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World travelers and armchair tourists who want to explore the mythology and archaeology of the ruins, sanctuaries, mountains, lost cities,…and temples of ancient civilizations will find this guide ideal. Detailed here are the monuments and sites where ancient peoples once gathered to perform sacred rituals and ceremonies to worship various gods and to achieve spiritual enlightenment. Important archaeological, historical, and geological destinations worldwide are profiled, from the Great Pyramid in Egypt and the Forbidden City in China to the Temples of Angkor in Cambodia and Mount Shasta in California. Sites are described in historical and cultural context, and practical contemporary travel information is provided, including detailed maps, drawings, photographs, and travel directions.
By Brad Olsen. 2001
Written to motivate and inspire young people in their quests to travel the world, this book introduces a new way…of traveling--freestyle traveling--where all that's required is an adventurous spirit and an insatiable curiosity about the workings of the world. This global travel manifesto clears up misconceptions about traveling, candidly portrays travelers interacting in different cultures around the world, and encourages young people to get on world travel circuits to become aware of the immense changes happening around the planet. In addition to providing all the practical information such as saving money on travel expenses, staying safe and healthy on the road, and finding a job overseas, this guide will also take travelers on a philosophical journey with the best travel advice from sages throughout the ages.
By Jack Hitt. 2005
When Jack Hitt set out to walk the 500 miles from France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, he submitted to…the rigorous traditions of Europe's oldest form of packaged tour, a pilgrimage that has been walked by millions in the history of Christendom. Off the Roadis an unforgettable exploration of the sites that people believe God once touched: the strange fortress said to contain the real secret Adam learned when he bit into the apple; the sites associated with the murderous monks known as the Knights Templar; and the places housing relics ranging from a vial of the Virgin Mary's milk to a sheet of Saint Bartholomew's skin. Along the way, Jack Hitt finds himself persevering by day and bunking down by night with an unlikely and colorful cast of fellow pilgrims -- a Flemish film crew, a drunken gypsy, a draconian Belgian air force officer, a man who speaks no languages, a one-legged pilgrim, and a Welsh family with a mule. In the day-to-day grind of walking under a hot Spanish sun, Jack Hitt and his cohorts not only find occasional good meals and dry shelter but they also stumble upon some fresh ideas about old-time zealotry and modern belief. Off the Roadis an engaging and witty travel memoir of an offbeat journey through history that turns into a provocative rethinking of the past.
By Cheryl Strayed, Jason Wilson. 2018
Twenty-four previously published essays selected by the author of Wild (DB 74646). In "The Digital Republic," Nathan Heller recounts his…trip to Estonia, where he investigated an attempt to link all government services across one platform. 2018
By Paul Theroux, Jason Wilson. 2014
Author of Deep South (DB 83478) presents twenty-four previously published essays exploring the joys and travails of travel. Includes selections…from Elif Batuman, Andrew McCarthy, David Sedaris, and Colson Whitehead. In "Fifty Shades of Greyhound," Harrison Scott Key recounts his second ride with the bus company. 2014
By Jason Wilson, Andrew McCarthy. 2015
Twenty-four previously published essays exploring the joys and tribulations of travel. In "Hail Dayton," Rachael Maddux recounts a visit to…Dayton, Tennessee, site of the infamous 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial, and the enduring legacy of the event. Includes essays by Gary Shteyngart and Paul Theroux. 2015
By Kirsteen MacLeod. 2021
By W. Davis Hawkins Jr.. 2019
A lifelong adventurer shares his fascinating story in this memoir of travel, life in Japan, and special assignments from the…White House. Davis Hawkins lives a life of adventure and travel, approaching each opportunity with the mantra to &“Go, See, and Do.&” He chronicles his life through this lens, starting with his southern California upbringing before moving to Japan at an impressionable age. He experienced a changing America and East Asia landscape in the mid-twentieth century living abroad. These moments impacted his life through his military service and directed him to a successful financial and consulting careers overseas. Hawkins continued traveling, embracing any opportunity to visit different cultures. He visited more than eighty countries spanning all seven continents, finding human shrunken heads in Borneo, trekking in the Himalayas and the Amazon jungle, camping in the Gobi Desert, dining at the US State Department, couriering for the President of the United States, receiving a US congressional subpoena, surviving a military coup, and much more.
