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"Hilarious, inspiring, and beautifully written." – George Mahood, bestselling author of Free Country One August morning, I walked out of my Seville home taking nothing but a small, roll-aboard bag, a Eurail pass, and my husband. We were traveling with no fixed time limit, no reservations, and only a loose idea of our itinerary. Our goal was to see if we could still have th"Hilarious, inspiring, and beautifully written." – George Mahood, bestselling author of Free Country One August morning, I walked out of my Seville home taking nothing but a small, roll-aboard bag, a Eurail pass, and my husband. We were traveling with no fixed time limit, no reservations, and only a loose idea of our itinerary. Our goal was to see if we could still have the kind of spontaneous adventures we’d enjoyed in our youth. We spent three months on trains, mostly in Eastern Europe, and the results – often hilarious, occasionally harrowing, definitely life-changing – form the basis of my new book, Adventures of a Railway Nomad: How Our Journeys Guide Us Home. "Adventurous and bold . . . full of twists and surprises." – Chris Brady, NY Times bestselling author of A Month of ItalyI traveled 6000 miles on 38 trains through 13 countries: Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Montenegro, and Croatia. "Karen's storytelling is, if possible, even more enticing than her astonishing journey." – Alicia Bay Laurel, bestselling author of Living on the Earth...

Title : Adventures of a Railway Nomad: How Our Journeys Guide Us Home
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ISBN : 9780985028336
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Number of Pages : 284 Pages
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Adventures of a Railway Nomad: How Our Journeys Guide Us Home Reviews

  • Christie Snowdon
    2019-05-20 17:23

    Adventures of a Railway Nomad had me laughing so hard that I had to leave the book to go find some tissues for my watering eyes….while at the same time I learned both how to smartly pack a suitcase and about the pesky problems of train travel. Karen uses wit to describe her incredible predicaments, which seem surreal, but hilarious. Now I too want to be an adventurer! The most entertaining book that I have read in a long while. Christie Snowdon

  • Laura Lou
    2019-05-26 18:24

    I'm actually impressed that I was able to finish this book. It was a slow and generally dull read. There were occasional passages of insightful reflection but mostly it was a full play by play or obscure cities. I enjoy travel memoirs because they are not guidebooks of where people went, slept, ate and what they did but rather reflections on life and culture. There was too much guidebook in this travel memoir for my taste.

  • Beverly
    2019-06-14 19:17

    Love to read about expats, and interesting travel stories, and this one combines both. Karen's an excellent writer and her journey with her husband into "authentic" countries and small towns by train practically had my armchair rocking along with them as they took a fascinating rail journey. Recommended!

  • Chris
    2019-05-24 17:22

    The author's disdain for "tourists", and particularly young tourists, absolutely drips off the pages of this book. I'm all for off-the-beaten path, new experiences, and interacting with locals. But to focus on that as superior to how other people want to travel is just annoying. Not to mention that the author is still not afraid to complain about the inconveniences of traveling to those off-the-beaten path locations.I also don't think the subtitle, "How Our Journeys Guide Us Home" is really applicable. It felt like a loose series of chronological essays about travel, but with no underlying trend about how their journey guided them home. Possibly the last chapter attempted this, but there was no real depth to any of the content.

  • Doug
    2019-06-05 18:44

    I usually love travel books. They're much easier than a road trip. although maybe not quite as much fun. Throughout this book though, I just wasn't "feeling it". And then I came to this..."I’d always considered “us” to be one of the sweetest words in the English language, suggesting love between parents and children, friends, lovers, football fans rooting the home team on to a victory. It feels good to be part of something larger than ourselves…The problem is that the minute you talk about “us” there’s a “them" standing outside the magic circle, and that’s where things get sticky"It made me go back and look at WHY I wasn't getting into this one so much. I got more from the last few chapters than i did from the first 3/4 of the book.

  • Grace
    2019-06-19 22:29

    Excellent read. My husband and I are retired, older, living abroad and writing a blog about what it's like to live in a foreign country in retirement. So this book is also a personal affirmation. Trains are my favorite way to travel and this book is about a momentous and unconventional train trip. Good to know there are kindred spirits out there on similar escapades away from the comforts of retirement homes and country kitchens. To all my friends, in their 60's and 70's who voice a desire to be doing what we're doing, this book is a well to draw the courage and gumption and resource to get on that camel and get going. Travelling is a way of filibustering the process of an ageing mind and expanding the growth that is life. Karen's stories of travelling mishaps, culture and humour are fun, engaging, and inspiring. Loved it.

