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An American in China: Starting Over. A Travel Guide to the Adventurous Life. Kindle Edition
Shaun left in March for a spontaneous six-month voyage through the Orient. Six months later, he didn’t return. What did he expect to find by leaving everything behind?
Katie began working her way into Shaun’s heart in the weeks before he left, but she couldn’t hold him back. Would she ever hold him again?
This true story details a search for the significant questions of life that must preceed any meaningful answers. A search through beauty and love and adventure and loss for the wisdom to know when to hold on and when to let go.
Sometimes you must stare into the jaws of death to fully appreciate life. Unwilling to resist the siren song of first-hand experience, Shaun’s journey carries him into the salt spray of dangerously high seas, through frothy, typhoon-swollen rivers, and below shattered, crumbling mountainsides that come crashing down around his feet. Passion for living offered no alternatives.
This journey carries him on motorcycles through crowded city streets and wide-open tropical island beaches, on trains rolling for days across the world’s most populous country, starting over again and again and again, discovering what it truly means to live, and what living truly costs.
Shaun's engaging writing style will pull you straight into living the adventure yourself. Gather a lifetime of experience in 168 action-packed, heavily illustrated pages.
Sometimes it takes a journey of 20,000 miles to finally arrive at one’s own heart. Find your ticket to the journey inside An American in China: starting over.
From the Inside Flap
"Much, much more than a mere travel memoir. An American in China is a novel, a romance, an adventure, and a life guide all wrapped into one captivating package."
"Shaun Roundy breaks all the rules and turns a profound, inspiring, intimately-told story into surprisingly enjoyable reading."
"WARNING! Contents may make you want to throw caution and convention to the wind. A must-read for all travelers and everyone who has ever wondered how it might feel to ignore your inhibitions and live spontaneously."
"The engaging descriptions and abundant illustrations sweep you directly into the heart of the adventure. You will feel like you've just stepped off a plane on the other side of the world. When you close the book, you will remember the story as if you had experienced the journey first hand, falling into typhoon-swollen waterfalls, wandering the Great Wall of China alone, riding your bike through the crowded streets of Beijing, finishing and starting over and changing your life forever."
© 2011 University of Life Press
About the Author
By ninth grade, all that began to change. After losing histemper for the first time in his life and getting in a fist fight atscout camp, he began to grow out of his shell. By then he wasa relatively good skier and soccer player. An audacious friendtaught him a new life philosophy to replace the former shyness:"Whoever has the most fun wins."
He jumped bikes and motorcycles in a nearby gravel pit.He skied off 50' cliffs out of bounds at the local ski resort. Hepicked up numerous other extreme sports one by one. He set lifegoals including going to space and learning to speak ten languagesfluently.
At 19, he began traveling the globe without just taggingalong with his family. He spent two years in Spain, summers inDC and San Francisco, then spontaneously flew to Taiwan to seethe world before it grew too late.
But as the years passed, it never grew too late. Adventurenever fell out of style.
He minored in three languages and political science,graduated college cum laud and with honors and a linguisticscertificate, then earned a masters in English. Along with a yearand a half in Taiwan and China, he spent several months inHonduras, worked in various cities around the US, and traveledthrough Mexico, Europe, South America, and elsewhere, includinga 2,500 mile ocean voyage to help a friend bring a sailboat homefrom Venezuela.
He joined his local volunteer Search and Rescue team andwrote a book about his first twelve adventurous years saving lives(or picking up the pieces) in mountains, lakes, rivers, caves andmore.
Shaun currently teaches writing at Utah Valley Universitybut is seriously considering selling everything and moving toGuatemala, Nepal or Thailand.
- ASIN : B005OBJ970
- Publisher : University of Life (September 19, 2011)
- Publication date : September 19, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 3069 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 256 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1893594033
- Lending : Enabled
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