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Posted July 16, 2010
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While Rolf Potts, one of the finest chroniclers of our time, tells us to be travelers not tourists his stories are testimonies to the discomfort-if not downright terror-this can bring. These journeys take us into the heart of the backpacking culture fit for someone about 25. I enjoyed hitch hiking with him in Lithuania making friends with a band of reckless students, to a bone chilling night in a Himalayan village offset with an amusing encounter with some "blue movie" junkies. Rolf's self-deprecating humor, expertly crafted, well-informed narrative keep these encounters alive. He made me wish I had kept notes on my free-fall through Europe when my travels were filled with serendipitous and mystical happenings. Rather than live in regret, I will be grateful to have endnotes at the end of each story illuminating travel writing tricks that make Rolf's stories a treat. If you are a writer aspiring to spin gold from the straw of your own experiences, I suggest reading the tutorial at the end of the book before enjoying this award-winning collection highlighting the last ten years of Rolf's incredible life.
Adventure travel writer-Linda Ballou-Author - Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler's Tales www.LindaBallouAuthor.com
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