Grounded: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World

Grounded: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World❮Epub❯ ❧ Grounded: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World Author Seth Stevenson – Tbjewellers.co.uk An eye opening and fascinating slow travel journey from an acclaimed writer who circled the globe without ever leaving the ground In this age of globalism and high speed travel, Seth Stevenson, the wi An eye opening and fascinating slow travel Down to PDF ↠ journey from an acclaimed writer who circled the globe without ever leaving the ground In this age of globalism and high speed travel, Seth Stevenson, the witty, thoughtful Slate columnist, takes us back to a time when travel meant putting one foot in front of the other, racing to make connections between trains and buses in remote transit stations, and wading through the chaos that most long haul travelers float , feet above Stevenson winds his way around the world by biking, walking, hiking, riding in rickshaws, freight Grounded: A ePUB ½ ships, cruise ships, ancient ferries, buses, and the Trans Siberian Railway but never gets on an airplaneHe finds that from the ground, one sees the world anew with a deeper understanding of time, distance, and the vastness of the earth In this sensational travelogue, each step of the journey is an adventure, full of unexpected revelations in every new port, at every bend in the railroad tracks, and around every street corner.

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Grounded: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World eBook
  • Paperback
  • 274 pages
  • Grounded: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World
  • Seth Stevenson
  • 08 August 2019
  • 1594484422

10 thoughts on “Grounded: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World

  1. says:

    I wanted to like this book, what with a cool premise of going on an around the world journey without flying and all The first third of the book showed a quick writing style with some quirky tales But that s as far as I could get before realizing I didn t like this boring guy or what he had to say He drinks a lot, tokes it up, usually with people like himself But not in a romanticize substance abuse kind of way either Just a, I m bored so I passed the afternoon drinking myself to sleep in a I wanted to like this book, what with a cool premise of going on an around the world journey without flying and all The first third of the book showed a quick writing style with some quirky tales But that s as far as I could get before realizing I didn t like this boring guy or what he had to say He drinks a lot, tokes it up, usually with people like himself But not in a romanticize substance abuse kind of way either Just a, I m bored so I passed the afternoon drinking myself to sleep in a boring kind of way Really you re on an around the world trip and you repeatedly decide to spend your afternoons that way He s a good enough writer to pull that off in a blog but it gets old when done several times in a book As in, he s not particularly curious or does fun things, goes for the most part only to places that get him on his sort of round the world journey, limits his cultural observations, criticizes other travelers without apparently any ability to talk with people who neither share his world view or are outside his age group Most of the places he actually comments on read like a paragraph he pulled off a random mix of google search results There sabout the historic development of the bicycle than on what he saw on his bicycle tour of Vietnam And he only spends a paragraph on the bike history He passes through most places on his journey usually without meeting any local people or doing anything other than sleeping, eating, and finding his way out of town The trip was wasted on this guy

  2. says:

    Seth and his girlfriend Rebecca decide they want to travel all the way around the world by surface travel i.e no flying They set out via ships cargo and cruise , buses, trains regular speed and bullet trains , and bicycles Their journey takes them across the Atlantic Ocean, Germany, Estonia, Moscow, across Siberia, down to Japan, China, Cambodia, Thailand, and back east to and across Australia to New Zealand and back to the US And I know I ve missed some places I really enjoyed this Seth and his girlfriend Rebecca decide they want to travel all the way around the world by surface travel i.e no flying They set out via ships cargo and cruise , buses, trains regular speed and bullet trains , and bicycles Their journey takes them across the Atlantic Ocean, Germany, Estonia, Moscow, across Siberia, down to Japan, China, Cambodia, Thailand, and back east to and across Australia to New Zealand and back to the US And I know I ve missed some places I really enjoyed this though I disagree on his assessment of cruise ships There were some funny moments Although, despite the leisurely travel pace, there were times where they really seemed rushed, and weren t able to enjoy where they were I guess some of it depended on the timing of the travel away from where they were, as it was sometimes difficult to find a way to their next destination, so unless they wanted to wait a week, they might have to continue on right away He did talk about the different modes of transportation, the history, etc, which I also found interesting

  3. says:

