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Perfect for the armchair traveler and an interesting cautionary tale for those contemplating the real thing.
Armchairs: excellent word pictures of fascinating places that we can never visit with detailed commentaries on the sights, smells, heat, sounds, and people. Fine descriptives of the travel modes, costs, elevations, life styles, and especially the historical background and significance of so many interesting places. He toured for eighteen months, after all! As a history geek, I absolutely loved these aspects.
Cautionaries: there were a number of visa glitches, transportation issues, and unexpected medical problems requiring not only medical care, but hospitalizations. Scary stuff so far from familiar environs. One of the medical issues is a terrifying infectious condition which he rather glosses over, but this nurse knows that he is very fortunate not to have lost his leg. I also noted that he reported far less episodes of dysentery than I would have expected.
He had a grand time overall, and we get to enjoy those travels through his eyes.
I feel extremely fortunate to have won a copy in a Goodreads Giveaway.
But most importantly The Year I Became a Nomad is fascinating lines where curiosity, admiration, determination, friendship, love, sex, desire, inner introspection, success and also fear, loneliness, anger, sadness, despair, vulnerability, difficulty, tiredness, death and many other feelings intrinsically human constantly catch the reader’s attention. Thank you for sharing your experience Carlos (with an impressive vocabulary by the way) and for leaving your footprint! It teases the reader to become a writer of its own « life » trip!
I love the talks he has with the locals, I love how he delves deep into the different cultures he travels through, I love all the historical details he provides, I love all the curiosities he highlights, I love his book recommendations, I love it all.
And I will definitely use it as a travel guide in my future trips to Asia.