ISBN: 0349117772 Global Overview for this book
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Began reading and no wonder Alexander McCall Smith is praising this book on its cover: there is a story about a wedding where a guest next to the writer speaks mostly in quatations, Pliny the Elder, Shakespeare and the like and then tells him that he should go to Botswana, which is "not only ladies and their detective agencies" which lost our writer completely. Wicked. Reminds me of my trip to Edinburgh where I was looking for a LFL on Scotland Street. I had checked from a map where Scotland Street was when leaving the flat, but then I lost faith and asked a man passing me if I was heading to the right direction.
"Yes, Scotland Street is the next street." As an afterthought he said: "But if you are looking for a particular number, it does not exist!"
Pic: The LFL on Scotland Street, Edinburgh.
"Such was the feeling of freedom, adventure and camaraderie that returning to work seemed to be an increasingly impossible proposition."
I have spent ten days at sea in a ketch which housed ten guests and three members of staff. It was their opening of the season so first we sailed the leaking vessel from Penzance up to the Hebrides where we spent a week whale-watching. I had not read the small print and was surprised to realize that I shared my cabin with seven men, so it became also a male-watching expedition. Who says Brits are conservatives? I fell in love with the peace, quiet and beauty of the enchanted Hebrides and the humour of our captain who was the life and soul of the trip. We went shopping and filling up the tank once, otherwise we saw only flora and fauna and other vessels in horizon. It was before mobile phones and I suppose the place would have been too remote for them anyhow, so we hardly remembered the outside world. And just before we had to return to the civilization we run into a school of some 200 dolphins doing their morning aerobics around us - magical! So when I left the boat and sat down in a noisy train tears just poured out of my eyes due to the sensory overload and culture shock I was facing. And sadness for having to leave that paradise and those people I would probably never see again.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
I loved the first part of the book, but when Mr Mango began to have responsibilities the tone changed slightly and even more towards the end, as his duties increased. He is obviously at his best as footloose and fancy free. Hopefully I will come across his other books.
Have fun, Sakirmo, and stay well away of the Dirks of this world.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
A long time ago I was looking into overland tours for Southern Africa, but gave up pretty quickly as I thought it unlikely I could put up with the travel group for longer than a couple of days... based on the group Will had, that was probably wise. Being a dedicated solo/couple traveller I'll stick to public buses if only I can find them. Botswana/Namibia isn't the best area for that I think, but it's also not the best area for reasonably priced flights from here so who knows if I ever make it there.
Travelling to the winner of Global sweepstakes next. Enjoy! :)