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- Print Length: 218 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Perseid Press (June 23, 2015)
- Publication Date: June 23, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0109R262S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #763,915 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A land of wonder and adventure, and of fear and excitement, Peru is also a magical place where 'tea' is the cure-all remedy for just about any ailment you can think of. A place where some of the friendliest people in the world rub shoulders on a daily basis with pickpockets and conmen out to fleece you of the shirt off your back. And most of all, Peru is a' lesson in life' that clearly displays a universal constant we've all suspected for years...that no matter where you go, red tape and bribery rules, and bureaucrats really DO take special classes in being difficult, unfriendly and obstructive. (You'll see what I mean as you read his adventures).
Often humorous, sometimes serious, but always entertaining and informative, Reckless Traveler takes you on a journey of what life COULD be like, if only you were brave enough to try.
Well done Walter.
(but if I may ask...could you remind me again...How do you order smoked trout in Spanish?)
The book is full of what I would expect would be normal experiences for a person living in not just a foreign country but also a foreign way of life. For Rhein it went beyond the normal way of learning a new culture, a new way of life, as he didn’t try to just live it. He attacked it recklessly, full speed ahead without giving thought to the consequences. With too much thought or planning I think he wouldn’t have actually been in the moment and experiencing life. I don’t know if I could have been as brave as he was given my penchant for sticking to the same old same old. Well, at least I used to be that way.
So what is Reckless Traveler about you may ask? If you want stories about embarrassing language gaffes you will find it in this book. If you want stories about being bullheaded about modern medicine and absolutely knowing that traditional ways are useless it’s in this book. If you want stories of devilishly allowing others believe you are a typical gringo who doesn’t even take the time to learn to speak the local language it’s in this book. If you want stories about letting go of the rigid way of thinking life is as you’ve learned and accepting another place based on what it is instead of what it isn’t you will find it in this book. If you want stories of reckless travel to see places and things of incredible beauty you will find it in this book. All told with great humor in a natural way that always left me wanting to read a few pages more, just a few more. That’s the sign of a great book to me.
I’m sure Walter Rhein could have told even more stories and this book could have swelled to two or three times its size but as it is it’s pretty perfect. It left me wanting more, just a little more. I even found myself seeking out my wife to read to her from the pages more than once and she enjoyed the stories as well. Perhaps in a few years there will be a sequel, a volume two. After all, the Walter Rhein still travels to Peru and I believe he is there now as I write this, lucky dog that he is. Books like this make life a lot more enjoyable for me and inspire me to make my dreams come true. Now if only I can figure out a way to make that happen. Buy this book, it’s worth the money, it’s worth the time spent reading it. It’s worth that and much more.
I think I enjoyed it in part because it wasn’t full of dramatic episodes fraught with peril and danger. We just accompany Walter as he immerses himself in an alien culture and the difficulties that presents.
Problems with language and interpretation, meeting people, finding accommodation, navigating the city, acquiring the necessary bartering skills, adapting to the cuisine and coping with minor hindrances – bed bugs, mosquitos/malaria. Unavoidable interactions with immigration on a quarterly basis and the obvious delight petty bureaucrats worldwide seem to take from messing with those they purport to serve.
What comes across is the warmth of the Peruvian people in general and our narrator’s genial disposition, as well as a willingness to adapt. He learns the language – not itself without an odd experience or two; before subsequently supporting himself by teaching English.
Just an enjoyable all-round trip.
One passage of prose – relating less to Peru and more a memory from his childhood – struck me.
In Lima, the day passed, while everything I did brought back some vivid recollection from childhood.
A thousand forgotten images came alive. Memories long locked away, lost in a sense, came forth due to the strangeness of my new surroundings. The exotic culture of Peru shook my thought patterns free from where they had settled, and gave a new twist to anything and everything I could recall.
I basked in it.
I found that revisiting old memories changes their nature. The advantage of an adult perspective takes the sting out of old wounds. Words remembered as being spoken in anger are revealed, upon examination, to be no more than a friendly jest. Revisiting instances of harboured guilt often expose that the action was not taken as a cruelty. All our perceptions are magnified and distorted by the mists of memory. The passage of time reveals we are neither as good nor as evil as we might have come to believe.
Such exploration is liberating.
4.5 stars from 5
The author supplied me a copy of Reckless Traveler for review.
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