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  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Wanderlearn; 1 edition (28 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976581221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976581222
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 648,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

To learn more about Francis, visit his webpage at FrancisTapon.com.

Origin: Francis Tapon's mom is from Chile and his dad is from France. He was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He's been to nearly 80 countries, but we keeps coming back to this magical city because he loves earthquakes.

Languages: He spoke Spanish at home, French at school, and English everywhere else. He can get by in Slovenian, Portuguese and Italian, barely survive in Russian, and speak a few other languages like a two-year-old.

Education: He has a degree in Religion from Amherst College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. So he is well prepared to start a church and make lots of money off of it.

Work: He co-founded SIGHTech, a successful Silicon Valley company. He also worked at Hitachi Data Systems and Microsoft.

Backpacking: He's walked across America 4 times: thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail, and in 2007, became the first to do a round-trip on the Continental Divide Trail. He's walked across Spain twice (traversing the Pyrenees and El Camino Santiago). In 2009, he was nominated a one of the seven finalists to the California Outdoors Hall of Fame, which "features nominees who are world-renowned for their skills and who have helped inspire thousands of others to take part in the great outdoors." Although he "barely missed induction," he was quite honored to be nominated. Some think that they nominated him because he's evangelized about the glories of backpacking 10,000 miles, but we know the real reason: they're impressed that he backpacked for 45 days without a shower.

Author: He wrote Hike Your Own Hike: 7 Life Lessons from Backpacking Across America, which is based on my AT experience. He also produced a 77-minute movie on his round-trip on the Continental Divide Trail. His latest book, The Hidden Europe: What Eastern Europeans Can Teach Us, just came out in 2012. It's a book about his 3.5-year adventure in 25 Eastern European countries.

Current activity: He is about to spend 3 years traveling to all 54 African countries.

Things Francis has never owned: A television, couch, bed, chair, or spaceship. (He's disappointed about the last one.)

Books he's read: To learn what thinks about some of the books he has read recently, read his book reviews on Amazon.

Goal in life: Visit every country on the planet and share the experience with anyone who cares to listen.

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About the Author

Francis Tapon is a public speaker, world traveller, and life coach. Author of Hike Your Own Hike: 7 Life Lessons from Backpacking Across America, he has travelled to over 75 countries. He was born and raised in San Francisco. He is a first-generation American, born of a French father and a Chilean mother. He has a degree in Religion from Amherst College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott Neilson on 20 Sept. 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book it is a prefect combination of light hearted stories and interesting facts about different p[laces around eastern Europe. Perfect for anyone who travels and enjoys learning new things about different cultures.

After reading you find yourself telling your friends and family all about your new found knowledge of places you've heard of but actually knew little about, until reading The Hidden Europe. A combination of a funny and intellectual book that keeps you going back again to soak up the quirky facts about eastern Europe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By penelope chamberlain on 15 Mar. 2014
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Francis Tapon's book is a must for anyone with an interest in this part of the world. His writing is both informative and entertaining.

This is not a mere travelogue of "must sees" but a balanced view of the history of these fascinating countries and an attempt to dispel many of the myths too.

A turbulent region but Francis manages to keep a balanced stance and never descends into mere politics.

You will also meet some really fascinating characters and gain a desire to visit some of these countries yourself.

I have friends from many of these countries and I love the fierce pride they have for their homes and cultures. I think Francis manages to capture the reasons for this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Giamaloglou on 3 Sept. 2013
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The Hidden Europe is an amazing book really well written and easily read by everyone. Francis is giving plenty of background information for each country he visited and interesting facts on the people, food and way of life. Also he is providing on the background fascinating facts & figures on each country. Reading the book and having been to most of the countries really made me wanted to go back to each one of them and explore more. Really enjoyed reading the book and look forward to the new one when it comes out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doron on 27 Nov. 2012
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I found this book to be both very useful and interesting to read. Francis Tapon writes this in an informative way that provides good backup reading before visiting the countries in the book, covering topics such as language structure, and historical contexts. Tapon also writes an a humorous way that makes the book engaging and easy to read for a long time.

Overall I think this is a very interesting and useful book for anyone who intends to travel in or is just interested in Eastern Europe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sara on 9 April 2014
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I really enjoy this wander around Eastern Europe and the lessons learned are interesting. But for me the most interesting part is the history of many of the countries. I found the book to be insightful, not too serious and the writing was easy to read and pleasent. Having travelled moderately in those countries and always enjoyed my vacations immensley, the insight seemed accurate.

An unusual travel/culture book and a very pleasant read.
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I bought this book after deciding to do a spot of backpacking around Eastern Europe this coming Autumn. Although this was of particular interest to me personally due to my proposed adventure, I think that all Western Europeans and beyond should be made or perhaps more appropriately offered the opportunity to read this book. It eliminates many common misconceptions about 'Hidden Europe' and has a great balance of anecdotes, history and fact. I pick it up and read it and re read it again and again. I also thrust it upon ignorant friends and family members when they look at me in horror as I tell them of my travel plans. Thanks to this book I am even more excited and reassured that I am doing the right thing with my Eastern European travels and considerably more knowledgeable about the places I am going to explore.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 Dec. 2013
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I bought this just to get a flavour of life and places in Eastern Europe but it is so good that it makes me feel as if I ought to go there to experience all the interesting things and places that are described so well
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