Travel Memoir – Living in Italy

Living in ItalyLiving in Italy
The Real Deal
By Stef Smulders
Publisher: Babelcube
Published: December 2016
ISBN: 9781507162965
ASIN: B01NBO82NP
Pages: 255
Genre: Travel Memoir
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In 2008 Stef Smulders, his partner Nico and their dog Saar emigrated to Italy to start a new life and set up a B&B. They sold their home, left their friends and family behind and took a leap into the unknown. Now Stef shares his experiences in a collection of witty short stories. The book treats the trials and tribulations of an emigration: what it was like to buy and renovate a house, to import a car, to gain residency, and much more. The reader is introduced to a full range of Italian characters, from the trustworthy to the rogue, from the gentle to the shameless, flesh and blood Italians. Some are stereotype, others unexpectedly original. Yet they never fail to amuse and entertain.

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Memoir – My Father’s Daughter: From Rome to Sicily

My Father's DaughterMy Father’s Daughter: From Rome to Sicily
By Gilda Morina Syverson
Publisher: Divine Phoenix
Published: November 2014
ISBN: 978-1941859100
ASIN: B00Q0G6PIY
Genre: Memoir
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In My Father’s Daughter, From Rome to Sicily, we are captivated by a multi-generational, travel adventure with Gilda Morina Syverson, her Italian-born father, Italian-American mother, and very-American husband. A Novello Literary Award Finalist, this memoir exudes passion, eloquence and heartfelt language, as our four main characters travel to our author’s ancestral roots. In this trilogy, we are lead through ancient sites of Rome, landscapes of a picturesque countryside, seaside villages of Sicily, and olive trees in the valley of Mount Etna, while contrasting an emotional journey between a father and daughter.

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Memoir – Life, Love, and a Hijacking: My Pan Am Memoir

Life, Love, and a HijackingLife, Love, and a Hijacking: My Pan Am Memoir
By Wendy Sue Knecht
Published: November 2014
ISBN: 978-1502523495
ASIN: B00Q73WL8S
Genre: Memoir, Travel
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Life, Love, and a Hijacking: My Pan Am Memoir is an insightful, hilarious, sometimes seat-gripping look at the adventures of an ebullient flight attendant, who flew for the world’s most iconic airline, Pan Am. With the world at her fingertips, anything was possible…even the improbable. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the read as Wendy Knecht recounts the experiences of her lifetime.

Travel with Wendy as she transforms from naive, frizzy-haired college student into a wined-and-dined, weight-checked woman of the world. After rigorous, eye-opening training and an aerodynamics lesson called PFM, she progresses to rich experiences around the globe. Fly along as she tells stories about a cockpit swimsuit competition, working the world’s longest flight from Los Angeles to Sydney, and all the perks, discoveries, and personal growth that came along the way.

It wasn’t just a party, and world politics were always part of the Pan Am experience. An interview by the Secret Service details a threat on President Reagan’s life, and an assignment in India leads to personal involvement in the shattering, deadly 1986 hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73.

Single until age 47, Wendy’s Pan Am story of her “life of freedom” is thought provoking and peppered with celebrity, adventure, tragedy, and a lot of laughter. Life, Love, and a Highjacking just might empower you to seek your own life’s adventure.

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Memoir – Tsunami Reflections

Tsunami ReflectionsTsunami Reflections
By Charles A. Pomeroy
Publisher: Telemachus Press
Published: September 2014
ISBN: 978-1941536216
ASIN: B00NUAY422
Genre: Memoir
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Tsunami Reflections: Otsuchi Remembered by Charles A. Pomeroy. An Imprint of Telemachus Press in paperback and eBook formats.

This memoir presents the author’s retirement town and family’s experience as a microcosm of the horrific tsunami that devastated Japan’s Sanriku Coast on March 11, 2011. More than 19,000 people lost their lives and some 5 million households were affected directly by that disaster, including that of the author and his wife. The town, Otsuchi, is limned within its geographical/historical context and a sense of place established, followed by reflections on the tsunami’s aftermath, loss of family members and home, mass funerals, cultural aspects, humanitarian efforts, and reconstruction plans. The narrative is augmented throughout by many photos, maps, and video links.

The Introduction provides family background and reasons for the author’s choice of this port town for retirement. Chapter 1 then presents an overview of the situation at the time of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami and a timeline of unfolding events as revealed in email exchanges.

With the scene set, Chapter 2 time-warps into a description of Otsuchi’s geographic location, its pre-tsunami key districts, topography, and historical context. Introduced also is Tono, the nearest inland town, which becomes important as the family’s post-tsunami base of operations from an aunt’s home there.

Chapters 3 and 4 then affirm a sense of place and local relationships through descriptions of the family home and neighborhood. The cultural fabric that strengthened community relationships, including annual festivals and Buddhist rites of Obon for the dead, is described.

