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An Education in Greece

December 18th, 2013 · No Comments · Adventure, Travel Memoir

When Shelley Buck set out  on her own in 1972, hoping to travel overland from Europe to India, she did not realize how resourceful she would need to become in order to make the trip.  In this selection from her travel memoir, East: A Woman on the Road to Kathmandu, Shelley tells  how she acquired […]

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Chasing Karma/Teaching Tibetans

July 20th, 2011 · No Comments · Travel Memoir

In the year 2000, novelist Jacob Sackin taught English in Dharamsala, a village in the Himalayan foothills where the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader, and many refugees from Tibet have settled. In these excerpts, parts of a longer essay, Sackin chronicles vivid and bittersweet moments as exiles and a new generation of young Tibetans confront […]

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The Language of Boats

February 9th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Travel Memoir, travel near home

Shelley Buck had to tackle an ancient and very foreign language as she searched for a boat to live on. This excerpt is from her 2010 eBook, Floating Point, which chronicles her move to the water as a means to shorten an awful commute. The book is due out in paperback in 2011. “Go see […]

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Centrifugal Travel

November 9th, 2010 · No Comments · Travel Memoir, travel near home

In this selection from her new book, Floating Point: Endlessly Rocking off Silicon Valley, Shelley Buck tells how the decision was made to move to a boat by Silicon Valley. We didn’t start out intending to set up housekeeping on a boat. It was June. We had had our own business, but it was closed. […]

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Icarus

July 12th, 2010 · No Comments · En Route, Travel Memoir

In this selection from her travel memoir, East, Shelley Buck recalls her first flight across the Atlantic. The plane out of Los Angeles was packed with returning Scottish tourists. We were all bound for tiny Stansted Airport, outside London. I nestled into my seat, fastening my seatbelt. The upholstery felt scratchy, but that was OK. […]

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Japan: Tea and Sweet Potatoes?

October 17th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Eating, Travel Memoir

Food writer Judith Pierce Rosenberg unexpectedly finds a sweet potato restaurant in Kyoto. In one of the most elegant and minimalist shopping plazas in Kyoto, a city of elegant and minimalist Zen architecture, a city known for its tea shops serving mochi, traditional sweet rice cakes, is Chaimon, a restaurant devoted to tea (cha) and […]

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The Globe

June 24th, 2009 · 7 Comments · En Route, Travel Memoir

Shelley Buck traveled overland to India by boat, bus, train, and (sometimes) taxi in 1972. The following is from her memoir of that journey. “I don’t want to travel with a woman,” explained the beefy American from San Diego, turning me down. “You get hassled.”  We stood in the narrow lobby of Istanbul’s Hotel Güngör, […]

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