    Nicely written and paced, easy to read and fun However, I was surprised that the point of this adventure seemed to be moving very fast without stopping They traveled to some of the oddest and most exotic places in the world only to spend the whole time calculating the best way to get to the next destination Almost all of the description focuses on boats, buses, rental cars, and trains Almost all of the conversations are with fellow travelers and the occasional port agent Since they didn t Nicely written and paced, easy to read and fun However, I was surprised that the point of this adventure seemed to be moving very fast without stopping They traveled to some of the oddest and most exotic places in the world only to spend the whole time calculating the best way to get to the next destination Almost all of the description focuses on boats, buses, rental cars, and trains Almost all of the conversations are with fellow travelers and the occasional port agent Since they didn t set themselves a time limit, I didn t understand why they couldn t hang out in one place for a few days so the reader could getof a flavor

  4. says:

    I like this type of book, travel adventure Although the author and his girlfriend circumnavigated the globe without ever using airplanes, it didn t sound like much fun They traveled by steamer , train, bike, freighter, etc but never really got to see places, as it was all about getting to the next place They always seemed to be in a rush When I travel, it s about the places I m at and getting to know them And they drank a lot and stayed at undesirable places, in my opinion I want to enj I like this type of book, travel adventure Although the author and his girlfriend circumnavigated the globe without ever using airplanes, it didn t sound like much fun They traveled by steamer , train, bike, freighter, etc but never really got to see places, as it was all about getting to the next place They always seemed to be in a rush When I travel, it s about the places I m at and getting to know them And they drank a lot and stayed at undesirable places, in my opinion I want to enjoy my traveling But I m glad I read it and saw how it is possible to go around the world without having to fly

  5. says:

    This is not the book I wanted to read The book I want to read is the one written by Rebecca, Mr Stevenson s girlfriend, who had to endure him on this trip I m not sure her book will ever materialize, so I m stuck reviewing this one This was one of those books that I grabbed off the shelf because of the writer s intention to travel around the world without getting into an airplane I plan to do the same thing, but I hope and pray I am a lotgracious to those a This is not the book I wanted to read The book I want to read is the one written by Rebecca, Mr Stevenson s girlfriend, who had to endure him on this trip I m not sure her book will ever materialize, so I m stuck reviewing this one This was one of those books that I grabbed off the shelf because of the writer s intention to travel around the world without getting into an airplane I plan to do the same thing, but I hope and pray I am a lotgracious to those around me as well as curious as to where my travels take me Stevenson is a gifted writer Although I often shook my head at his narcissism, he kept my attention as I quickly read the book.Seth, a writer for Slate Magazine, and his attorney girlfriend Rebecca quit their jobs, sold their possessions and set out to travel the world Throughout the book, Seth returns to his familiar litany as to why he hates flying But then, he seems to hate most forms of transportation container ships, cruise ships, trains, ferries and bicycles Despite his constant complaining, Seth does manage to fulfill his goal This he achieves by ditching his girlfriend in Singapore when he finds a ship heading to Australia The ship is leaving port, so he calls her back at the hotel where she is gathering their possessions and tells her to fly to Bali where the ship will stop in a few days The only thing I can say about this stunt is that he should be thankful that his girlfriend didn t fly back to the States or, once they reunited, didn t treat him to a long distant swimming lesson off starboard somewhere in the Timor Sea Machiavelli Seth seems only to care about achieving his goal He wasn t even gracious toward the ship and crew that made last minute arrangements to take him onboard as a passenger and provided him the opportunity to fulfill his goal, referring to the British cruise ship as a floating nursing home.The young couple travels start in Washington DC They head to Philadelphia where they board a container ship to Europe Then they travel by rail and ferry across Europe to Moscow and take the Trans Siberian across Russia Next, it s a ferry to Japan, then trains and another ferry to China, then trains and buses to Vietnam where they join up with a bicycling tour group to ride through much of the country From Saigon, they take a bus to Cambodia and a cab into Thailand, then buses and ferries the train crews were on strike to Singapore From there, he takes a small British cruise ship to Darwin, Australia Rebecca joins up with the ship in Bali In Darwin, they decide to leave the floating nursing home early It was going to take them around Australia and drive a car to Sydney From Australia, they take another container ship to New Zealand where they land just hours before leaving on a plush cruise ship Arriving back in Los Angeles, they take Amtrak across the country, back to Washington DC where they began Throughout the book, Stevenson refers to Jules Verne s classic, Around the World in 80 Days He could have titled this book, Around the World on 80 Bottles of liquor Drinking, along with some pills that he pops, is his way of coping with the hardships he experiences and helps him endure the discomforts do you get the sense I don t feel sorry for him Along the way there are few comments about the beauty of the land or the people and the hospitality he encounters He seems to have little interest in the history or the culture of the area He complains about all tourists, be they young backpackers or wealthy geezers In fact, it seems to me that he generally dislikes people The only person he cares for is Rebecca and he was willing to leave her behind I assume that with a lot of his complaining Stevenson thought he was being funny like Bill Bryson However, with Bryson, I get a sense he cares about people I know I wouldn t want to travel with Paul Theroux, who often complains about other tourists, but I keep reading Theroux because I have a sense he cares about the cultures and the local people he encounters on his journeys and does a great job sharing what he learns Further, Theroux admits that he likes to travel alone and on the ground so that he can experience other cultures Both Bryson and Therux provide insight into the world in which they travel Stevenson gives very little of this At best, he does have several interesting sections a few pages to each on the history of various forms of travel air, rail, container ships, buses, bicycles and cruise ships One place where I felt Stevenson s writing did show a bit of promise for interacting with local culture was during a break from the Trans Siberian in the city of Yekateinburg Stevenson wrote about the murders of the Czar and his family there in 1918, noting that the people didn t capitalize on the tragedy like many New Yorkers had on 9 11 But then, in the pages that followed, he makes two back to back Jewish jokes that I found distasteful The first was referring to a popping sound that he thought could be the changing of an engine on the train or the shooting of Jews and wealthy land owners, but since neither involved him he could go back to sleep 96 Then he noted that Siberia was like the Catskills, minus the billboards, the gas stations, and the Jewish summer camps 99 Of course, tragically, many Jews and others were sent to camps in Siberia On a positive note, Stevenson writes in a way that is easy to read, but then his writing is just not that deep I debated between giving the book two or three stars Because it was so easy to read and I did learn a few things from it, I gave it the 3

