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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Anniversary Blog Fest: Mona Risk

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My ideal vacation is a week at the beach with nothing else to do but walk on the sand, swim in the ocean, and read a good book after lunch. I’ve managed to realize this simple dream for years. But my husband’s idea of fun is to roam the world and discover new places. We’ve had several memorable trips to exotic places.

When my husband sold—on behalf of his company—the engine for the jumbo jet bought by the Government of Seychelles, he had to participate in the delivery mission. I was invited to go along on the brand new plane and had a fantastic vacation in a unique area I would probably never visit again.

On D-Day we flew to Seattle and went straight to the manufacturer site. The security was incredible. We were escorted to a huge warehouse where the shining aircraft awaited us. We took pictures and settled in first class for a champagne drink to celebrate the maiden voyage of Air Seychelles new plane.

We were only ten official people traveling all the way to the Seychelles. In addition to the crew, pilots, stewards and stewardesses who pampered us during the two-day voyage, the plane was transporting a choir of thirty children from Kenya. They had come to sing in the US and collect donations for charities in their country. They entertained us with lovely native songs for half an hour before takeoff.

The plane flew from Seattle to Goose Bay in Labrador, Canada, the closest airport to Greenland and the Arctic Ocean. When the plane landed to refuel, we were allowed to step out of the aircraft for a few minutes, all bundled up, and we received a certificate of Recognition for visiting one the coldest points on the globe.

After dinner, I changed my business suit to comfortable sweat pants. We spread out into the economy class, each lying on the whole length of three seats to sleep. I woke up when the plane stopped in Madrid, Spain, at eight in the morning, had breakfast, and changed again into pants and a sweater. A bus took us to the downtown, gave us a tour of the city, and brought us back at three in the afternoon. By then I was getting used to living in a plane and changed to my sweat pants for dinner and sleep.

Six hours later, we stopped in Kenya. A whole delegation, including the Minister of Tourism was there to receive us with fanfare and music. I changed again into a dressy outfit appropriate to the occasion and the heat. This time the choral of children left the plane too. We spent an hour at the airport of Nairobi in an official reception hall. Servers passed around drinks and sweets. The Minister of Tourism escorted us to a terrace from where he showed us the mountains of Kilimanjaro and invited us to come back for a safari.

Four hours later we landed in the Seychelles. I will never forget the reception that welcomed us at the airport of Victoria, capital of Seychelles, as the President of Seychelles, himself waited for us at the bottom of the aircraft steps and shook hands with each one of us, including me!

We spent three days and visited four islands during this trip.

Mahé, home of the capital Victoria and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Cousin, where I was eaten alive by ferocious mosquitoes.

La Digue, known for its beaches with thin golden sand and granite rocks, giant turtles, and huge coconuts. One fell from a palm tree on my arm and probably broke a bone, but I didn’t complain, and I refused to see a doctor, although my arm swelled and hurt for the duration of the trip. Back home I couldn’t wait to have it in a cast.

Pralin hides a rain forest called La Vallée de Mai where the tallest palm trees in the world bear female and male fruits similar to female and male sexual organs. A chapter of my paranormal fantasy, OSIRIS’ MISSING PART is set in the Vallée de Mai.

This was a short vacation that I will never forget as long as I live. Other special vacations have inspired more books.


SAILING WITH YOU A story set in Greece


RIGHT NAME, WRONG MAN A story set in France.



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31 comments:

MomJane said...

What a great vacation trip. i would love to travel that way and see so many places.

Mona Risk said...

Hi MomJane, it was fun for years, then I got tired. Now-a-day, I say God Bless America, everytime I return home.

Lisa said...

Hi Mona,
different country book you are writing sound interesting. Love your idea walk along the beach.
Thank you!
Lisa
goosebooth @yahoo.com

Carol M said...

That sounds like a wonderful vacation!

katsrus said...

