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Coffee Für Tod
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Price: Free! Words: 840. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
Getting a morning cup of coffee is a cherished daily ritual the world over. But while travelling this custom can become both an adventure and an ordeal. More often than not the desire for a fix coupled with the exchange of money can overcome any cultural or language obstacles...but then sometimes you find yourself at a train station in Berlin, Germany on a cold winter morning.
What Did You Do With That Bug Repellent?
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,330. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
"If David Sedaris operated an African Safari tour, the result would be something like this." -Dr. Volmer Enghausen, zoologist and stand-up comic.
Travel Observations and Revelations
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,180. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
Do you always end up sitting next to passengers with colds or flu on crowded flights? Do you amaze even yourself with your inane utterances on long road trips? Do you smile smugly as you recall a travel deal that you scored ten years ago? If you answered "yes" to one or more of these questions, you will be able to relate to this compilation of travel anecdotes intended to both amuse and inspire.
A Year of Transformation
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Series: Paddlin' On Trademark Series, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,670. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Confidence and self-esteem
A Year of Transformation is Mary Anne Smrz's third book in the Reflections from the Red Kayak Trademarked series. Mary Anne takes readers halfway around the world, paddling toward their authentic selves, as she reveals nature's life lessons, discovered during a year of kayak excursions.
In the Words of a Song
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Series: Tokyo, From One to Infinity. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,960. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
“I’ve heard many bad stories about you, and you must admit that most of them are true!” Or were they just the product of a fertile imagination? Either way, I will love you and leave you for the fiftieth time with this…
Borrowed Expressions
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Series: Tokyo, From One to Infinity. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,180. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
The English language owes much of its richness to the countless expressions borrowed from other tongues, and Japan has made some notable contributions to the lexicon. Very few native speakers of English are aware, however, of the etymology of some of the Japanese words they use. How many people would have realised, for example, that “karaoke” is partly a corruption of English?
Dining Out
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Series: Tokyo, From One to Infinity. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,090. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
Move over, Paris! An introduction to Tokyo, the official gourmet capital of the world, ranging from the Michelin Diet of my imagination to the real-life American supermodel peanut butter diet and everything in-between. Includes some practical advice for tourists visiting Japan and Taiwan on a budget and some irreverent comments about Japanese “obatarian” (battleaxes) and Starbucks.
Tea Leaves in Coffee Cups
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Series: Tokyo, From One to Infinity. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,290. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Just when you thought it was safe to dine out… Sometimes it is better not to know those secret ingredients in the food and drinks we consume, but in some circumstances, such lack of knowledge could kill us. When it comes to food poisoning, no one is immune and nowhere is safe! My first job in Japan leads to me question some aspects of food safety and hygiene in advanced countries.
Billy Idol Gone Wrong
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Series: Tokyo, From One to Infinity. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,550. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
I have been called many things in my time, but "Billy Idol gone wrong" surely takes the cake! Look beyond the differences in fashion sense and demeanour, however, and his fans might be surprised to discover that my supposed antithesis and I actually have some things in common. A reflection on how we expatriates come to assimilate physically in our adopted countries either by accident or design.
Naked Communication
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Series: Tokyo, From One to Infinity. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,520. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
Japanese naked communication was once too much for prudish American sailors to take, but attitudes had changed significantly by the time Marilyn Monroe arrived in Tokyo on her honeymoon. Today, people come from all over the world to engage in the practice, often unaware that there is more to it than just hot water. Here, I discuss the dynamics of communal bathing from a multicultural perspective.
Reef Beach
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Series: Tokyo, From One to Infinity. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,990. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
My late aunt and uncle enriched the lives of countless Australians and instilled in me a greater appreciation of opera, conservation, and religion. They also introduced me to the delights of Reef Beach, a haven for nudists on Sydney Harbour, before it fell victim to a misinformation campaign by some "moralistic" local residents. This is our story, plus some off-the-wall revelations from Japan.
City Walks
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Series: Tokyo, From One to Infinity. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,040. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
Whenever I visit another country on business or for pleasure, I always make a point of seeing how the local people live and picturing how different my life would be if I lived among them. Part of my routine is to explore entire neighbourhoods on foot, but sometimes travelling as a semi-respectable, law-abiding male can present challenges of its own…
Ilha Formosa
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Series: Tokyo, From One to Infinity. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,380. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
Japan has been my home for such a long time now that it has become second nature, but sometimes I just want to escape the harsh, mundane realities of my everyday life by running away to somewhere safe but exotic, where I cannot speak the language and every moment of the day brings some new discovery. For me, that place has become the “beautiful island” of Taiwan, and the attractions are many.
How I Came to Be Here
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Series: Tokyo, From One to Infinity. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,600. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
Take an ordinary Australian boy, add some breakfast cereal, send him to school, and see what happens… Was it fate that led me to become a permanent resident of Japan, or am I simply another example of permissive parenting gone wrong? One man’s story of how he became a pioneering, expatriate law professor in Japan despite having no family connections to this country.
Thirty Days Hath September
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Series: Tokyo, From One to Infinity. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,240. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
No matter where we hail from or where we have chosen to live, we long-term expatriates tend to kid ourselves that we are men of the world. Without the benefit of a local education, however, we will always be at a disadvantage compared to that tiny first-grader who lives next door. In this essay, a Taiwanese pop song inspires me to remedy one of the many gaps in my own knowledge.
Poor Kitty Kitty
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Series: Tokyo, From One to Infinity. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,360. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
In East Asia, there is no escaping the many charms of Hello Kitty. Although the real Kitty White lives just down the road from me at Sanrio Puroland and has officially made her presence known at the campus where I work, she still remains very much a woman of mystery in some important respects...
What's in a Name?
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Series: Tokyo, From One to Infinity. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,410. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
If your name is John or you have ever known someone called John, then you will be well aware of the persecution we suffer in supposedly politically-correct countries such as America. Even in Japan, I am sometimes treated like a dog! Is this fair? We Johns of the world do not expect sympathy, but surely we deserve some respect?
What's a Man Like You...
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Series: Tokyo, From One to Infinity. Price: Free! Words: 1,630. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
Like moths to a flame! Normally, I would be flattered to be approached by some pretty young thing at a nightclub, but have been known to take exception to some lines of questioning… An introduction to the "Tokyo, From One to Infinity" series.
Keeping On Keeping On---23---African Safari---Kenya-Tanzania III
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Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2013---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 23. Price: Free! Words: 2,440. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
This e-book is one in a series of 23 similar e-books recounting the author's travel adventures, independently or as part of a tour group, during the period 2006-2013. They describe in a light-hearted style, with photographs, anecdotes and specific descriptive highlights, his personal travels, as a retiree, to South America, New Zealand, the Far East, Europe, the MIddle East, and Africa.
Keeping On Keeping On---22---African Safari---Kenya-Tanzania II
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Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2013---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 22. Price: Free! Words: 2,680. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
This e-book is one in a series of 23 similar e-books recounting the author's travel adventures, independently or as part of a tour group, during the period 2006-2013. They describe in a light-hearted style, with photographs, anecdotes and specific descriptive highlights, his personal travels, as a retiree, to South America, New Zealand, the Far East, Europe, the MIddle East, and Africa.