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Cryer found that much of the world lives in tropical villages of great poverty, and saw that corporate, and even government help was utterly insufficient. He dared to dream that one person with a modest amount of funds, could go into almost any small village and effect a dramatic change. He had a vision of a one-three month model that could be followed by students, teachers, or almost anyone with more than the customary two week vacation. He believes that charity is most addicting and fulfilling when you give directly to persons in a program of your own design. The book spans decades and documents successes and failures in Yucatan, Haiti and India.
"e;Digging-Deep"e; is an excavation of the archaeological site called "e;John Sabol"e;. It is an unearthing of the author's memory of experiences ofpast presences that cuts across space, time, and culture. Water, mining operations, dust and dirt, dogs and wolves, and ghosts are seen as important features that are re-covered from these memory excavations. Some of the re-called practices that are unearthed include an alternative remembrance of "e;trick or treat"e;, the multiple symmetrical worlds of history, myth, and ghosts in Winchester, England, the haunting nature of archaeological excavations and field surveys, the actor's encounters with more than a filmed "e;death scene"e;, and a search for a legendary monster in Arkansas. All of these memories are perceived as symetrically-interrelated though they originate in different places. They are viewed as a form of "e;theatrical ghosting"e;, a resonating element that unfolds time, as events and activities are framed by their contemporary significance in the author's life. In this process of excavation, a re-curring haunting drama manifests in the life of this archaeologist, who also happens to be a cultural anthropologist, actor, and "e;ghost excavator"e;.
Traveling with Skeptics is the much anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed book, Traveling with Philosophes. However, due to the authors honest and straightforward portrayal of the people of France, he has incurred the wrath and condemnation of the French literary and intellectual establishment, with many persons voicing harsh opinions as regards this unique and insightful work. Insignificant writers cannot be crushed, they lie too flat beneath the foot. Honore de Balzac The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe. Clearly, this most presumptuous writer believes in nothing. Gustave Flaubert Since a person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance, this writer must be the happiest man in the world. Anatole France As soon as he ceased to be mad he became merely stupid. As soon as he ceased to be stupid he became merely this writer. Marcel Proust This author should be deconstructed with the aid of a guillotine. Jacques Derrida There is but one truly philosophical problem, and that is this authors suicide or murder. Albert Camus If Hell is other people, then this writer can go to Hell. Jean-Paul Sartre
A WILD REDHEAD TAMED--A brief history of the steps to contain and control the mighty Colorado River. Prior to mans control of the Colorado River, it ran red, wild, and full of silt. Today we have the two largest man-made reservoirs in the U.S. on the Colorado River, an incomparable rafting experience in the Grand Canyon, and power and water for people living in the west. The crown jewel of the Colorado is without a doubt, Lake Powell. Read the history of each of Lake Powells canyons to enhance your Lake Powell visit and knowledge of the history of the Colorado River basin.
Begin your tango journey to Buenos Aires! Experience the tango dance halls (milongas), the dinner shows, tango bars, and restaurants that feature tango. Learn where the icons of tango are immortalized. Know where to dance and what is expected of the visitor who traverses the culture of tango. The author, a single woman traveling alone, visited Buenos Aries many times over many years. Recently, she lived there for a year, keeping a journal of her odyssey. She interviewed and taped milongueros to discover secrets of the dance and traditions that shaped their attitudes and behavior. Tango Lovers Guide to Buenos Aires is the authors memoir as well as a guide for tango aficionados who want to see, feel, and hear tango at every turn and on every corner. Whether you are on a mission to dance until it hurts, or you simply want to immerse yourself in the music and history of tango 24/7; this book shows you how to: Visit tango hotspots online Hit the ground dancing in 24 hours Know what to expect at the milongas Explore the barrios that give tango life Learn Spanish words and phrases to negotiate the world of tangoThe website for this book is: www.tangoloversguide.com. It allows readers to stay abreast of changes within the tango world of BsAs. It also lists by month and date special tango events at the different clubs, cafes, bars, cultural centers, theaters, museums, and milongas.
