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- Print Length: 264 pages
- Publisher: Ocean Front Publishing (November 10, 2019)
- Publication Date: November 10, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B081BD8TVY
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BAD KARMA: The True Story of a Mexico Trip from Hell Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Barbara worked for 23 years at National Geographic as Senior Editor of Travel Publishing, where she managed the creation of illustrated travel books, including the award-winning National Geographic Traveler guidebook series. She was involved in every step, including ideation, marketing, covers, photo selection, and the actual writing and editing. In 2015, Barbara left her longtime position at National Geographic to go freelance full-time. She has published hundreds of travel stories and blogs, plus four books. She's accompanied National Geographic Expedition tours to Italy and France as the NatGeo Expert and teaches travel writing both in person and online.
Derek is from Portland, Oregon originally, but has lived abroad for most of his life in S. America, Europe and Asia. He studied philosophy in Malta, classical oil painting in Italy, finished his PhD in Comparative Literature in Taiwan.
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Well done, Opters!
Please understand that this book doesn't belong in the high surf cannon with Finnegan, Wisebecker, Chris Dixon, Warshaw, etc.... the writing is nothing like that. In fact, I found it lacking in many aspects. The dialogue and corny reflexive thought are not very stylistic. But not all literature has to be high brow and academic. In that regard, I find this book is similar to something like Saltwater Buddha. Fun to read but lacking flavor at some points.
If you enjoy this book I highly recommend Crazy for the Storm, by Norman Ollestad. It has a lot in common with this book but I found the writing much more professional.
One thing I really loved about Bad Karma is that he captures the spirit of Mexican people really well. In all my travels to the middle of nowhere Pacific Coast Mexico, the interior mountains, etc. I have received nothing but help and good vibes. Our media portrays Mex as the worst place in the world. In reality the rotten apples spoil the bunch. Please go explore this wonderful country. The people need our tourist dollars and you will not be murdered or robbed.
NOTE TO AUTHOR: I think you really missed on your description of your end of the road surf spot (I won't out a surf spot on the internet.) I know you haven't been back but rest assured, there is definitely not a traffic light there. There is one small store and a few others that have a handful of goods. There is no beachfront hotel but some rustic cabins that weekenders stay at from Guad. In fact, because of the indigenous rights of the people hotels cannot be built here. And the surf is not always crowded. Weekends yes but middle of the week you can still surf alone. I just did last summer....it was pumping. Strangely enough I got chased out by a shark. And while we may pine for the days of the undeveloped secret spots, the money that travelers bring to these towns is extremely crucial to the local economy. Also, there are a so many other spots on this coastline with good waves that nobody ever surfs that you can still have that experience if you'd like. Thanks for the read really enjoyable.
This is reality and adventure as provided through a biographical sketch well written and contagiously fascinating that can be read and read again.
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Great story of a surfing trip gone wrong.