Boarding Passes to Faraway Places

Boarding Passes to Faraway Places

by Guy A. Sibilla

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ISBN-13: 9781480846920
Publisher: Archway Publishing
Publication date: 08/16/2017
Pages: 230
Sales rank: 564,413
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Guy A. Sibilla is a writer who presently lives in Honolulu, Hawaii. He attended the College of William & Mary in Virginia and while living at various times in Germany, Italy and the United States, traveled throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Pacific Basin. His award-winning stories and photographs have appeared in magazines and newspapers within the United States and abroad.

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One night at camp I walked over to the latrine and entered the tented area. As protocol required, I picked up a stick and banged on the wooden seat and around the hole before I sat down to chase away the spiders that liked to call that place home. While I waited for nature to take its course, I looked down as my headlamp tracked the movement of the plumpest, hairiest, most arrogant example of a tarantula I had ever seen.

When I described it in a story, I used the phrase that it appeared to be “roughly the size of a moped.” I was quite motivated at that point, scooped some lime, and gingerly got out of there. As I was leaving, I walked past a young, pretty undergrad who was waiting in line. I held the tent flap open and said something to the effect of, “Be sure to bang on the box. There’s a spider in there!”

She gave me that really? look.

When I returned to the campfire, I was laughing quietly to myself when Sarah asked me, “Hey, what’s so funny?”

“Wait for it,” was all I said. With that, a scream taken from the sound track of the Texas Chain Saw Massacre came from the direction of the latrine. I explained to my group what I saw and what I said to the undergrad.

“Technically, we call them arachnids,” Cathy noted laughing.

If the bugs and arachnids weren’t enough ways to get sick, there were the thorns. The poetically named bayal vines were a wispy green growth covered with thousands of thorns of hypodermic needle-like sharpness. If you inadvertently caught a loose end on your clothing and kept walking, the remainder of the vine would build tensile energy like a stretched rubber band. Unless you backed up slowly, the vine could snap and send an array of thorns into your soft flesh like a series of machine gun bullets across a wall.

Then there were the snakes. This jungle had lots and lots of snakes. These were not serpents in the Shakespearean sense of that word; “O serpent heart with a flowering face!” Unlike Juliet’s challenge to Romeo’s motives, the assortment of Central American snakes was far less amorous. They were prepared to envenom any one of us surveyors with a dose of a neurotoxin or hemotoxin at a moment’s misplaced footfall. It was Disneyland for herpetologists.

I prepared myself before I left home with a morbid inventory of death-by-snake-bite scenarios. It began with the Maya Coral Snake. It enjoyed one of the deadliest neurotoxic venoms on earth.

As frightening as that sounded, I had a personal aversion to the Fer-de-lance. One snake expert in camp labeled this member of the pit viper family as grumpy. I don't want to get off on a rant here but I happen to use that adjective to describe myself in the morning before I have had a cup of coffee. No one dies though, if someone surprises me say, in the kitchen. I did in fact meet a Fer-de-lance early one morning in camp. I awoke, grabbed my toothbrush and walked a few steps from my bunk to brush my teeth in the cool, green halo of dawn. Just as I went to spit a mouthful of saliva mixed with Crest, a few feet away a viper this big slithered out from under some leaf litter and stared at me with that grumpy sort of look. I took the hint and slithered back to my bunk.

Then there was the Neotropical rattlesnake. Enough said.

To round out the rest of the crew, there were pit vipers like the Mexican Moccasin, the Jumping Viper, the Hognose Viper, and the Eyelash Viper.

To this day I refuse to conjugate the infinitive “to envenom.”

The goods news was that most of these snakes hunted at night when their infrared sensing zones made them unmatched killing machines for animals walking around with the false belief that the cover of darkness protected them. The bad news was this group of nastiness hid in the shadows of fallen trees and leaf litter that we, as surveyors, traipsed across all day long.