Azure-colored oceans blending into bright turquoise at the shores, undulating hills of green surrounding crystal clear lakes, and rolling sand dunes brushed with light blueman-made monuments that have withstood the march of time from the pyramids to Hadrians Wall--are rich memories of Ellen and Stephen Williams adventures. Eating "e;brik"e; in Tunisia and "e;churchkhela"e; in Tblisi! Drinking "e;kvas"e; in Ukraine! Passing up "e;lavabread"e; in Walesall were adventures that nearly didn't happen. Ellen did not want to leave her comfortable home in Texas. Content with their rural life but forced to relocate due to her husbands job she reluctantly began her move to Germany. She was a foot-dragging-don't-want-to-move-wife. Determined to make the best of a challenging situation she and her husband soon embarked on a plan--to experience as much of the region surrounding the Mediterranean Sea as possible. Within months Ellen and Stephen developed a passion for touring. Faced with language barriers, clashes of culture and cuisine they followed their plan with a vengeance visiting over 30 countries in the space of three years. Their frequent trips within a short period of time gave them a unique overview of the region. They could spot historical and cultural linkages between people and their respective countries. They saw the crossovers and mingling of traditions and languages. Soon they became the consummate travelers. Many friends began asking for recommendations of their favorite locale. Chronicled here are their adventures, misadventures, faux pas and joys as they grow from fledgling sightseers to consummate travelers. Journey with them as they realized the more you discover about other people and cultures, the more you ultimately learn about yourself. After reading the book perhaps you, too, will also learn to say in French "e;Bon Voyage,"e; in Spanish "e;Buen Viaje,"e; and in German "e;Gute Reiser"e;In short, Happy Travels!
What might a two-month visit to Australia and New Zealand be like if the traveler were not distracted and overwhelmed by the spectacular scenery? In this book Dan Pukstas, a blind professor, answers this question by providing a series of humorous and insightful perspectives about the places and people he encountered. Whether he is trying to find his way out of a strange restroom or climbing to the summit of a dormant volcano after by-pass surgery, Dan is ready with a philosophical quip or amusing observation. In the company of his wife Nancy, Dan covers a broad geographical area from Auckland to Adelaide, from Ayers Rock to Sydney, and from Cairns to Brisbane along 2000 kilometers of Queensland highway. His topics of interest are just as broad-from his observations about food, wine prices, parenting styles, public transportation, human behavior to the joys and challenges of travel for the visually impaired. Those who like witty and pointed observations served up with a modest amount of inspiration will find this book a tasty treat. Those who have healthy vision might also find that they will see things a bit more clearly after reading this book.
This is a travel journal the author wrote while visiting India for the first time and trekking for 18 days in Nepal and the Himalayas. It begins in Delhi and moves to the Taj Mahal, a tea estate and plantation in Darjeeling, Nepal and ends in Sikkim where the author hikes to Guicha La (16,400 feet) at the base of Kanchenjunga - the third highest mountain in the world. It was primarily intended to be a personal memoir for his friends and family and fellow trekkers but others who are interested in India and trekking in the high Himalayas might enjoy this highly descriptive account of a trip in October of 2008.
