I arrived home from Malaysia on the 8th November and am enjoying a well earned break. In 2 days I am heading back to India to lead a 10 day tour. I am really not looking forward to another long haul flight. My husband, Franz, is at home and that feels strange as he is also a Tour Guide and we are literally ships that pass in the night. I’ve hardly seen him since the beginning of September.
I caught up with my friends and family and I have managed to play a bit of golf, even though the weather is pretty awful. I went to a dinner at the golf club last night and picked up a trophy. The Lady Captain at the golf club has asked me to do a presentation/slide show about my life on tour. I think I will concentrate on India.
I had a golf lesson last week and feel lucky and privilaged to have lessons with Parnell Reilly, who was Captain of the PGA (Professional Golfers Association) for the whole of Britain and Ireland for 2 years (2007 – 2009). He taught Colin Montgomerie when he was younger and he must have a whole lot of patience to teach me. Thanks to him, my golf has improved immensely and I have also had my photo taken with the Ryder Cup, though one of my clients told me it must have been a fake – what an insult, it was definitely the real Ryder Cup!
I’m trying not to get too comfortable at home, as before I know it I will be on that plane and another nightflight. It is the end of the year and a difficult time because I really feel burnt out. In a way that brings out the best in me as I know I have to put even more effort into the tour. The thought of more flights and hotel rooms does not appeal to me. I actually really love being out and about with the clients and showing them the different destinations, talking and telling stories, but wish I could go home every night. Hotel rooms are impersonal, lonely places and sometoimes I haven’t got a clue which country I am in when I wake up. But then again I am very lucky to be doing this wonderful job.