I've always had a passion for travel and directly upon graduating from high school took my first solo trip to Germany. It was an incredibly positive experience with wonderful hospitality and it left me with a longing to see as many countries and cultures as I could. I continued to travel, but my first trip to Egypt was an eye-opener and ignited a renewed sense of wonder in me. Cairo's blend of old and new, its bustling sights and sounds, donkey carts, honking cars, frenetic energy and faded grandeur was like nothing I'd seen before. I've spent more time in Egypt and Jordan with Audley exploring the ancient sites, the Red Sea and the expansive deserts of the Sahara and Wadi Rum. More recently, I marveled at the rich history and religious sites in Israel and the myriad of landscapes, including the undulating dunes of Wahiba Sands and craggy mountains in Jebel Akhdar, in Oman. I now live in the seaside community of Hull where I enjoy the beach, painting and crafts, and (of course) travel.
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I'll never forget when…
The warmth and hospitality of the Bedouin people of Jordan will always stay with me. I was doing a solo hike in the mountains of Wadi Dana when I encountered Ali, a young goat herder. He was extremely excited to meet an American, called out to his family and I was insistently invited into their small tent. His grandmother showed me how to make shrak (traditional Bedouin bread) while the whole family gathered round. Through limited English they explained their customs and lifestyle as we ate the bread and drank hot tea. Their genuine kindness and generosity will be a memory I will always treasure.