Stories from the field represent a series of remembrances from over a million miles on the road.
There I was, there I was, there I was. The Global Fund called to have some photos done of their celebrity spokesperson, the first lady of France, model, actor, singer, Carla Bruni. She was traveling to Cotonou, Benin to raise awareness of HIV. I was to go on Monday of the next week shoot Tuesday, Wednesday and bug out on Wednesday night. No problem. So I called Sunny the magical travel agent and told him the scoop. He called back and said ‘John we have a problem’. The airfare is $8200. I said no Sunny we want to go coach. He said that is coach. Turns out Air France has a lock on travel to Benin from Europe. They were acting accordingly and charging outrageous amounts because they know you are not going to walk. Sunny said that he would do some research and get back to me. When Sunny called back he said that the only thing we could do is fly to Frankfurt, fly back to Paris, then fly to Benin. That would get the airfare down to $5000. I called the GF (part of my ongoing commitment to service and excellence) and they said (through gritted teeth) go ahead. Read more