Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Travels to Ancient Lands

This week I'll be traveling to Santa Fe, New Mexico for a mystery conference, Left Coast Crime. Santa Fe is a beautiful city and a wonderful example of Spanish Colonial architecture in our southwestern United States. Lots of history there. If you've never been, think about going. I was last in Santa Fe in the Fall of 2004, so I'm really looking forward to joining other writer friends and reader friends for several days of enjoying yummy New Mexico cuisine and stunning scenery.


My daughter, Melissa, will be making a trip this April, but she'll be traveling a lot farther. As I've mentioned before, Melissa lives and works in Manhattan, and she usually travels around the time of her birthday in May. She's been to several countries in Europe, Ireland, England, Greece and the isle of Io, Turkey, and Costa Rica, as well as Mexico. This year, Melissa had the opportunity to travel for a bit longer during the month of April. And this time, she chose an entirely different itinerary. She's traveling to the Middle East, specifically Egypt, Israel, and Jordan.


Needless to say, as her mom, I was concerned about this trip even before the explosive events that shook Egypt last month. Melissa had just bought her airline tickets two days before Egypt exploded in revolution. I thought for sure that her travel plans would be cancelled. But, the situation has calmed a great deal, and the intrepid travelers of the world, like Melissa, are on the road again. The US Government has issued a travel warning for Egypt, but not a ban.


Am I concerned? Of course, I am. I'm her mom. And once a mom, always a mom. No matter how old your kids get, you worry. It comes with the "Mom Territory." But---Melissa has always been a savvy traveler, and she's been on many different travel sites and blogs, touching base with other travelers who will be in Egypt, Israel, and Jordan when she is. Since her visit deliberately covers the weeks preceding Easter, I'm fairly certain there will be a LOT of visitors to the Holy Lands. These areas are prime tourist destinations, so that makes me feel a lot better. Tourists are a needed economic resource for every country.



Melissa will also be posting to a blog about her daily travel adventures. That way, all of us in the family can keep track of her whereabouts. And, so can others. Once she's decided which blogsite she will post to, I'll alert all of the Cozy Chicks bloggers and readers to the website address. That way, you can help me (aka Mother Hen) keep track of her wandering chick.

13 comments:

Linda said...

A friend of mine just returned from Israel. She had a great time and tells me that all's calm. But I worried all last week when she was there.

Tonya Kappes said...

Maggie, I don't blame you. I'd be playing the "mom territory" card too.

~ Babs ~ said...

I would be playing the mom territory as well Maggie. I always tell the kids no matter how old you get I am still your mom :). I will be looking for your post. I would love to see what Melissa is seeing and doing.

ev said...

Mine's 3000 miles away on the West Coast and I always do the mom worry thing. It's part of our DNA. When she starts traveling, I know the gray hairs will finally kick in.

I'd love to know what blogs she connects to others with. They might help out here too.

signlady217 said...

I've been married 25 years, and my mom still cries at the end of a visit! And yeah, she still says all the "mom" stuff!

Hope Melissa has a safe, wonderful trip! (I'm jealous!)

Barbara said...

I'm more envious of your trip to Santa Fe. I recently read Bone Walker which was set there in both ancient times and present day. I'd love to see the sights there.

Aurian said...

Well, she certainly choose three unstable lands to visit! So I totally agree with your worrying about her. I do hope she will be allright and has the time of her life.

I would love to visit Santa Fé and other places my fav cozies play.

Maggie Sefton said...

Linda---I'm not worried about the trip to Israel, just the other countries where revolutions have already occurred or may be. Boy, we certainly live in "interesting times." I think that's a Chinese curse or something.

Maggie Sefton said...

Tonya & Babs---Thanks for your support. We Mom's worry. Can't help it.

Maggie Sefton said...

ev---That's when you go to the hairdresser and ask her to cover it up. :)

signlady---It doesn't matter how old we get. My mom is 91 and she still worries about me. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Barbara---Oh, you should definitely treat yourself, then. Southwest flies into Albuquerque & there are shuttles back & forth from airport to Santa Fe every hour. And back to airport. ARe you close enough to drive?

Maggie Sefton said...

Aurian---Thanks for understanding my concern. And you, too, should plan a trip to Santa Fe. You can also land in Albuquerque, rent a car, and drive there cheaply. 70 min away. And cheaper hotels are away from the center of the historic Old Colonial Plaza. Check it out.

Dave Chaudoir said...

I am sure she'll have a great time. Ive been traveling in the Middle East for o er a decade, have bee. To Jordan dozens of times, and currently live in the UAE. From what I hear from my friends in Egypt all is returning to normal. Caution is needed when traveling anywhere outside of your home turf but I am sure she'll have a lifetime of great memories and stories from this trip. You should go with her. :)