I am ITA’s Office Administrator. I joined the team in May of 2022.
I’m a “military brat”. My father was in the Air Force and my mother was a Department of Defense school teacher so I moved around a lot as a kid and came to love traveling, meeting new cultures, and learning new languages.
I was born in Germany and studied at the American University of Paris and Parsons School of Design Paris.
I was born in Germany but only lived there for a few months until we moved to the US. So my first travel abroad experience was when my family moved back to Germany. I was really excited to move back to the country of my birth. We took a flight full of US soldiers and airmen who were being assigned to posts and bases in Germany so the flight had a giddy atmosphere. It was the first time overseas for many of them as well, I believe.
I remember when we landed how clean everything was and all the buses seemed to be Mercedes or BMWs. The countryside impressed me greatly… it was so green and I hadn’t seen so many hills in my life. I was so excited to be there and the feeling you get in your stomach of anticipation lasted a long time. I couldn’t wait to learn German, eat German food and just experience the country.
Germany, France, UK, Holland, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Japan, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, and Australia.
I have lived in Germany and France. I was an au pair when I studied in France. I lived with a family from Spain where I was encouraged to speak English with their daughter and the whole family.
Visiting Machu Picchu - I learned on this particular trip that I am susceptible to altitude sickness. It was so bad I didn’t care if I saw Machu Picchu or not. I planned my trip so that I arrived ahead of my hike up the Inca trail to acclimatize. But as soon as I landed in Cusco, it hit me. I felt like I was moving in slow motion, I couldn’t move very fast and I was constantly out of breath. Altitude sickness. Going up one flight of stairs took the wind out of me. I had no idea how I was going to hike the Inca Trail.
I hiked with a travel group. I didn’t have to carry my things. The hiking outfit took care of that. The plan was to spend 2-nights on the trail with the final day arriving at Machu Picchu. I think I started out okay but as we went higher, the slower I got and the less I wanted to continue. After the first night on the trail, I had a pounding headache, couldn’t eat or drink, and was so exhausted, that I just wanted to spend the rest of the trip in my tent. I did rally somewhat and continued with the group up the trail but I continued to get sick. I decided I had to go back down. I told the main guide and he arranged for me to go down. However, I had to start hiking back down on my own and a guide would catch up with me to accompany me the rest of the way.
Soon the guide caught up with me to assist me with getting a hotel, then a train to Aguas Calientes to catch a bus up to Machu Picchu the next day. The rate I was going was so slow, though. The guide informed me we wouldn’t get to the bottom of the trail until midnight at such a slow pace.
At one point, he went up to a house and spoke to a family, and later a horse appeared. I would be going down the rest of the way by horse. Long story short, the horse got me to the bottom of the trail and the next day I made it up to Machu Picchu by bus. I was one of the first tourists to arrive so I saw it with hardly anyone around and it was entirely worth it!
German and French!
I’m excited to be a part of the community that will be helping people help others!
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