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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
May 27, 2008 Cheryl rated it liked it
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
Nov 12, 2009 Liz rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 01, 2010 Susie rated it liked it
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.
May 09, 2014 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, travel
Mr. Troost's self deprecating tale about travel and cultural clashes made me laugh out loud.
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.
Dec 12, 2009 Kristen rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, 2009, own
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Shelves: own, travel
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Recommended to Lisa by: Michele
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