Award-winning author Sheila Wright weaves a sensuous tale of love and longing in southern Italy. Insightful, humorous, warm and confiding, Amare evokes a true portrait of life in a land both breathtaking and heartbreaking. Sheila Wright takes us beyond the tourist trails and describes in detail the natural beauty and chaos of Italy. Wright passionately illustrates that 'Amare' to love means accepting the good as well as the not so perfect. Licia Canton, Author of Almond Wine and Fertility and editor-in-chief of Accenti MagazineAmare is lyrical, articulate, suspenseful, and intimate. Emotions running deep through the narrative cast a spell over the reader. Wright's gentle humor balances with moments of serious doubt, fear, and longing. Her love of the land breathes through the prose. Patricia Calder, Author in Changing WaysWhen Sheila Wright travels to Sorrento, Italy, on a whim, she knows from the moment she arrives that she has found an extraordinary place. With a certainty even she doesnt understand at first, Sheila throws herself wholeheartedly into an enchanting yet chaotic country. Amare is a magical memoir of an odyssey that began as a trip around the world and transformed into an unforgettable journey into the heart and soul of southern Italy. In lyrical, often humorous prose, Wright describes the adventure of living the life of a foreigner in Sorrento. From hunting wild mushrooms to learning a new language, she shares moments full of promise and discovery. When Italian authorities throw her out of the country, she returns, undaunted and determined to make Italy her own. A glorious romance ensues, not only with a tall, dark, and handsome Italian, but with the land itself. Join Wright on a fabulous adventure as she snorkels along the Amalfi coast, camps on the island of Sardinia, devours pizza in Naples, and to her surprise, falls madly and passionately, in love.
If you have visited Italy or are going soon, you probably know the basics: ordering a coffee will get you an espresso, dont plan to shop between 2:00 and 4:00 PM, and Italians tip about 5 percent compared to our 15 percent. However, if someone tells you to locate the zebra stripes, asks if you want to borrow a phone, or recommends some local cannoli, theres a good chance youll be caught off guard.During a seventeen-day escapade in a remote town two hours south of Naples, DAmato and his students discovered the nuances of Italian society and much more. From being pick-pocketed to realizing there was no drinking age, the teenagers confronted many unanticipated situations.Whether you are contemplating a vacation in Italy or wondering what happens when a teacher takes students four thousand miles from home, DAmatos travel journal will serve as an intimate guide to the pain and pleasure of cross-cultural immersion. His captivating accounts are filled with impassioned observations and practical advice that will help readers avoid the potential pitfalls of traveling abroad. Roam Italy will make even jaded world travelers slow down to savor the oft-missed beauty and meaning embedded in seemingly ordinary everyday experiences.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------DAmato has the soul of a poet.Phyllis Johnson, Tidewater Teacher Magazine DAmato conveys the transformative nature of traveling to a foreign country, especially at a time when xenophobia and ethnocentrism are exceedingly prevalent. Humorous anecdotes about living with an Italian family are interlaced with historical tidbits and insights about cultural traditions.Dr. Karie Mize, International and Multicultural Education, Western Oregon University
What others are saying about Winkies, Toilets and Holy Places : A classic travel tale, with adventure, misadventure, and curlie-q unexpected turns in the road. But more than that, its a voyage in which a family discovers what matters most to them across America, and Europe, without a dime to spare this is not the travel of pretty picture books: from marital squabbles to homesick children, from a haunting island monastery to the pure pleasure of simple farmhouse fare. They travel moment to moment some, staggeringly beautiful gently swinging in cable car above the Swiss Alps and others, staggeringly real, as when the cable car ride makes one of the boys sick to his stomach, with nowhere to go. All of this, Merrill recounts with the gentle humor of an experienced pastor, the wavering resolve of a stepfather, and the openhearted joy of a man rekindling his wanderlust. Read this tale if youre seeking a window to the Europe not of guidebooks and picture books, but of human hearts finding that home is everywhere. Paul Shepherd, former Writer-in-Residence and Kingsbury Fellow at Florida State University, whose debut novel, More Like Not Running Away was the winner of the 2004 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction.
Two retired Army buddies take to the back roads in a small camper for a 7000-mile road trip through the north-central United States and three Canadian provinces. Along the way they take time to look at polar bears, get to know some fascinating people, explore what they think they have learned about life so far, and re-imagine what their lives could be like in the years ahead..
