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Robin Roberts is a B.C.-based former travel editor and freelance magazine writer who's contributed to such publications as Reader's Digest, People Magazine, TV Guide, Emmy Magazine, Best Health Magazine, Hello! Magazine, Gourmet Magazine, Maclean's Magazine, Marketing Magazine, the Globe and Mail, National Post, and many more. She's also the co-author of the Moon Travel Guide to Vancouver. With her husband, professional travel photographer Rick Butler, she's travelled to 60 countries on 6 continents, where she showered with elephants in Botswana, camped on the edge of glaciers in Greenland, hiked mountain peaks in Patagonia, cruised the Caribbean, drifted down the Nile, floated along the Amazon, walked the Great Wall of China, wept at the Wailing Wall in Israel, rode a camel to the Great Pyramids of Egypt, careened India's treacherous Rohtang Pass to the base of the Himalayas, and swam with sharks in Fiji. For the last seven years, she has divided her time between Canada and Mexico.
on April 10, 2011 :
I have read and reread Robin's adventures pet-sitting in Mexico. Her wonderfully written account of their travels to each home, meeting the pet owners, and then the pets gave me real insight and laughs into all their lives.
Her vivid descriptions of Mexican towns where most of us may never travel to were beautifully described. Husband Rick provided gorgeous photography which enhance her excellent writings.
There is humour,and perilous moments as well,in pet-caring life and Robin has left nothing out. Pet lovers will relate. Robin has also provided tips for those inclined to do the same.
I have no hesitation in recommending this author' work now and in future, bueno Robin.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on March 15, 2011 :
Robin introduces you to a gaggle of mascots she and her partner Rick met in Mexico last year. She also gives you a generous helping of travel tips, dining experiences and the travails of pet-sitting. As a bonus, she offers a hearty dollop of advice on the whole pet-sitting idea: how it works, how to get started, and what to watch out for.
Her writing is simply excellent. Breezy, compelling, fast-paced, fun and honest. No sugar-coating for this author as she and Rick spend six months south of the border.
It's not a travel guide to Mexico, but it is sure filled with a lot of good travel information and tips. It doesn't demand that you be a fervent pet-sitting wanna-be, but you sure get the low-down and basics on how to get started.
Above all, Robin's love of pets (and by definition her spouse's similar inclination) shines through on every page.
As I read the book on my iPad there was only one thing missing: some of Rick's photography to illustrate the well-written text. I understand the Kindle edition has added some of his work.
Here's an excellent writer promising us future tales of adventures in pet-sitting. For, she can pick any topic she'd like and I'm ready to read it! Her writing is that good.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)