There's nothing like a blog post to inspire angry rants from anonymous readers: it's the talkback radio of the digital age. So why is Australia's leading travel blogger Ben Groundwater setting out to put faces to his readers' made-up names? Armed with a backpack, a laptop and a cover story in case of emergency, Ben has a plan: to travel the world, relying purely on the kindness of his sometimes frightening, but always interesting, readers. After posting a cry for help on his blog, he has a globe-circling itinerary of apparently friendly strangers who have offered him their homes - not to mention their radio shows, hallucinogenic drugs, beachside eco-resorts and daughters' weddings. This is Ben's chance to dig deep into the realms of his digital universe: Who's out there reading his blog? Where do they live? What are their lives like? And how do you carry a goat home in Ethiopia? Over 14 weeks, 14 countries and about a thousand beers, he answers these questions and many more. Five Ways to Carry a Goat is the hilarious tale of putting virtual friendships to the test of reality.
|Publisher:||University of Queensland Press|
|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
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.