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360 Degrees Longitude by John Higham
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Mar 15, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: first-reads, my-library
Read from March 21 to June 21, 2010

Although it took me 3 months to trek my way through this book, it proved one of the best and most inspiring works I have ever read. I must admit, I was more than one time made supremely jealous of this amazing experience, vested on the kids particularly by their loving and incredibly future-minded parents. Instead of buying the children Wiis and movies, they bought them invaluable experiences on a scale only rarely achieved. I spent 5 months living abroad and have been wanting to return ever since, but this story turned that want into a raging desire. I don't have the tech job, so it will take me longer to save, but I will travel again, now with some good tips both about specific places and about unspecific occurrences. The book does an effective job of getting across the lessons about people and cultures without trivializing or patronizing them. It's not an "Oh, how quaint and cute" tourist trip, but rather a deeply immersive and overwhelmingly packed glimpse into little seen parts of the world, many of which I very well may never get to see. The trip covers geographic wonders and historical horrors, vastly different cultures and places very similar to home, and activities and trips both successful and wildly disastrous. Until I can save up to do the same, I will use my small photographer's income to tour across our own country when I travel for work, using the Higham's story as a guide for investing in the local culture and spending both time and money wisely. This book is a must read for anyone interested in travel or other cultures, although you should probably be careful if you have a penchant for spontaneous traveling, as it will make you want to walk immediate out of your front door, regardless of the fact that you are still in your monkey pajamas.

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message 1: by Trice (new) - added it

Trice it seems like, as a photographer, you might be able to find some kind of position or opportunity that would take you to many places as a temporary work experience or something. just a thought anyway. and there's always the English teaching in various places route. Anyway, Happy trails, wherever they may lead :)

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