Sunday, February 16, 2014

Avoiding Prison and Other Noble Vacation Goals by Wendy Dale

First sentence:

"I like to think that I'm a typical traveler, that my idea of a good trip is pretty much the same as the next guy's but every once in a while, something happens to make me suspect this isn't really the case."


"From salsa dancing in a rum-induced haze and struggling to exercise in Colombia (“the guerrillas were using the track again today”), to crossing international borders unconventionally and dodging bombs in Lebanon (“the good news was that they were ‘small bombs’”), Wendy somehow manages to find herself in the midst of hysterical, adventurous, and often illegal situations. Case in point—every time she heads to Costa Rica, she is forced to visit another prison. Although a jail may not be everyone’s idea of a place to find a date, Wendy soon falls in love with a man, a country, and its people and risks everything she has to clear his name.

Avoiding Prison and Other Noble Vacation Goals is a bumpy and hilarious ride in which Wendy discovers that a successful vacation—much like that elusive thing, happiness—can be found in some of the most unlikely places imaginable. -- from the back cover

My thoughts:

An amusing and sometimes poignant book about finding "home" in places near and far. I liked Dale's honesty as she recounted her adventures in the Middle East, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Date read: 2/15/2014
Book #: 7
Rating: 3*/5 = good
Genres: Memoir / Travel

ISBN-10: 0609809830
ISBN-13: 9780609809839
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Year: 2003
# of pages: 326
Binding: Trade Paperback
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