together and done pretty well. I’m guessing that this next phase of the flight will work out okay too.
So stay tuned, and come fly with AGMA as we head full throttle into the future!
Next up: a report on our trip to Bordeaux and the Dordogne! Maybe… Yikes!