By Tim Ryan. 2016
The legendary commentator recounts his adventuresome life in the ever-changing world of sport broadcasting in this lively memoir: &“I couldn&’t put…it down&” (John McEnroe).Tim Ryan is no doubt the only sportscaster who has crash-landed in the Namib desert, been charged by a rhino in Zimbabwe, herded sheep at the beginning of a Winter Olympics telecast, and dodged flying bottles at a professional boxing match. In his new memoir, Ryan recounts all of these tales and more in the personable, trustworthy voice that sports fans will recognize from his countless television appearances. Armchair travelers and sports enthusiasts alike will be taken on a riveting journey as Ryan shares anecdotes from his adventures in broadcasting that span thirty sports in more than twenty countries over fifty years. And while the events themselves are impressive—ten Olympic Games, more than three hundred championship boxing matches, Wimbledon and US Open tennis, World Cup Skiing, just to name a few—it&’s the lesser-known stories that happened along the way that really stand out in Ryan&’s telling. As he details how he came to call the first Ali-Frazier fight for the Armed Forces Network, or hosted a tennis tournament featuring the McEnroe brothers to raise money for the Alzheimer&’s Association, Ryan shines a light on sports and the world beyond sports—the world of family, friends, colleagues, and connections that endure when the game has been won and the mic turned off.
By Marcello Di Cintio. 2021
In conversations with drivers ranging from veterans of foreign wars to Indigenous women protecting one another, Di Cintio explores the…borderland of the North American taxi. “The taxi,” writes Marcello Di Cintio, “is a border.” Occupying the space between public and private, a cab brings together people who might otherwise never have met—yet most of us sit in the back and stare at our phones. Nowhere else do people occupy such intimate quarters and share so little. In a series of interviews with drivers, their backgrounds ranging from the Iraqi National Guard, to the Westboro Baptist Church, to an arranged marriage that left one woman stranded in a foreign country with nothing but a suitcase, Driven seeks out those missed conversations, revealing the unknown stories that surround us. Travelling across borders of all kinds, from battlefields and occupied lands to midnight fares and Tim Hortons parking lots, Di Cintio chronicles the many journeys each driver made merely for the privilege to turn on their rooflight. Yet these lives aren’t defined by tragedy or frustration but by ingenuity and generosity, hope and indomitable hard work. From night school and sixteen-hour shifts to schemes for athletic careers and the secret Shakespeare of Dylan’s lyrics, Di Cintio’s subjects share the passions and triumphs that drive them. Like the people encountered in its pages, Driven is an unexpected delight, and that most wondrous of all things: a book that will change the way you see the world around you. A paean to the power of personality and perseverance, it’s a compassionate and joyful tribute to the men and women who take us where we want to go.
By Bill Bryson, Jason Wilson. 2016
Author of The Road to Little Dribbling (DB 83624) presents twenty-four previously published essays exploring the world around us. In…"The Foreign Spell," Pico Iyer contrasts his experiences growing up Indian with a British accent in America with his trips to Bali. 2016
Around the Province in 88 Days: One Woman, Two Pairs of Sneakers and 3000 Kilometers of Nova Scotia Coastline
By Emily Taylor Smith. 2019
A Nova Scotia woman shares her experience of walking the province&’s coastline for charity and what she learned along the…way.Early on a May morning, a young Nova Scotia woman straps on a small backpack and leaves the Halifax Common to start her journey along the coastal roads of Nova Scotia. Planning to cover almost a marathon a day, she will walk the perimeter of the entire province in just under three months to raise awareness for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Brigadoon Children&’s Camp Society. She billets with locals each night and meets countless Nova Scotians who come out to walk with her, support her project, and tell their stories. Along the way, fellow walkers share family folklore, tales of buried gold, lost fingers, and detailed instructions on how to catch a beaver by the tail. &“We don&’t wear make-up and we don&’t dust,&” explains one of the women Emily meets near Sable River, when asked how she found the time to rebuild the trails in her area and win the Community Spirit Award. Struggling with blisters, fatigue, and an encounter with a bear cub, Emily walks on, overwhelmed by the generosity of her hosts in each community and by the stunning coastal views at every turn. Around the Province in 88 Days details Emily&’s beautiful and quirky experiences on the road as she develops an intimate connection with the province and its people, unsuspecting of the vast changes the trip will eventually set in motion in her own life.
