Two young people, just married, decide to sell and give away their Habseligkeiten (belongings) and travel the world. This was at a time when the word Internet had not yet established itself, perhaps wasn’t even invented, mobile phones didn’t exist and a one minute phone call from Australia to Germany cost around four dollars (today less than four cents). A few decades later, after the publication of The Short and Wonderful Life of Henry Hemingway – Fred Schäfer’s wildly humorous and hard-hitting memoir of his years in Berlin, the USA and Canada – he writes about his and Maria’s travel adventures. He surprises his readers with an enchanting and tender love story about their two year journey through India, Sri Lanka and Australia. Travelling with Maria is an entertaining book, a page turner, full of amazing events like running away from wild elephants, meeting a goddess in a Hindu temple, lunchtime striptease shows in an Australian pub and a lot, lot more. Ultimately, it is a book about embracing life.