Author, Adam Shepard’s journey starts in Central America studying and practicing Spanish and ultimately doing some volunteer work. His trip starts like a train pulling out of a station, slowly but then gaining momentum with ever meter of track covered as perspective and experiences are gained.
Will this be just another descriptive diary of a trip abroad? The answer is a resounding no. Adam builds personal perspectives as he travels deeper into his journey; it is his reflections and posed questions that make this such an interesting read. His trip is not about seeing as much as he can, rather he selectively visits countries over the course of a year and seeks life experiences by immersing himself into the local culture.
From a somewhat somewhat crazed decision and immediate adrenaline rush to try his hand at bullfighting (literally) to working a cattle station in Western Australia to experiencing “Pacquiao mania” in Manila, the experiences start adding up.
Romance on the road always adds another dimension to one’s travels and Adam meets a girl while volunteering. The relationship starts somewhat rocky but develops, and by the end of the story he is heading to Slovakia to meet her parents.
This book is an inspiration to anyone old or young considering taking some time off from one’s “day to day life” – seeing the world and helping out in a good way as well.
As Adam says “career, wife, babies – of course I want these things; they’re on the horizon. Meanwhile, I’m a few memories short” – and it is these memories and the stories of his unique journey and self exploration that will stay with him for the rest of his life.
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