3 Weeks Late, But I Saw The World!

Yes, I know.  This post is coming thee weeks late. But I have a really good excuse.  I had an opportunity to speak on a  cruise ship leaving San Juan, Puerto Rico, chugging 3 days to the Canary Islands, up the Eastern side of Spain and on to Rome.  Fun, huh?  All I had to do was seven 1-hour talks.  Dan and I enjoyed the free trip and every stopping place.  And, oh, what great fun.  And such great meals.  And no cooking or dishwashing. Preparing seven presentations, was a bunch of work.   But I always learn 10 times as much as I share, so I figure I learned around 70 hours of new stuff about a whole different part of the world.  How fun is that?

I enjoyed every part of the cruise, the people we met, the things we did,  and all the amazing places we saw.  But I think my favorite was Gibraltar.  What an amazing place! It is home to a unique population. It has gorgeous views and a stunning cave.  And on the Rock of Gibraltar are many caves, the highest of which are home to the Barbary Apes (I’d call them monkeys).  They are way tame and endlessly entertaining.

Legend has it that Britain will rule Gibraltar as long as the monkeys stay. But should the monkeys ever leave, the entire place will revert to Spain.  Well, I don’t think Britain has any worries.  As far as we all could see, those monkeys have not the least intention of going anywhere!

What a great trip!

What a lot of work!

What a funny barrel of monkey!

“Almost everything will work again if  you unplug it for a few minutes, including you!”

~Ann Lamott~


About kaystrom

Kay Marshall Strom, who am I? Well, I’m a traveler, a railer against social injustice, a passionate citizen of the world. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I’m a 21st century abolitionist who speaks out against slavery of all kinds. I am a beach walker and a gardener and the off-key singer of songs. I’m a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend. Most people, though, know me as a writer and a speaker. So here is a bit more about that part of my life: Of my 43 published books, eight have been book club selections, seventeen have been translated into foreign languages, and two have been optioned for movies. My writing credits include numerous magazine articles, books for children, short stories, television scripts and two prize-winning screenplays. Along with my husband Dan, I also have produced a series of booklets for writers. My writing has appeared in a number of volumes including three versions of the NIV Devotional Bible and the devotional book My Heart, Christ’s Home, Through the Year. I love to write, and I love to share about topics close to my heart. I speak at seminars, retreats, writer’s conferences, and special events throughout the country. And because I do enjoy travel, I even speak on cruise ships! More and more my writing and speaking are drawing me to countries and cultures around the world. Because I don’t see how a writer can really reflect another people and land without spending time there, I’ve been trekking through India, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Sudan, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt, tape recorder and camera in hand, to gather stories from the world-wide family of God and to speak on their behalf. I’ve traveled to the hard places of the world to tell “the rest of the story” of our donor dollars at work. Thanks to my “virtual friendship” with 17th century John Newton, slave ship captain turned preacher, I traveled through Ireland with the preview team of the movie Amazing Grace (John wrote the hymn). I recently spoke in Japan and South Korea, and my husband Dan and I taught writing classes in India. And, oh, how thankful I am for every bit of it! I went to West Africa to work on a non-fiction book, but when I toured an old slave fortress off the coast and saw a tiny set of baby manacles bolted to the wall, I was struck dumb. All I could think was: “How could good, God-fearing people ever get to the place where they think that is okay?” From that horror came a story question, and from that question, my foray into fiction: The Grace in Africa trilogy. My seven trips to India led to the Blessings in India fiction trilogy. Come join me as I travel and rail against injustice. Join me as I walk along the beach, or work in the garden, or warble a tune. Be my friend. Maybe you will choose to also be a 21st century abolitionist.
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6 Responses to 3 Weeks Late, But I Saw The World!

  1. B.J. Taylor says:

    Wow! How exciting to travel to such an exotic place…and for the cost of seven 1-hour talks! Kudos on you accepting the offer and having a barrel of monkeys good time. ; o )
    Warm hugs. P4U

  2. Wonderful! Right down to the parting quote.

  3. So happy for you, Kay

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