The AmaDagio cruise from Lyon to Arles is coming up fast, and Lyon is the birthplace of Antoine de St Exupery. So it seemed appropriate to read The Little Prince for our next book club selection. It’s a classic for all ages — and a very quick read.
St Exupery had a very interesting life. He was a successful commercial pilot before World War II, working airmail routes in Europe, Africa and South America. At the outbreak of war, he joined the French Air Force and flew reconnaissance missions until France’s armistice with Germany in 1940. He then traveled to the United States to persuade the U.S. government to enter the war.
After a 27-month stay in North America, during which he wrote three of his most important works, he joined the Free French Air Force in North Africa (even though he was beyond the maximum age for such pilots and in declining health). On his last assigned reconnaissance mission in July 1944, he disappeared over the Mediterranean and was presumed dead.
His literary works, among them The Little Prince, translated into over 250 languages, propelled his stature posthumously to national hero status.
We’ll discuss the book by late October. Happy reading!
Also a professional translator and editor, Sarah joined the staff of Academic Arrangements Abroad in 2008. She became a manager at the firm before opting to lead tours.
“I’m always excited to explore new destinations, which is one of the reasons this job is so worthwhile,” she says. Originally from Oklahoma City, Sarah frequently directs tours in Cuba and has visited more than 50 countries.
Hometown: Oklahoma City
City I would recommend: I love Barcelona. It has it all – art, architecture, good food and great weather!
City I would drop everything to see: Any city in Egypt! I’ve never been and have wanted to go since I got a hieroglyphics set when I was 8.
Tour you were on recently: A Cuba trip with MIT alumni. It was a terrific, very enthusiastic group and a great itinerary. The week flew by!
Something that surprises people: I grew up playing poker at family gatherings, so I’m a bit of a card shark.
Three things I can’t travel without: I received a grid-it as a Christmas present and use it to keep all my jewelry and cords together. I also love my Tumi suitcase, which has a tracker on it in case it ever gets lost. And I never leave home without my iPad to entertain me on all the long flights.
Number of trips: I’m not sure how many trips I’ve been on, but I’ve been to more than 50 countries, and counting.
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