Grounded: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World

Grounded: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World

by Seth Stevenson


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ISBN-13: 9781594484421
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/06/2010
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Seth Stevenson, is a contributing writer for Slate. His work has appeared in the New York Times, New York magazine, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and other publications. He is the winner of the 2005 Online Journalism Award for commentary.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia 1

Chapter 1 Philadelphia to Antwerp 17

Chapter 2 Antwerp to Tallinn 47

Chapter 3 Tallinn to Fushiki 75

Chapter 4 Fushiki to Beijing 113

Chapter 5 Beijing to Hanoi 137

Chapter 6 Hanoi to Bangkok 159

Chapter 7 Bangkok to Singapore 191

Chapter 8 Singapore to Brisbane 215

Chapter 9 Brisbane to Los Angeles 235

Chapter 10 Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., and Points Beyond… 261

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Grounded: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
MikeS More than 1 year ago
Other than the works of Bill Bryson, I tend to get bored while reading a travel tome. They tend to weigh me down with facts. It is fascinating to find that 3000 people a day visit a certain site, that the site was controlled by six different nations throughout its history, etc., but when that same approach is used chapter after chapter, stop after stop, my attention departs to regions elsewhere. The author, a contributor to an on-line magazine, wrote this book in the style of an article for a, you guessed it, magazine. In its brevity lies its strength. The book isn't brief, it is fluid, moving from highlight to highlight with nary a detour into the realm of ponderous fact. It keeps the reader traveling from one interesting description to the next. It doesn't bog down in over-philosophizing the art of travel, the state of the world or the future of the species. It relates the peaks and depressions of travel without overmining the depths. There is humor, analysis, assessment, without verbosity or becoming overbearing. It presents travel as it is, with perspective not pathos. Overall it provides an enjoyable literary journey.
Lone_Star_Hoosier More than 1 year ago
With "Grounded," Seth Stevenson, a frequent contributor to the online magazine, Slate, with focuses on travel and advertising criticism, has written a fascinating, exuberant travelogue, and you should read it. I wouldn't say he has ascended to the highest ranks of travel writing, yet. But with this book, he shows great potential, and I look forward to see his development over the next few years. Bill Bryson should start watching his back! Mr. Stevenson's book details a trip that for most of us is the greatest fantasy of all -- quitting your job and taking a leisurely trip around the world, without (with a few notable exceptions) any set deadlines or agendas. With his girlfriend at his side, he takes some very un-glamorous modes of ground transport areound the globe: container ships (who knew you could book a berth on a container ship?), ferry boats, the Trans-Siberian Railroad, bicycles in Vietnam, a rental car across the Outback, etc. Mr. Stevensons's self-deprecating style makes this a great read. I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating chronicle of a young couple traveling around the world without flying. Taking a freighter across the Atlantic, the Transsiberian Railroad across Russia, driving through Australia, a cruise back home across the Pacific, provide the backdrops for interesting stories and anecdotes. This book may provide the inspiration for your next trip.
zmagic69 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Un like Amazon here I can give a book even less than 1 star, yeah! I saw this book and thought what an interesting idea. Unfortunately that is the only thing good about the book, was the idea. Take two extremely liberal, environmental wacko's (you are made aware of this repeatedly; because they are so proud of it they tell you so. In fact they bore that crap out of the reader telling you how awful airplane travel is for the environment) and like most people of their political bent, they are shallow and boring, which is fine except the book becomes shallow and boring. They heap praise on the aspects of liberal lifestyle they agree with, but, for example, when the cab driver in Antwerp makes a ¿racist remark¿ they become offended. When I read a book about travel I don¿t want to know and couldn¿t care less what your political views are, or your views about the environment. Try telling the reader about the places you went and how you got there. This book barely does either. Please promise to go back to your hollow, life of driving your Prius to Whole Foods and being glued to you smart phone. I don't think I have ever read a more annoying book by such a condescending boring twit!
karenlisa on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Grounded By Seth Stevenson D.C. writer and his girlfriend Rebecca circumnavigate the globe without flying. At first it seems a testimony to old fashioned romantic travel. Interacting with actual people, eating and staying in offbeat places one would have never found. The author mentions the difficulty flying post 9/11 plus the movements by environmental groups. The stress discomfort and uncomfortable seating adds to Seth's resolve to cross all longitudinal lines and the equator without flying. It is harder than it seems due to timing and some far out places that don't have much ground transport. Grounded is an exciting adventure taken by a smart young couple (who surprisingly and pleasantly get along throughout the travel turmoil) and learn a lot about their lives and themselves along the way.
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