"I really loved how anti-traditional-travelogue this collection was as I read it. I love travelogues and read them regularly, but seeing how this one was put together makes me question some of the best ones I've read before. This collection felt like more of an experience than mere reportage; I truly was there instead of here." Ashley Odell, Marginalia
"A thoroughly well-written collection of travel stories." Dennis Waller, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer
From the Author
- Foreword by Mike O'Mary, Series Editor
- Introduction by Julie Rand, Editor
- Once in a Lifetime [Guatemala] by Terri Elders: An ex-pat has a close encounter with a scarlet macaw during a total eclipse of the sun.
- Talk About "Embarrasant" [France] by Dominick Domingo: Another ex-pat wishes he could have had a close encounter with a handsome Frenchman in a Paris department store.
- Día de los Muertos [Mexico] by Kathe Kokolias: The author takes us with her on her travels to Mexico on the "Day of the Dead."
- Demon Blockers [China] by Jennifer Choban: Ever been to a public bathroom in rural China? This story might be as close as you want to come.
- Still Alive [Syria] by Kelly Hayes-Raitt: The author recounts her friendship with an Iraqi translator over several years in Iraq and as a refugee in Syria.
- The Happiest Place on Earth [Disneyland] by Dina Kucera: The author's family fulfills grandma's wish to see Disneyland - and discovers the happiest place on earth may be elsewhere.
- Berlin [Germany] by Jennifer Lang: A chance encounter with a teacher leads to an opportunity for a Jewish woman and her mother to talk about the Holocaust with German students.
- A Quick and Cozy Kidnapping [Nicaragua] by Ben Bellizzi: Held hostage by a dysfunctional family armed with a screwdriver, the author hopes he can escape with his life - and his laptop!
- Turbulence [On a plane] by Roz Warren: Nothing like a little "turbulence" before the plane even leaves the ground!
- Encounter [Alaska] by Shannon Huffman Polson: A woman encounters a grizzly - in the same area where her father and stepmother were killed by a bear.
- Perfect Pulpo [Mexico] by Suzanne LaFetra: Learning to live like a native is hard enough. Learning to cook like one is almost impossible.
- Where Light Germinates [Peru] by Melissa Heisler: The author goes on a spiritual quest with Peruvian shamans - complete with hallucinogens!
- The Jigg's Up [Newfoundland] by Carol McAdoo Rehme: The author immerses herself in the culinary delights of a "Jiggs Dinner" in Newfoundland, and learns to love the food - and the people.
- A Trembling Voice [Costa Rica] by Frank Izaguirre: A late-night trek on a Costa Rican beach culminates when volunteers help sea turtles lay their eggs.
- Horse, Horse, Tiger, Tiger [China] by Ferida Wolff: An American's attempt to learn Mandarin frightens the locals.
- Open Eye [New Mexico] by Lynn Pinkerton: A visitor to Georgia O'Keeffe's New Mexico home learns to see the world with an artist's eye.
- In the Footsteps of Fossey [Rwanda] by Irene Morse: A blind man visits the mountain gorillas in Rwanda.
- Driving Compassionately [Bali] by Peter Marmorek: World peace might be attained if we could learn to cooperate the way the Balinese do when they drive.
- Pickles and Hiccups [On the way home] by Randy Richardson: Sometimes the most stressful part of the trip is coming home.
- Treks [Kathmandu] by Katherine Horrigan: A life-and-death experience in Kathmandu leads to respect for all life - even for a ladybug.
- Virtual Travel [On the Internet] by Trendle Ellwood: A writer explores the world from her home, thanks to Google maps.
- Nowhere [Drifting in the heavens] by William Hillyard: A man ponders his existence and the concept of "travel" while lost on the flooded Amazon River at night without flashlight or candles.