Travels of Ibn Battutah Review

Title: The Travels of Ibn Battutah Author: Ibn Battutah, edited by Tim Mackintosh-Smith Year Published: 1356AD; this version 2002 Places Explored: Northern Africa, the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia, the Maldives, Indonesia, China, Spain, West Africa My Rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ Review: “I have traveled through the countries of the world and I have met their kings.” – Ibn Battutah This quote provides a pretty good summary of The … Continue reading Travels of Ibn Battutah Review

Review of Out of Africa by Karen Blixen

Out of Africa Review

Title: Out of Africa Author: Isak Dinesen (pen name of Baroness Karen Blixen) Year Published: 1937 Places Explored: Kenya, especially Nairobi and the Ngong Hills area My Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ Review: I knew basically from the iconic first line, “I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of Ngong Hills”, that I would enjoy this book and I’m so glad I read it! The basic outline … Continue reading Out of Africa Review

Under a Lucky Star by Roy Chapman Andrews

Under a Lucky Star Review

Title: Under a Lucky Star – A Lifetime of Adventure Author: Roy Chapman Andrews, American naturalist, explorer, and director of the American Museum of Natural History Year Published: 1943 Places Explored: The Arctic, The South Pacific, Japan, Korea, China, Mongolia My Rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ Review: I first heard of Roy Chapman Andrews about eight years ago, when I was in high school and picked up a book called Dragon … Continue reading Under a Lucky Star Review

Travel Memoir Reading Challenge

Travel Memoir Reading Challenge

I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions, but this year I did want to challenge myself in a few ways. I’ve been wanting to work more on this blog and my travel writing, and I’ve also set a higher goal on Goodreads this year than last year. Between these two things I saw an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone, so I … Continue reading Travel Memoir Reading Challenge

On the Hemingway Trail in Havana, Cuba

Ernest Hemingway is strongly associated with the city of Havana. He lived, fished, and wrote there for quite some time, and his best novel (in my opinion), The Old Man and the Sea, uses Cuba as a backdrop. He was known as “Papa Hemingway” by Cubans during his time. So if you’re ever in Havana and you want to check out some of his old … Continue reading On the Hemingway Trail in Havana, Cuba