I just finished reading a couple of books that I highly recommend.
The Dolphin’s Tooth by Bruce Kirkby is the amazing story of an average Canadian guy who adventures around the world for 10 years. He is a whitewater rafting guide in northern Canada, spends a season at Everest base camp, rides camels across a desert in northern Africa, whitewater rafts the Blue Nile, the list goes on and on. The part the really spoke to me was his ability to make friends and find fun no matter what the circumstance. He also started out as a computer programmer working a 9-5 … an irony not lost on me.
In A Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson is basically Bryson’s journal from his travels and experiences in Australia. Bryson has an amazing perspective – an American by birth, he spent 20 years in Europe and now lives in New Hampshire. His enthusiasm and quest for information are un-matched as he troops around the country seeing significantly more that I have. His discriptions were uncannilly accurate, often invoking the strongest home sickness I have ever felt.
It’s amazing that it takes someone else’s experiences to bring out such pride in my home country.