It was wonderful to fulfi ll the dream of touring the ancestral village of Girdziunai. I now know what is at the end of the road. It was alsoa strange experience. Girdziunai is a poor place, something out of the nineteenth century. It was easy to imagine my grandparents and their grandparents making the same trek from their homes to the clearing at the river. Theres a real sense of a village frozen in time. Yet there are telephone poles near the road and cars parked in the dirt lanes. Andthere are political pressures and social uncertainties for the citizens ofthis obscure place.The strangeness lies in the awareness of straddling two centuries simultaneouslyfamily history is an extension of my own experience. Our records here date to 1801Laurynas and Elzbieta Storta were bornin the eighteenth century. The feeling of the past is very strong and the presence of the past is very apparent. Yet the year 2001 is half a year away. The future is also a palpable presence on a hike that encompassedtwo centuries in a half hour.
Ann von Lossberg and boyfriend Jim Hudock stand at the dock at Baltimore harbor and wave goodbye to their screaming-red VW bus en route to England--just about the most beautiful magic carpet Ive ever seen, Ann says. Quitting their jobs and selling their possessions, they travel around the world with no fixed itinerarypresuming that their odyssey will be no less magical than Ali Babas classical odyssey. The first overland trip, two and a half years, is to the Middle East and Africa; a second trip to Asia is thirteen months. Extended travel peels away the layers of your former self, especially the demands of Africa, Ann says. Something happens when you give up wearing a watch and relinquish control over time. Experience found us; extraordinary things that just dont happen to people happened to us. We learned to leap, and the net always appeared. The language that filled Anns journals, seasoning over twenty-five years time to become the sixteen stories of 1089 Nights, gives way to something rich and transcendent. A sympathetic storyteller with a keen eyemost commonly the lone woman traveler among menAnn provides us with an armchair view of the world without the mosquitoes. From Syria to Mozambique to Cambodia, over and over, this heartening memoir shows us that the world is a wondrous place, that travel can change us, satisfy something soulful, and promote the most personal kind of peace. 1089 Nights is a passionate love affair with the world that carries an urgent plea. The world passes us by faster than we know. If we dont catch it soon, the airwaves will immutably wash over us in the same likeness. We will become as one. Hurry, Ann says, the camels are waiting.
Theres something fascinating about border towns. Who hasnt crossed the line into another state to buy fireworks, gamble, or even to get married? Here are border towns with names as unique as the places themselves, names that bridge the boundaries.Robert D. Temple brings you a quirky, fascinating, and wholly entertaining look at more than eighty North American border towns in Edge Effects. With an adventurers heart and a historians keen eye, Temple explores life on the edge and how these places have made their place in history. Theres big-city Mexicali and empty-quarter Idavada, idyllic Vir-Mar Beach and whiskey-soaked Mondak. Then theres prairie-bleak Alsask, mountain-high Wyocolo, and palmy Florala. And who could forget Texarkana?Along with finding these towns in the first place comes adventure in exploring them, by highway, four-wheel-drive, boots, and kayak, and in encountering memorable locals: historians, farmers, waitresses, cops, forest rangers, railroaders, and neer-do-wells. But even more, these places lead us to investigate concepts of borders, boundaries, frontiers, margins, and marginality, as well as survey lines, battle lines, picket lines, and color lines.Edge Effects brilliantly examines how frontiers enrich cultures and boundaries define them. But more importantly, it reveals how edges shape local historyand our lives.A revised edition of Edge Effects was published July 10, 2009.
Written with both humor and poignancy, the narrator details the challenges, and frustration of an American working with the privileged few in the Third World, as well as his association with the peasant class, which created his contempt for their leaders, but a deep affection for the subjugated people forced by birth into a world of poverty and indifference. If I could convince others to read between these lines, they would find most of their problems are minor. In that event, then perhaps, like me, they will accept the pictures of a decaying world and the slaughter of the innocents as real and conclude living is better than simply existing. If they do, they will take the opportunity to make the best of the few short moments they have.
Travel is an awarding experience especially with one you love because you can share with them the moment of the experience. The Birgens feel by letting, you the reader, into their life to enjoy what they enjoy; good wines, good food, ambiance of the moment, touring, history, and cruising, you too may enjoy it with them.The enjoyment of travel is living it and making the most of the moments as they fit your life style, spontaneity, along with staying within your comfort zone. Daily regimentation mixed with making sure you have the opportunity to interface with those who serve you. You will meet new people and the enjoyment of finding new people who are enjoyable and pleasant to be with. Travel is an adventure to be dealt with using an open mind, sensibility, a consideration for your partner. Risk should not be a part of enjoyable travel. You have the opportunity to making cruising one of the most rewarding and enjoyable vacation and adventures you have yet to experience. Please join us again.
