This is a salutary tale of the 'adventures' of a pair of extremely innocent backpackers (one a debutante in this form of vacational masochism) as they embark on two, climatically very different, trips on the near continent. Seeking shelter each night sometimes in their tiny tent and at other times in accommodation of a very dubious kind (the names of these establishments have been changed to protect the guilty) they set about exploring some of Western Europe's major cities. Their routes take in the delights, and dangers, to be found in, amongst others- Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, Lisbon, Bordeaux, Amsterdam, Lyon, Salamanca, Geneva etc. You name it... and they had a traumatic 'arthropod-related experience' there. They also managed to be the victims of two successful robberies in the space of one, extremely uncomfortable, evening and also contracted most of the holiday ailments known to modern medicine...Oh yes, and they had to witness a totally gratuitous display of 'fancy dress nudity' which would have broken lesser men! Were these two 'adherents of the pack' hapless or unlucky in befalling these tribulations? Well, I'm still not sure..... but I do know that they did survive to tell the tale in all its grimy, in need of a proper wash, detail.
About the Author
The author was born into the austere world of 1950's Bootle (just missing out on the delights of post-war rationing). He enjoyed a very happy childhood living in an extremely un-insulated council house with his parents and sister surrounded by a very supportive community of neighbours. His education was carried out at Sterrix Lane Primary, and then the local Grammar School, to a soundtrack of the impeccable music of the seventies. He will be eternally thankful to Harold Wilson for withstanding intense pressure from 'across the pond' preventing him from having 'The Vietnam Experience' and instead 'went to college'. During his periods of Higher Education he accumulated a minimalist wardrobe plus a BEd(Hons), MSc and PhD at Edgehill College and The University of Liverpool. A prolongued career as a Secondary School Teacher came to its climax in 2005 with only a minor set of nervous ticks as a legacy. During the few fleeting moments left unaccounted for whilst maintaining his three highly energy-efficient little children the author has managed to pen this 'work'. Hope you like it!