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Vagamonde: Chasing Euphoria and Getting Hit by Reality Paperback – December 30, 2013
About the Author
Benoit Charra is a software developer and artist. Michele Titcombe is a mathematics professor. They live in Montreal Canada in an apartment just big enough for themselves and two bicycles.
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does not really have to do with purist destination motives but rather about learning about,
the human aspect of dealing with hardships and difficulty of cultural difference
and various tribulations of long distance bicycle travel.
One can dismiss their day to day concerns and irritations with "First World " problems.
However those concerns are real to any one who has budget constraints,
dealt with the harsh realities and dangers of road travel on two wheels
and had to deal the petty annoyances of securing room and board for the night.
After all, this is not a cruise vacation.
Spark points such as having rocks pitched while riding by village kids
come to life when normally serene and cheerful Michele who is struck explodes off the bike and angrily
searches down the culprit. The third world solution is quite comical.
The authors' use of humour suggest a pretty effective coping mechanism to the stresses of travel and Benoit's sometimes sarcastic and self depreciating humour gives counterbalance to what may be perceived
as a narrative of complaint.
The creative illustrations of oddball characters encountered along the way reminds us of the hilarity of cultural divide and the universal pursuit of the tourist dollar. Quaint hand drawn maps convey delight of destinations achieved and give a larkish poignancy to the distances traveled and where stayed. etc.
All in all I found it good and funny read and great entertainment .Recommended!
I am sure any of us have thought about what they did(leaving everything behind and travelling around the world) but we never had the courage to do it. I am glad that they have shared their experience with us in their amazing book.