Get to know a little more about each of the International Vacation Home Exchange team members. In this post we have a fun interview with blogger and website editor Fay Abrahamsson, one of our newest colleagues.
What do you do at IVHE.com?
I write a variety of articles (blogs) for the IVHE.com website. Each week, I try to find topics related to travel, IVHE.com properties and destinations, and other subjects that will be of interest to IVHE.com members and those preparing for or setting off on an IVHE vacation. I also perform some general editing tasks for the IVHE.com site.
Tell us more about yourself
I’m an award-winning writer and editor who has spent most of her career writing for magazines, newspapers and online news sites. I have covered a variety of topics such as politics, education, environmental issues, crime, human interest, etc. In the past, I had a syndicated column called “In the Kitchen with Fay” that focused on cooking, recipes and entertaining. I believe my love of writing originates from a life-long love of books and reading. I have my mother to thank for all the times she read to me and drove me to our local library so I could pile my book bag to the top with my treasured reads. My favorite genre is fictional crime and mysteries and my favorite authors are Jeffrey Archer, John Grisham, Stuart Woods, James Patterson, Mary Higgins Clark, Sidney Sheldon and Sue Grafton, to name just a few. I especially love books that involve a series of continuing characters. It’s like sitting with an old friend when you read the next book in the series. Audio books are also my favorite. In addition, I formed a neighborhood book club. There are about 10 of us who meet every five weeks at one of our homes where we have a glass of wine, something to eat, and discuss our chosen book. Four years later, we are still going strong! The majority of the books we’ve read are memorable, but the friendships we have formed are priceless.
Where do you call home?
Beautiful and historic Connecticut, USA, is where I reside with my husband and two Labrador Retrievers. We spend most of our free time renovating our house and taming our 3.75 acres of land. I was raised in Massachusetts and have lived in New Hampshire, New York, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia and Georgia.
Are there any properties or destinations that you keep dreaming about?
As some of my fellow IVHE.com colleagues have also noted, Paris is tops on my list. I’ve been to the City of Lights in the past, but the next time I go I want to live more like a Parisian. I think an IVHE.com city apartment is a great idea! I want to shop each day for bread, cheese and wine, and sit on my balcony and people-watch. My husband and I would also love to explore Prague, Venice, Switzerland and The Netherlands. We have travelled to the European countries of England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, France and Sweden; have explored parts of Mexico and Canada, and have traveled a good portion of the USA. While on vacation we love to explore off-the-beaten-path cafes and restaurants, art galleries and antique shops.
Name your favorite activity outside of work.
I enjoy cooking and hosting dinners at my home for friends and family, visiting local farmers’ markets and wineries, reading, and watching marathon TV series such as Downton Abbey, Mad Men, Mr. Selfridge and The Good Wife.
Any comments for our IVHE.com members?
I’d love to hear your suggestions for future articles! Just “comment” on any of the blogs with your ideas for subjects you’d like me to write about. I’d love to hear from you.