“Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have traveled.” — Mohammed
I’m sorry to start this blog on a sad note but one of my close friends died this morning unexpectedly. He was a world renowned geneticist. His vocation gave him the ability to do what he loved – do good work and see the world.
Besides medical questions, you could go to David with any travel question you had and he probably had the answer. He was his own travel agent. He was an expert in the field of airline savings (his specialty was business and first class) and was a mileage savant. His area of expertise was finding the best websites for travel deals. His forte was five star hotels.
He lectured and treated patients all over the world,. His patients and colleagues became his friends. Therefore his own travelogues were filled with personal recommendations and interesting people. I’m particularly jealous of his trip to India. (where he was treating one of the princesses)
I’m also in awe of the packing skills of David and his beautiful wife Ann. I happened to be staying at their house on the morning they were leaving for India for a few weeks. It was their first trip to that country. They hadn’t started thinking about packing till the night before. They were still packing in the morning as the car pulled up to take them to the airport. I am not that casual of a traveler.
David loved to tell his travel stories and I loved hearing them. Whether he was driving through Yugoslavia, trying to get to the airport in China, seeing the cremations at Varinasi, meeting friends in Red Square, or visiting Annie in Africa, it always sounded like an adventure. He went to more places than most of us will ever go in our lifetime. Ann, Lauren and Michael were always ready to join him.
My last travel question to him was two weeks ago. (My last medical question was one week ago) Should my son stay on the Hong Kong or Kowloon side? Of course David had been to that country many times and had the answer. I will miss him. Fly safe David.