Moods of Future Joys: Around the World by Bike - Part 1 Paperback – 26 Nov 2007
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This enthralling account details Alastair Humphrey's epic journey across Africa, through Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya. His experience is at times brutal, and though he faces loneliness, despair, and harsh conditions, he also survives through trust in the kindness of strangers.
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Stop dithering and buy it.
This is one of the best travel books I have ever read. It works to inspire for your next trip and it works to entertain when you get your few minutes escape form the rat race and can daydream of expeditons and distant wanderlust. The fact that AH's highlights include Syria, Somalia and Colombia only add to the mystery and madness of his trip.
The only detail missing in this book is "Why?" Although, I'm not sure even Alastair knows! The first book details the London to South Africa leg, with a large portion dedicated to various African nations. Alastair's writing, slightly patchy in early chapters, finds a rhythm by the second half of the book. There is plenty of detail on his see-sawing emotions, daily routines, strict budgeting, encounters with the locals and many humorous anecdotes. Alastair kept a diary throughout his journey and the level of detail is wonderful as a result.
The question of African poverty becomes more confusing as Alastair travels through Ethiopia and sees some of the negative aspects of aid and charity.
He saved 7000 pounds to undertake this journey and lived extremely cheaply. It is inspiring stuff.
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