Kitten Heels in Kathmandu, Adventures of a Female Vagabond

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Mary, newly minted as a lone warrior after raising her son, sells everything she owns, breaks free of the USA and takes us on a water slide ride photographing the Dalai Lama in India to riding elephants bareback in Nepal. Across 27 countries by train, boat, bus, motorbike, and rickshaw she discovers that courage takes practice and wanderlust costs less than it does to stay home working. More

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About Mary Bartnikowski


Mary Bartnikowski is the author of 4 books, a professional photographer with her own business in Silicon Valley (Palo Alto) for 20 years, down the street from Steve Jobs, and suddenly one day sold everything she owned and launched herself into a new life on a never ending worldwide journey, the kind of journey you actually change your life with not just talk about in your mind.

No she didn’t have a fat bank account or sugar daddy to support her decision, in fact few people thought she was sane when she sky-rocketed her life to start over.

She did know one thing.

Her heart said, Stop Living Your Life Like it Will Never End.

You need a kick in the pants on a new life, read this book. And as her reviews have said:

"This book will inspire you and open your mind to what you believe is possible to achieve on minimum money and oodles of passion and vision.

Mary's stories along with her stunning photographs depict so well the true story of one woman traveling the globe on a shoe-string and that others too can dust off their dreams and aspirations, reclaim their wish list and do the same.

Mary connects with animals, sea creatures, people and leaders of all walks and backgrounds and conveys it all with an open heart, laugh out loud humour and down to earth, genuine story telling which will have you sometimes in tears.

This book will help give you the courage and confidence to believe in your dreams and will have you realising; if one woman can do this on her own, then anything is possible.
- Lynika Cruz, Author and Speaker

"If you are a woman (or anyone else, I suppose) looking to travel the world but have some doubts or reservations, then this book was written especially for you!

The author tells us her story of chucking it all and deciding to find true happiness...wherever it may lead her. Her travels bring her to the most interesting places and she meets some of the most interesting people on the planet (including the Dalai Lama himself!)

The writing and tone is fun and the photographs (she a pro) are spectacular...really."
- Marianne Davis

Mary Bartnikowski is now living on Kauai writing books and teaching photography. She has led programs at Apple, Stanford, Intel and worldwide. Contact her for speaking requests here,


Dalai Lama in India
Photographing the Dalai Lama in India was one of the most profound experiences of my life. In the first chapter of my book I share with you the ecstasy and the speed of this gathering in the high holy Himalayas with a close-up view of the Dalai Lama. for more info on my travels go to my blog here:

Kitten Heels in Kathmandu, Adventures of a Female Vagabond
Learn how to be a vagabond and earn your way around the world - it costs less than it does to stay home working!


Review by: Mayah B 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 30 days after purchase)
Review by: joseph blomer 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 37 days after purchase)
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