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Mary Bartnikowski, award-winning photographer, author, educator, mother and women's international travel expert has lived and worked in 30 countries in the last 6 years. With no big bank account and even less electricity she has traveled by boat, plane, train, chicken bus, motorbike and rickshaw photographing the Dalai Lama in India, riding elephants bareback in Nepal, leading humanitarian projects worldwide and begging the bus driver in Bolivia to pull over so she could pee. After raising her son in California she broke free of the USA and is now a full-time vagabond. Want to ditch your job and travel the world? Find out how: read this book. www.bartnikowski.com
on March 27, 2012 :
I loved this book and could not stop reading, it is eloquent and skillfully written . When I finished I felt like I had got to know a wonderful friend! Mary is inspirational and very entertaining and I am waiting for her next book, maybe I will read them while on elephant back…...time I got travelling. As an older woman I find it exhilarating to see how Mary is having so many wonderful adventures. Thanks for sharing all your joy, charm and love with me Mary!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on March 26, 2012 :
This is a true story of a "female vagabond" that is not only informative and interesting, but motivational as well. Ms. Bartnikowski has lived more in the last six years than most of us have lived in a lifetime. Her writing will make you laugh, and then it will make you cry. She is Hemingwayesque in the way she writes. She writes like she is talking to you as her friend. Her writing is personal, from the soul, and she holds back nothing. How could one not want to read the story about how she got close enough to the Dalai Lama, not once but twice, to photograph him closeup, smile and all. She had the privelege of experiencing Darsan with the Dalai Lama, and she is willing to share it with us. Along with the writing she is a photographer extraordinaire. There are breathtaking photos from around the world, that in themselves would be worth buying the book. Plus, if you would like to be the next "citizen of the world vagabond" she gives some wonderful ideas on how to make it happen. Five stars for this one.
(reviewed long after purchase)