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I worked as a travel agent for Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL), the family company, and I really loved my work. I studied at a major airline company and, at the same time, began to learn hotel and restaurant management. But I did not complete my studies. I felt that the teachers did not know what they were talking about, and that the business content I grew up with and was immersed in at home was richer than what I received from my studies. The real school was at home.

I wanted to learn how all of the departments in the company operated, so I worked in reservations, t icket ing, sales, and as a buyer for a chain of onboard stores that were still owned by Carnival at the time.

When I no longer wanted to work in the family business, I lef t and began t o work at a ver y large agency in Miami as a travel agent for local businesspeople.

When my children were born, I left work because it was important for me to devote myself to raising them. But after eight years of full-time motherhood, I began to feel a strong desire and obligation to

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