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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Travel Essays – Motions and Moments

Motions and MomentsMotions and Moments
More Essays on Tokyo
By Michael Pronko
Publisher: Raked Gravel Press
Published: December 2015
ISBN: 978-1942410119
ASIN: B019IGFBWS
Genre: Travel, essay, creative non-fiction
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Motions and Moments is the third book by Michael Pronko on the fluid feel and vibrant confusions of Tokyo life. These 42 new essays burrow into the unique intensities that suffuse the city and ponder what they mean to its millions of inhabitants.

Based on Pronko’s 18 years living, teaching and writing in Tokyo, these essays on how Tokyoites work, dress, commute, eat and sleep are steeped in insights into the city’s odd structures, intricate pleasures and engaging undertow.

Included are essays on living to size and loving the crowd, on Tokyo’s dizzying uncertainties and daily satisfactions, and on the 2011 earthquake. As in his first two books, this collection captures the ceaseless flow and passing flashes of life in biggest city in the world with gentle humor and rich detail.

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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
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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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Travel/Adventure – Beyond The Horizon: Sailing Around The World on “Colombine”

Beyond the HorizonBeyond The Horizon: Sailing Around The World on “Colombine”
By Werner H. Kraus
ISBN: 978-1456822743
ASIN: B004FPZ23Q
Genre: Travel/Adventure
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The book chronicles the authors 7 1/2 year circumnavigation. Starting and ending in Hawaii, sailing as far north as Alaska and south to New Zealand. In addition to covering the places visited there are many descriptions of problems encountered and how they were solved. Ranging from 70 knot winds, 50 foot waves, equipment and engine failures and the dealings with officials and bureaucrats around the world. Boarded by armed vigilantes in Indonesia, the author holding an Rumanian marine’s Uzi hostage and a fellow cruiser killed by escaped convicts in Panama, add excitement, not generally found in a sailing adventure.

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Travel – The Indrawn Heart: An Estonian Journey

The Indrawn Heart: An Estonian JourneyThe Indrawn Heart
By Max Boyle
Publisher: Lakeshore Press
ISBN: 978-0984644063
Published: 2013
Pages: 213
Genre: Travel
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Is Estonia home to the most introspective nation in Europe? The stereotypes of Estonians might suggest so, depicting a reticent and uneffusive people for whom, according to their own proverb, ‘speaking is silver, silence is gold’.

Early one summer, Max Boyle, of part Estonian origin himself, departs his native West Yorkshire to travel the country, of which little beyond the capital, Tallinn, and a Eurovision Song Contest win in 2001 is known in Britain. He takes with him a copy of ‘You Are So LIttle, Little’, a poem by tragic nineteenth century writer Juhan Liiv which speaks of Estonia and its ‘indrawn heart’. In an adventure which supplements a backpacking journey with an offbeat behavioural and literary enquiry, he explores his ancestral home, inviting Estonians to comment on Liiv’s verses and their own view of themselves.

Finally, he comes to terms with memories of previous, troubled visits to Tallinn, and exorcises the ghost of an unhappy liaison with an Estonian woman.

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