It's Not About the Tapas: A Spanish Adventure on Two Wheels

by Polly Evans | Travel | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0385339925 Global Overview for this book
Registered by winglukutuoliwing of Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on 7/10/2013
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Journal Entry 1 by winglukutuoliwing from Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Bought this for myself from Barcelona last week :) TBR.

From the back cover:

"Single, stressed, and living amid the hustle and hurry of modern Hong Kong, Polly Evans had a vision: of mountains and orange groves, matadors and promenades–and of a glorious, hassle-free journey across Spain by bicycle. But like any decent dream, Polly’s came with its own reality: of thighs screaming with pain and goats trying to derail her, of strange local delicacies and overzealous suitors. In fact, like any great traveler, Polly had bitten off more than she could chew–and would delight in every last taste of it.

Exploring the country that gave the world flamenco, chocolate, sherry, Franco, and Picasso, Polly takes us from the towering Pyrenees to the vineyards of Jerez de la Frontera, spinning tales of conquistadors and kings, vibrant history and mouthwatering cuisine. In the end, this hilarious, irreverent, always engaging memoir of a journey on two wheels unveils a lot about one modern woman, even more about an utterly fascinating nation, and countless reasons why it’s better when you do it on a bike."

Journal Entry 2 by winglukutuoliwing at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Sunday, December 08, 2013
This was a hilarious book to read, although if I travelled across Spain it certainly wouldn't be on two wheels - I don't like cycling that much! This book was much more than a travel book, I learned much about the Spanish history and culture as well.
This book seems to be on several wish lists, so let's make it move...

Journal Entry 3 by winglukutuoliwing at Tampere, Bookcrossing Meetup -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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I found this book on many wish lists, one of the fellow-bookcrossers will have it next :) Merry Christmas!


Journal Entry 4 by wingBookgeowing at Pirkkala, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Wednesday, December 11, 2013
What a wonderful surprise, thank you so much lukutuoli. I have heard praise about travel books by Evans, but have not dared to add them all to my wish list. This one was there inspired by my journeys in Spain, nice to be able to return there now on the pages of this book.

Thanks again, I will make sure this finds its way to other wishers , too.

Journal Entry 5 by wingBookgeowing at Pirkkala, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Wednesday, May 14, 2014
This book sure looks very delicious and mostly the text proved to be that, too. With her described poor biking experience her journey seemed pretty adventurous to me. And as the journey progressed I ended up wondering about the accuracy of her map reading skills :).

Some of the historical descriptions were perhaps a tad too long taking away from the actual excitement of the present journey. The historical background descriptions of the phenomenons in Spanish culture are surely useful for people totally foreign to Spain, but I felt they were a bit too abundant here. The village life and the encounters with locals, the views, smells and the tastes are often more fascinating. Perhaps I expected even more of those.

I enjoyed the bits from the many same places I visited myself on my Catalonian road trip a few years ago. I agreed with Polly's views on Cadaqués but did not see a point in her bashing of La Seu d'Urgell.

Many thanks lukutuoli, this book now travels to fellow travel-loving bookcrossers in Turku.

Journal Entry 6 by wingBookgeowing at to fulfill a wish, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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Both sakirmo and Savotar in Turku have this book on their wish list. Appelsiini will travel to meet Turku bookcrossers on May 19, so I will give this book to her to be couriered to Turku. Savotar and sakirmo can then decide about the destiny of this book :).

Lovely travels to all of you, kind Appelsiini included!

Toivelistakirjojen lukuhaaste
2014 Keep Them Moving # 9
Kuukausivapautukset 2014 -haaste

Journal Entry 7 by wingsakirmowing at Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Great surprise, thank you Bookgeo!! The book is with me now & is reserved for Savotar next.

Journal Entry 8 by wingsakirmowing at Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Sunday, March 22, 2015
This one's a nice and light travel book, story flows easily and a cycling trip around Spain is definitely something I'd love to do some day (probably won't, though... not the kind of a trip one wants to attempt with an old 3-geared Helkama bike) so I enjoyed reading about it. Though it got a bit dull how it constantly seemed to surprise this woman that biking actually makes you tired, and OMG can result to sore legs & butt. Somehow I believe it's pretty obvious for most readers so not really something you need to mention ten times in every chapter...

Journal Entry 9 by wingsakirmowing at Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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On to Savotar next

Journal Entry 10 by Savotar at Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Monday, July 06, 2015
I am truly sorry for journaling this only now. Thank you very much, Lukutuoli, Bookgeo and Sakirmo!

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