Patricia Linders newest book The Lady and the Tiger gives the reader and in-depth account of life in a foreign country during a politically uncertain time. The setting is Taiwan, Republic of China during the last days of the Mutual Defense Treaty in 1979. To the west is communist China, determined to reclaim this island it calls a rogue province and thereby, impose communist rule on what has been a democracy for thirty years. Rear Admiral James Linder, representing the U.S. government as the Commander of Taiwan Defense Forces, has been given the job of protecting the Republic of China from any such incursion. The Linders, acting upon official Department of Defense orders, take up residence in Taipei and the countdown begins. As the author deals with the challenges of the ways of the Far East, the time grows shorter for the safety of the Chinese and Taiwanese they have come to know and care about. On December fifteenth 1978, the Carter Administration abrogates the Treaty that guarantees Taiwans safety, thus leaving the Island vulnerable to a communist attack. Riots ensue and lives are threatened.This is the story of a virtually unknown chapter of American history.
All Aboard Family Vacation Planner by Joan Nosal, mother of five, and seasoned trip coordinator, is the essential guide for all types of families traveling in harmony. The author has created a hit-and-run-with-it book that will take you from the first step in planning your vacation, to kicking your shoes off at the beach, to savoring the memories long after the fun. All Aboard inspires parents and their children to participate together in the overall vacation experience. The practical guide helps take the frustration out of planning a trip by offering keen budgeting tips to reduce costs, packing suggestions, useful Internet resources, and listings for major airlines, accommodations and car rentals. For convenience, additional copies of templates for such subjects as sample budgeting outlines, packing lists, job checklists for each participant, and daily trip journal entries are included. The lively book contains amusing and inspiring anecdotes and notes by the author and her family, as well as simple meal ideas, unique recipes, and general travel tips. ALL ABOARD: FAMILY VACATION PLANNER by Joan Nosal.
http://mysite.verizon.net/Letter_from_ChinaLetter from China is a poignant and irreverent diary of the author's yearlong (2001-2) experience of teaching English to college students in Beijing, Peoples Republic of China. From the very first pages, the author draws you into his struggle with a culture worlds away from his comfort zone. The authors generous and compelling personality allowed him to gain access to the lives of his students and their families, who became characters in his tale. One can experience the authors wit and humanity throughout the narrative. The author's humorous view of China is especially timely and dovetails with the current explosion of interest in that country as it enters the modern world. The book is neither a travelogue nor a look at the government, although elements of those subjects are woven into the story. Instead, it is an engaging look at China, tailored toward those who know little about it. Still, those who have lived and/or traveled there will also enjoy the book as it reminds them of the absurdities they, too, experienced.
