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  • By Brady Yauch
    Jun 16, 2009
    "Ausholes" The following is a serious, literary review of a very funny, unserious, unliterary book. Have you ever back-packed around Europe for a few months? Suffered through a conversation with a person who has learned minimal English just because he has offered to buy you a hot meal? Made the same mistake about the same museums…over and over again? If this sounds realistic, then you may find Anita Aushole’s and Bargain Barry’s meanderings around a much-glamorized trip through the heart of Europe relieving. When I listen to other Americans’ and Australians’ trips through the Euro-heartland, I mostly hear anecdotes about a romantic ride through a sun-drenched Venice with the mellifluous voice of a gondolier as the perfect background. Or a warm afternoon sipping an espresso in French cafe surrounded by the romance of Paris. But what really happened was the second you got in that gondolier, the man shut his mouth, sucked down about four cigarettes (coughing horrendously... More > after each one), dropped you off, and charged you three times what he originally said. And that sweet French café, well the pastries were about three days old, the man behind the counter made fun of you in French, and while you were staring at the amazing architecture, somebody stole your bag. These opposing images are what Anita Aushole discusses. The glamorous, mixed with the decrepit. The idea that romance can be found, not in the arms of a magnificent Italian piazza, but in a dirty hostel with a group of foreigners out to consume as much alcohol as possible. The perpetuation of the myth that everything in Europe is perfect and bathed in the romance of history can, at times, seem ludicrous. Especially when the often reality is that around every corner lies a boring folk museum and a pizza hut offering an all-you-can-eat buffet, and not even a French dessert on the menu. The book is an absurd guide on things that you would have never done (or even considered) in your native country, but for some reason sound intriguing in a foreign land. The mistakes and regrets that come along with a backpacking trip across Europe, ranging from girlfriends, a new found love, or even the different types of excrements caused by last night’s dinner. But underneath all of the sarcasm and the witty humor lies a heart-warming story of falling in love with a boy who found himself lost in the sometimes anachronistic customs of Europe, looking for someone to share a story with.< Less
  • By Chris Welch
    Jul 12, 2007
    "the real world of backpacking" I read this book while backpacking in Australia and might I say it is hillarious. While I have not shared the author's European experiences, much of the content is applicable to the world of backpacking as a whole. Humorous tales of budget drinking, eating and living can be enjoyed by anyone with backpacking experience or with a passion for travel. At an affordable price, this book makes the perfect gift for the traveler in the family.
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Product Details

April 4, 2007
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.04 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6.63 wide x 10.25 tall
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