Imagine Going There Travel - August 2023

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She Broke the Record! 80-Year-Old Not Coasting Through Life


Helen Logue got a surprise gift for her 80th birthday — the opportunity to enjoy a NASCAR racing experience at the Daytona International Speedway, becoming the oldest woman to ever drive the course! When I asked her to tell me about the experience, she said, “The engine has a governor on it, so you could only go so fast. My top speed was 141.91 and you can only go 145, so wished I would have gone just a little bit faster!” A goal-oriented woman, she reported on the competition that the fastest man was 103 years old, so she wants to go back at 103 and beat his record, too. When I asked her about the most challenging part of the drive, Helen said it was getting in and out of the car. “They match the size of the car to the weight of the person, so since I have a small build, they gave me a smaller car, and it was difficult to get in and out of. “Because the doors are sealed, you have to go through the window. It’s like a maze how you get each part of your body into the car. The professionals make it look easy, but it’s a lot harder than it looks, and getting out of the car is even harder than getting in.” She took her first ride with a professional driver to get used to the pressure and incline of the course. She said negotiating corners on the angles with a 31-degree

• Budapest, “City of Spas,” has many

thermal baths; the best known are Gellert and Szécheny.

• From sweet and

pungent to strong, paprika is a spice synonymous with Hungarian cuisine; it was first grown in 1529 in Buda by the Celts.

• The Wachau Valley

is best known for its dry wines made from Riesling and Grüner Veltliner grapes.

incline was initially challenging. She was nervous on the first curve, but then it became easier after that. “The whole experience was so enjoyable!” In addition to turning 80 this year, Helen and her husband, Richard, are also celebrating their 60th anniversary. Richard could have ridden with her, but he said he wanted to take pictures and watch her enjoy the experience. When I asked the secret to their long marriage, he said he “married a fast woman.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 ...

• Monks of Göttweig Abbey use the surrounding land to help fund their community outreach — growing grapes for wine and marilles (apricots) for juice, jam, and schnapps.

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Cherise has been an avid traveler from an early age. Her goal is to see every country in the world in her lifetime, and so far she has hit 31. However, that’s only about 16% of the planet, so she hopes to see that number grow! She currently lives in Sydney, Australia, and loves seeing The Compass readers book trips to Australia and New Zealand! Her favorite country she has ever traveled to was on a family holiday to the South Island of New Zealand, recalling that it was one of the most naturally beautiful places she has ever experienced. You may also remember Cherise from a recent “Tales From our Sails” feature where she shared that she and her sister, Meredith, enjoyed traveling on The Romantic Danube last year. As the youngest passengers on the ship, they soaked up a lot of wisdom! Cherise’s next trip is back to the U.S. to help with our Client Appreciation events for 2023. Stay tuned for a save-the-date email with a special invitation to celebrate our guests who have traveled this year or have reserved a Viking cruise in the future. We’ll be hosting events this fall in Nashville, Charlotte, Charleston, Hilton Head, and Atlanta. We’re looking forward to celebrating with all of our great clients! Team Spotlight: Cherise Shaddix

Meghan’s Charity for This Month THE GIVING CORNER

At Imagine Going There, a portion of our profits goes to a charity close to our hearts. We have monthly meetings to talk about ways we can give back and which local charities to invest in. Each member of our team has put forth a

table for their families. I discovered Helping Mamas just by doing some research on local charities that focus on children. I have a deep love for children and believe all children and families should have access to essentials.”

charity they champion, and this month Guest Logistics Coordinator Meghan Curtis shares hers: “I chose to focus on Helping Mamas. I love that this charity provides essentials for babies and children in need so mothers or fathers who may be struggling financially do not have to choose between buying diapers for their babies or getting food on the

This month, we supported a mama in need with a year’s worth of diapers, a car seat, a portable crib, and baby hygiene items. How can The Compass readers get involved? We invite you to make an impact by donating items or money or by volunteering in their warehouse helping to sort items and take inventory. Learn more and get involved by visiting their website, .

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“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.” —ERNEST HEMINGWAY

With this love for speed, you’d think she would have a sports car in the garage, right? However, that’s not the case. In fact, Logue’s friend and neighbor, John, commented: “Helen apparently has liked speed since she could drive. Her minivan must be frustrating.”

More than just a fun story of adventure and enjoying life, Richard and Helen are also role models for helping others. They have been our neighbors for many years and are well known for their good deeds. They never hesitate to drop what they are doing to make someone’s life better or easier or to help in any way they can. What’s her secret? “I feel so grateful to be our age and still do so many things. We are blessed to still feel so great and still be so active.”

Late Night Chicken And Pasta

Unfortunately, dinners are usually late at our house. When I need a healthy and quick meal, this is a great option.

Ingredients • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped • 2 chicken breasts, cut into chunks • 1 medium onion, chopped • 2 cups broccoli florets • 1 medium yellow bell

• 1 cup chicken broth • 1/2 tsp chili powder or dash of red pepper flakes • 1 tsp dried basil • 3 tbsp butter • 8 oz bow tie pasta, cooked al dente • Oil for sauté pan • Parmesan cheese for garnish

pepper, sliced, then halved

• 1 cup halved grape tomatoes

Directions 1. In a sauté pan on medium heat, add 2 tbsp of oil and garlic and cook for 1 minute. 2. Push to the side, then add chicken, cooking until almost done. Remove from pan and keep warm. 3. Add additional oil if needed, then add onions. Cook 1–2 minutes, stirring, then add broccoli and cook another 2 minutes. Add peppers and cook about 1 minute, until crisp-tender. Add chicken, broth, basil, chili powder or crushed red pepper, and lastly, tomatoes. 4. Bring to a boil, then add butter. Stir until butter is melted. Add pasta to combine. 5. Garnish with Parmesan cheese.

When I asked if she had any advice to share, Helen said, “Don’t put off your plans. If you can afford it and can make it work, you should do it now while you still can!”

What’s next for Helen?

Well, no surprise: Her next goal is to travel in space!

—Carol Shaddix

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We’ve heard from many Viking veterans, but thought you might want to hear the experiences of first-time river cruisers Becky and Mike Showalter. While Becky and Mike have cruised aboard many large cruise lines, the 15-day Grand European Tour river cruise was a perfect introduction to Viking! They traveled with their friends and past Viking guests Karen and Dennis Red. They felt connecting with other passengers was easier because it was a smaller ship than other cruise lines. “We got to know people easier and didn’t feel like we were getting lost in a crowd,” they tell us. They really enjoyed the ship, scenery, ports, tours, excursions, and food, too. “We loved every day — there isn’t one particular thing we could pick out as our favorite,” they say. “The service and Viking’s crew were amazing, and we had a fabulous time. Our days in the ports were busy, and it was great to relax on our scenic sailing days.”

While on the trip, Becky and Mike learned something new: in some

European ports, you have to have specific coins to be able to use the public restrooms, so always carry some change with you!

Before the trip, Becky and Mike had always booked their vacations and cruises on their own. “It was so nice to have Imagine Going There help us to book this adventure and then be able to reach out to them for help and guidance,” they say. Since they returned from their trip, Becky and Mike have booked the British Isles Explorer ocean cruise for next year and are again traveling with the Reds as well as many other neighborhood friends. They’re going to have a great time making wonderful memories together, and we’re thrilled to have them and all of their friends as part of the Imagine Going There Travel family!

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