Friday TOP 5 | 1st Release | Travel Books

by admin on October 18, 2013

It’s Friday at last! We at Student Journeys are still working hard on our new upcoming trips before starting the well deserved weekend.

I have the honor to introduce you a new series of TOP 5’s that we will publish every third Friday of the month on Facebook. TOP 5’s topics are always about travelling and something for you, our traveler, to read during weekend when dreaming and planning for the next student trip.

The first TOP 5 I have collected for you is about Travel Books that will for sure raise your Travel Fewer.


# 1 Kenya – The White Masai by Corinne Hofmann

This non-fiction book is about, “The White Masai”, a Swiss woman, Carola, who falls in love with a Masai warrior, Lemalian, in Kenya. Carola comes from Switzerland to visit Kenya and sees what she thinks is a Masai warrior (he is actually from the Samburu tribe). She is completely taken with the exotic man, and then decides to give up her life in Switzerland in order to come back to Kenya and find him. Though their relationship is pretty much one-sided (her side) they do eventually marry and Carola must try to adapt to the ways of bush.

# 2 Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras – A day in the life of the Maya by Charles River Editors

The Maya are one of the most famous civilizations in history, but what was it like to be Mayan at the height of their civilization in the 15th century? What did they eat? What did they play? What was their religion? How did they build their cities and organize their empire? How did they fight? A Day in the Life of the Maya answers these questions by comprehensively examining and analyzing everything about their culture, including their history, religion, architecture, farming, calendar, ball game, cosmology and origins. Along with a description of Mayan life and pictures of Mayan ruins and art, the mystique of the Maya is traced from the height of their empire to the present day, in an attempt to understand a civilization often been best described as an enigma.

# 3 Italy, India, Indonesia – Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

The main character, Liz Gilbert is a modern woman on a quest to marvel at and travel the world while rediscovering and reconnecting with her true inner self in Eat Pray Love. Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house in the country, career) and find, instead, what she truly wanted from life.

# 4 Latin America – Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto “Che” Guevara

Before he became the Marxist revolutionary icon known as “El Che,” Ernesto Guevara de la Serna was an Argentine medical student tired of school and itching to see the world. This book is a memoir of his travels leaving Buenos Aires, Argentina, in January 1952 on the back of a sputtering single cylinder 1939 Norton 500cc dubbed La Poderosa (“The Mighty One”). Him and his travel buddy desired to explore the South America they only knew from books. During the formative odyssey Guevara is transformed by witnessing the social injustices of exploited mine workers, persecuted communists, ostracized lepers, and the tattered descendants of a once-great Incan civilization. By journey’s end they travel for a symbolic nine months by motorcycle, steamship, raft, horse, bus, and hitchhiking, covering more than 8,000 kilometres (5,000 mi) across places such as the Andes, Atacama Desert,
and the Amazon River Basin. The diary ends with a declaration by Guevara,
born into an upper-middle-class family, displaying his willingness to fight and
die for the cause of the poor, and his dream of seeing a united Latin America.

# 5 Pakistan and Afganistan – Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver

Three Cups of Tea describes Mortenson’s transition from a registered nurse and mountain-climber to a humanitarian committed to reducing poverty and promoting education especially for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Mortenson went to Pakistan in 1993 attempting to climb treacherous K2. He was inspired by a chance encounter with impoverished mountain villagers and promised to build them a school.

During his journey, Mortenson faced many daunting challenges in his quest to raise funds for the building of more than 55 schools in Taliban territory. Some of these challenges included death threats from Islamic mullahs, long periods of separation from his family, and being kidnapped by Taliban sympathizers. Three Cups of Tea combines adventure with a celebration of the
humanitarian spirit.


I truly hope you enjoy reading these books!

This TOP 5 is based on the author’s, Miia Vilppula, preferences. Miia is a Student Journeys Travel Planner and always looking for new interesting travel destinations and also using travel books for an inspiration.

The next TOP 5 will be published on the third Friday of next month.

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