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From Sebago, Maine USA
Age 42
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Hello all,
If I can't be travelling, I'm probably reading about travelling. I've spent a lot of time on the road for my former job as an archealogical technician, and I've also worked/volunteered as an English teacher in Thailand, Nepal, Mongolia, Korea, and Mexico. I've moved back to my home state of Maine, and have been fortunate to travel a bit since I've been home in China and Europe.

My travel blog, along with a once a month update of the books I read, is kept at

Originally I'm from Portland, ME. I'm a songwriter and singer and am working on a new record with some long-time musician friends in maine.

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Bartonz (we will miss her) has a fantastic game on her page, the Olympic Reading Challenge. I'm going to make my own version:

Passport to the World Reading Challange. No time limit. I'm going to try to stick to literary translations and political writings as opposed to travel narratives. Although I've read lots of different things from around the world, I'm only going to include books I've read from this posting forward.

1. Afghanistan - Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, kabul Beauty School and Little Coffeshop in Kabul by Deborah Rodriquez
2. Albania
3. Algeria
4. American Samoa
5. Andorra
6. Angola
7. Antigua and Barbuda
8. Argentina - Chasing Che by Patrick Symmes
9. Armenia
10. Aruba
11. Australia
12. Austria - Homestead by Lippi
13. Azerbaijan
14. Bahamas
15. Bahrain
16. Bangladesh - The Death of Visnu by Manil Suri
17. Barbados
18. Belarus
19. Belgium
20. Belize
21. Benin
22. Bermuda
23. Bhutan - Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
24. Bolivia
25. Bosnia and Herzegovina - The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
26. Botswana
27. Brazil
28. British Virgin Islands
29. Brunei
30. Bulgaria
31. Burkina Faso
32. Burundi
33. Cambodia - First they came for my father
34. Cameroon
35. Canada - all things Margaret Atwood
36. Cape Verde
37. Cayman Islands
38. Central African Republic
39. Chad
40. Chile - Chasing Che
41. China - The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester, Sorrow Mountain (Tibet) by Ani Pachen, The Heart of the World (Tibet) Ian Baker, Falling Leaves by Adeline Mah, From Heaven Lake by Vikram Seth, Shanghai Girls, Snow flower and the Secret Fan, and Peony in Love by Lisa See, Empress Dowager Cixi by Jung Chang, The Vagrants, Leaving Mother Lake
42. Chinese Taipei (TPE)
43. Colombia
44. Comoros
45. Congo DR - Untapped: The Search for Africa's Oil
46. Congo Republic - Blood River by Tim Butcher
47. Cook Islands
48. Costa Rica - Green Pheonix by William Allen
49. Côte d'Ivoire
50. Croatia
51. Cuba - Che's Chevrolet, Fidel's Oldsmobile by Richard Schweid, Also Known as Che by Paco Taibo
52. Cyprus
53. Czech Republic
54. Denmark - Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
55. Djibouti
56. Domenica
57. Dominican Republic
58. Ecuador
59. Egypt - In an Antique Land by Amitov Gosh
60. El Salvador
61. Equatorial Guinea
62. Eritrea
63. Estonia
64. Ethiopia - There is No Me Without You by Melissa Greene
65. Fiji
66. Finland
67. France
68. Gabon
69. The Gambia
70. Georgia
71. Germany
72. Ghana - Jantsen's Gift by Pam Cope
73. Greece
74. Grenada
75. Guam
76. Guatemala
77. Guinea
78. Guinea-Bissau
79. Guyana
80. Haiti - Breath, Eyes, Memory and The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat
81. Honduras
82. Hong Kong
83. Hungary
84. Iceland - Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
85. India - Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner, The Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri, Hullaballoo in the Guava Orchard by Kiran Desai, Sea of Poppies by Amativ Ghosh
86. Indonesia
87. Iran - Even After All this Time by Afschineh Latifi, Things I've Been Silent About by Azar Nafisi, Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas
88. Iraq
