2018 was a quiet year, thanks to Rich’s heart surgery last January. Our one big trip of 2018 was to Alaska and British Columbia. We took in some new places, like Independence Mine (AK), Carcross (YT) and Victoria (BC), but also revisited some of the locations that feature in the upcoming Jaspa’s Journey 4: The Hermit of Kennecott.
By contrast, 2019 got off to a good start with a long weekend to New York City in February. We managed to get a few more things ticked off our list, including Ellis Island, the USS Intrepid, One World Trade Center (a.k.a. The Freedom Tower), and the 9/11 Museum.
Then in March and April we got really serious, when we finally embarked upon our first true journey through Asia!
After a couple of days in Abu Dhabi we joined our cruise ship. From there it was on to Dubai and Muscat before crossing the Arabian Sea to India, where we called in at Mumbai, Goa and Kochi.
We spent Rich’s 50th birthday in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It was a marvellous, friendly and peaceful day (Rich was even greeted with balloons!), which made the terrible events of less than four weeks later all the more shocking.
Following one more port of call in Phuket, we finished with a few sweat-soaked days in Singapore.
Along the way we embraced new landscapes and cultures. We experienced ultra modern cities and timeless historical places. We immersed ourselves in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of no less than six new countries: United Arab Emirates, Oman, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Singapore. It truly was a Journey of a lifetime!
Visit the Travel section, my Gallery and also my blog, Jaspa's Journal, to learn more.
First and foremost, Rich and I are busy editing the upcoming Jaspa’s Journey 4: The Hermit of Kennecott and writing Jaspa’s Journey 5: The Ses Collector of Venice.
In the meantime, Rich is criss-crossing Ontario doing book signing events and school visits.
He loves meeting new people and introducing them to Jaspa’s Journey. It’s particularly special when existing fans stop by to say ‘Hi’, or pick up a copy of The Pride of London or Jaspa’s Waterloo.
And he loves doing school visits... So teachers, drop us an email and arrange your author visit today!
With Jaspa’s Journey 3: Jaspa’s Waterloo now available, this is the perfect time to join Rich at an event near you. Check out my Meet The Author page for dates and locations, and come and get your signed copies of all three of the current Jaspa’s Journey adventures!
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Our plans for 2018 might have had to be toned down, but 2019 is shaping up to be a classic!
Ahead of us we still have what’s becoming our annual visit to the Indy 500 in May. And at the end of June there’s a chance of a return to the States, perhaps Southern California.
In the autumn we’ll be back onboard a ship (our first time doing two cruises in a single year), sailing from Venice (Hooray!) to the Greek Islands and Croatia.
With a bit of luck, Christmas time will see us back in the UK for the first time in a couple of years.
And hopefully that’s just the beginning!
In between, I’ll be jetting all over Ontario with Rich, doing more book signings, of course! Check out my Meet The Author page for dates, locations, and more information.