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Tuesday, 01 September 2009

Planet Backpacker

While the majority of Americans wither away their vacation days on Arizona golf courses or in Florida theme parks, seasoned journalist and adventurer Robert Downes’ new book, Planet Backpacker, proves that some Americans yearn for more. Born out of his travel blogs, Downes’ narrative is an honest, no-nonsense account of a regular “Joe” tramping the “global highway” through Europe, Egypt, India, and Southeast Asia.

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The ticket agent couldn’t help but revel in my misfortune. “The train has left,” he announced, motioning out to the lonely track and beyond to the sprawling, oily expanse of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. “And tomorrow?” I squeaked, unable to conceal my distaste for the city. “Next train,” he said, his cruel smile widening, “three days.” Reluctantly, I bought a new ticket.

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