What travel means to you?
Travelling takes us out of our comfort zones and inspires us to check, taste and try new things. It constantly challenges us, not only to adapt to and explore new surroundings, but also to engage with different humans, to embrace new things as they come and to share new and relevant experiences with best friends and loved ones.
Of Good Morning Diego Garcia: A Voyage of Discovery (Travels – Book 2)the talented author Susan Joyce talks about her further memoir, in which she began The Lullaby Illusion: A Journey of Awakening (Journeys – Volume 1). The result is a fascinating book, combining the genres of memoirs and travel books, detailing the author’s further adventures when she and her husband, Charles, are invited by friends to travel in a yacht they are breaking into. are on his maiden voyage, and they travel to many exotic locations. As in the first book, the author undergoes an internal journey of self-discovery, experiencing the journey of a lifetime in places many people only dream of.
Good morning Diego Garcia begins with the narrator and Charles back in Ojai, California, after spending a tumultuous time in Cyprus, experiencing the coup d’état and war of 1974. The couple moves into a house they’ve rented while Charles waits at his old job to call him back and let him know there’s work available for him. They don’t seem to care much about financial matters as Charles has money in at least a few bank accounts to make ends meet.
A memorable letter arrives, changing the life of the narrator and her husband forever. The letter is from friends of theirs, Mia and Dylan, who are currently in Taiwan. Their friends are also the friends of a Swedish millionaire, who owns several yachts and bought a new one. The Swedish millionaire always has the yachts run down on their first voyages before he travels on them, and Mia and Dylan invite the narrator and Charles on the journey to “help crew the yacht from Trincormalee, Sri Lanka to the Seychelles. All the way across the Indian Ocean and further north through the Suez Canal.”
They made plans to meet Dylan and Mia in the port city of Trincomalee on the east coast of Sri Lanka. The name of the yacht they traveled on was ZoZo.
Just getting to where the narrator and Charles eventually met Dylan and Mia was an adventure in itself. They travel to Bombay, where Charles scores some hashish, and stay in beautiful 5-star hotels, seeing the great disparity between rich and poor in Bombay and India, if they have a hotel near the Taj Mahal.
The narrator notes in several places in Good Morning Diego Garcia that she kept a diary of her travels. She must have been thorough, as the descriptions of the people they meet and the sights they see are beautifully written, making the narrator’s adventures very real to readers of her books.
Although the narrator and her husband have never crewed a yacht, they are initially excited about the prospect of traveling on a yacht to various destinations around the Indian Ocean. However, they discover that the journey will take place during the monsoon season and their journey will not be as pleasant as they expected.
Along with their travels, the narrator tells of her fascination with Edgar Cayce’s books, and the importance of dreams to him and herself. She also asks philosophical questions, for example occasionally wondering why cows are considered sacred in India but not humans.
That’s all before they meet Dylan and Mia, and embark on a journey that will take them to destinations such as the Seychelles and Diego Garcia Island, a volcanic atoll in the Indian Ocean that is the largest of the 60 small islands that make up the Chagos Islands. archipelago, before finally returning to India and then on to Brussels, Belgium in 1976.
Good Morning Diego Garcia: A Voyage of Discovery (Travels – Book 2), is an extremely well-written account of the narrator’s journeys to exotic places, as well as a story of her emotional and spiritual growth as a person. It is a must read for anyone who enjoys reading compelling and engaging travel memoirs, and especially for fans of the author’s first book in the series, The Lullaby Illusion: A Journey of Awakening (Journeys – Volume 1).
Why is travel good for you?
Trip relieves stress and boosts happy hormone
Travelling has the ability to take you out of stress and into new surroundings and adventur and this can reset your physics and calm your mind. Even planning a adventure can have an fantastic effect on the body – it boosts happiness and feels joyful.