Barbara's Reviews > To Timbuktu: Nine Countries, Two People, One True Story

To Timbuktu by Steven  Weinberg
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Aug 02, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: ncbla, travel
Read in August, 2012

When two Americans studying abroad happen to meet in Morocco, they have no idea that the encounter will lead to their decision to live and teach abroad after college. One of the aspects of this book that I found particularly charming was its honesty. Casey (a writer) and Steven (an artist) contribute equally to the book, which describes their fondness for good food, especially the yummy dishes they ate in China, and for making friends. Some of their teaching assignments sounded quite challenging, making it easy to see why Steven became disenchanted with teaching. Casey's Fulbright takes her to Mali where she studies the education system. But whether it is the amount of time they had spent away from their homes and families or the sometimes closed nature of the society around them, but by the time they leave, they are ready to go. The book depicts an incredible journey in which the couple learned a great deal about themselves as well as those around them. Unlike some travel books, this one did not romanticize the adventure, but instead alternated highs and lows. The two are able to poke gentle fun at each other while also trying to make the most of this incredible learning experience.

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