The Sex Lives of Cannibals
06 May 2013, 11:53
2004 | EPUB | 434.71KB
At the age of twenty-six, Maarten Troost—who had been pushing the snooze button on the alarm clock of life by racking up useless graduate degrees and muddling through a series of temp jobs—decided to pack up his flip-flops and move to Tarawa, a remote South Pacific island in the Republic of Kiribati. He was restless and lacked direction, and the idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the Earth was irresistibly romantic. He should have known better.
The Sex Lives of Cannibals tells the hilarious story of what happens when Troost discovers that Tarawa is not the island paradise he dreamed of. Falling into one amusing misadventure after another, Troost struggles through relentless, stifling heat, a variety of deadly bacteria, polluted seas, toxic fish, and worst of all, no television or coffee. And that’s just the first day.
Sunburned, emaciated, and stinging with sea lice, Troost spends the next two years battling incompetent government officials, alarmingly large critters, erratic electricity, and a paucity of food options. He contends with a cast of bizarre local characters, including “Half-Dead Fred” and the self-proclaimed Poet Laureate of Tarawa (a British drunkard who’s never written a poem in his life), and eventually settles into the ebb and flow of island life, just before his return to the culture shock of civilization.
With the rollicking wit of Bill Bryson, the brilliant travel exposition of Paul Theroux, and a hipster edge that is entirely Troost’s own, The Sex Lives of Cannibals is the ultimate vicarious adventure. Readers may never long to set foot on Tarawa, but they’ll want to travel with Troost time and time again.
Life On The Ice: No One Goes To Antarctica Alone
04 May 2013, 13:58
2002 | PDF | 50.69MB
Bicycling outside Melbourne, Australia, Smith decided to resurrect a childhood dream of traveling to Antarctica. After receiving a writer's grant permitting a seven-week visit, Smith quit his newspaper job, landed a freelance gig with Time, and headed south. Way south to Mawson, one of four year-round bases. What follows is a magical description of Mawson's last days (the base was to be shut down, with a new, huge complex opening nearby). Smith witnesses the final run of a geriatric sled dog team, the very last time dogs would be used in Antarctica, and the base handover ceremony.
The trip had faded to a pleasant memory when the author was asked by National Geographic if he would like to spend the summer traveling all around Antarctica--visiting bases and field camps, the South Pole, even spending five weeks on a yacht exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. Smith is the most exceptional of travel writers: his portraits of people are deeply sympathetic, while his language is at once lyrical and knowledgeable. Not to be missed.
Woodcraft: A Guide to Camping and Survival
04 May 2013, 13:50
2013 | EPUB | 2.46MB
Learn how to build and furnish your own log cabin!
If you have ever wished you could escape to your own Walden Pond, consider creating a unique wilderness haven with the instructions found in this book! While woodcraft usually brings furniture to mind, this book is a guide to the craft of extended camping and travel in the woods. First published in 1919, this wilderness book, complete with illustrations, teaches you how to construct a simple log cabin, live off the land, build different types of fires, make snowshoes, and use outdoor tools. With all the modern conveniences of camping today, these forgotten skills are invaluable for those longing to return to a simpler, more self-sufficient time.
Written by an expert woodsman, the easy to follow sections make this suitable for both young and old adventurers. Exploring the unknown is often daunting, but with the lessons found in this book, even the most novice of backpackers will know how to use a compass so they won’t get lost, the types of camp foods they should bring to sustain their energy, and how to make shelter to stay safe from the elements. With the basics taken care of, go forth into the woods and trek the pathless forest—just don’t forget to bring this timeless guide with you! 34 black-and-white illustrations