Good Morning Diego Garcia:
A Journey of Discovery
Journeys, Book 2
by Susan Joyce
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GENRE: travel adventure/memoir
When Susan and Charles receive a letter from Cyprus friends, now in Taiwan, they get a chance to help crew a sailboat from Sri Lanka across the Indian Ocean. They have no clue what to expect. Susan reminds Charles she isn’t a good swimmer. He tells her a life jacket will do the trick, and convinces her it’s the opportunity of a lifetime. A must-do travel adventure. They say goodbye to friends and family in sunny California, fly to New York and on to India, arriving the day the Indian government has issued a state of emergency. And then onto the boat, and into the ocean. In monsoon season. With no charts.
In this true-life travel adventure, Susan keeps a journal and record her bizarre thoughts and telling dreams. A real life thriller, Susan’s monsoon-season journey is about discovery and spiritual realization—one dream at a time.
After the waiter left, Alon turned to me. “What happened at the souk?”
I took a deep breath. “There was an angry mob! They stopped Mia from entering the souk.”
“Because of the way she was dressed?” Alon asked.
“Yes,” I answered. “Indecent dress is against the law.”
“She was wrong,” Alon said, choosing his words carefully. “She should know better, but …”
“It was like she was taunting them,” I said. “Mocking them. Why?”
“She hates anyone telling her what to do,” Alon said.
“No, really, she laughed at them. Dared them to stop her,” I continued.
“Mia looks like an adult,” Alon said, “but you have to think of her as a child.”
“When I heard her scream, I realized she had been hit,” I said.
“They threw rocks at her?” Alon asked.
“And sticks, anything they could scoop up,” I added. “I yelled at her to run back to the boat.”
Alon shook his head in disbelief. “Wow, time to move on.”
“She could have been killed,” I said. “They were seriously pissed off.”
The waiter returned with our drinks and suggested a few new, different dishes from the menu. I smiled, knowing I wanted the same delicious ones I had each and every time we dined here.
“We want our usual,” Charles said.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Good Morning Diego Garcia by Susan Joyce in exchange for an honest review.
What a pleasure to read and review Good Morning Diego Garcia by Susan Joyce.
Good Morning Diego Garcia is listed as a travel adventure/memoir but it was so easy to forget that and lose myself in the magnificence of Susan Joyce’s writing.
Good Morning Diego Garcia is Ms. Joyce’s personal voyage across the Indian Ocean. . .during monsoon season. But more than that, she records the sights, the smells, the tastes, the sounds and the feelings of each step of her journey.
“As the sea stirred my senses, I became the curious, wide open-eyed child again, welcoming the power of magic.
Examining these connections, I realized I had touched on a greater truth; the reality of how I fit into the bigger picture of life. The quieter I became, the more I could see and hear. Was it my imagination? Or was I experiencing a heightened awareness as a result of being in tune with nature. Floating in this immense ocean at eye level, gave me a new appreciation for how massive the universe is, and how small and insignificant a human is by comparison. A small speck in the full spectrum of life on earth.
I had traveled far and wide to find myself; to discover my core. My soul.
I knew with certainty I would stay in touch with the collective unconsciousness in my life from this moment forward.” Susan Joyce (2016-01-06T06:00:00+00:00). Good Morning Diego Garcia (Kindle Locations 1718-1724). Kindle Edition.
My emotions were so engaged in every step of the journey that I didn’t want to, no I couldn’t put this book down. Every step of this journey is burned into my memory as if I’d lived it myself.
I highly recommend Good Morning Diego Garcia by Susan Joyce and I humbly offer five steaming cups of Room With Books coffee in honor of this wonderful voyage.
©February 29, 2016
Born in Los Angeles California, Susan Joyce spent most of her childhood in Tucson, Arizona and returned to LA as a young working woman. Inspired as a child by postcards from her globe-trotting great aunt, Susan left the United States at age 20 to see the world.
She planned on being gone for a year, but ended up living her 20s and 30s in Europe and the Middle East. As a Jill of all trades, she worked as a secretary, freelance writer, taught computer classes, wrote songs, and became an accomplished artist while writing her first children’s book, “Peel, the Extraordinary Elephant.”
An award winning author and editor of children’s books, Susan’s first adult book in her memoir series, “The Lullaby Illusion–A Journey of Awakening” is a travelogue of the politics of Europe, the United States, and Israel during a twelve year ‘roller-coaster’ period of her life and an adventure of survival through friends and sheer determination.
The Lullaby Illusion was awarded
* Readers’ Favorite 5-Stars and the 2014 GOLD Medal Winner, Non-Fiction–Travel in the 2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards.
* Honorable Mention Prize Winner–2014 Stargazer Literary Prizes
Her second memoir, “Good Morning Diego Garcia” is about her adventure from India and across the Indian Ocean in monsoon season in 1975.
Read more about Susan’s life adventures at: http://susanjoycejourneys.com/
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