Look Out, Met Gala!


"Clothes aren't going to change the world. The women who wear them are." – Anne Klein

Look out, Met Gala! Yesterday I joined these stylish members of Gifted Travel Network and Co-Founder Vanessa McGovern for a fantastic invitation to Afternoon Tea with Accor hotel reps at The Palm Court at The Plaza Hotel. Besides it being a lovely networking event for some of the best hotels around the world (Fairmont, Sofitel, One Fine Stay, etc.), there was a buzz in the air as celebrities were at the bar and making grand staircase exits doubling as photo shoots as they left for the Met Gala. The best part of that exciting afternoon though was reuniting with advisor friends I haven't seen in over two years.

I also attended a really fun and informative Tourism Australia event last week - with great wine, of course. Their new slogan is "Don't Go Small - Go Australia," and it says everything! Spend more time and see an abundance of landscapes, coastlines, mountains, vineyards, cities, wildlife.... One of my dream trips is the Holland America cruise that circumnavigates Australia in 35 days because that's how much I want to see every state and territory of the world's largest island and smallest continent. If you too dream of going down under, let me know because I'm a certified Aussie Specialist, trained by Tourism Australia, and I'd love to help you choose the regions that are right for your travel desires.

It's been another busy for new requests, and Italy, Spain, France, and the U.K. are still hugely popular - with good reason! They're excellent choices for arts and culture, history and cuisine, which is what Nine Muses Travel is all about.

Lastly, on Friday I finished two years of assisting the NYC Test + Trace Corps. I'd tracked completed calls, one hashmark at a time, and the final tally is in. I conducted 486 case investigations (reviewing symptoms and safety guidance and soliciting close contacts they exposed while infectious), completed 472 close contact intakes (informing people they've been exposed and advising them on next steps to break chains of transmission), last summer scheduled two people for their first vaccine doses, and in recent weeks helped 29 households schedule their boosters. Then I did the most perfect thing Friday evening. Six of us from Guardians of New York (the team name we gave ourselves) finally met in person for the first time outside of MS Teams, including my supervisor, who I loved. With our huge, slushy Dallas BBQ drinks, at 9 PM we raised a glass as the last shift ended and closed the doors on the Test + Trace program. I learned so much in that role, lessons and life skills I'll carry with me forever.

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