Chapter 5 outlines the history of earlier earthquakes and tsunami before expanding on the “Big One” of 2011 that destroyed the Sanriku Coast. Survival stories as well as explanations of why so many died are presented. Recounted, too, is the first-hand experience of the Sea Shepherds, an ocean conservation group. Summarization of two videos of the disaster, one showing inundation of the part of town where family members were lost, ends the chapter.

An overview of the tsunami’s aftermath provides insights into its effects and the activities of volunteers in Chapter 6. This is followed in Chapter 7 by reflections on the devastation in Otsuchi and surrounding areas as seen by the author seven weeks after the tsunami, when the eerie silence of a dead town inspired him to relate this story.

The more emotional section of the book, Chapter 8, describes the search for missing relatives, mass funerals for the dead and missing, flowers reappearing amid the ruins, identification of a family member’s remains, interment of ashes, and the 2011 Buddhist commemoration of the dead.

Chapter 9 brings a lighter mood with descriptions of humanitarian aid to the town from Otsuchi’s sister-city of Fort Bragg, CA, and contributions in general—no doubt of interest to all who gave to relief efforts—as well as a Tokyo donation program that failed. The Japanese custom of giving “condolence” money is explained, followed by a related digression involving Hawaii.

The book concludes, in Chapter 10, with an outline of the master plan for the reconstruction of Otsuchi and resurrection of the town’s businesses in the face of ongoing depopulation. Included is a critique of the Japanese government’s response to the disaster, a description of local media, and thoughts on future possibilities for revitalizing the town.

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Travel – The India Ride Two Brothers, Two Motorcycles, One Incredible Adventure

The India RideThe India Ride
Two Brothers, Two Motorcycles, One Incredible Adventure
By Colin Pyle and Ryan Pyle
Publisher: G219 Productions Limited
ISBN: 978-0957576247
ASIN: BB00JHM423I
Genre: Travel memoir, Travel, Road Travel
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When Canadian brothers Colin and Ryan Pyle finished their record-breaking motorcycle adventure around China in 2010, they promised themselves that it would be their last such venture. Of course, they were wrong. Back in the saddle again, Colin and Ryan have set out to tackle the diverse country of India, and they had no idea what to expect! Whether it was monsoon rains, crashes in Mumbai, the claustrophobic roads of Kerla, or even a brutal paragliding landing in Manali, nothing could stop these two adventurers as they triumphantly completed a 54-day, 14,000 – kilometer motorcycle circumnavigation of India. In their book The India Ride, Colin and Ryan take us with them as they make their way through the remarkable and stunning landscapes of India. In the end, the brothers learned what it takes to succeed as a team as they circumnavigated a billion people, pushed themselves to new limits, and shared in an adventure of which most of us will only dream.

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Travel Memoir – The Middle Kingdom Ride: Two Brothers, Two Motorcycles, One Epic Journey Around China

The Middle Kingdom RideThe Middle Kingdom Ride
Two Brothers, Two Motorcycles, One Epic Journey Around China
By Colin Pyle and Ryan Pyle
Publisher: G219 Productions Limited
ISBN: 978-0957576216
ASIN: B00AVCCLUY
Genre: Memoir, Travel memoir, Road Travel
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When Canadian brothers Colin and Ryan Pyle set out from Shanghai on a motorcycle journey that had never previously been attempted, they thought they had some idea of what lay ahead of them. It was a misconception that had become evident by the end of Day 1. But, despite the many challenges they faced, 65 days and 18,000 km later they’d succeeded in circumnavigating China.

In an expedition of extremes, Colin and Ryan visited the third lowest point on Earth and slept at Everest Base Camp beside its highest mountain. They traveled off-road through deep desert sands in suffocating heat, traversed mountain passes in freezing temperatures that turned the moisture in their clothes to ice, and rode in torrential rain through mudslides beside rapidly rising flood waters.

At the end of their remarkable journey, the brothers had strengthened the bond between them, gained a Guinness World Record, tested their endurance to its limits, and shared an adventure that most of us will only ever dream of having.

In their book The Middle Kingdom Ride, Colin and Ryan take us with them as they travel through the diverse and extraordinary landscapes of China, from its border with North Korea, to the ancient Muslim city of Kashgar, across the vast empty spaces of the Mongolian grasslands, over the mountains and into the monasteries of Tibet.

In the DVD movie of The Middle Kingdom Ride, Colin and Ryan take viewers with them as they travel through the diverse and extraordinary landscapes of China, from its border with North Korea, to the ancient Muslim city of Kashgar, across the vast empty spaces of the Mongolian grasslands, over the mountains and into the monasteries of Tibet.

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