By Ed Hanczaryk. 2019
A PGA pro&’s trip to teach golf in Bhutan becomes a journey of self-discovery on which he learns an ancient…meditation practice.PGA of Canada pro Ed Hanczaryk blends golf and the art of meditation in this travelogue based on his true story of a five-month golf-teaching assignment in the hidden Kingdom of Bhutan. One day he taught a monk how to improve his game, and the next day, the monk taught him to tame his unruly mind . . .A personal story of &“zen and the art of the golf swing&” for readers of Joseph Parent&’s Zen Golf.
Australia's history is one of epic journeys, intrepid explorers, and mysterious disappearances in far flung places. From perilous sea voyages…to the distant south land, to forays across vast deserts on horseback, they are stories of endurance and misadventure, survival and loss. Master storyteller Graham Seal has gathered together a gripping collection of famous and lesser-known journeys by land, sea and air in the 19th and early 20th centuries. As Warren Fahey writes in his foreword, 'Some journeys, like those of Burke and Wills, Lasseter's First Find, and the razing of the riverboat Rodney, are relatively well known. Others, mostly unknown, are tales of bravado, determination and, sometimes, sheer madness.' From the comfort and safety of your armchair you can join some of Australia's bravest and also some of its most foolhardy men and women in their adventures.
By Michael Smith, Aaron Patrick. 2017
Michael Smith spent 20 years restoring Melbourne’s beloved Sun Theatre and becoming one of Australia’s last independent cinema operators. He…then set off on a rather different journey: to become the first person to fly solo around the world in an amphibious plane. With limited flying experience, no support team and only basic instruments in his tiny flying boat, the Southern Sun, Smith risked his life to make modern aviation history. His adventures include an unexpected greeting by Special Branch on his arrival in the UK, a near-death experience while leaving Greenland, and a wondrous journey up the Mississippi. In just seven months he made eighty stops around the globe, exploring twenty-five cities and communities, and visiting some seventy cinemas. All along the way Smith updated his online journal, cheered on by 50,000 followers. In 2016 he was named Australian Geographic's Adventurer of the Year.
By Mark Fortier, Serge Bouchard. 2021
De novembre 1975 à octobre 1976, Serge Bouchard a voyagé avec des camionneurs dans le Nord-Ouest québécois. Son but :…étudier et observer leur travail pour en faire le sujet de sa thèse de doctorat. Serge Bouchard et Mark Fortier ont transformé la matière de cette recherche ethnographique unique en un portrait vivant et pénétrant du monde des routiers. Ce livre nous entraîne bien au-delà des routes du Nord à l’époque des grands chantiers de la Baie-James. Il nous parle des mystères de la vie, de la liberté et de la création.
By Placide Vigneau. 2021
"Je n'ai jamais oublié l'horreur qui s'empara de nous lorsque nous reconnûmes que c'étaient des corps humains qui étaient mutilés…de la sorte. Nos cheveux devinrent à pic sur nos têtes, et semblaient soulever nos casques... " Voilà ce que contait le père Giasson, vieux pêcheur Madelinot, à Placide Vigneau, célèbre mémorialiste de la Côte-Nord. Ce récit terrible, c'est celui du naufrage du voilier Granicus, et surtout de ses suites, qui virent l'île d'Anticosti être le théâtre d'un terrifiant épisode d'anthropophagie
By Paul Theroux. 2011
El libro ideal para preparar nuestros viajes: para disfrutarlos, comprenderlos y recordarlos. No puedes transitar el camino hasta que tú…mismo te conviertes en el camino. Paul Theroux celebra cincuenta años de viajar por el mundo y reúne lo mejor de su obra y los pasajes más memorables de aquellos autores que lo han formado como lector y viajero: Vladimir Nabokov, Samuel Johnson, Evelyn Waugh, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, Graham Greene y DH Lawrence entre otros se dan cita en estas páginas. Guía filosófica y libro de viajes a la vez, El Tao del viajero es una obra para regalar y atesorar, para leer una y otra vez, como libro de cabecera que marca el camino espiritual del viajero que todos llevamos dentro. La crítica ha dicho:«Theroux sigue siendo ese autor que atrae de un modo adictivo, incansablemente perceptivo y curioso.»The Washington Post «Siga a Theroux dondequiera que vaya, se verá sorprendido y cautivado...»Globe and Mail «Paul Theroux: monumento vivo de la prosa de viajes.»El País «Lectura perfecta para el verano que se le avecina a quien quiera viajar; a quien, queriendo, no pueda; y a quien, precisamente por no querer o no poder, está dispuesto a emprender un viaje imaginario.»Enrique de Hériz, El Periódico de Catalunya «Paul Theroux aúna sabiduría e ironía. El Tao del viajero es una guía escueta y fundamental... Un placer viajar por sus palabras.»Laura Revuelta, ABC Cultural
