“Adoption search— planes, trains and gondolas!”

Judith Land | Adoption Detective | Venice | Italy

Travel expands our knowledge and stimulates our thinking. When I discovered my ancestors originated from Italy I felt compelled to visit the country. I was enthralled and charmed by its history, culture, architecture, arts and food. I especially enjoyed the uniqueness of Venice with no cars, only boats and gondolas, and 159 churches.

Destination unknown—adoptees searching for clues to their ancestry may be compelled to travel down unfamiliar paths leading to far corners of the world; a participant in an expedition of their own choosing across unfamiliar continents, countries, cultures, languages and time. Seekers of the truth wishing to know something about their roots and reconnect with their lost ancestors may have to travel great distances and endure many forms of transportation. When no other alternatives exist they may be forced to ride on a camel, a gondola or ricksha. Their journey may be filled with suspense and drama. Along the way they may encounter unforgettable characters. Their search may require them to solve locked door mysteries. When red herrings mislead or detract them from the actual or otherwise important issues, they may have to solve perplexing puzzles by developing indomitable sleuthing skills. Unable to find an appropriate four-star hotel, they may be forced to rely on meticulous planning and ingenious spontaneity.

Without knowledge of local customs, language and culture adoptees may be greatly inspired and entertained by the ingeniousness of David Niven in the movie “Around the World in 80 Days” and forewarned about the perils of travel by the slapstick improvisation of Steve Martin and John Candy in the movie “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”.

Most adoptees originating from exotic places and far corners of the globe were brought to this country by individuals with good intentions with the idea of giving them a better life. It is natural for some animals to fly or swim great distances to reconnect with their place of origin—based on a primal instinct that is hardwired into their DNA. Perhaps, some humans feel the same way. I do not challenge the intuition of adoptees like myself who feel compelled to embark on an epic journey to reconnect with their ancestors and innate cultural heritage. I wish everyone who has this powerful spellbinding internal desire Godspeed. May all of your journeys and experiences be fulfilling and positive.

Judith Land, Author & Adoptee



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About Judith Land

Judith Land lives in Colorado and Arizona with husband and coauthor Martin Land. Judith is a former nurse, retail shop owner, college instructor and avid outdoor person. Her book "Adoption Detective: Memoir of an Adopted Child" is a true story detailing the journey of Judith Romano, foster child and adoptee, as she discovers fragments of her background, and then sets out to solve the mystery as an adult. She has reached readers in 192 countries. "Mothers and fathers everywhere in the world need to understand that children are forever and always." --Judith Land
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