This book is about my fathers 10 month around the world travel adventure in 1936. He visited some 20 countries, traveling by bicycle loaded with camping gear, second and third class train, bus, ship, motor lorry, riverboat, and hiking. His greatest adventure was a 500 mile hike along the Burma Trail from Burma through China to Hanoi.Wherever my father went he aroused the curiosity of the local people and the suspicions of the authorities. He recorded pre WW-II viewpoints of the towns' people and fellow travelers on social, political, educational, and economic matters. He bedded down in guesthouses, youth hostels, YMCAs, or camped out. He recorded some of his story with over 1,000 photographs.Over a 15 year period, I transcribed my fathers handwritten diaries. There were many duplicated entries because much of his diaries consisted of letters home to family and friends. Most of these letters contained accounts about the same thing, but each either had a different twist or some new activity altogether. My biggest job was to eliminate all the duplication, fit together the different twists, and to put it all together into a logical timeline.In my first effort to transcribe I used a manual typewriter, before the personal computer was available. About the time I finished, I bought my first PC, an IBM XT. I re-entered all my typewritten pages into the computer. As the years went on I got better and better computers, copying my fathers adventure into each, making more changes along the way. Eventually I put together a 31 chapter book with 166 photographs.My father (and my mother) passed away in 1994. It had always been his wish to find a way to publish his travels so that others may see the world as he saw it.Larry S. KrammAntioch, CaliforniaJuly 1999
At a certified average of 1.2 belly laughs and two good chuckles per page, this book is a must read for flying and Alaska enthusiasts alike. Even non-aviators can comfortably follow along as drama and nail biting suspense usually result in knee slapping good, clean humor.These are completely true Arctic adventure flying stories written by the central "e;character"e; himself CloudDancer.This first-time author was literally raised at airports and on airliners by two parents who worked for major airlines since his birth. CloudDancer spent his formative years growing up in Fort Worth, Texas until running away to Alaska in 1973 to become a bush pilot at age 19.Having taken his first flying lesson a week after his thirteenth birthday, his love affairs with one airplane after another have continued through today. He currently commands one of the world's most modern airliners for a major US airline. But no matter where in the world he has flown, a large part of his heart and even greater part of his soul have remained attached and devoted to Alaska; the land and the people. He looks forward with anticipation to the day when he can retire, move back to Alaska, and once again spend time soaring over the wonders of the far north.
Tips for Booking Trips on All Budgets-from $1,000 to $1,000,000"e;Kavin compares cruise ships and yacht charters to showcase the biggest advantage of the latter: personalized comfort."e;-Soundings"e;Charter cruising comes in many flavors, from fully crewed luxury megayachts to pilot-your-own bareboats, and Kim Kavin has sampled just about all of them."e;-OffshoreSay good-bye to lengthy security lines, overpriced pia coladas, and jam-packed shore excursions. Never again will your cruise vacation include jostling with crowds, squishing into a kiddie-filled swimming pool, or rushing back from a land tour in time for a pre-assigned dinner seating on a massive, impersonal ship.Dream Cruises introduces you to the joys of private yacht charter vacations, a fast-growing and often surprisingly affordable alternative to cruise ships. With charters, you get the whole boat for your family and friends, with a crew catering only to you, and you go wherever you choose-from Alaska to the South Pacific.Based on first-hand experience as well as advice and information from sixty charter-industry experts worldwide, Dream Cruises explains which kinds of yachts are available, where to book them, how to find a trustworthy broker, what you can expect to pay, and much more.Why book another cabin when you can have the whole boat for yourself?
When American sportswriter Andy Mendlowitz took a summer vacation to Ireland, his itinerary included visiting medieval castles and drinking dark beer. He soon discovered a world where big-time sports aren't yet a business, but still a game. Ireland's rough-and-tumble pastimes of hurling and Gaelic football attract crowds of up to 80,000 fans a contest. The high-profile players, though, are amateurs. They train as professionals but must work fulltime jobs to pay the bills. The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) also lacks free agency or trades-you simply play for your hometown team, even if you move away.Amazed by this concept, and burned out at work, Mendlowitz quit his job and moved to Ireland for eight months His aim was to get excited again by understanding what drives these athletes. Along the way, he met interesting characters and learned how the sports intersect with the ancient Irish language, burgeoning economy and the Troubles in Northern Ireland.From big cities like Belfast, Dublin and Cork to tiny rural parishes, Mendlowitz paints a vivid picture of Ireland and the joy of competing.
