If Money Was No Issue

If money was no issue and you had an unlimited supply of it, I think most people would live in someplace like a private island or Bora Bora or Utah or somewhere outdoors. You know what I mean? At least everyone I talk to does. Me, on the other hand, is different. I would prefer to live in a high-rise in Manhattan, St Louis or Chicago. Wait, maybe London. My point is, the only outdoor living I want is a screened in balcony. I love the big city life. I like to watch the hustle and bustle of crowds. Yes, your surprised because I am a scarity cat and like to be a loner.  All of that is true. But that’s why I would make sure I am living in a building with awesome security. I also would love to be alone, a lot, I think more than others. But I also want to be close to the people though. Am I crazy?

When I think of a dream vacation, I think of visiting a busy city like BeijingBuenos Aires and LA. Definitely not a safari in Africa or enjoying the views of Ireland. Don’t get me wrong, I want to see everywhere and would NEVER turn down a trip but my preference is urban over rural any day. Seeing a large city skyline is more breathtaking to me than the mountains. The only overseas trip I have been on was to Egypt and Jordan. My cousin, Susie travels a lot. Like one or two big trips a year for probably over the last 20 years. She’s been on every continent and countries I’ve never heard of. After listening to her wild adventures year after year, I expressed my interest to join in. And that I did. The following trip that Susie and her friends took was to Egypt and Jordan. When she told me where we were going I was at first hesitant to join in.  The Middle East and 3rd world countries are not really my style. But wanting desperately to scratch international trip off my wish list, I went.

Warning my friends to watch for my head to going rolling down a street in Cairo on CNN, I said goodbye to America. We first went to Jordan, which I knew nothing about ahead of time. It looked much like Iran but was very rich. Rich meaning full of money. It had class like I assume Morocco does. I loved it! Maybe I loved it because they loved me. Or maybe it was the wealth there. Anyway, we stayed in Amman and we went to Petra. That was the two most memorable places there for me. I, of course, had never heard of Petra. Petra is a historical and archaeological city in Jordan that is famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. Established sometime around the 6th century BC. It is a symbol of Jordan as well as being the most visited tourist attraction in the country.

It lies on the slope of Mount Hor in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Arabah (Wadi Araba), the large valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba. Petra has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. The site remained unknown to the Western world until 1812. UNESCO has described it as “one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage”. Petra was chosen by the Smithsonian Magazine as one of the “28 Places to See Before You Die.” But if you go there, prepare to walk. and walk. and walk some more. I rode a camel, donkey and horse there. And was hit on by more men there then maybe I was 5 years combined in the US. It was my blond hair.

After traveling all over Jordan, we flew to Egypt. Not so much as nice as Jordan. Its poor and dirty. No one cared that I had blond hair. But we saw so much. I never in a million years thought I would go up in a pyramid or take a cruise down the Nile. This was a once in a lifetime trip and probably the most memorable two weeks of my life. I loved the whole trip!

If I was loaded I would travel the world, city and countryside. And I would drag my daughter to see all the exciting places I have already seen like the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, downtown Cairo, Beverly Hills and the Maine Coastline. And also all the places I haven’t. Slowly but surely, my broke behind has drug her to the places that I could and that is to St Louis, Times Square, The Mall of America in Minnesota, San Antonio and Orlando. Besides traveling the only other thing I have fantasized over is a secure paid for place to live. I never cared for jewelry, clothes, cars, boats or other toys. If only money was no issue….



  1. Susie

    That was a great blog about our amazing trip! A trip made even better because you came along with me! I loved the story but you were incorrect about one thing….you were “hit on” in Egypt, as well…even flirted your way to getting a free (legit!) massage! Start saving so we can travel the world together, cuz!


    • Oh, you are right. I forgot about the flirting I received on the Cruise and at the Mosaic place. Gosh, I loved that trip. And I love you Susie Q…


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