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A backpacker since my teens, I see no reason why, now I am retired, I should confine myself just to luxury cruises or five star hotels. They are enjoyable now and then, but there is nothing to compare with the friendship and variety of people you meet at a hostel, no matter where you travel.
on Sep. 23, 2012 :
Reading this book was a real treat since I tend to get quite sick on first time trips to distant lands. In Two Old Boots and a Backpack I was able to join the author of this book on a wild ride under thundering falls on a dangerous rubber dingy, taste exotic foods that tempt and nauseate, and feel the strain of tired legs hiking up a cold mountain -- all without leaving the comfort of my Texas home. And those are only a tiny fraction of the experiences detailed in this book that reads a bit like a novel in spots. You'll also read tales of intriguing historical spots and figures like Evita and Butch Cassidy, along with some less famous but unexpectedly charming characters like a Welsh grandmother, a man with the unlikely name of Lancelot, and a butter snatching parrot. Wendy has a gift for bringing her travels to life, and I look forward to reading where those "old boots" might travel next.
(reviewed the day of purchase)