  • Pat Ellis
    2019-06-08 14:25

    I read Dancing in the Fountain by Karen McCann some time ago and when Adventures of a Railway Nomad (love the title) came up I was keen to read it - especially as I love travel myself and reading Travel/moving abroad Memoirs. This one didn't disappoint. The Author and her husband Rich leave their home in Seville - head for the train station with their rail card and embark on their planned 'adventure'. Although I have been to a few of the places mentioned in this Memoir (it was great to revisit some of them - especially when Yugoslavia was mentioned (which obviously is no more)) - but, there are so many more Towns, Cities, villages that one tends to miss because of time constraints. They tried as best they could to join a free or well priced and not too long tour in each place they visited - a brilliant way to get a quick heads-up. They had some pre-booked accommodation and really didn't have a clue if the descriptions would be apt all the time! Such destinations as Verona, Transylvania, Serbia - Czech Republic and many more in-between. Of course there were language barriers along the way but they got on with it. The Author also gives a brief history in the chapters of events which happened or artefacts in places visited - not all destinations were liked or loved - but I guess if there's a train station nearby one can head-out and move on - great idea.

  • Sanhita
    2019-05-30 22:37

    The very idea of a couple in their mid 60s, planning an unplanned train journey through thirteen countries in Europe lasting more than three months, struck a chord somewhere. The book makes you stay with them throughout. Full of anecdotes, humorous descriptions, lots about food and local customs, history and politics of the place put in a palatable way makes the book very different from the run of the mill travelogue. I enjoyed reading it thoroughly.

  • Duane Roggow
    2019-05-28 22:24

    Karen is a treasure! I read all the travel books I can get my hands on and after reading "Adventures of a Railway Nomad" I may never read another, except Karen's next one. Karen, quite simply, nails it! She is thoughtful, funny, honest and entertaining all at the same time. Certainly "Adventures" does get off the beaten track and that is not the kind of travel experience everyone will embrace, but everyone will embrace this book. With a thoroughness and integrity that is rare Karen pulls you in and keeps you interested (Enthralled) until she and Rich arrive back in Seville. As a frequent traveler (39 countries and counting) I can attest to the wonders of getting "Out There" and no one tells it better than Karen. Whether you want to follow Karen and Rich into the wild or simply enjoy from afar, buy this book. You will be happy.

  • Jane M
    2019-06-13 16:43

    Warning: will trigger your wanderlustGreat book, good mix of anecdotes, history, and practical travel information. Had me mentally planning a trip to Eastern Europe as I was reading it. I enjoyed the author's style and would definitely read more of her work. Travel memoirs can sometimes be hit-or-miss, and this one was mostly a hit. There was a bit more philosophizing than I typically enjoy, but it was less about internal self-discovery and more about complex world issues, which did not seem at all out of place in a chapter about touring concentration camps, to give one example. Overall, I'd recommend it to people interested in travel, although it will probably depress you when you finish reading and don't have the funds for a plane ticket.

  • Steve McC
    2019-06-06 15:34

    I was sorry to get to the end of Adventures of a Railway Nomad. It was a great read. The book is about a three month trip the author and her husband take through Europe and Eastern Europe. Karen's sense of humor and interest in the world at large is contagious. I started anticipating each stop they made on their railway journey and chuckled and laughed at what they found and discovered. For all the travelers and explorers in the world, I definitely recommend reading Karen McCann's new book.

  • Annemarie
    2019-05-24 22:16

    I really enjoyed this. At first I was afraid that a travelogue (as opposed to a memoir of settling in and making a life in an interesting location abroad) wouldn't be interesting, but I found that I was wrong. I had a lot of fun reading about the author's adventures by train in Eastern Europe, which is a place I haven't heard that much about before. Now I want a Eurail pass!

  • Rita Allen
    2019-05-29 14:26

    Thanks for the trip.To get a 5 from me, I need to stay awake for 24 hours reading. I 've spent a lot of time in western Europe and always wanted to travel eastern Europe. This will have t do as I'm 79 years old so it looks out of the question now. Thank you doing it for me.

  • Sheila
    2019-06-09 17:29

    Three and a half stars. Fairly entertaining book about an expat couple, living in Seville, Spain, who decide to take a railway journey from Spain to Eastern Europe, and back. Some parts had me laughing aloud, and I enjoyed the historical tidbits. But, there were parts that were too slow-moving. Overall, a good read.

  • Myra L Rice
    2019-06-03 14:37

    Karen and Rich in Eastern EuropeI loved this account of travelling in Eastern Europe! Karen has a wonderful sense of humor! Such a good idea to travel by train and for only 3 hours at a stretch!

  • Susan
    2019-06-12 22:35

    I admire people who uproot themselves for a new adventure but this couple did it one better and left their new home for months of travel by train somewhat off the beaten path in Europe. I enjoyed it mostly out of jealousy. But it is well written and a fun read.

  • April
    2019-05-30 16:23

    Got bored and didn't finish.

  • Marcos
    2019-06-19 16:45

    Boring. It is a trip taken every year by thousands of people with much less planning and money, but those people didn't think about writing a book afterwards.

  • Jena Henry
    2019-06-19 17:26

    Pleasant and informative read. I especially liked the section on Romania- it was interesting to learn about the country!