In some respects, this trip made me feel as if I’ve been walking around with my head in the clouds all these years – this amazing and interesting person has been right there all along, not just a father, but someone who has led an incredible life. This realisation made me feel sad in some ways, but focused my mind on making the most of the trip and the time we were spending together, a viewpoint my father shared, among others.
This trip must be one of the best experiences I have ever had. You learn so much about a person and they in turn get the measure of you, all with the backdrop of the amazing destinations you are visiting and experiences you are both immersed in. It was an extraordinarily special experience.
Peter Hobson says:
“It was an interesting and, at times, difficult experience for me to leave control of events to Carl. Despite having a copy of the itinerary, in the end I found that I preferred to let Carl take the strain, after all, he was working, and I was not!”
“There is a totally different dynamic between men when their wives are excluded, and so it was between Carl and me. Serious conversations were held alongside really silly ones and, most importantly, we didn’t have to do any shopping – or even think about it! Instead, we could get on with the serious business of immersing ourselves in our surroundings, eating, drinking and generally enjoying ourselves.”
“It has been a very long time since Carl and I spent any time together unencumbered by priorities, deadlines and the general stress of life, and I must say it was worth every penny. Over the years, I had forgotten just what an intelligent, witty, caring person Carl is. I think that we now understand each other a lot better, and our relationship will be even stronger for this shared experience going forward.”
“Visiting Oman was, in so many ways, like returning to my days as a young man; the memories came flooding back. Jordan was simply spectacular and such great fun to experience with Carl. Dubai was interesting, vis a vis the amount of change that has taken place in the intervening 48 years since I last visited. Buildings such as the World Trade Centre, which stood in the desert as a brave investment in the future, are now dwarfed by their surroundings and the Dubai that I knew has either been demolished or turned into tourist venues – it’s fair to say that the Dubai that exists now has lost its soul.”