April 24, 2004 - France


I just bought yesterday the book 'Travellers' from Alexandre Kauffmann, a 28 year old french author. The book supposedly talks about the new generation backpackers/travellers. I just read a few pages and it is a pile of unverified, undocumented facts and is a total non-sense. He obviouslly wrote that quickly after a sponsored trip in Thailand from the Foreign Ministry (how can these guys have that is still a mistery).

The worse part is that this guy got some litterary prizes before.

The revolting part in the first few pages, despite his condescending analysis of undocumented behaviors is the diving part (mentionned as a favorite sport for backpackers). When writing about a 'Miko shark', he obviouslly confused the Miko ice cream and the Mako shark. He then continues his nonsense with a reference to a whale-shark bite, which considering his status as plankton-eater, would be quite a performance.

Then he goes on supposedly trying to find what is the rationale behind so-called backpackers by 'investigating' (it is laughable) Khao San Road in Bangkok.

Don't buy this book. There is not an ounce of work inside and it makes me think of a whole farce la Jack Kelley, the USA Today reporter that wrote a number of fake articles over the years.

I nearly feel obliged to write to the editor to ask for my money back and kick this guy out of the publishing industry. A shame considering that more talented and honest people are banging at the door to be published.

Posted by stephane at 01:30 PM | Comments (0)

April 22, 2004 - France


I did not mention it for unknown reasons, but check out yassalaba.com. I met Alberic while diving in Koh Tao, Thailand. At this time, he was working on his rtw trip, he has been on the road now for a while. So far he has been to India, Nepal, Thailand. Cambodia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Bora Bora, etc.. and he is currently in South America.

We have been exchanging tips since then, and I'm glad he enjoyed his diving in Bora Bora as I pointed him to Francois, a dive instructor I met in Dahab, Egypt and that is now working at Bora Diving Center.

On a side note, Alberic is interested about the Kilimanjaro trip (no schedule yet). He's got quite a trekking experience after Nepal, Indonesia, New Zealand and South America.

Posted by stephane at 01:46 PM | Comments (0)

April 04, 2004 - France


I started running again this week. I felt a bit miserable about not doing any exercise and was curious to see what was the result of barely doing nothing at all during a year. Ok, this is not exactly true as I was somewhat in a good shape during all my trip. I was sleeping a lot (very often something like 10PM-6AM) and eating reasonably (in Asia, for instance I was eating most of the time once a day a small plater of noodles or rice and did not even manage to lose too much weight).

Posted by stephane at 10:19 AM | Comments (4)