  6. says:

    I am only giving this one star despite the fact that I think Stevenson is a very good writer with an engaging voice I was not bored at all reading this book But I am docking points for trip itself I cannot get my head around why they did it in this way I don t mean staying on the groundI am all for that and it s the reason I picked up this book in the first place.But I thought their goal was to see the world Turns out the goal was just to go around it This frustrated me to no end They I am only giving this one star despite the fact that I think Stevenson is a very good writer with an engaging voice I was not bored at all reading this book But I am docking points for trip itself I cannot get my head around why they did it in this way I don t mean staying on the groundI am all for that and it s the reason I picked up this book in the first place.But I thought their goal was to see the world Turns out the goal was just to go around it This frustrated me to no end They never seemed to stop What was the point of going on this trip Seth makes some very impassioned and dead on speeches in the book about ground vs air and seeing the world from the ground and seeing it slowlybut it seems like Seth and Rebecca did exactly what air travelers doonly a bit slower There was some stopping and lingering here and there but very, very little I very much enjoyed Seth s accounts of certain places and experiences, whenever they stopped long enough to actually have them The bike riding in Vietnam was the best portion because they actually did something there instead of zoom off to the next train, boat, car I got really sick of all the movement and the emphasis on deadlines.For instance, they finally cross the Pacific they move east on this trip and land in LA well, Long Beach A friend is out of town and loans them his Silverlake apartment for a week But do they stay for a lousy week No, they practically leave the next day in fact I think it was the next day and get on a train to take them back to DC their starting point Seth then justifies the plan and quickly dismisses the whole of the continental United States with a few been there, done that sentences Seriously I just do not get the POINT of this trip Europe went untouched in fact I think all of Scandinavia went untouched South America went untouched All of the continental US went untouched I closed the book feeling they d seen very little and done very little except MOVE oh, and drinkwhat was with all the drinking Seth Stevenson knows how to put sentences together so I d really like to read something from him sometime in which he goes somewhere and stays awhile and actually experiences it

