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Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman

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American journalist Alice Steinbach took a year off to live in four cities - Paris, Venice, London and Oxford - when she realized she had entered a ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
goread
by goread on Jul 16, 2009

I loved this book....it really gave me the travel bug!

sea7788

enchanting

by sea7788 on Jul 11, 2007

This is one of those books that I pull out when I'm ready to take a long soak in the tub..something I love coming back to again and again. Steinbach's method of travel is one I can absolutely relate to, although I don't have a career or family...just school! Describing her flight to Europe for a long stay, she writes about her initial excitement and then the sudden "What am I doing on this plane?" moment. Exactly my thoughts when I went on my first long-term trip! It's about accepting - not, for me, overcoming - that what-do-I-think-I'm-doing moment and moving on, observing and discovering... Steinbach's observations are witty and sometimes wistful. She's content, I feel, to stay one step removed from the places she visits, maybe a legacy from her career in journalism. It's something again I relate to - when travelling, I'm more content being anonymous in a café, watching people go by, than inserting myself in the life of the place. Of course that's what I felt, reading it.... A book I very much enjoyed that illustrates the enormous satisfaction and self-growth one can find through travel.

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