Grounded: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World

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An eye-opening and fascinating journey from an acclaimed travel writer who circled the globe without ever leaving the ground.

In this age of globalism and high-speed travel, Seth Stevenson, the witty, thoughtful Slate travel columnist, takes us back to a time when travel meant putting one foot in front of the other, racing to make connections between trains and buses in remote transit stations, and wading through the chaos that most long-haul travelers float 35,000 feet above. ...

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Overview

An eye-opening and fascinating journey from an acclaimed travel writer who circled the globe without ever leaving the ground.

In this age of globalism and high-speed travel, Seth Stevenson, the witty, thoughtful Slate travel columnist, takes us back to a time when travel meant putting one foot in front of the other, racing to make connections between trains and buses in remote transit stations, and wading through the chaos that most long-haul travelers float 35,000 feet above. Stevenson winds his way around the world by biking, walking, hiking, riding in rickshaws, freight ships, cruise ships, ancient ferries, buses, and the Trans-Siberian Railway-but never gets on an airplane.

He finds that from the ground, one sees the world anew-with a deeper understanding of time, distance, and the vastness of the earth. In this sensational travelogue, each step of the journey is an adventure, full of unexpected revelations in every new port, at every bend in the railroad tracks, and around every street corner.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Stevenson, the travel columnist for Slate, and his lady friend, Rebecca, set out to create their own amazing journey by planning a trip around the world without getting on an airplane. Sounds positively Phileas Foggish, doesn't it? But that's the delight of the book. Just as Jules Verne's fictional Fogg encountered setbacks that forced him to make snap decisions in order to complete his 80-day trip, Stevenson and Rebecca are reminded constantly that airplane travel—as lousy as it might be—is still the fastest way to get from point A to point B. Stevenson's writing is full of charm and humor, and he knows just the right phrase to use when he believes his Estonian ferry is destined for Davy Jones's Locker. VERDICT In an age when everything has to be done yesterday, it's nice to know that there are still people wandering the globe who feel that getting somewhere could be more than half the fun. A delightful purchase for the travel collections of public libraries, and a visit from Stevenson and Rebecca would make for one heck of a program.—Joseph L. Carlson, Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA
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An anemic travelogue from a Slate contributor. To counteract their ennui, Stevenson and his girlfriend decided to travel the globe without the use of air travel. The conceit begins auspiciously but descends quickly into superficiality. Early on, a thick Atlantic fog enshrouds the cargo freighter on which he's billeted, leaving the author literally sense-deprived. This is boredom made manifest, but Stevenson deftly sketches a redolent scene of wet fog falling against his face and waves slapping the ship's hull. One evocative sentence, well-timed and piercing, accomplishes what the book as a whole fails to-awakening an almost physical sense of wonder amid monotony. The majority of the narrative reads like a glorified blog, characterized by thin characterizations, superficial observations and glib conclusions. Stevenson is an undisciplined tour guide, prone to snarky parenthetical jabs and unwilling to treat those he meets as fully formed individuals. English-speaking foreigners speak in a belittling dialect when the author bothers to record their dialogue-he eschews interviews for impressions-and even his girlfriend is underdeveloped. The author recounts a journey through a cartoon-bright, noisy and flat, with one flat image continually replaced by the next one. Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia to Antwerp to Tallinn to Fushiki to Beijing to Hanoi to Bangkok to Singapore to Brisbane to Los Angeles-small wonder that at the book's conclusion, Stevenson is back where he began, in an apartment lease, back at the same bars and restaurants, stupefied by routine and comfort. He never really left. A limitless world squeezed through a limited scope. Disappointing. First serial to Slate. Agent: ZoePagnamenta/Zoe Pagnamenta Agency
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594484421
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Seth Stevenson, is a contributing writer for Slate. His work has appeared in the New York Times, New York magazine, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and other publications. He is the winner of the 2005 Online Journalism Award for commentary.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia 1

Chapter 1 Philadelphia to Antwerp 17

Chapter 2 Antwerp to Tallinn 47

Chapter 3 Tallinn to Fushiki 75

Chapter 4 Fushiki to Beijing 113

Chapter 5 Beijing to Hanoi 137

Chapter 6 Hanoi to Bangkok 159

Chapter 7 Bangkok to Singapore 191

Chapter 8 Singapore to Brisbane 215

Chapter 9 Brisbane to Los Angeles 235

Chapter 10 Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., and Points Beyond… 261

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

    The tip of travel

    Other than the works of Bill Bryson, I tend to get bored while reading a travel tome. They tend to weigh me down with facts. It is fascinating to find that 3000 people a day visit a certain site, that the site was controlled by six different nations throughout its history, etc., but when that same approach is used chapter after chapter, stop after stop, my attention departs to regions elsewhere. The author, a contributor to an on-line magazine, wrote this book in the style of an article for a, you guessed it, magazine. In its brevity lies its strength. The book isn't brief, it is fluid, moving from highlight to highlight with nary a detour into the realm of ponderous fact. It keeps the reader traveling from one interesting description to the next. It doesn't bog down in over-philosophizing the art of travel, the state of the world or the future of the species. It relates the peaks and depressions of travel without overmining the depths. There is humor, analysis, assessment, without verbosity or becoming overbearing. It presents travel as it is, with perspective not pathos. Overall it provides an enjoyable literary journey.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    A travel book for the 21st century: Bryson should watch his back

    With "Grounded," Seth Stevenson, a frequent contributor to the online magazine, Slate, with focuses on travel and advertising criticism, has written a fascinating, exuberant travelogue, and you should read it. I wouldn't say he has ascended to the highest ranks of travel writing, yet. But with this book, he shows great potential, and I look forward to see his development over the next few years. Bill Bryson should start watching his back!

    Mr. Stevenson's book details a trip that for most of us is the greatest fantasy of all -- quitting your job and taking a leisurely trip around the world, without (with a few notable exceptions) any set deadlines or agendas. With his girlfriend at his side, he takes some very un-glamorous modes of ground transport areound the globe: container ships (who knew you could book a berth on a container ship?), ferry boats, the Trans-Siberian Railroad, bicycles in Vietnam, a rental car across the Outback, etc.

    Mr. Stevensons's self-deprecating style makes this a great read. I couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2010

    Charming and informative must buy for travel fans

    Fascinating chronicle of a young couple traveling around the world without flying. Taking a freighter across the Atlantic, the Transsiberian Railroad across Russia, driving through Australia, a cruise back home across the Pacific, provide the backdrops for interesting stories and anecdotes. This book may provide the inspiration for your next trip.

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    Posted March 29, 2012

    Wrong way

    U were attacked by badgers and foxes.

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