Is There a Hole in the Boat? Tales of Travel in Panama without a Car

Is There a Hole in the Boat? Tales of Travel in Panama without a Car

by Darrin DuFord
     
 

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Bring your appetite. Bring gifts for the king of the Naso tribe.
Join Darrin DuFord as he hikes, bribes, and barters his way across Panama, a perennially overlooked filament of the tropics where DuFord encounters a startling richness of cultures between the nation's two coastlines. Sitting down with everyone from scientists to town barflies, DuFord samples such…  See more details below

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Bring your appetite. Bring gifts for the king of the Naso tribe.
Join Darrin DuFord as he hikes, bribes, and barters his way across Panama, a perennially overlooked filament of the tropics where DuFord encounters a startling richness of cultures between the nation's two coastlines. Sitting down with everyone from scientists to town barflies, DuFord samples such local delicacies as fermented corn homebrew and slow-barbecued jungle rodent while, at every turn, taking the more vernacular--and much more enriching--options of transportation.

Whether jostling in the back of a pickup truck serving as the local bus or uncovering how the country is tackling its ecological quandaries, DuFord opens a window into the little-known day to day struggles and pleasures of the Panamanian people. Is There a Hole in the Boat? reveals a Panama that is not simply a place to watch bloated cruise ships edge along the walls of the Canal. It's a land where the machete can slash through just about anything--except the nation's spirit.

Is There a Hole in the Boat? won the silver medal in the 2007 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards.

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Editorial Reviews

The Panama News - Eric Jackson, The Panama News
"DuFord introduces us to the people of Panama, and he does it hilariously and most perceptively." -- Eric Jackson
BookIdeas.com - John L. Hoh, Jr., BookIdeas.com
"Darrin DuFord is a modern-day Herodotus." -- John L. Hoh Jr.
Midwest Book Review - Laurel Johnson, Midwest Book Review
"This ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Finalist managed to intrigue and engage in the first page and didn't let up until the last word. Highly recommended." -- Laurel Johnson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011910975
Publisher:
Darrin DuFord
Publication date:
10/15/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
196
File size:
772 KB

Meet the Author

Travel and food writer Darrin DuFord has written articles for The San Francisco Chronicle, Transitions Abroad, Gastronomica, Perceptive Travel, Travel Channel’s World Hum, and McSweeney’s. His debut book Is There a Hole in the Boat? Tales of Travel in Panama without a Car won a silver medal in the 2007 Lowell Thomas Journalism Competition and was chosen by ForeWord Magazine as a finalist for their 2006 Book of the Year Awards. When he is not traveling, he can be found in his hometown of Queens, New York, usually hovering around the taco vans and souvlaki carts.

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