Please Do Not Lie In The Aisles: A Memoir Of Travels In Asia 2005-2006
The stars of this story are the people and customs of southeast Asia and China, structured around the author's account of travelling there as a backpacker. The countries she visited included Burma, Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand, Tibet and Vietnam. The flow of the story describes the typical backpacker routine of moving from town to village to city on a variety of modes of transport and in the company of friendly fellow travellers, many with their own memorable and humorous quirks. "Please Do Not Lie in the Aisles" provides an enticing taste of the immense and exotic world that awaits the would-be backpacker.
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Nov 25, 2012Do you have an unfulfilled dream of exotic travel? Do you yearn for a chance to turn back time and 'do' the backpacking holiday that you always swore you would undertake, but the right opportunity never arose? Unless you are prepared to take six months to a year out of your life to do so, then hide your credit card and disconnect the Internet before reading "Please do not lie in the aisles", because you will be SORELY tempted to start making travel plans within a few pages of picking it up. The stars of the story are the people, customs, politics, and tourism-economics (is that a phrase?), of Eastern Asia - structured around her account of travelling as a backpacker throughout southeast Asia and China. As I alluded to in the opening paragraph, the first thing that strikes the reader when you start this book may well be the feeling of regret that creeps up on you, that you too didn't do something as brave and worthwhile as travelling solo in a faraway region of the planet. I... More > guess this may not be a universal feeling, but I think that most people harbour a niggling twinge of remorse for choices made (or forgone), in the past - whether they be travel related, or perhaps connected to work or study or any aspect of life really. I heard a radio interview with a psychologist recently, who said that older people (when asked), rarely point out past actions as ones they regret - instead it is actions that they didn't take which give them most reason to wish the past were different. Foreign travel in one's youth is an easy and common peg on which to hang such regrets, which is why a book like this will resonate with so many readers, myself included. This book is a memoir based mainly on blog posts written when the availability of electricity and Internet access allowed, and in that respect it is a fantastic return on the author's wise decision to keep an online journal during the months she spent travelling. Perhaps some day she'll revisit this work (or indeed the countries involved?), and give a longer account of the journey. The story is definitely deserving of fuller exposition which I hope happens some day. In the meantime however, "Please do not lie in the aisles", is an excellent 'teaser' for the immense and (to us sitting in western comfort), quite alien and exotic world that awaits the would-be backpacker.< Less
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