This and That About Me

Your most favorite travel story?

It would have to be traveling to St. Petersburg, Russia alone two weeks after the 911 bombing. Not only was it my dream trip since I was a teen but as a woman traveling alone in a foreign country you stand out as an American. The world knew what had happened and people from every background and country came up to me with hugs and words of sadness. It was so surreal. I could never recreate that trip of a lifetime. I count the days I can return to St. Petersburg! The people are beautiful and the city is breathtaking. I have to add the Restaurant Manager gave me a private sampling and lesson on Caviar and it was an eye-opener. I left Russia with cans of the best caviar. 

Favorite bands or singers from your adolescence?

Donny Osmond 

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?

On the last night on my trip to Russia, the Manager asked to make me a special meal. It was salmon with loads of the best caviar on top. It was so savory it was out of this world. It came with a side of traditional Pelmeni and of course a bucket of Vodka. 

Worst first date story?

It was my first date, my gramps made the guy give him his driver’s license number, tag plate, parent’s name, address, and phone number. I was so humiliated. I told my granny that if this would happen on every date I would not date again. 

What’s your favorite sandwich?

Peanut Butter and Raspberry Jelly with a touch of butter on each slice.

Where did you go grow up and how did it shape who you are?

I was born in Texas in a poor area of town. We lived in a housing project for some time after I was born. What shaped me the most growing up was knowing I could make my own way and not repeat the mistakes of my parents and the way I grew up. Texas is a headstrong state. 

What are your biggest pet peeves?

Passive Aggressive behavior.

What’s one thing you can’t travel without?

Lip balm and hand wipes, long before COVID. 

Tell me some of yours!

Melinda

 

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