5 Ways to Carry a Goat: A Blogger's World Tour

5 Ways to Carry a Goat: A Blogger's World Tour

by Sydney Groundwater


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ISBN-13: 9780702237775
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Publication date: 12/01/2010
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ben Groundwater is an Australian travel writer, blogger, journalist and anything else someone will pay him to be.  A professional writer for 10 years, Ben began his career in Brisbane before deciding to see the world, taking off to write freelance travel features for newspapers like the Sydney Morning Herald and the Courier-Mail, as well as various travel magazines.  He now lives in Sydney, and writes Fairfax Media’s hugely popular travel blog The Backpacker, upon which this, his first book, is based.  

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Another Bloody Temple - Seoul and Gyeongju, Korea 9

Lab Rats - Shanghai, China 31

The Real Thailand - Ubon Ratchathani and Ban Khum, Thailand 53

Rats, Roaches and Roadkill - Chittagong, Bangladesh 74

5 Ways to Carry a Goat - Addis Ababa and Lalibela, Ethiopia 99

Back to School - Nice and Paris, France 129

Raving Mad - Munich, Germany 153

Here Comes the Bride - Litomysl and Sudislav, Czech Republic 175

Girls, Girls, Girls - Warsaw, Poland 197

Cycling Killed the Radio Star - The Hague and Amsterdam, the Netherlands 223

The Dull Life - South-east London, United Kingdom 244

Getting a Brazilian - Sao Paulo and Ilheus, Brazil 256

Stars and Stripes - New York, United States 288

A Dose Of Reality - Toronto, Canada 299

And the Emmy Goes to ... -Seattle and Los Angeles, United States 318

Epilogue 339

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Oreillynsf on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Imagine rolling the dice and taking a round the world tour, stopping and staying based entirely on where you get invites from blog readers. This popular Australian blogger put out the word on his journey, and slept on the couches of people who often sent him no more than a dozen or so words and an address. He gets to Paris, but he also ends up in the poopiest corner of Myanmar, because that was the place -- the only place in Southeast Asia - where he was invited to visit. I really enjoyed the writer's conversational writing style, his dry wit, and his guilty snakiness - declawed with the recognition that the people he was mocking were actually putting a roof over his head.On one level it is a classic travel essay. But it also speaks volumes about the new sense of community that comes from the web, and our willingness to have real world experiences with people we only know as a bit of text on a page.