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Grounded by Seth Stevenson
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Jun 08, 11

Recommended for: travellers .. it goes fast
Read from June 01 to 02, 2011, read count: 1

A bargain sale gem. This is a simple tale of wanderlust, about a columnist and his girlfriend who get the bug to travel around the world spontaneously with a promise to cross the equator and avoid using airplanes at every stage. They cover a lot of ground, visit many cities but the story focuses more on the transportation and the voyages more than the local colors. The logistics, missed connections, hassles, cultural barriers and madness which they confront in their journey is quite funny. In a sense, they are travelling in another era, foregoing modern conveniences but also, reminding you that they are missing out on the other hangups of international travel, such as long security queues, xrays for shoes and travelling 35,000 feet above a landscape you could savor for weeks on a train instead of hours on a plane.
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