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To Drink The Wild Air: One Woman's Quest to Touch the Horizon Paperback – November 12, 2010
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Birgit Soyka was born and raised in Germany. After she successfully completed her apprenticeship in retail sales, she changed fields and worked several years for the motorcycle magazine "mo" in Germany. She became one of the first female motorcycle racers in her time. In 1985, she decided to take a leap of faith to embark on the longest journey of her life following nothing more than her intuition and the path of unexplored territory. Her desire to live a "life less ordinary" drew her to an early passion for adventure, travel, and motorcycle racing, which led her into a long and successful business career in the Logistics sector and the opportunity to live in Mexico for several years. Eventually she experienced career burnout, which was the trigger to re-think life as it was. Today she makes her home in San Francisco, California, and has embarked once again on a journey of self-exploration, planning another adventure on a motorcycle-this time focused on environmental challenges and alternative technology.
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...and like your friend Stephen, my copy of the book is also dog-eared, coffee-stained and has chewed-off paper bits all around the edges, compliments of our happy cockatiel, Lou!
Thanks Birgit for sharing your awesome story!
Inspiring, fun, and full of excitement... A must have book to read! In no time somebody will want to make a movie out of it!
A young woman tackles her way notwithstanding the hurdles which life held in store for her.
She lives her dream. Worth reading for all, in particular for those who love adventurer's tales which really happened,
and for those who never allow their "wings being cut".
For me, this book has been unimpressive and a drag. 60% of the way through,and I am bored to tears. Birgit has managed to drive me to this through a near ceaseless display of conceit and selfishness. It is far from being inspirational. Consider this from the book "It was a great party and so out of control that we had to deal with the neighbors complaining, police visiting, fistfights in the kitchen, and lively arguments over whether punk or rock was more suitable for the occasion". This was a summary of a party which marked Birgit's return to the USA. That paragraph, for me, sums up what this book is about: a determination to "do what I want to do" irrespective of the thoughts, feelings, or consequences for others. Perhaps I'm being harsh, and I am willing to believe that Birgit is a caring, kind person, but 60% of the way through the book and that side of her has not emerged. If you need inspiration to do what the hell you like, then this book may work for you. For me, this book is too self centred to warrant a wider recommendation.
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