NO BAGGAGE, A MINIMALIST TALE OF LOVE & WANDERING
by Clara Bensen
I adored this book! What a treasure! Clara meets Jeff through OKCupid and on their first date they meet in front of the Texas State Capital Building in Austin, TX (which I have seen and it is truly a beautiful piece of architecture.) They hit it off and three weeks later he asks her to join him on a grand adventure - traveling from Istanbul to London for three weeks sans luggage. Clara surprises herself by agreeing to join him. She chose a green dress and sandals and he chose lobster red pants and a striped shirt. For twenty-one days they traveled with not much more than that with no concrete plans and no reservations. They used the website "couchsurfing" and stayed in people's homes for free or in a hostel. Their experience seems truly magical. They were in eight different countries but experience these countries not as tourists but as locals. They met many amazing and friendly people and everything just seemed to fall in place for them. After reading this book, I just want to go to my closet, pick a pretty frock, grab my cell phone, a toothbrush and hit the road to anywhere with no plans and no agenda! I want to be king of the road too!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library