A Fascinating Journey!
4 out of 5 stars
By Susan Joyce Du Bosque
on 6 January 2016
Fred's Diary 1981 is based on Fred's actual hand-written diary as he travels to Hong Kong, Thailand, India and Nepal. Jotting daily notes, he records the mundane and the marvelous!
In Hong Kong, he finds work as an extra in a TV production, then picks up his backpack and moves on to Thailand. Being stoned is a big part of Fred's travel adventures and being in possession of drugs gets him thrown into a Thai jail. Seemingly hell, I felt anxious while reading this chapter. But Fred handles it well, thanks to smoking more grass. Oh the folly of youth! Luck is on his side, and he gets deported to Nepal where he explores waterfalls, treks snow-capped mountains, and visits Buddhist temples. Then on to near-death bus rides, a wedding in Kashmir, and beyond—Fred discovers what works and what doesn't in his journey.
As a world traveler, I enjoyed Fred's reflections of the different cultures, the new foods he enjoyed, and the special friendships he formed with fellow travelers as he backpacked through Asia in the early 1980’s.
Susan is the author of The Lullaby Illusion and her second book Good Morning Diego Garcia is available to pre-order at www.amazon.co.uk/Good-Morning-Diego-Garcia