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How To Survive Living Abroad: An Expatriate Guide to Not Getting Robbed, Scammed, Jailed, or Killed (Volume 4) Paperback – February 1, 2012
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English Teacher X is a 15-year veteran of some of the worst English language schools in the world. He has lived and worked in eight cities in seven countries. He no longer believes that travelling hopefully is better than arriving.
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Critics claim that he's vulgar. He IS raunchy, but so are squat toilets, God-knows-what's-in-this food, and Thai lady-boys.(And I mean that in the nicest possible way.) If American men thought BEFOREHAND about the downsides of inviting that transvestite hooker and her boyfriend back to the hotel there would probably be fewer frantic calls to U.S. embassies. I also liked his take on hooking up with those beautiful, young, subservient foreign women that so many American men dream of. According to him, the problems are different but not fewer and a man who wants sex without bother should check out inflatables. He's no shining light, but he knows the ropes.
One reason I was really compelled to write a review is a couple of the low reviews talking about the raw language etc. Well, for you guys, I hope Mary Poppins floats down and gives you a kiss and spoonful of sugar when you land in another country... but if she's not there for you, you really should pay attention to what is being said in this book! "Raw Language" in any media - books, movies, live performance is often a cheap shot for shock value - the "rawness" here is for a reason and really hits home. (Some is absolute laugh-out-loud.)
I've traveled to Europe 3 times and wish this book would have been available back then. Highly recommended!
Its probably quite worth a read for the knowledge that the world isn't terribly different in many places and in many ways. If you want good stuff, then you need to pay lots for it. He says the girls are thinner, but not necessarily better.
I wonder how much of his pessimism about traveling comes from the fact that he is working abroad as well as just traveling.
Its an interesting book and it would be good to remember that there are lots of downsides to traveling, food poisoning, being a target of theft, etc.
Also, he sounds kind of repetitive sometimes when it comes to describing things..yeah explatives are great and throw in a gritty realism, but use them too much and you end up sounding like youre trying to hard to be something you're not.
If I were middle aged, and plan to live abroad based on the romanticism of travelling and learning about other cultures, I would probably not read this book.