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Eh?Eh!
First of all, this is a very misleading title. There were no sexytimes or people eating.

If you ask people what they enjoy doing, what they love, what's necessary, many will list "travel." But what does that mean? Flying somewhere with an itinerary to spend a few nights in a 5 star hotel with continental breakfast? Living out of a backpack and wearing through your shoes? It's such a blobby answer, "travel."

There was a brief period where I had cable and in that brief period I watched maybe 2 episo
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Carin
Quite fun! I can see the comparison but as usual, I think everyone else is a pale comparison to Bill Bryson. However, Maarten Troost might well be the closest. This book managed to make me both really wish I could go to the South Pacific, and really glad I'm not there. Sylvia I didn't get much a feel for, but the glimpses of her were also funny as she seems to be a straightforward, no-crap kind of woman. The running theme of Mr. Maarten's novel (still unwritten to this day) was also amusing. The ...more
Cheryl
May 27, 2008 Cheryl rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Someone who doesn't care about proper English
I liked this book but am still stunned by the commas. They are everywhere. This book is a platform for the run-on sentence. Example: 'They will lift you up high (comma) as in twelve feet high (comma) above a rapidly dwindling layer of water covering a very sharp reef shelf (comma) and then just as you think you are going to race diagonally down and across its face (comma) it will suddenly disintegrate (comma) and you will feel yourself free-falling (comma) and then there is an impact that leaves ...more
Liz
I didn't realize until halfway through this book that J. Maarten Troost also wrote a travel book about China that's been on my to-read for forever. This is a quick funny read that makes my life abroad seem positively tame.
Susie
3-1/2 stars. This book was a fun memoir about living on a remote island in the Pacific. It was vaguely reminiscent of How Not to Live Abroad, but without the thinly-veiled hatred toward the girlfriend in the story (in fact, Maarten and Sylvia seem like they are a great couple together). The writing is somewhat Bill Brysonesque. Don't recommend it for everybody, but a fun and informative read.
Michelle
Mr. Troost's self deprecating tale about travel and cultural clashes made me laugh out loud.
Joanie
I ended up liking this more than I thought I would. I can't say I loved it bit there were some funny parts and the guy can definitely tell a story.
Marshall Vandegrift
Light non-fiction. Enjoyable and harmlessly diverting, with a few mind-broadening facts thrown in.
Lara
Jun 30, 2007 Lara marked it as own-unread
Shelves: own, travel
Carrie
Jun 05, 2013 Carrie marked it as to-read
Johanna Dieterich
Nov 16, 2009 Johanna Dieterich marked it as to-read
Recommended to Johanna Dieterich by: Liz
Maggie
Sep 16, 2008 Maggie added it
Shelves: audio, read-2008
Katie
Jan 08, 2010 Katie marked it as to-read
Rhiannon
Sep 22, 2007 Rhiannon marked it as to-read
Jo
Oct 14, 2007 Jo marked it as to-read
Shelves: nonfiction
Janelle
Apr 19, 2013 Janelle marked it as to-read
Lisa Vegan
Jun 01, 2008 Lisa Vegan marked it as to-read
Recommended to Lisa by: Michele
Ellenjsmellen
May 24, 2009 Ellenjsmellen marked it as to-read
Amy
Aug 09, 2008 Amy marked it as to-read-nonfiction
Maria
Jul 15, 2008 Maria marked it as to-read
Philip
Nov 20, 2010 Philip marked it as to-read
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