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Travel tales: Crossing Paths, Crossing Borders offers an insight into the various communities author Simon Duffin and his wife Anita came across on a 16-week trip which took in 25 countries.Kiama’sSimon Duffin has releaseda new e-book whichtells the story of how he and his wife Anitaarrived on Australian shores after a 16-week journey through 25 countries.
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Crossing Paths, Crossing Bordersis a travel narrative offering a brief insight into the various communities they came across on atrip which involved 35 bus journeys, 22 train trips, eightlong distance taxi rides, eightplane hops, twoshared taxis, threeprivate car rides andoneferry crossing.

Well-known tourist attractions get a mention, but this book is much more about the mundane moments.Having a haircut in Hanoi,posting a parcel in Tashkent orcatching a movie in Malaysia. This is because it’s these every day activities that show far more about a society’s day-to-day life than a grand gallery or museum will ever do.

Duffin focuses especially on the people they crossed paths with.Readerslearn how they were put in a cage at one border crossing, interrogated by secret police at another, paid the inevitable bribesandincludes100 great places for coffee or tea along the way.

“This is not a backpackers’ account; nor was it luxury travel,” Duffin said.

“We wanted to see how ordinary such an extraordinary trip could be.We just set off from the UK by train and booked travel and accommodation as we went, knowing that our belongings were due to arrive by ship in Sydney and then get to Kiama about 16 weeks after we left Yorkshire.”

The pair journeyedthrough theUK, France, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and finallyAustralia.

“We had a few hairy moments on the way and changed our plans several times, but basically arrived safe and sound in Australia on schedule,” he said.

“And ironically, the day after we arrived in the country, the Martin Place siege happened, so we were closer to a major incident once we got to Australia than we had been in Chechnya, Iran, Indonesia, or any of the other turbulent places along our way.”The book is available atAmazon,Google Books, Kobo and Apple.

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