Yeah, poor me. I’ve escaped from Downeast Maine ice storms, snow piled so high I couldn’t open my garage door. Thirty years ago I was a commercial for Mt. Desert Island — expounding on its beauty to anyone who would listen.
But here I am in sunny Tucson, although it’s been pretty cloudy this past week. Maybe that’s why I feel that February restlessness, cabin fever as we New Englanders call it. Maybe it’s because yesterday was a year that I returned from Istanbul, the first time in my long life I ever traveled to another country alone. Adventure, intrigue, money well spent!
Maybe I’m restless because my writing group’s important, very satisfying project is complete. “A Certain Slant of Light. Emerging from the Shadows of Mental Illness” was published by Our Place Clubhouse on Jan. 17 (order at ourplaceclubhouse.org). Our book launch that night was spectacular. More than 200 people showed up. Ethan was there too!
This morning I went to Antigone Books and persuaded them to place copies of our book on their recommended table at the front of the store. That felt good.
I went to Zumba this morning. In the locker room two women were talking about “the last time I was in Bangkok” and “did you go to the Phnom Penh museum?” One admitted she had to return two years later to see the golden Buddha.
Island-hopping in Greece has been on my mind, to the point of considering a trip with three Tucson women friends. Missed that opportunity, not that I can afford it. No big travel plans ahead.
I was so looking forward to the recently engaged Ethan and Steph’s visit last month. We hiked. We talked. We ate. We drank. Then they were gone and I was sad. We’ll be going to Minneapolis in late August for their engagement party.
So I made the plane reservations for my annual trip to Southwest Harbor. I’ll be stopping in Austin on my way to see Ethan and Steph. Never been there before. How lucky I am. Vacation, life by the sea, family and old friends!
Southeast Asia isn’t high on my list of places to go but I’ve been enjoying following the itinerary of my old friend/colleague Susan and her husband, Hector. Clearly they’re on the 2 1/2 month trip of a lifetime, but they’re adventurous enough to go for another. Isn’t this amazing?
SUSAN & HECTOR’S TRIP ITINERARY:
1/6 – Concord Trailways bus to Boston; overnight in Boston
1/7– British Air flight from Logan to London Heathrow
1/8- arrive London 5:55 AM; overnight in London
1/9– mid-morning transfer from London to Southampton; 6 PM sailing on MS Rotterdam
1-10 & 1/11 – at sea
1/12 – Lisbon, Portugal
1/13 – Gibraltar
1/14 – Malaga, Spain (Malaga to Granada for full-day tour of Alhambra)
1/15 & 1/16 – at sea
1/17 – Valletta, Malta
1/18 – at sea
1/19 – Kusadasi, Turkey (full-day tour of Ephesus ruins with lunch in mountain town)
1/20 – Piraeus (Athens), Greece; disembark ship; fly to Heraklion, Crete to meet Lina & her family; overnight in Heraklion hotel
1/21 – tour Crete with Lina; reboard ship at 5 PM
1/22 – at sea
1/23 – Suez Canal transit
1/24 – 1/27 – at sea
1/28 – Salalah, Oman (full-day tour)
1/29 – at sea
1/30 & 1/31 – Muscat, Oman
2/1 & 2/2 – at sea
2/3 & 2/4 – Mumbai, India 2/5 – Mormugao (Goa), India 2/6 – at sea 2/7 – Colombo, Sri Lanka 2/8, 2/9 & 2/10 – at sea 2/11 – Phuket, Thailand 2/12 – Penang (Pulau Pinang), Malaysia 2/13 – Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia 2/14 – Singapore (disembark ship; end of 37-day cruise) 2/14 – 2/16 – Singapore hotel 2/16 – fly to Bangkok, 5:25 PM 2/16 – 2/18 – Bangkok
2/18 – fly to Hanoi, 2:45 PM
2/18 – 2/19 – Hanoi, Vietnam
2/20 – Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
2/21 – 2/24 – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 2/24 – 3/3 – Mekong River cruise on 24-passenger ship (sleep on ship with shore tours during day)
Feb. 25: Cai Be–Sa DecFeb. 26: Chau Doc–Cambodian Border CrossingFeb. 27: Phnom PenhFeb. 28: Phnom Penh–Prek Bang Kong, CambodiaMarch 1: Wat Hanchey–Angkor BanMarch 2: Prek Dam–Konpong Louang–Kampong TralachMarch 3: Siem Reap (Disembarkation)
3/3-3/5 – Siem Reap hotel
3/5 – 3/8 – fly to Laos; spend 3 days in Luang Prabang, Laos
3/8 – fly to Bangkok
3/8 – 3/11 – Bangkok
3/11 – 3/14 – open days in Thailand (no plans yet)
3/14 – fly from Bangkok to Tokyo
3/14 – 3/15 – Tokyo
3/16 – fly to Boston
3/17 – return to Southwest HarborOh Susan, please have a slide show this summer!Meanwhile, I dream of bicycling around the lavender fields of Provence in June 2015. But I can’t wait that long.