Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Where in the World Is Melissa. . .aka Cha Cha?





--or-- Melissa's Big Middle East Tour 2011


Hey, everyone---You may remember my post last month when I talked about my daughter Melissa's plans to visit Egypt, Israel, and Jordan this April---unescorted and on her own, which is Melissa's preferred mode of international travel. Well. . .it's April. . .and Melissa leaves for her trip this Wednesday evening, April 13th.


She's starting a travel blog where she will post daily on her adventures, starting this Thursday, April 14th. The posts should show up around noon or 1:00pm ET, since there's a several hour time difference between that area of the Middle East and the U.S. Here's the link to her blog:

http://melissasbigmiddleeasttour2011.blogspot.com/


Melissa's a very savvy traveler and always checks the travel blogs and websites for chatter from other travelers who have visited and plan to visit the same cities she will. She's promised me she will meet up with some of these travelers and join together for some sightseeing excursions. She's already learned that the Cairo metro has a train that goes out to the popular tourist destination of Giza.


And, as an example of what a small world it is, she told me today that she visited her older sister Christine in Northern Virginia this past weekend. While there, Christine discovered that one of her next door neighbors had family in Cairo. This lovely woman immediately contacted her relatives who plan to meet Melissa when she arrives in Cairo. Isn't that a wonderful example of hospitality? As a Mother Hen Mom, I'm delighted to hear that Melissa will actually have a "local" contact while in Egypt. It truly is a small world with kind, wonderful people around every corner.


*** Regarding my contest for Appetizers: Results will be posted on next Tuesday's blog post, since I'm still accepting appetizer entries through today, Tuesday, April 12th, until midnight. ***

12 comments:

Dru said...

Looking forward to reading Melissa's adventures.

Tonya Kappes said...

Very cool! The road seems to be really working out for her. I can't wait to take the journey on her blog with her.

Anonymous said...

I'll be following along. I think this sounds like a great trip and look forward to reading what Melissa has to say. :-)

Mary Jane Maffini said...

What a great adventure for Melissa! Looking forward to more.

Barbara said...

I'm going to follow her trip green with envy.

Maggie Sefton said...

Thanks, Dru, Tonya, Kay, Mary Jane, & Barbara---it sounds like a great trip and I'm excited for her. I'll be checking those daily posts along with all of you.

She told me yesterday that she's bought a BIG sun hat with floppy brim. In fact, she'll post a photo at the beginning of her blog. Other travelers have told Melissa that there is NO shade to be found, and the sun is relentless. For those of us with fair, easy-to-sunburn skin, we have to be extra careful. All hail, sunscreen!

Linda McDonald said...

It will be fun to follow along with Melissa's travels. Thanks for sharing the blog with us. And how great to have a local contact for her to visit in Egypt. You're right...the world really is a small place.

Aurian said...

I am glad your daughter will have some contacts there already. I'll keep her in my thoughts, so she will come home safe and sound, and that she will have enjoyed herself very much.

ev said...

I can't wait to read her adventures either. She is going to have a grand time. When I drove out to CA from NY, I did it alone and had a blast. I told my husband I was going to do that more often.

I have a friend, a writer, who keeps an eye on The Spawn for me out in Hollyweird. Even taking her to the ER when needed or letting her do laundry at his place.

It does make it so much easier when you know there is someone on the other end.

StitchenTigger said...

Can't wait to read her blog. There are so many extraordinary things for her to see and experience.

Maggie Sefton said...

Linda & Aurian---Thank you for your good wishes. I'm thinking positive and picturing Melissa having a great time while being totally safe.

Maggie Sefton said...

ev---"The Spawn" --- I love it! Does "The Spawn" know "it" has a nickname. --eg--

Stitchen Tigger--I agree---there are SO many things she'll see only there. Nowhere else. And what exactly is a "Stitchen Tigger" ? Any relation to Tigger in Winnie the Pooh?