89. Ireland
90. Israel
91. Italy
92. Jamaica
93. Japan - The Empty Mirror, The Pearl Diver by Jeff Talagiro, Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
94. Jordan
95. Kazakhstan
96. Kenya - The Shadow of Kiliminjaro by Rick Ridgeway
97. Kiribati
98. Korea, South - Free Food for Millionaires by Min Lee, When My Name was Keoko and A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park, Tongue
99. Korea, North - This is Paradise! by Hyok Kang, The Aquariums of Pyongyang, Nothing to Envy
100. Kuwait
101. Kyrgyzstan
102. Laos
103. Latvia
104. Lebanon
105. Lesotho
106. Liberia
107. Libya
108. Liechtenstein
109. Lithuania
110. Luxembourg
111. FYRO Macedonia
112. Madagascar
113. Malawi
114. Malaysia
115. Maldives
116. Mali
117. Malta
118. Marshall
119. Mauritania
120. Mauritius6
121. Mexico - Born to Run by Chris Mcdougall
122. Micronesia - The Island of the Colorblind by Oliver Sacks
123. Moldova - Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
124. Monaco
125. Mongolia - Hearing Birds Fly By Laura Waugh, Bones of the Master by George Crane
126. Montenegro
127. Morocco - A House in Fez, Cinammon City
128. Mozambique - Under the Frangipani - Mia Couto
129. Myanmar - The Voice of Hope by Aung San Suu Kyi and Alan Clements, Finding George Orwell in Burma by Emma Larkin, From the Land of Green Ghosts by Pascal Khoo Thwe, The Glass Palace
130. Namibia
131. Nauru
132. Nepal - Massacre at the Palace by Jon Gregson; The Guru of Love, Arresting God in Kathmandu and The Royal Ghosts by Samrat Upadhyay, The Violet Shyness in their Eyes
133. Netherlands - Murder in Amsterdam by Ian Buruma
134. Netherlands Antilles
135. New Zealand
136. Nicaragua
137. Niger
138. Nigeria- Say You're One of Them by Uwmen Akpan, Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Adichie
139. Norway
140. Oman
141. Pakistan - The Dancing Girls of Lahore by Louise Brown, Burnt Shadows, In The Name of Honor by Muhktar Mai
142. Palau
143. Palestine - This Side of Peace by Hanan Ashwari
144. Panama
145. Papua
146. Paraguay
147. Peru
148. Philippines
149. Poland
150. Portugal
151. Puerto Rico
152. Qatar
153. Romania
154. Russia - Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith,
155. Rwanda - We Wish to Inform You that Tomorow We Will be Killed With Our Families, Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza
156. Saint Kitts and Nevis
157. Saint Lucia
158. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
159 Samoa
160. San Marino
161. São Tomé and Príncipe
162. Saudi Arabia - In the Land of Invisible Women by Quanta Ahmed
163. Senegal
164. Serbia
165. Seychelles
166. Sierra Leone
167. Singapore
168. Slovakia
169. Slovenia
170. Solomon
171. Somalia
172. South Africa - Gem Squash Tokeloshe by Rachel Zadok, Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
173. Spain - The Mapmaker's Opera by Bea Gonzalez
174. Sri Lanka
175. Sudan - Tears of the Desert
176. Suriname
177. Swaziland
178. Sweden
179. Switzerland - Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
180. Syria
181. Tajikistan
182. Tanzania
183. Thailand - Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
184. Timor-Leste
185. Togo
186. Tonga
187. Trinidad and Tobago
188. Tunisia
189. Turkey - Snow, My Name is Red, and Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk
190. Turkmenistan
191. Tuvalu
192. Uganda
193. Ukraine
194. United Arab Emirates
195. United Kingdom - Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner, Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Barrows
196. United States - High Tide in Tucson by Barbara Kingsolver, The Future of Fredom; Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad by Fareed Zakaria, The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks, The Women T. C. Boyle
197. Uruguay
198. Uzbekistan
199. Vanuatu
200. Venezuela
201. Vietnam - Seeing Vietnam by Susan Brownmiller, Fourth Uncle in the Mountain by Quang Van Nguyen
202. Virgin Islands
203. Yemen
204. Zambia
205. Zimbabwe

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