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One year. Six continents. Twenty-two countries. Endless stories to tell.
In October 2002, Elliott Hester sold his car, abandoned his apartment, and took off alone on a trip around the world, during which he drifted to more than fifty destinations. Elliott's tales about his travels range from the bizarre to the hilarious to the flat-out shocking. Travel with him as he:
* Chases off transvestites in the South Pacific
* Gets drunk on Estonian moonshine at the maker's eightieth birthday party
* Impersonates Samuel L. Jackson at the 38th International Film Festival in the Czech Republic
* Ponders the Finnish tradition of sprinting from steamy sauna to plunge into the frigid Baltic Sea—-naked!
* And much more
Only an around-the-world excursion could produce such outlandish, hair-raising, hysterical adventures. And only Elliott Hester could make such vivid observations and write such vibrant insights about life—-and people—-on the road.
"A romp . . . Hester's writing is lively."
Posted April 12, 2007
Following September 11, with massive cutbacks in the travel industry, the author, a flight attendant with an unidentified airline, takes a furlough, cashs in his possessions, and takes a year's sabbatical around the world. This is the story, told in vignettes from locations throughout the globe, of his experiences. Some of the stories, like his bout with illness in Argentina, kept me laughing for hours. Others, like the episode with the child in Africa when they visit the market, tugged at my heart. The result was a journey which amused, amazed and appealed to my wanderlust. It isn't as funny as Bill Bryson, and the chapters were more like journalist columns than literary chapters, hence the rating, but this is a work that anyone who appreciates travel writing will treasure.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 3, 2006
This was entertaining and comical but not entirely what I was expecting. The cover and title promised adventure but you heard more about the writer's bowel troubles and sicknesses than the beautiful and awe-inspiring places he visited. The epilogue made the whole experience worthwhile though so I recommend that if you do pick this up, skip straight to the back!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 3, 2010
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