Where's Wallis?: (Travels Without a Guidebook)
In the spirit of Stanley and Livingstone, Brian Thacker isstriking out for destinations unknown. Under-equipped and totallyunprepared, Brian leaves the guide books behind and gets off thebeaten track, out of his comfort zone and into trouble in some ofthe oddest countries you've never heard of.Paul Theroux, Bill Bryson, Michael Palin all have ventured forthto provide vivid and compelling accounts of exotic peoples andstrange lands. But none has ever been daring (or perhaps stupid)enough to arrive in a country not knowing a single thing about theplace. Until now.In the spirit of Stanley and Livingstone, Brian Thacker set outfor far-flung lands armed with nothing more than an air ticket andan armful of immunisation shots. He didn't know the local language,the currency or even the climate of the various places he washeading for; not to mention their political, religious or culturalsituations. He didn't take a guidebook; he didn't even do a quickweb search.And so it was that Brian found himself on an incredible journeythat would see him set up home inside Gabon airport; dodge civilunrest in Togo; receive a history lesson from a Ghanaianprostitute; anger the Vodou gods of Cotonou; gatecrash the King ofFutuna's party; become lost in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan; andnarrowly avoid being shot in the backstreets of Bishkek.Brian Thacker has so far managed to get himself lost in 72countries. He doesn't have his own pith helmet, but he does own alovely beige safari suit. When he's not lost in the African jungleBrian lives in Melbourne with his wife Natalie and daughterJasmine.himself lost in 72 countries. He doesn't have his own pithhelmet, but he does own a lovely beige safari suit. When he's notlost in the African jungle Brian lives in Melbourne with his wifeNatalie and daughter Jasmine.