Francis Tapon

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I was born and raised in San Francisco, California. I've been to 120 countries, but I keep coming back to this magical city because I love earthquakes.

My mom is from Chile and my dad is from France. I spoke Spanish at home, French at school, and English everywhere else. I can get by in Portuguese and Italian, barely survive in Russian, and speak a few other languages like a two-year-old.

I have a degree in Religion from Amherst College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. So I am well prepared to start a church and make lots of money off of it.

Read my self-help book, Hike Your Own Hike, which shares the 7 key lessons that the Appalachian Trail taug
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1) Although I've written 300,000 words (700 pages), only 7 of the 54 chapters are ready for viewing. I need a year to make the whole…more
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1) Although I've written 300,000 words (700 pages), only 7 of the 54 chapters are ready for viewing. I need a year to make the whole book ready for editing.

2) The publishing process is slowwwwwwww!
Even if I finished the book today, the official pub date wouldn't be until the end of this year.
It needs editing (2-6 months), cover design, printing (1-2 months), marketing (6 months).

Yes, a self-published author could skip the editing, use print-on-demand, and skip the marketing and get the book out in 1-2 months after completing the final draft. Some do that. It's tempting. But I prefer giving time.

3) It would be cool to launch May 25, 2020: it's the 60th anniversary of the year of Africa. It's also Africa Day. Auspicious! :o(less)
Francis Tapon The two remaining countries are Tunisia (I'll see it next week) and then Egypt (Dec 2017). With that, I'll have seen all 54 African countries. :o

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The two remaining countries are Tunisia (I'll see it next week) and then Egypt (Dec 2017). With that, I'll have seen all 54 African countries. :o

The book should be out around 2020. I hope you like it!(less)
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The Hidden Europe: What Eastern Europeans Can Teach Us (Travel)
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Description: What can we learn from Eastern Europe? For many Westerners Eastern Europe is about as appealing as a deodorant-free French armpit. That didn’t scare Francis Tapon because not only did he learn how to rough it on the Appalachian Trail, but he is also half French, so he kind of smells too. He yearned for adventure and Western Europe seems so tame and passé. It’s hard to feel like a pioneer when it’s about as easy to find a McDonalds as it is to find an anti-American demonstration. Therefore, he traveled nonstop for five months and visited every country in Eastern Europe—all 20 of them. The other Europe delivered some fantastic adventures and insights. You’ll learn: How to deepen your cultural knowledge without being a snob. What is worth seeing in Eastern Europe. Why the Balkans is so screwed up. How to creatively stretch your money. How to learn multiple languages with minimal effort. How to triple the length of your vacations without spending more. How to broaden your perspective in unusual ways. Why communism really sucked.
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If you're a space nut, you'll love this book.
It does a great job at diving into the new space race.
It's beautifully illustrated, so it's best to get the hardcover and not the digital version.
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In the 22nd century, space historians will credit Zubrin for evangelizing the importance of exploring the heavens.
His books (including this one) champion the idea that space exploration is cheaper than you think.

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In 7 chapters, you'll learn how to survive many dangerous scenarios.
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I can tell how much I like a nonfiction book by how many highlights I put in it.
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Do you love hard sci-fi?

Hard science fiction is a story that is based on real science.
Star Wars is NOT hard sci-fi.
The Martian is.

I love hard sci-fi because it's often educative.
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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. . . . Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. — Mark Twain To”
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“Hungarian doesn’t seem European, but instead has a distinctly Martian flavor: igen (yes), nem (no), kérem (please), köszönöm (thank you), elnézést (excuse me), a nevem . . . (my name is . . .), hol van . . . ? (where is . . . ?), mennyi? (how much?), szeretlek (I love you).”
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“The Middle Ages were a shitty time for Europe. After making so much progress under the Greek and Roman Empires, Europeans went backwards during the Middle Ages. There was the devastating Black Death, an oppressive and corrupt church, brutal serfdom, constant wars, ugly art, no democracy, few scientific advancements, and they didn’t even have the cool wizards that they have in The Hobbit.”
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“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
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“From the moment I picked up your book until I put it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.”
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“Those are my principles, and if you don't like them...well I have others.”
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“The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made.”
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“Religion thrives on woolly allegory, emotional commitments to texts that no one reads, and other forms of benign hypocrisy.”
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