For nearly three decades Shirley Fong-Torres and her Wok Wiz Chinatown Tour staff guided 20,000 visitors a year through San Francisco's Chinatown. This book shows why so many keep coming back for more. It's Chinese-American history with a bottomless appetite for quirky anecdotes, respected traditions and exquisite dumplings."e; I love Shirley Fong-Torres. Her effervescence and passion make herirresistible. If she writes a book I'll buy it, if she hosts a tour, I'll take it, if sherecommends a restaurant I'll eat there."e;-Gene Burns, KGO, San Francisco"e; Shirley Fong-Torres knows San Francisco's Chinatown better than anyone She's downloaded a chunk of what she knows in this book, filled with great information and a touching account of her family history."e;-Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle"e; I thought I knew San Francisco Chinatown, that is, until I met Shirley."e;-Martin Yan, YAN CAN COOK"e; Shirley Fong-Torres has a contagious love of life, people, place and food I am rapt by her stories, energized by her passion and touched by her spirit."e;-Joey Altman, BAY CAF"e; This is Shirley Fong-Torres, a very bossy woman. But if you want to do business in San Francisco Chinatown you have to deal with her. She knows everybody and everything."e;-Comedian Martin Clune
I had polio when I was twelve weeks old and moved to a wheelchair full time when I moved out on my own. Far from being confining, the blue chair has allowed me the freedom to do whatever I want to and when, including backpacking the world alone when time and finances allow. Whether it is falling out of my blue chair and breaking a leg in Zambia or being stranded in the dark on a small boat in the Java Sea off Indonesia, there is always a funny story to be told. For me Travels in a Blue Chair isn't about the chair. The chair is in many ways just a means to get me from point A to point B, exactly like shoes. The real story is about the many smiling people I've met all over the world who trip over themselves to help me out when I need it and then remain in contact with me to become life-long friends.
Since the age of eleven, Ed Neuhaus has been intensely motivated to trek the Himalayan foothills and stand before Mt. Everest. Now almost sixty, Neuhaus and his wife finally have that opportunity.After vigorously training in the Green Mountains of Vermont, arduously preparing their gear, and engaging a professional trekking agency, the pair makes the forty-hour trip to Katmandu, where their voyage begins. Their group includes thirty people, including the brave and devoted Sherpas that tend to their every need. Surrounded by spectacular beauty, and impoverished and unsanitary conditions, Ed and Olga set out with enthusiasm on the nineteen-day trek that will take them to Kala Pattar, where they will experience an unobstructed view of the world's highest mountain. Fairly quickly, the pair is assaulted by both physical and emotional demands as they realize that foot power is the only form of transport to their goal. However, they forge on with the group, testing every limit of their strength. A Dream of Everest is a raw reflection of the emotions and experiences that reveal how effort can be its own accomplishment.
When eighth-grade schoolteacher Roger Taylor turned forty, he decided to invest in a new set of wheels-a Honda Element, not the type of car you might expect from a man in a midlife crisis. But the car was just the catalyst for Taylor's real midlife adventure: a journey across North America and back again. In this unique portrait of a great American road trip, Taylor describes the breathtaking scenery, vivid experiences, and personal insights that framed his journey of self-discovery in the summer of 2003. From amusing stories of teachers camping in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, to an encounter with armadillos in Texas and a never-ending hike on the Appalachian Trail, Taylor reflects on somber moments within the still, serene places of the natural world and shares fascinating historical details about some of the most memorable tourist sites on the continent. His insights will lead you to appreciate the power of nature, the beauty of North America, and the value of reconnecting with family and self.
One life sabbatical. Two laps around the world.After being married for a year, Bob Riel and his wife, Lisa, decided to take a chance in life. They took time off from their careers and embarked on a round-the-world journey, intent on having an adventure before starting a family. Then, two-and-a-half years later, when the children hadn't arrived and the travel bug hadn't left, they set out on another voyage to resume their sabbatical experience.During their two journeys, they faced the shock of a terrorist bombing in Egypt, met a Turkish carpet dealer who trained acrobatic pigeons, discussed life with Masai tribesmen, visited a Japanese family whose mother thought she knew them in another lifetime, and watched the sunrise from a boat on the Ganges River and from atop Mount Sinai.Lyrical and humorous, Two Laps Around the World is a testament to the possibilities of travel, as Bob and Lisa's explorations also grew into a series of Life Lessons and Global Rules that will inspire reflection. This captivating memoir is certain to arouse wanderlust in every reader.