Behind the Albergue Door: Inspiration Agony Adventure on the Camino de Santiago

Behind the Albergue Door: Inspiration Agony Adventure on the Camino de Santiago

by Dean Johnston

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940045250108
Publisher: Dean Johnston
Publication date: 08/28/2013
Series: I Prefer Not to Use the Word "Retirement"
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,035,800
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dean Johnston was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada back around the time Canada was playing Russia in the original Summit Series. Duff Pounder is his pen name but don’t be intimidated, he does other stuff, too. He is a former financial planner who has blogged extensively about his travels and written numerous travel articles and financial resources. He owns a bike and several pillows. His pet peeves are television commercials for other television shows and getting stung by things. He hates onions yet loves onion rings. Head colds make him sombre, but resolved to concentrate on no longer having a head cold. He plans to continue travelling the world and writing whatever pops into his head. He likes turtles.

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Behind the Albergue Door: Inspiration Agony Adventure on the Camino de Santiago 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dean Johnston is a talented writer; he can do what most writers attempt to do - write. He has a sense of humor, and his ability to transmute sights, sounds and feelings into words is second to none. I will go so far as to say that he's inspired me to take this hike (Camino de Santiago) in Northern Spain, although I will cheat by staying in hotels rather than sleeping with strangers in albergues on bug infested beds and having them fart in my face and fondle my scrotum while I dream of St James and heaven. I learnt a lot from this book and I'm sure others will find it useful too especially Roman Catholic Hispanics. On the down side, this book is desperately crying out for an editor and some critiquing. It's poorly structured and there's too much repetition. The story can be told beautifully and succinctly in half the number of pages. The title is unreadable (I don't wear glasses, even while reading) when seen on Amazon where every book is displayed as a postage size stamp. How does the author expect to sell a book whose tittle can't be read? This book is a diamond in the rough. The author met many people during the trek who said they're doing this to rediscover themselves and find their mission or purpose in life. If he positions this book as something that can help millions attain peace of mind and mix his trekking experience, his wonderful writing skills and sense of humor, then this book will fly off the shelves. It'll hardly take a month or so to edit it and put it back for sale. In its current state it's a three star book, I've given it four stars for effort, walking 500 miles on some beautiful but difficult terrain. It can easily be turned into a 5 star masterpiece, if the author chooses to do so. I sincerely hope he does and and gives his readers what they truly deserve.
blogerin33 More than 1 year ago
Hilarious! My friends and I have been seriously considering hiking the Camino and after reading this book it is definitely a must-do. Not that it sounds like a walk in the park, he certainly doesn’t hold back on all the harsh realities but he does it in an amusing way that makes it clear how much they enjoyed it in spite of all the hardships. Lots of practical advice and funny stories. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book started off a bit slow but once I got to know the author, I fell in love with the book! He recounts his trip on the Camino in a way that isn't boring and just a description of the scenery around them. It tells hilarious tells and gruesome details of the pain their feet endured. It's definitely something that may be added to my bucket list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, whether you are an Armchair Traveler, or a true traveler. Mr. Johnston's descriptions of The Way brought to life this very real pilgrimage. I went to the Albergue with him and his wife, and journeyed with them. Amidst the practical advice he shares for surviving this (rather arduous) hike, he throws in a lot of humor and local flavor. Appropriate for the adventurous and not-so-adventurous, I highly recommend this book! Especially if you enjoy reading about other cultures.
romarks More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining! I’m not much for hiking, especially not for a month (!) at a time but I enjoyed Johnston’s first book so much (Random Acts of Travel) that I felt like I had to check this book out, too. I wasn’t disappointed! Just as funny as his first, but somewhat more focused and in some ways more readable. Definitely worth reading even if you have no intention of walking 800 kilometres.