When You Look Like Your Passport Photo, It's Time to Go Home

When You Look Like Your Passport Photo, It's Time to Go Home

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by Erma Bombeck
     
 

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Erma Bombeck is at her hilarious best in this tour de force of laughs! With honesty and insight, she offers tips and truisms all travelers can appreciate:

  • Beware of food that is described as, "Some Americans say it tastes like chicken."
  • If you are in Germany, the bus driver will be Asian. If you are in Spain, the driver will be Russian. If you are touring
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Erma Bombeck is at her hilarious best in this tour de force of laughs! With honesty and insight, she offers tips and truisms all travelers can appreciate:

  • Beware of food that is described as, "Some Americans say it tastes like chicken."
  • If you are in Germany, the bus driver will be Asian. If you are in Spain, the driver will be Russian. If you are touring France with a French driver, you are on the wrong bus.
  • Plumbing is the key to world power.
  • It's time to go home when someone tells you an icon is over two million years old, is only steps from the bus, and you yawn and say, "Describe it to me."

Wherever Erma travels, you'll enjoy the trip led by America's best-loved humorist.

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Kirkus Reviews
Bombeck hits the bull's-eye with this wry meditation on the art of surviving one's long-dreamed-of and hard-earned exotic vacations. Huddled in a lumpy bed in Papua New Guinea, listening to a tribal war play itself out in the street outside her hotel room, Bombeck reflects on the privileges earned by a life of hard work, prudent financial management, and a taste for adventure. Over the years, not only have she and her husband (as well as, at the worst of times, her three reluctant adolescent kids) been blessed with the chance to drag 50-pound suitcases from airport terminal to taxi queue to hotel lobby to hotel room and back again (or else, when the luggage is lost in transit, to spend two weeks in Tahiti in three-piece suits), but they have splurged on bus tours that allotted 15 minutes to view the Book of Kells in Ireland and an hour and a half to tour a sweater factory; on a private car whose driver spoke English like an Italian Henry Kissinger with a lip full of Novocain; on a villa in which the staff spoke only Spanish and the guests were reduced to rubbing their tummies at the cook and saying, "Yummy, yummy!"; and on a glamorous cruise through the fjords of Norway, where Bombeck and spouse ate 17 meals a day and outgrew their clothes, only to find half the crew camped out in the exercise room. Worldly wisdom gained by years of experience with Turkish bathrooms, Montezuma's revenge, and transporting native spears home on American airlines has impressed on Bombeck the basic commonality of all cultures and has inspired her to suggest that instead of stockpiling nuclear weapons we should aim our vacation slides at one another. Classic Bombeck, in which she does away with any notionof an empty-nest syndrome. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for August.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517105283
Publisher:
Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/28/1993

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