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The Hidden Europe: What Eastern Europeans Can Teach Us (WanderLearn Series Book 2) by [Francis Tapon]

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Francis Tapon's mother is from Chile and his father is from France. They met in San Francisco thanks to a slow elevator. His brother, Philippe Tapon, is the author of two novels. His family spoke Spanish at home, unless an English swearword was necessary.

Francis was born in San Francisco, California where he attended the French American International School for 12 years. Native French teachers convinced him that France is the coolest country in the universe. He is fluent in English, French, and Spanish. He struggles with Italian, Portuguese, Slovenian, and Russian. If you point a gun to his head, he'll start speaking other languages too.

He earned a Religion Degree with honors from Amherst College. He also has an MBA from Harvard Business School. After Harvard, he co-founded a robotic vision company in Silicon Valley. Then he decided to change his life forever.

In 2001, he sold what little he had to hike the 3,000 km Appalachian Trail. Then, after consulting for Hitachi, he visited all 25 countries in Eastern Europe from June to November 2004. He consulted at Microsoft before hiking the 4,200 km Pacific Crest Trail in 2006. In 2007, he became the first person to do a round-trip on the Continental Divide Trail a seven-month journey spanning 9,000 km. In 2008 2011, he visited over 40 European countries, but focused on revisiting all the Eastern European ones. In 2009, he climbed up Mont Blanc and walked across Spain twice (once by traversing the Pyrenees from the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean, and then later by hiking El Camino Santiago). He's backpacked over 20,000 kilometers (12,500 miles) and traveled to over 80 countries. He has never owned a TV, chair, table, couch, bed, or rocket ship.

He is the author of
Hike Your Own Hike: 7 Life Lessons from Backpacking Across America. He is donating half of that book's royalty to America's three major scenic trails.

The Hidden Europe: What Eastern Europeans Can Teach Us is his second book of his WanderLearn Series. In 2013-2018, he plans to visit every country in Africa and write a book about that in . His goal is to wander to all 193 countries of the world, see what we can learn from them, and share it with everyone. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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When people say that they're "going to Europe," they're usually referring to Western Europe. But what about Eastern Europe? You don't really know Europe until you visit its mysterious eastern side.Francis Tapon's quest was simple: explore every country in Eastern Europe from the Gulf of Finland to the Black Sea. He saw them all in 2004 and then returned in 2008 to revisit them to see what had changed. He finally left in 2011 to share a side of Europe that few know.Starting in the Baltic, you'll move through Belarus, Poland, Slovakia and get as far west as Slovenia before heading south into the thrilling Balkans. Then you'll head northeast through Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, and Russia. It's a 25-country adventure spanning several years! The Hidden Europe is an entertaining travelogue that also shares practical lessons that will impact your day-to-day life. You'll learn about today's Eastern Europe along with understanding the complex history of this fascinating region.You'll also see how the locals live and realize that they do some things better than most of the world. You'll understand why smart money and groundbreaking tourists are flocking to this undiscovered territory. Best of all, you won't have to deal with the grumpy train ticket vendors. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B005HG4Z76
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ WanderLearn; 1.0 edition (December 31, 2012)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ December 31, 2012
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2547 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 737 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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Origin: Francis Tapon's mom is from Chile and his dad is from France. He was born and raised in San Francisco, California.

Education: He has a degree in Religion from Amherst College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Backpacking: He's walked across America 4 times and he walked across Spain twice. He was one of the seven finalists to the California Outdoors Hall of Fame.

Author: He wrote "Hike Your Own Hike: 7 Life Lessons from Backpacking Across America," which is a self-help book based on hiking the Appalachian Trail. "The Hidden Europe: What Eastern Europeans Can Teach Us" is about his 3-year adventure in 25 Eastern European countries.

Current activity: From 2013-2018 he is traveling to all 54 African countries.

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