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It's Almost Like Being There

Grab your passport, pack your gear, and get ready to experience
- vicariously - some great off-the-beaten-path journeys.


BookA Esprit de Battuta: Alone Across Africa on a Bicycle
by Pamela Watson

Australian Pamela Watson traveled alone by bicycle from Dakar, Senegal to
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania through seventeen countries, over eighteen months
and covering over 9,000 miles.
This gripping book documents her eye-opening
experiences with the people of west, central and east Africa along with the
economic, political and social realities of the continent.

BookB The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific
by J. Maarten Troost

Troost followed his wife, Sylvia, to Kiribati, a tiny island nation in the
South Pacific.
The plan: while Sylvia was working for an international nonprofit,
Maarten intended to soak up the local color and write a literary masterpiece.
Paradise right? Days end with magnificent sunsets and airplanes can't land
because pigs occupy the island's sole runway. But Kiribati wasn't paradise.
It was polluted, overpopulated and scorchingly hot. Yet after two years, Troost
and his wife were reluctant to return home. It's a revealing look at culture shock
and culture clash, and about learning to adapt and enjoy.