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Traveling mainly by motorcycle, the author traverses 45 countries on six continents in this memoir, experiencing both fascinating and harrowing travails during a one-year journey. With a healthy mix of contemporary and historical perspectives, new insights are provided on typical tourist destinations like the Taj Mahal and the Trevi Fountain. Additionally, encounters with Traveling mainly by motorcycle, the author traverses 45 countries on six continents in this memoir, experiencing both fascinating and harrowing travails during a one-year journey. With a healthy mix of contemporary and historical perspectives, new insights are provided on typical tourist destinations like the Taj Mahal and the Trevi Fountain. Additionally, encounters with a law enforcement official in the Czech Republic and a panty-wielding pickpocket in Istanbul (among other things) supply plenty of humor along the way. These vivid and engaging accounts showcase the destinations not just as tourists see them, but as residents experience them as well, realistically portraying floods, earthquakes, and civil unrest.


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Traveling mainly by motorcycle, the author traverses 45 countries on six continents in this memoir, experiencing both fascinating and harrowing travails during a one-year journey. With a healthy mix of contemporary and historical perspectives, new insights are provided on typical tourist destinations like the Taj Mahal and the Trevi Fountain. Additionally, encounters with Traveling mainly by motorcycle, the author traverses 45 countries on six continents in this memoir, experiencing both fascinating and harrowing travails during a one-year journey. With a healthy mix of contemporary and historical perspectives, new insights are provided on typical tourist destinations like the Taj Mahal and the Trevi Fountain. Additionally, encounters with a law enforcement official in the Czech Republic and a panty-wielding pickpocket in Istanbul (among other things) supply plenty of humor along the way. These vivid and engaging accounts showcase the destinations not just as tourists see them, but as residents experience them as well, realistically portraying floods, earthquakes, and civil unrest.

24 review for Away From My Desk: A Round-the-World Detour from the Rat Race, the Tech Wreck, and the Traffic Jam of Life in America

  1. 4 out of 5

    Pam Mah

    They had a great itinerary, traveling across the world mostly by motorcycle. Unfortunately, this travelogue/memoir was as interesting as a list of cities and tourist attractions. There is little personality, nothing of real interest. I began this book loving the idea of it and really wanting to live vicariously through the author's experiences. I found it didn't even warrant a complete reading. I had given up by the time they reached Turkey. They had a great itinerary, traveling across the world mostly by motorcycle. Unfortunately, this travelogue/memoir was as interesting as a list of cities and tourist attractions. There is little personality, nothing of real interest. I began this book loving the idea of it and really wanting to live vicariously through the author's experiences. I found it didn't even warrant a complete reading. I had given up by the time they reached Turkey.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This book I was totally looking forward to when I picked it up from the library! And the payoff was total crap. One thing the travel writing class taught me that I brought to when I read this book is what kind of book it was. There are books that “show” you what people see when they travel and there are books that “tell” you what they see when they travel. “Show” books are usually more interesting and people like them more and I know I do. This book fell into the “tell” category and because of t This book I was totally looking forward to when I picked it up from the library! And the payoff was total crap. One thing the travel writing class taught me that I brought to when I read this book is what kind of book it was. There are books that “show” you what people see when they travel and there are books that “tell” you what they see when they travel. “Show” books are usually more interesting and people like them more and I know I do. This book fell into the “tell” category and because of this, it was sooooo boring! Another thing that made this book boring is the scope that it covered. It covered nearly the whole world! The writer went to every continent except Africa, well, he did the north a little, but he included that in Europe. I have read books before were the write covers the whole world, but oddly enough those are families that do that and for some reason, makes it slight more interesting. The only angle this guy had was riding around on a motorcycle, but he started in Portugal and only got as far as like eastern Europe before shipping the bike to India (not riding it around the mid-east) and then couldn’t get it out of customs there, so pretty much just got rid of that idea and it turned into a regular boring ass trip. Also, he complained about everything! If the hotel wasn’t a freakin’ Hilton, it was a shithole. It was interesting to read his take on India, as I have no interest in ever going there, but everything I read are usually rave reviews about it and this guy had nothing to say but crap about it. So different, but a bit of a downer. Grade: D

  3. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    This book was not good for anyone expecting to learn anything interesting about the different countries traveled. The author's accounts barely touched on the cultures and sites of each destination, but he is not to blame since he barley gave himself a full day at most places. This book was not good for anyone expecting to learn anything interesting about the different countries traveled. The author's accounts barely touched on the cultures and sites of each destination, but he is not to blame since he barley gave himself a full day at most places.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Eric

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    Heidi Nemo

  6. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

  7. 5 out of 5

    RetroHound

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kristy Thompson

  10. 4 out of 5

    Karen

  11. 5 out of 5

    J Patrick

  12. 4 out of 5

    Katie McCollum

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dana

  14. 5 out of 5

    June

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  16. 5 out of 5

    Annette Thompson

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Chahine Sinno

  18. 4 out of 5

    Megan W

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Heinzman

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Maurer

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sandra D Smith

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carol Krueger

  24. 5 out of 5

    William White

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