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Boarding Passes to Faraway Places 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
grnfish 17 days ago
I just finished reading this book. I SO enjoyed it, had a hard time putting it down actually. Learned some new geography, expanded my empathy for others in war-torn countries, and laughed at the delightful humor. You will be inspired to travel, even if not close to the intensity and depth as Guy Sibilla. His writing is engrossing; his humility is endearing. Kudos to Mr. Guy!!!
GrnfishonMaui 17 days ago
Dina Azrak 15 days ago
ADORED this book!!! How utterly exciting and breathtakingly beautiful a journey Mr. Sibilia has taken and shared with us! I savored this book..I did not want the travels to end!! I certainly hope there will more shared adventures coming
HawaiiRose 6 months ago
I started reading Boarding Passes to Faraway Places over the weekend and I could not put it down---finally at 2:30am sleep took over! Breathtaking, intriguing, and funny at times-----Guy Sibilla is truly a gifted writer ---- the storytelling is authentic and real, and it just pulled me in as if I were right alongside with him on all of his incredible journeys! The main takeaway I gained as I read this book is that there are many kind and generous people in the world and we have more in common than we realize!! It's truly a book that's needed in our world during these challenging times!! I'd love to see a movie made out of this book!! It's that good!!! Thank you, Guy Sibilla for sharing your amazing travel stories with us!! It's worth way more than Five Stars!!!
Anonymous 6 months ago
wonderful reading felt like i was on this adventure too or wish I was. Cant wait to see what His next adventure will bring for us to read
BethelStreetBookClub 6 months ago
Guy Sibilla's writing is smart, humorous and full of adventure and wisdom. His words and his travels have always inspired me to read, to write and to travel the world. This book is his life's work and it is masterful in it's storytelling. Being able to see into the far corners of the world through his eyes and experiences is an adventure in itself. Boarding Passes to Faraway Places is spectacular. Can't wait for the next book!
Shige66 6 months ago
I am a military brat who has traveled around the world with my parents and my significant other but not as adventurous nor as boldly as Guy Sibilla. I lived in Asmara, Ethiopia (now Eritrea) , been on Safari in Kenya and have traveled through Asia and Europe. Guy, on the other hand, takes travel adventures. His book takes you along as though you are next to him experiencing the sights, sounds and conversations of his travels . I enjoyed his exotic travels to places that we would not venture. Read at your own risk for you may get the urge to jump at the chance to , maybe not as adventurously, visit exotic places and meet the people living there.
JJA65 6 months ago
Guy Sibilla takes us on a journey to some of the most interesting and remote corners of the globe. This book is a travel log, adventure journal and history book about places most of us can only dream of or choose to learn about in the comforts of our own, safe homes. Most of all it is wonderful story about meeting people from all over the world, most of whom appreciate the experience that come with making new friendships. This is a "must read" for those who have any interest at all in the diverse and beautiful world that surrounds us.
LariY 6 months ago
Guy Sibilla has a way with words that transport the reader to exotic and dangerous places. His wonderful and friendly personality shines through in his descriptions and musing about people and places that he has experienced. He has traveled to many places that I could never entertain or even think about going to, but it was exciting to read about. I can't wait for his next book!
Anonymous 6 months ago
Boarding Passes to Faraway Places by Guy Sibilla Interesting insights to places less traveled. As an invisible guest, the author takes you safely along with him to exotic and sometimes dangerous places as he wanders the globe. Whether it's searching for the ruins of ancient Mayan civilizations in the jungles of Belize, visiting ancient cities off the beaten path in India and the Middle East, or climbing to the foot of the Himalayan Mountain Range (K2) in Pakistan, the author introduces you to the sights, sounds, cultures and new friends he encounters along the way. Boarding Passes to Faraway Places lets you enjoy eight very different journeys, each an adventure. By the end, the author is your friend and you are looking forward to shadowing him once more on his next adventure.
CafeChick 7 months ago
Guy Sibilla, an adventure seeking nomad and brilliant storyteller, gives you a taste of what it feels like to travel in some of the most extreme conditions in the world. From climbing Mt. Everest in minus 25 degrees celsius weather to going on writing assignment in the war zone of East Timor, Indonesia, it's a wonder that Guy continues to make it home alive. His self-deprecating recounts and vivid descriptions like, "The unscreened windows let in the breeze and the sounds of the birds. The flaked paint on the walls softened the hardness of the concrete. And the soft late afternoon light encouraged napping," had me hanging on his every word. A wonderful read for the dreamers who would never have the courage to do what Guy does or the bookworms who just love to cozy up to a good story.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I just finished reading Guy’s book. I couldn’t put it down. He has/is living an amazing adventure of a life, showing the rest of us that getting out of our comfort zone and stretching is really where the juice is. He also writes superbly. When he describes places and people you can visualize what he sees and sense what he feels. Sensitive to the people’s and the places he visits he takes us as readers along in his backpack and let’s us experience it all without snow in our shoes or sand in our pockets. I will be gifting this little book to others, particularly other travelers. Jayne Sams San Diego, CA