What an awesome trip. You got to see so many things in one trip. I would never forget that kind of trip also. Think my favorite part would of been the children singing.
Sue B
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Ingeborg said...

I love vacations at the beach. It is so relaxing to walk along the beach and listen to the waves.
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LisaRayns said...

I would love a trip like that. I'd take thousands of pictures.

Mona Risk said...

Hi Lisa, when you travel you meet different people and cultures, and experience special adventures. It's fun to set books in different countries. I also have two books set in Russia, To Love A Hero, and Rx in Russian. And another book set in France, French Peril. In each foreign setting, I have the heroine live some of my adventures.

Mona Risk said...

Hi Carol, it was a special trip and a unique unforgettable experience.

Mona Risk said...

Hi Katsrus, the children were adorable, all dressed in their national costumes. They were about twenty, but so well behaved, with only one chaperone. We hardly heard them, except when we asked them to sing for us. So cute.

Mona Risk said...

Hi Ingeborg, if you like vacations on the beach, you will particularly enjoy Sailing with You that will take you to the beaches of Mikonos Island, and Neighbors and More that is set on the Fort Lauderdale beach.

Mona Risk said...

Hi LisaRayns, I took an incredible amount of pictures showing the President shaking hands, the giant turtles, the granite rocks, and the amazing nut, Coco de Mer that looks like a woman butt.

Judy said...

Mona, you've had so many interesting experiences! I love how you weave them and different places into your stories. Thanks for an interesting blog...

Karen H in NC said...

What a fantastic trip and the opportunity of a lifetime. Living on a jet plane for 3-4 days must have been a wonderful experience. But I notice you didn't mention anything about the return trip. How much of an utter letdown was that?

kareninnc at gmail dot com

Mona Risk said...

Hu Judy I'm glad you enjoy my books and the little stories I weave in them.

Mona Risk said...

Hi Karen, the return? You really want to hear about it, LOL? We had to pay for it, and it was very, very expensive. We were in economy, shoved at the very end, near the toilets for 11 hours, with a stop of 2h at the very busy Gatwitk Airport in London, and then 7-8h to NY. My arm was in terrible pain and my back was killing me. Any wonder I don't mention the return!!!

Toni said...

What a once in a lifetime experience. Thank you for sharing with us!! I love how you incorporated vacations spots in your books. I think it would be a great way to capture the magic.

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Angela Adams said...

Great post, Mona! When it comes to vacations, the beach and a book work fine for me.

Mona Risk said...

Oops, that was supposed to be Hi, Judy. Sorry.

Mona Risk said...

Hi Toni, it's funny how the idea of a new story sprout in my mind while I visit a new place.

Mona Risk said...

Good to see you here, Angela. For me too, give me a beach and a book, and I'm a happy fish in the water.

Mary Ricksen said...

Mona you've had such an exciting life and been to so many wonderful places! Even without your husband! Kudos to a world traveler who brings the world to the rest of us...

Debby said...

thank you so much for sharing your trip. It is something you will never forget and can never do again.
Debby236 at gmail dot com

Debra St. John said...

What am amazing adventure! Now that's something you'll remember for a lifetime.

Mona Risk said...

Hi Mary, I'm so glad my books give you an armchair trip around the world.

Mona Risk said...

Hi Debbie, I am so glad you enjoyed this post.

Mona Risk said...

Hi Debra, as you said, this was the trip of a lifetime.

Lynn Cahoon said...

Your trip sounds delightful. #vacationenvy.

Morgan Mandel said...

Right now I'm sitting in the shade in my backyard and my dog, Rascal, is laying in the sun. I used to be a sun worshiper, but now I just prefer to feel comfortable. I'm getting old!

Morgan Mandel
http;//morganmandel.blogspot.com

Mona Risk said...

Hi Lynn, it was unique!

Mona Risk said...

Morgan I know the feeling. I too like to sit, relax, and enjoy the sun. But I can sit still for long, and HAVE to do something.