By Paul Theroux. 1979
Uno de los libros de viajes más aclamados del siglo xx, recuento de un memorable periplo por todo el continente…americano En este libro pionero de 1979, Paul Theroux relata su periplo de seis meses por el continente americano en ferrocarril. La aventura comienza en un tren de cercanías de Boston y acaba cuando un viejo expreso llega a la ciudad de Esquel, en plena Patagonia argentina. Entremedias, el autor cruza México, se interna en América Central, visita Machu Picchu o se toma unos días de descanso en Buenos Aires en compañía de Jorge Luis Borges. Sin embargo, su relato nunca cae en el pintoresquismo, sino que logra evocar un fascinante fresco cultural con observaciones memorables y fina ironía. Más de cuarenta años después de su publicación, El viejo expreso de la Patagonia es también un documento de primer orden sobre la historia convulsa de un continente. La crítica ha dicho:«Uno de los libros de viaje más cautivadores que se han escrito en nuestro tiempo».Financial Times «Escritura de viajes al más alto nivel».The Sunday Telegraph
By Sandor Ellix Katz. 2021
From James Beard Award winner and New York Times–bestselling author of The Art of Fermentation: the recipes, processes, cultural traditions,…and stories from around the globe that inspire Sandor Katz and his life’s work—a cookbook destined to become a modern classic essential for every home chef. "Sandor’s life of curiosity-filled travel and exploration elicits a sense of wonder as tastes, sights, and smells leap off the pages to ignite your imagination."—David Zilber, chef, fermenter, food scientist, and coauthor of The Noma Guide to Fermentation "Sandor Katz transposes his obsession with one of mankind’s foundational culinary processes into a cookbook-cum-travelogue."—The New York Times “Fascinating and full of delicious stuff. . . . I’m psyched to cook from this book.”—Francis Lam, The Splendid Table For the past two decades, fermentation expert and bestselling author Sandor Katz has traveled the world, both teaching and learning about the many fascinating and delicious techniques for fermenting foods. Wherever he’s gone, he has gleaned valuable insights into the cultures and traditions of local and indigenous peoples, whether they make familiar ferments like sauerkraut or less common preparations like natto and koji. In his latest book, Sandor Katz’s Fermentation Journeys, Katz takes readers along with him to revisit these special places, people, and foods. This cookbook goes far beyond mere general instructions and explores the transformative process of fermentation through: Detailed descriptions of traditional fermentation techniques Celebrating local customs and ceremonies that surround particular ferments Profiles of the farmers, business owners, and experimenters Katz has met on his journeys It contains over 60 recipes for global ferments, including: Chicha de jora (Ecuador) Misa Ono’s Shio-koji, or salt koji (Japan) Doubanjiang (China) Efo riro spinach stew (Nigeria) Whole sour cabbages (Croatia) Chucula hot chocolate (Colombia) Sandor Katz’s Fermentation Journeys reminds us that the magical power of fermentation belongs to everyone, everywhere. Perfect for adventurous foodies, armchair travelers, and fermentation fanatics who have followed Katz’s work through the years—from Wild Fermentation to The Art of Fermentation to Fermentation as Metaphor—this book reflects the enduring passion and accumulated wisdom of this unique man, who is arguably the world’s most experienced and respected advocate of all things fermented. "This international romp is funky in the best of ways."—Publishers Weekly More Praise for Sandor Katz: “[Katz is the] high priest of fermentation.”—Helen Rosner, The New Yorker "His teachings and writings on fermentation have changed lives around the world."—BBC “The fermentation movement’s guru.”—USA Today “A fermentation master.”—The Wall Street Journal