Reader Elizabeth wanted to know if I’ve ever been to Africa, and if not, do I have any plans to go.
I haven’t, and that makes me want to sob under the bed until someone hands me a ticket to Nairobi. I would have loved to have gone, but as it happened, there were contract snafus with SPEAR and I wasn’t entirely sure I was writing it for awhile. By the time it was official it was too late to go, alas! So, I called in favors from everyone I knew who had been to Africa. They graciously shared their memories and photos with me, and many of the details of their trips as well as historical safaris made it into the book. I also managed a dash down to Florida where the zoological staffs at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Busch Gardens Tampa answered questions and introduced me to their most interesting charges. (I was roared at by a lion and got to feed giraffes and pet a rhino. I’m still not over how awe-inspiring it was. I can only imagine how much more magical it must be to see them in the wild!)
As far as whether I’d go in the future, I would love to! I actually had a very lovely invitation from a reader to go with her the next time she goes over–I can’t manage it any time soon, but it was much appreciated.
How many of you have been to Africa? And is that the most exotic place you’ve traveled?