Many of us got out a little more in 2022 relative to the two previous years. We returned to old haunts and visited new places. I have to admit, a particular setting can make me quite emotional, whether I am soaked in happy memories by the familiar, stirred by the beauty of nature, or stimulated by the sights and sounds of the city.
Wickeds, was there somewhere you went this year, a familiar place or a new one? Tell me about ONE place that you’re grateful you got to visit in 2022 and why.
Edith/Maddie: Attending Malice Domestic IN PERSON in North Bethesda, Maryland was huge, but that was for the people, not the place. For me the best place was my visit to northern California last month. I always feel I can breathe better when I’m back in my home state. I’ve been visiting my aunt and uncle’s second home in the Alexander Valley since I was in college. Much was new to me about the area, and so much was familiar. I’m grateful to the extreme.
Liz: Would you be sick of me saying my beach? Technically it’s not a visit because I moved here, but since it was a big move, I didn’t do a lot of visiting other places. But I’m so grateful to live here and be able to walk on the beach every day and watch the dogs play. It is definitely a mood booster every single day.
Julie: One place? I’m going to go for a non-writing related place, though I was happy to go to Left Coast Crime, Bouchercon and Malice Domestic this year. The one place I was thrilled to go was Italy. I went on a writing retreat in Tuscany, which was more beautiful than pictures. Food, wine, new friends, adventures, creativity engaged–I’m so glad I decided to go. Though it’s still stressful to travel, I’d forgotten how good it is for my soul.
Jessie: Like Liz, my happy, grateful place is almost always the beach. Last year I spent almost no time in Old Orchard so it was with much glee I returned this summer and fall. I can never get enough of the salt air, the rolling waves, and the bracing breeze! For me, a perfect day revolves around a walk on the beach and a session spent writing!
Barb: This is a tough one–and I asked the question! In 2022 I was grateful to be going anywhere. But on reflection, I’m most grateful the week Bill and I spent in Edinburgh. For me it was a return. I’d been twice before for work, seeing a lot of windowless conference rooms and auditoriums. It was the first time for Bill. It reminded us that we love cities, we love museums and galleries, castles and palaces, winding streets and formal gardens. It felt so good to be traveling again.
Sherry: I’m grateful for the winery my daughter works at. We can go at there, meet friends outside, have a meal, see our daughter, and enjoy the beautiful views. And we can do it in relative safety.
Readers: Did you go anywhere special–a return or a new place–in 2022?