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Sleeping in the Homes of Strangers: A Month-Long Journey of Trust

Sleeping in the Homes of Strangers: A Month-Long Journey of Trust [Kindle Edition]

Mark Dickinson
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Do miracles really happen?

An American teacher attempts to travel for a month across Turkey relying on the generosity of strangers to prove to his students that people can be trusted.

When his high school kids claim the world is evil, Mark Dickinson puts good will to the test through a blog asking readers to not only vote on a foreign country for him to visit but also pay for the trip. Aside from telling six friends, he depends solely on the blog for all publicity and donations, hoping providence will provide.

During the 15-city, 2,000-mile adventure, the teacher faces numerous obstacles, including not knowing if he'll have enough cash for his next meal, let alone for transportation or shelter; being forced to stay overnight with hosts he's never met; and mistakenly hitchhiking with gangsters, but through a series of serendipitous encounters, he begins to set aside his own fears and prejudices and discover anything is possible.

Sleeping in the Homes of Strangers: A Month-Long Journey of Trust is an inspiration to anyone wanting to pursue a dream, even if that dream is seemingly impossible.

Length: 43,000 words/173 pages (estimate based on traditional page layout)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 653 KB
  • Print Length: 117 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AB77JJC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Mark Dickinson worked for almost a decade as a newspaper and television reporter in the United States before becoming a high school teacher.

Outside the classroom, Mark spends his weekends exploring caves throughout the South and spends his summers traveling around the world in search of adventure. To date, he's visited 37 countries. Currently, he finds himself living and teaching in Singapore.

"Sleeping in the Homes of Strangers: A Month-Long Journey of Trust" is Mark's debut novel.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Trusting others 4 Jan 2013
By Minimoo
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is Mark's story about travelling from the USA to Turkey, with a few hundred dollars of donations made to his PayPal account, and his quest for surviving the month long journey mainly on the kindness of others.

Having never visited Turkey, I'm unsure as to whether Mark's experiences with the local people where the norm, or unique to him being an American, and sometimes visiting parts of the country that foreigners rarely make an effort to go. I'd like to think it was the norm as Mark's point will have truly been proven - there are more good and kind people in the world than bad.

His story and the people he met on his travels are inspirational however the cynical side of me does need to question something another critic raised to Mark near the end of his book which is would a Turkish traveller be met with such a welcome reception, if s/he had the same quest and decided to visit the USA? Or the UK for that matter? I would love to think this stranger would be treated as kindly as Mark but I have my doubts. Due to recent events in both countries, the USA and the UK can be very suspicious of any foreigners, which is really sad but unfortunately a fact.

I do believe of course they would meet several individuals who would express a desire to help and make them welcome however I think their overall experience would be very mixed, with possibly some people being downright hostile to their plight.

Mark does prove however, that in his case, people's generosity and kindness know no bounds and and on this basis, he believes that anything is possible should we set our heart and mind to achieving our goal.

To steal a quote from the book "to change one's life: start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions".
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is really nice! 11 Dec 2013
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It is a heart-warming story of a teacher who tries to inspire his students by showing them it is possible to travel overseas only trusting good in people!

It is a precious book for myself as I, my wife, my friends are in it specially :)

Everything aside, it is really nice to sea what an American guy feels about my country and my people!

And yes, it is about Couchsurfing as well :)

So buy it! :D
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4.0 out of 5 stars good read 9 Dec 2013
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This world is not a great place to be in if you are travelling in a strange country and especially if you are on your own, but this book puts a little more faith in my mind , as he mixes with not the most sulubrius ( dont know how to spell it) of people, from down and out to drug addicts but it does show there is a little bit of good in all of us..
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