A 40-Year Trek

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This is the story of my life from age 4 or so to the present time. It covers my life from being an upstate New York small town boy and the experiences of that time until I went overseas to work as a volunteer in Nepal for the Peace Corps. I explain key events that show my character and those who shaped it and the situations I was in various places in both the US and overseas. Most of the learning More

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About David Alan Harwood

I have lived in Asia since I came to work in Nepal in July 1977. I worked 2.5 years there, then took a 3 month trip in Asia. After a short return time to the US, I came back to Asia and visited Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand and got work in Thailand as a teacher. I have lived in Thailand since then, and married a Thai national and have two houses in Thailand.

I collect coins, banknotes and stamps, as well as antiques. I speak 6 languages and read the numeral scripts of 12 altogether. My coin and banknote hobby causes me too learn these so I can read the notes without other's help. I study culture and enjoy reading about things I find that are interesting, like opium weights from Burma and Burmese lacquer ware. I am now studying Burmese so I can communicate more with the dealers I meet, who also speak Hindi.

I enjoy sharing my things - collections of all kinds - on ebay ( trader55553), and ( Delcampe - asiantreasures ) as I meet so many people like myself and learn new things. I feel collectors of distinction will get things I had to work hard for. However, the real fun was the going out and finding all the things in every place I have gone, making memories I will always treasure. The treasures I keep remind me of those times.

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Anna Kochanowska reviewed on on April 1, 2019

Mr. Harwood is an excellent storyteller. He describes in vivid, colorful language first his childhood and teenage years in Adirondack, US, and then his first years in Asia. The stories from Nepal are unique and fascinating.
Mr. Harwood got a job as a water sources surveyor for Peace Corps. He packed 2 shirts, 2 pants, some socks, a good pair of boots and off he went, not knowing the language or anything about the country. He worked in small villages in Himalayas, going to places were no westerner ever went, living with local people and walking miles and miles alone in the mountains.
He learned the language, or rather 5 or 6 Nepali dialects, made friends with local people and enjoyed his life there. He took many pictures and included some in the book.
After Nepal, he never came back to live in US, but traveled in the Far East countries and finally settled in Bangkok.
Hopefully, we will learn about this part of his life from his next book.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
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