A collection of memories told under the blinding light of hindsight all from the author's sordid traveling past....that's what you have here. Why is her past sordid? Oh, ask her...the one with the outrageously decorated apartment all purchased for well under the asking price. Or perhaps she can recant the tale of how all her traveling ambitions began with a spin and an extension of her finger (literally, she spun a globe, pointed, and went there). Prefer little cute little guy on the cover there? There's a story for that one too though you may not quite be so happy by the time you reach the end of that little tale. As in reading so is life...each step taken is a journey yet uncharted. Here, the author chooses to chart her course through the past to show you just how she arrived at the future in all her humorous glory.
Without even trying to take in Paris, I had already slept in someone else's low bed. I had touched their funny toilet paper, opened their medicine cabinet, banged on their faucets like a monkey, and then maneuvered their low-hanging shower head, mumbling, What is this, Thailand? until I resigned myself to defeat and squatted to bathe, also like a monkey. -- pg 193
See? Admit it...you're chuckling. The final pages...well they left me feeling a bit like a hypocrite since I was SO down in the mouth at the start. I mean really....is it fair to pick up and change direction in the later portion of a book? I think not. It leaves readers confused and feeling misguided while at the same time making the laughs that ensue all the more disturbing. I beg of you, make up your mind so I can make up my mind and together our minds will be made up. ^_^
Seriously....am I glad I read it? Sure! Reading is an adventure every time you embark....there are just some journey's that you enjoy a bit more than others. Did I enjoy this one? Not as much as I had hoped, but I do keep with me a few memorable gems certainly worthy of discussion. Would I recommend it to you? Hard to say. I suppose it depends on the reader, your mood, the proper lighting, snackage availability, and comfort level. With all those in place and a "here-we-go" attitude, I can say with no more certainty that you will at the very least have experienced something other than your everyday read....
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Until next time....happy reading!