At the crossroads of the world–let’s call it Vienna–any place now is considered a crossroad if people from all over the world congregate there.
Number One and I were enjoying the perks of frequently traveling and staying in the same hotel–loyalty pays. In the Executive lounge on the 8th floor of the Hilton, overlooking the Blue Danube, we were reminiscing with friends about our college days and how we communicated with each other and our families.
Whenever friends get together, we love to reminisce and take pictures. So, our friend asked the couple at the table across from us to take our picture. As people often do when they travel, we started a conversion. Travelers are not afraid to speak to strangers because at this point everyone is a stranger.
We learned that this lovely couple was living in Australia, the mother was from the Ukraine and the father was a Russian Jew with thick white hair like Einstein. They had their teenage daughter with them, who was born in Germany and is now Australian.
At one point in the conversation we spoke about writing letters to our families and that the mail took two weeks usually for a return response, sometimes longer. The young mother’s jaw dropped. “You actually wrote letters?” she asked. Continue reading