I can't quite believe that our three month overseas trip will be coming to an end in less than three weeks. It's been inspirational, overwhelming....and kind of icky when you have six people's dirty washing at the bottom of your suitcase..... Four days in Singapore, four weeks in Greece, and now five weeks in Cyprus—I've never had so much time to think, to reflect, or to eat myself silly.
The trip has coincided with the release of my debut book, Contract for Marriage and that's had it own set of fun times and excitement. My first appearance in the online stores, my first five star review, and my first fan letter, have all been amazing experiences. I've done a quick little top ten things I've learned on my travels and I'd love you to count down with me.
|#10 — I've stayed in some amazing places but I still think about home (and kind of wish this was the view from my front door every day).|
#8 —Being without the internet some places gave me nasty withdrawal symptoms. Luckily I could ease them with a walk through the village for a coffee.
#7—I've had some incredible meals in the last couple of months but my mother-in-law still makes the best stuffed vegetables in the world.
#6—Being related to just about everyone in a village makes an evening walk turn into something
#5—There are a billion statues in Greece and Cyprus and I seem to have seen most of them in the past few weeks. This one, "The Cypriot Mother"—dedicated to the mothers who have lost sons in wars for freedom— made me cry
|#4—You don't have to be religious to be moved (and a little overwhelmed) by the rich sense of community and tradition in a village church service you're attending with three generations.|
#3—We've loved the ancient temples and monuments— and the waterparks too!
#2—NOTHING beats a long family lunch in the village.
#1—Seeing my first ever book cover still makes me smile