About me

In the market in Arequipa. Kids playing while their parents worked.

In the market in Arequipa. Kids playing while their parents worked.

I’m recently retired after 16 years selling villa vacations on the exclusive island of St Barth in the Caribbean. I have two sons, two amazing daughter-in-law, and four wonderful granddaughters who I see as often as possible. They make me smile! I live half the year in Fort Myers, Florida and the other half at Matunuck Beach, Rhode Island. Since retirement in the spring of 2017 I’ve revived my lifelong interest in painting and collage — and I’m still determined to learn French! I’ve traveled extensively and I’m always planning my next adventure.

I was born and grew up in Montreal, Quebec with childhood dreams of someday being an archaeologist.  As a young girl I pictured myself traveling the world discovering the next burial chamber of kings and queens, or an ancient city long forgotten.  I wanted to experience every wonder of the world, walk through jungles, deserts, and forests, in far off places.

After my senior year of high school my mother and I flew to Geneva stopping along the way first in Ireland for 2 nights, then London and Amsterdam, each for 2 nights.   I was in awe! The deep green hills and friendly people of Ireland, the history and overwhelming size of London, and the fascination of a different language and culture in Amsterdam, were thrilling for me.  I was excited by it all and took it in like a thirsty sponge. I spent that year at school in Lausanne, Switzerland. I saw much of Switzerland and during Easter break we went by bus through the south of France into and around Spain.  I had a front row seat as I saw places mentioned in my European history classes in school and here I was actually seeing ancient Roman ruins and stepping onto the “pont” in Avignon; walking through the Saint-Paul asylum gardens where Van Gogh lived. Seeing firsthand the Moorish influence of the Alhambra, the excitement of a bullfight.

At the end of school year my roommate and I traveled by train through Italy before flying back home via London.  We stopped in Milan to visit one of our classmates at the school, and then went to Florence and Rome.  I saw so much that year and met people from all over the world.  I had housemates from various European countries as well as Iran, the Philippines, Honduras, Brazil, Venezuela, Sweden, Japan, and many more, and I was fascinated by the cultural differences and histories of these women.  I learned a lot about myself that year as well, I learned that I am a traveler, not a tourist, and I will always find a way to travel.

During my child raising years I did go back to school part time and eventually graduated with a degree in Geography.  Then a masters in Professional Communication.   I traveled little while my children were young but in 1988 I had an opportunity to go to the USSR with a college group. Then in 1995 my newly widowed mother and I decided to take a trip together again so many years later.  We chose Greece and Turkey, an area of the world we both were anxious to experience.  That trip led to many more adventures with my mother over the next 12 years.  We toured Israel and Egypt, spent three weeks traveling through China, drove through southern England, cruised the Danube.  I made solo trips as well to France, Italy, Austria, Ireland, Alaska, Mexico, Hawaii, Peru and the Baltic countries. In the last three years I’ve delighted in visiting Scotland, Iceland, and Norway and closer to home in beautiful Nova Scotia.

What I discovered is the initial delight of an 18 year old traveling outside her country for the first time hadn’t diminished, it had blossomed.  I see the world in a different light because of my travels.  Having experienced so many different cultures I watch the news with more understanding.  I appreciate nature having seen so many amazing landscapes and rivers.

3 Responses to About me

  1. shelley says:

    You are Fabulous…..Good for you
    Kathy Schlitzer.com go for it !

    • Thanks Shell – I’m enjoying the writing. Come back periodically as I add more posts – or better still follow me. Just click the “follow me” link on the home page. I’m planning a trip to NYC to do agency visits this fall I’ll let you know when. Dinner? K

  2. Victoria says:

    Hello Shelley,
    This is Victoria from Villa SASIE in St Barts, writing from St Barts just now! read your postings with interest and pleasure. I have spent much time in Concord Massachusetts, went to Smith college and Harvard Medical School, lived and worked umpteen years in Zurich CH and LOVE Montreal and have son-in-law and Canadian grandchildren! I LOVE travelling like you, and arrived at 16yrs to smith College from Singapore and have not stopped since then!!

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