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Tanzania (19 new)
Jun 14, 2010 06:21AM

1281 I was able to cash traveller's checks from the U.S. in Kenya at Western Union and Barclay's Bank. We've never had a credit card number stolen in Kenya, but our credit card didn't work in lots of places. That may have improved over the years. Cash is actually pretty useful and not actually harder to protect than cards. I carried mine under my clothing and kept smaller amounts more accessible. But we are never on the "tourist" route as we are visiting family, so cash might not be as easy to deal with there.

My favorite rule for travel in Kenya is the one my kids are given by their aunts and uncles, "If someone's bare hand has touched it, either peel it, cook it, or don't put it in your mouth." My kids always want to buy food from street vendors, but their "moms" and "dads" won't allow it unless they can watch the food being cooked.
May 28, 2010 07:42AM

1281 John wrote: "I've recently finished Rascal Rain: A Year in Papua New Guinea by Inez Baranay - kind of a downer, and certainly not encouraging for those considering visiting the country."I noticed this was one in the genre "I spent two years there as a volunteer and will now tell you everything you need to know about the place." Some of this type are surprisingly good, or at least funny, but I'm beginning to grow wary of them.
May 18, 2010 06:37AM

1281 I've just started a new galley that came in to the bookstore The Spice Necklace: A Food-Lover's Caribbean Adventure. It's kind of fun reading, but I'm not a huge fan of the "food and travel" genre.
May 12, 2010 08:23PM

1281 Nancy, I've heard a lot of positive comments about that book.
Tanzania (19 new)
Apr 23, 2010 03:32PM

1281 Wow, what a fantastic trip! Be sure to let us all know how it goes! You might also be interested in the Great African Reads book group on goodreads.
1281 Going back to our comments earlier about the everyday versus the "interesting," as of last week we welcomed a foreign exchange student into our home. She has lived all her life in Paris, although she has traveled to DRC to visit her grandparents. She told me that she is enjoying her time in Michigan, USA because it is so "different" and "interesting." I guess after Paris and the Congo, the boring might seem exotic?
Tanzania (19 new)
Apr 23, 2010 10:51AM

1281 Linda, are you traveling to Tanzania? I always like to hear about other people's adventures/plans. I understand lots of people like to go there in July and August because the wildlife viewing is good then.
Apr 22, 2010 08:13PM

Tanzania (19 new)
Apr 22, 2010 08:00PM

1281 Some really good ones for that:The Gunny Sack, and anything by Gurnah Abdulrazak. I've got Tales From Tanzania: A mostly true storyon my to read list, but I haven't seen a copy, so don't know if it's any good. The first recommendations are fiction, but lots of good history is included.
Apr 10, 2010 05:40PM

1281 This is not self-promotion, but colleague promotion. My friend down the hall at work has just published a memoir. I've started it and it seems very interesting. Can't say for sure til I read a little more but if you're interested in this area it's about Papua New Guinea. "Desires of the Heart" by Catherine Frerichs. Weirdly,it doesn't come up on goodreads, but it is on my shelves under Summer 2010. Also listed on Amazon.
Paris! (6 new)
Apr 05, 2010 12:51PM

1281 Down and Out in Paris and Londonis a good read, but maybe not inspiring. Of course Les Misérablesis good too, but not unless you feel like spending all the time between now and then reading:).
Apr 05, 2010 10:00AM

1281 Glenn, how did you think of this project, that is, what inspired you to take this particular journey?
Apr 05, 2010 09:58AM

1281 I really liked Bryson's A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trailbut I agree that he sometimes gets way too off topic. I read one by him about a walking tour of England that seemed to be entirely about how annoying all the people he encountered were. Some of that is funny, but too much takes the "travel" out of the travel book.
Mar 15, 2010 10:34AM

1281 John wrote: "Earlier today I started Waiting on a Train: The Embattled Future of Passenger Rail Service--A Year Spent Riding across America. From the table of contents, he hits every single route..."

This sounds like the kind of book that could actually inspire a real journey even for one with limited means. Our family is considering (among other options) the Chicago to California run this summer. Seems like a good way to view the Rockies without me having to drive.
Mar 06, 2010 06:52PM

1281 Yes, Alex, I agree. I wasn't sure if this was "kosher" but the lists are interesting. Just important to keep the "listers" own biases in mind. Micheala Wrong, for example, always writes downers and seems to be partial to reading them.
Mar 02, 2010 09:25AM

1281 In response to Jane's question, books lead me to very visual images, but I'm not a visual arts person in general. As for smells, I thinks it's very strange that we can't really "remember" them except when we encounter them again. A remembered smell when re-encountered is really a strong emotional experience, but I can't sit here and really remember a smell. I teach writing, and I tell students that unless they can think of a similar smell to the one they are describing, one that readers are familiar with, they won't have much luck describing smells. I love Elspeth Huxley's description of the Kenyan highlands because she describes the smell, but I already know that smell. To someone who hadn't been there, it might not create the same impression.
Feb 23, 2010 11:42AM

1281 Thanks, John. I might give it another try eventually. Just too many books and too little time,sigh...
Feb 19, 2010 07:39AM

1281 I haven't read those. I'm not a rider myself, but I greatly enjoyed Cameroon with Egbert by Dervla Murphy. Egbert, the horse, is really a big part of the story, but it would appeal to anyone who enjoys adventurous travel.
Feb 12, 2010 01:04PM

1281 Fascinating. I definitely read mostly visually. Sometimes if I read several books about the same place, I find myself comparing the author's description with the visual picture I've gotten from previous books.
Feb 10, 2010 05:48AM

1281 Love, "Innocents Abroad." I gave up on "The Ridiculous Race" rather quickly because the narrators sounded too much like my students (college aged). But I've started "Into Thick Air" and so far it's great. I think in order to really find travel writing funny, I have to some how sympathize or identify with the author's point of view. If they seem to see the world completely differently than I do, I just can't seem to enjoy their humor.


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