  7. says:

    I hadnt heard of Seth Stevenson before but now I m glad I picked this up.Like so many I am so used to not thinking about air travel asthana convenience and a one size fits all institution The author and his wife are able to pick up, close up their apartment and live out of suitcases and backpacks as they sail, take trains, rent cars and at one point take bicycles through Vietnam Going after Cacciato, anyone Their one taboo as they travel is they cannot travel by air Obviously the cou I hadnt heard of Seth Stevenson before but now I m glad I picked this up.Like so many I am so used to not thinking about air travel asthana convenience and a one size fits all institution The author and his wife are able to pick up, close up their apartment and live out of suitcases and backpacks as they sail, take trains, rent cars and at one point take bicycles through Vietnam Going after Cacciato, anyone Their one taboo as they travel is they cannot travel by air Obviously the couple gets a real sense of distance and cultural differences as they travel The variety of people met and places seenmade me envious of their journey and opportuni8ty Sure they dealt with misadventures, snotty people, real not aircondioned weather, and a tiny cabin on a cruise ship full of gossipy bridge players that Stevenson satirizes as a kinda retirement to a sloshy purgatory The book is witty and kept me reading

  8. says:

    To me this book seemedlike a blog than the book of a professional writer you know a journalist who earns a living writing It is all bout the journey there is very little about the destinations, and it is unapologetic about this even the interludes discuss transport bikes, motorcycles, cruise liners etc And it is strong in its anti plane sentiments.For all this, it is a quick and light read and it has some amusing parts.

  9. says:

    Intersting and well written, if not a bit slight.

  10. says:

    From my book blog www.JetBlackDragonfly.blogspot.comFreelance writer Seth Stevenson and his girlfriend Rebecca were in a rut.Tired of the workaday grind, they decide to turn life into an adventure Grounded is the journal of their trip around the world by ground only Selling almost everything and putting the rest in storage, the leave with packs on their backs and no keys in their pockets Bunking on cargo freighters and cruise ships, riding rickshaws and bicycles, moto scooters and buses, they From my book blog www.JetBlackDragonfly.blogspot.comFreelance writer Seth Stevenson and his girlfriend Rebecca were in a rut.Tired of the workaday grind, they decide to turn life into an adventure Grounded is the journal of their trip around the world by ground only Selling almost everything and putting the rest in storage, the leave with packs on their backs and no keys in their pockets Bunking on cargo freighters and cruise ships, riding rickshaws and bicycles, moto scooters and buses, they circumnavigate the 25000 miles of the Earth Washington DC to Antwerp, Estonia, Antwerp, Estonia, Japan, Beijing, Hanoi, Bangkok, Singapore, Australia to LA, and points in between.They ride the Tran Siberian railway across Russia to Japan, bicycle with a tour group through Cambodia where I learned the currency is the Khmer , and have a hair raising connection to an Australia bound cruise ship in Singapore The short version they need to book passage to Australia, then on to New Zealand and then the US The options are limited from new Zealand when you aren t flying, so connections are tight.They arrive in Singapore to find their freighter has been cancelled, but there is a top end luxury cruise ship leaving for Australia the next day They race out of the hotel to the dock to plead their case Although they are not allowed to pick up passengers en route, the captain calls the operations officer While they are waiting, Rebecca races back to the hotel for the baggage, just in case The captain consents, and they are allowed to join the cruise which is not leaving the next day, but right now Someone in a white suit and epaulets runs up to him, passes Seth through security, they sprint down the narrow hallways to the raising gangplank, and jump onto the deck The horn bows, the ship moves They both laugh, saying I ve never done anything like that and then Where s your luggage.There iswhere that came from in Grounded Unlike most travel literature, the book isabout the journey and ways that it happens, than the place visited Like the TV show Amazing Race, they sometimes have a few days in each place to explore, other times, it s from train station to boat or bus It s not getting there, it s the journey, and I highly enjoyed the ride I don t know whether I would be saying that had I actually been on the Trans Siberian with a drunken snoring Russian bunkmate, or driving a rented car through the outback directly across the continent of Australia which I did not know was as big as the continental US.Recommended if you love travel lit, or just want to escape from your work for a few hours and join them on a leg of their journey

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