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Life Is Like A Walking Safari

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Jill Paris realized at a young age that if she waited for “someone special” to take her away to far-off destinations, she’d have never left the sofa. In this volume of travel essays she reveals her curious sense of adventure and shows us that an unexpected encounter is often the best souvenir.

From attending a couple of strangers’ wedding reception in Belfast, shopping for
Kindle Edition, 97 pages
Published May 8th 2013 by Thought Catalog
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Sandra Heinzman
I enjoyed this quick read book, which I read for the Women's AdventureTravel Book Club on Facebook. The author, Jill Paris, would be fun to travel with, I think, except I couldn't keep up with her drinking, lol! She always seems to find adventures on her travels and meets and makes friends easily. I admire her spirit for just deciding to take a trip somewhere and then just going! Her writing style is very engaging and made me feel like I could see what her words described. She made me laugh, too ...more
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a delight! You've never read anything quite like Jill Paris. One minute she's making you laugh out loud, the next she's taken your breath away with some small, poignant moment that perfectly captures the foolishness or courage or hope or wonder of being human. Example of the funny: Jill in the throes of an ill-advised Parisian adventure with a couple of party girls half her age, whose insistence that she is "hot" makes her compare herself to "a chicken that's been taken out of the oven and ...more
Gary Buslik
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun, smart read—a look into the human spirit that just happens to be about traveling. Paris's insights might never leave home and still be as witty and engaging.

Paris loves language and has a way with imagery:

"Somebody passed a spliff, and soon the smoky air became like another passenger along for the ride."

"The girl is plain...with a marching freckle parade across her turned-up nose."

She also loves a good—though often subtle—laugh:

"I felt like knitting him a sweater or something
Naomi Zener
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
My newest source of inspiration is Jill Paris. I lead a regimented, yet boisterous existence thanks to a toddler and baby, who've anchored me to a sedentary life. After reading Jill's humourously and human rendering of the importance to jump at chances and lead a life fully explored to the four corners of the globe, I'm inspired to bite the bullet, carry my babes in arms, and seek out adventure with them. Bravo! ...more
Bill Spencer
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
These stories brought back awesome and vivid memories of when I was travelling through Europe and Northern Africa solo in the 70's. Good job Ms. Paris of reminding me of the crazy, spontaneous and unforgettable experiences of travelling. You also have a way of describing events and people that makes the motionless page come alive. ...more
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Very short, quick read. While the topics seemed to be interesting I found each "mini-essay" to bee too short for me to get attached. I would have loved to read longer pieces with more details. ...more
Dec 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Life is a Walking Safari is a fun, quick read that provides a glimpse of interactions with the world which shaped who Jill Paris is.
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
One of the best audio books I've ever listened to. Very entertaining. ...more
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great travel stories that are original, hysterical at times, unpredictable and beautifully told. Thoroughly enjoyed this read.
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Loved the Orkney Islands story so much I have decided to organise a solo holiday of my own. Humorous and inspiring on so many levels.
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Delightful and entertaining travel stories. I enjoyed them all.
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel, memoir, 2014
I enjoyed Jill's travel stories - they are beautifully told and entertaining. Makes me want to travel! ...more
Kirk Petersen
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book. Wonderful writer. Great insights!
Kristy McCaffrey
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Each chapter is a short essay about Paris' travel experiences. Funny and insightful, I found this collection entertaining and moving. I definitely recommend! ...more
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