A big part of the fun in my work is inspiring others to share their love of travel. I get lots of digital scrapbooks, amateur videos, and self-published travel books to review, and last week I received one I think you might enjoy. Sahal Farah, a 19-year-old college student living in Los Angeles, grew up watching my TV show with his family. Here's what he wrote:
Dear Mr. Steves, My family and I have been massive fans of your show since we were old enough to watch television. My little brother Leeban, age 15, was asked by his French teacher to make a short and simple travel video when she heard that we would be going to Paris over the summer of 2012. We travel a lot as a family (especially Europe) and after watching your show for all these years we were actually excited to make it! After countless hours to get it just right, we finally got it done and the teacher was completely bewildered with how intricate and professional it was. She's now showing it to her students for every new year. Anyway, my mom said that since the video we made was inspired by your show that we should send it to you. I'd love to hear what you think about it! If you enjoy it, I'd love it if you could give us a shout out on Facebook or Twitter! Thank you so much Rick and keep on traveling! -Sahal Farah
Here's what I wrote back:
Dear Sahal and Leeban, You guys are great. Thanks for letting us enjoy a little bit of Paris through your young and insightful eyes. Best wishes and happy future travels (and video production, I hope)! -Rick
Here's the video. Enjoy!