The Turk Who Loved Apples: And Other Tales of Losing My Way Around the World

The Turk Who Loved Apples: And Other Tales of Losing My Way Around the World

by Matt Gross


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While writing his celebrated Frugal Traveler column for the New York Times, Matt Gross began to feel hemmed in by its focus on what he thought of as “traveling on the cheap at all costs.” When his editor offered him the opportunity to do something less structured, the Getting Lost series was born, and Gross began a more immersive form of travel that allowed him to “lose his way all over the globe”—from developing-world megalopolises to venerable European capitals, from American sprawl to Asian archipelagos. And that's what the never-before-published material in The Turk Who Loved Apples is all about: breaking free of the constraints of modern travel and letting the place itself guide you. It's a variety of travel you'll love to experience vicariously through Matt Gross—and maybe even be inspired to try for yourself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306821158
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 04/23/2013
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,084,531
Product dimensions: 5.72(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

Matt Gross has written nearly 200 articles for the New York Times Travel section. He lives in Brooklyn.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

1 Schrödinger's Boarding Pass: Perpetually Unprepared-and Totally Comfortable with That-I Set Off for Vietnam, Tunisia, and Beyond 11

2 A Model Organism: In Which, Craving Culinary Adventure, I Eat My Way Across the World and Figure Out How to Handle the Consequences 39

3 Wandering Stars: In Which I Deal with the Inevitability of Loneliness and the Complicated Joys of Making Friends 63

4 Poor Me: How I Learned to Travel Frugally and Got the Best Job in the World-and Why I Gave It Up 93

5 The Best Policy: In Which I Try to Come Up with an Ethical Response to Developing-World Tragedies and My Own Role in Perpetuating Them 137

6 The Orient: On Learning, and Unlearning, How to Navigate a Messy World 163

7 Happy Families: How I Faced the Ultimate Horror- Traveling with My Family-and Survived to Tell the Tale 187

8 The Touron's Lament: On the Differences Between Tourists and Travelers, and Never Quite Knowing Whether You're One or the Other 221

9 Jiggety-Jog: On Leaving Home, Coming Home, and Seeking My Proper Place in the World 247

Index 273

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